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Monster Monpiece to Release in North America and Europe This Spring

Today, Idea Factory International announced that they would be bringing Monster Monpiece for PlayStation Vita to North America and Europe this spring in digital form. Monster Monpiece is a story based card battling game with strategy and RPG elements. It also contains some rather suggestive mini-games involving flipped the Vita on its side and rubbing the touchscreen. Here’s a quick summary from Idea Factory of expected features:

Likeable characters and a story rife with adventure! – With a wide range of unique and quirky personalities, the entire cast of Monster Monpiece each add a little spice to the adventurous story from beginning to end!

Use Skills, Potentials, and a strategic mind! – While the battle system seems simple, you still need a strategic mind to best utilize your Monster Girls’ Skills and Potentials in battle!

Fusion and Aura Bonus kick battles up a notch! – The keys to a successful battle lie in mastering the Fusion system and activating the Aura Bonus to increase your cards’ stats during battle!

Card battles featuring 3D chibi characters! – There are more than 100 Monster Girls that will support you in battle against your opponents. Once summoned to the battle field, they will pop up on it as vibrant 3D chibi characters!

First Crush ❤Rub – Level up your Monster Girls (battle cards) with the First Crush ❤Rub mode, where you send your magic power into the cards by rubbing the touch screen!

For purists who prefer localizations as close to the original Japanese version as possible, it would appear they are making some minor edits to some of the graphic cards in the game. Their official statement reads below.

Disclaimer for the North American and European versions of Monster Monpiece: Idea Factory International, Inc. would like to inform fans and prospective users of Monster Monpiece that we have made the decision to remove several Monster Girl images from the North American and European versions of Monster Monpiece. The gameplay, game system, and storyline are fully intact and Idea Factory International strives to localize and publish Idea Factory titles with the same content as their Japanese releases. Here is the list of Monster Girls whose images have been limited to that of their level 1, 2, or 3 evolution form due to the strong sexual nature of the card images: Vampire, Kraken, Goblin, Cockatrice, Kobold, Skeleton, Titania, Bahamut, Fia, Brownie, Pegasus, Mandragora, Mau Sibau, Rafflesia, Death Scorpion, Phantom, and Tengu.

We fully understand that there are needs and demands for the complete version of these games. Our intention and motivation is to offer Idea Factory titles in a form that is as close as possible to the Japanese versions. This was a tough decision, but we would greatly appreciate your understanding and support.

From the looks of it, Monster Monpiece is poised to be to card games what Senran Kagura Burst is to beat-’em-ups. But only if it plays its cards right. Yep, I just said that. See for yourself in the screenshot gallery below.

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