"Life is like a waiting room, except people don't leave in the order they enter." Narcissu is a thought provoking visual novel series about terminal illness, living, dying, and the relationship between those leaving and those left behind. There are no miracles, no heroes, no villains in this story.
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Release Date: Jan 27, 2016

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August 13

Narcissu Zero now available for purchase!

The next chapter of the anthology is now available for purchase in the store! Season Pass holders and Kickstarter backers already have had their installations updated with the new chapter.

This leaves the final chapter, "Sumire" to be released later this year.

There have also been major updates to the chapter launcher and file structure to prepare for future updates and releases. Users should experience no visible changes, but very rarely, users who changed their language settings may experience broken save files from the restructuring. Please contact support if that happens to you.

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August 10

Narcissu: Zero released to KS backers and season pass holders!

Narcissu Zero is ready for launch this week! Yay!

As a small treat for our early supporters, we're giving Kickstarter backers and season pass holders a couple of days early access to the final version of the chapter while we sort out final details related to the store page and launch.

The full store release is scheduled to happen later this week, so keep an eye out!

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About This Game

"Life is like a waiting room, except people don't leave in the order they enter."
So when it is time to leave, where will it be? And will you be able to smile in the end?

Narcissu is a thought provoking visual novel series about terminal illness, living, dying, and the relationship between those leaving and those left behind. There are no miracles, no heroes, no villains in this story. Just life and the characters finding their own ways of facing death in an indifferent, relentless, ever-impartial reality.

Praised by fans for its moving story and high production quality, the original games have been download over a million times and spawned a manga and light novel, and has been localized in several languages across the world. This anthology finally brings the games that were never released outside of Japan in any form to the world for eager fans, as well as updating artwork, voice work, and a brand new written chapter exclusive to this anthology: "Sumire".

Further breaking new grounds, this anthology builds on the massively popular music which has captured the hearts of thousands of Narcissu fans by adding 2 video game legends to the musical roster: Chris Huelsbeck of Turrican fame, and Hiroki Kikuta of Secret of Mana fame.

The story is told in 5 games and produced through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The original games (Narcissu 1st&2nd) of the series are available for free on Steam. This anthology series will contain an additional 4 scenarios in the series.

The core of this anthology are the following included games:
  • Narcissu - The story that started it all. Two terminally ill patients meet on the 7th floor hospice. Neither like the 7th floor, nor their own homes. And so they set off on a journey.
  • Narcissu 2 - A prequel to the original, telling the story of a patient named Himeko through Setsumi's eyes.
  • Narcissu 2: Himeko's Epilogue, details the final moments of Himeko's story.

These stand-alone chapters are available as DLC:
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  • Narcissu: A Little Iris - A side story set in medieval Europe, exploring what it means to desire to live, or die.
  • Narcissu: Zero - The origin story of the 7th floor hospice and its rules.

And these scenarios are scheduled for release as DLC in 2016:
  • Narcissu: Sumire - An entirely new chapter in the series, it tells the tale of two girls who cross paths: one dying and the other desiring death, both filled with profound regrets about their respective lives.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (76 reviews)
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lastcityzero
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
Both Narcissu 1 & 2 are powerful dramas, although the first game can be a bit dry at times.
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NW is retarded
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
RIP anime girls with terminal illness.
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desertkona
1.2 hrs
Posted: July 16
If you play and like Narcissu this game is must buy. this game is direct sequel after Narcissu 2.
Same atmosphere
Great OST
and better CG than original Narcissu
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karen
5.0 hrs
Posted: July 5
I am a fan of Narcissu 1&2 and I loved little Iris and like the epilogue of HImeko.
So, I really recommend this game. Iris is quite violent and you have to have some knowledge about history to have the right view of the story, I think.
If you are a fan of Narcissu don't miss Iris nor Himeko.
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J'adore Narcissu 1 et 2 et j'ai adoré Iris et l'épilogue d'Himeko.
Iris est assez violent, et il est important de considérer l'histoire dans son contexte historique.
Si vous êtes un fan de Narcissu, le jeu en vaut largement son pesant d'or.

I can't wait the update of the story of the 2 others girls + the japanese version of Iris.
J'espère avoir accès rapidement 2 autres histoires et à la version japonaise d'Iris.
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tie the kangaroo down lau
1.7 hrs
Posted: June 30
here we go again... *grabs tissue*
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Derps
21.7 hrs
Posted: June 1
As always, special thanks to all the translators out there sharing these stories with the world.

For Narcissu part 1, I'd STRONGLY recommend remembering and selecting Translation >> [ gp32 ] Insani in the menu. I felt the top option [ Agilis ] was a translation that made sense most of the time, but was VERY unnatural to read!

Sadly, Insani never did part 2 or Himeko Epilogue, so there is no option, but Agilis seems to have improved their work markedly since translating the first story.

*NEW* -Review -

It seems some viewers would like to more know about 'Himeko's Epilogue' which this 'Anthology' purchase gives you. So instead of just a tip on how to best enjoy Narcissu, I added a review to be more helpful. Here's a short version summery of my feelings on it, with as low a setting for story spoilage as possible.

Months after playing, I recall 'Himeko's Epilogue' as a charming yet bittersweet experience. The story wasn't the gut-wrenching tragedy that was Part 1, as the author didn't get me as intimately attached to the protagonist character. I suppose 'Himeko's Epilogue' is a different flavor of story from Part 1; sad, yet relaxed, following Himeko's narrative faithfully, while adding snipets of history to beloved Setsumi's past. With Setsumi now far less involved, the supporting characters who were not prominent figures in Part 2, (and didn't seem like they would be very interesting), are back. I am pleased to say that they helped this final piece earn a recommend at $3.
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Tuxmichl
9.8 hrs
Posted: May 17
This review is about the core game without DLCs (I will review them seperately).

For everyone who knows and likes Narcissu 1 & 2 I can shorten this review to: Get this! The new chapter is absolutely worth it! For everyone else a few more words:

In this Anthology you get Narcissu 1 & 2 and a new chapter about Himeko, who is one of the main characters of Narcissu 2. Narcissu 1 & 2 are aviable for free on steam, so if you are interessted in this one, just try them out and you will know if this is something for you.

The new chapter takes place near the end of Narcissu 2 and is shorter than the previous main storys. The Quality of this piece is just as high as the older parts. Nice drawings (but rare as always), atmospheric music and more than ever a really good and very sad story. It blends in perfectly, you wont notice a difference in storytelling to the other parts. There are some moments where the story will slap you in the face (in a "good" way). Even after, I dont know, several weeks or even months I get tingles down my spine if I think back at the story.

So as I said, if you liked the previous titles, you will like this as well. Even if this story is relatively short compared to Narcissu 1 & 2, its still longer than a movie and compared to that, you get really good value.
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ThePd
0.1 hrs
Posted: May 7
A legend for Visual novel genre game.
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mindblaster42
10.7 hrs
Posted: April 26
as good as the free one
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Desolater IV
0.9 hrs
Posted: April 25
A Series of Japanese Visual Novels
https://youtu.be/X0qA-TVZMvI
+ Emotional stories, one of which is about a girl with a terminal illness and what it's like living through that and knowing that she will die
+ Nice relaxing background meladies that captures the mood the reasure should be feeling
+ Great writing

- I felt like there needed to be more images to capture what was happening in the story
- Not much gameplay besides clicking through dialogue text
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
RIP anime girls with terminal illness.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Both Narcissu 1 & 2 are powerful dramas, although the first game can be a bit dry at times.
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209 of 271 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Many years have passed since the first games of the renowned Narcissu series first became known among the fans of the visual novel, and within there the kinetic game genre, quickly establishing itself as one of the better known and well received doujin releases in Western communities. Shortly thereafter, the second one came out which was also freely available to those who were so inclined and wanted to read it, leaving many a fan waiting with bated breath if others will also be offered later on, as were its predecessors. As it turned out it wasn't the last, but sadly it came at a great price.

The first sign stems from the simple yet powerful fact that despite the title which is at least in name supposed to be the anthology of all Narcissu releases, its producer only included the already free first two games in its core edition, and a never before heard extra chapter. This is because unlike with a real collection of stories, the chapters are split up instead this time on the pretext that people interested in them can choose only which they want to read and pay for only that. It's a little difficult to accept however as it's little more than a thinly disguised attempt at milking a fairly famous game for all it's worth, asking significantly more money for the entire set than actually great visual novels like eden* or planetarian are being sold for. Which gets even more pronounced on the Kickstarter page where the publishers set tiers for those investing in their funding project, requesting insane amounts of money for anything more than a digital copy, which is like a store offering the covers of a book at a modest price then charging ten times more for the pages themselves. In that regard, its publisher is nothing like a proper company which handles visual novels, especially considering the fact that they mostly release already existing ones when they can like they did with Grisaia, and all the other games they have are abysmally low in quality, especially the Sakura series. This alone should be enough of a reason to steer clear of the game presented here.

Even if it wasn't though, there are still plenty not to support a nonexistant anthology, one of the biggest being that the third entry of the series, Die Dritte Welt is not mentioned anywhere on the store page nor on other sites. That leaves the direct sequel to the first games out, replacing it with completely unrelated chapters that try to extend the series in the wrong direction, but contrary to what was expected only destroy what made it so unusual at first by doing so. Not completely unlike how EA killed Westwood and with it ruined the Command and Conquer universe, and arguing that the new content isn't bad in itself unfortunately doesn't counterweigh the damage done to the original games. A shame since if it wasn't for present edition being a collection, there would be much less flaws to find.

Sekai Project also flagged this review for no reason but it being critical of the product they made, while I received several verbally abusing comments from Kickstarter supporters that could get one permabanned due to how disgusting they were. I care not for mindless fanboys however as I will ignore all downvotes from them if they can't even try or just don't want to make decent arguments about why there's a disagreement.

Therefore, if you truly appreciate visual novels, then look for quality games from good publishers while read the combined game of Narcissu 1 and 2 if you are still interested in reading them since it's free and has the soundtrack in store if you want to buy it. Avoid this release. Don't buy.
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Guys, if you're not sure about buying this one, consider playing/reading/watching/listening it for free:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/264380/
This 10th Anniversary looks more like a pre-order for now.

I love this VN, bought it with Season Pass and now I hope to see Narcissu's sidestories on Steam.

Thank you, Sekai Project, thank you, stage-nana.
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I started Narcissu at around 9PM knowing nothing of the story other than the Steam description.
It's now 1:30 am and after numerous breaks to collect myself, I am finished.
Surrounding me are spent tissues and a plastic bag, my face is red and my eyes sting.
I've cried 6 times between the start and finish of this visual novel, and honestly, I couldn't be happier.

Narcissu really spoke to me on numerous levels, as someone who's lost ones they love, and as someone who is a former catholic. (Note: The religious themes in this game are not heavy handed, but actually enhance the story.) I would recommend this title to anyone, especially people who've lost loved ones and have ever felt the hopelessness involved.

Truly a beautiful heart wrenching story.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
*kickstarter here, played early, hence the early review*

So far, only Himeko epilogue is available. If you had read Narcissu 1st and 2nd, it is a must buy. A bit short for the price tag (about 90 mins), but the feels are worth it.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Review in one sentence : Himeko’s Epilogue is recommended for fans of Narcissu 1 and 2, and non-fans may feel unsatisfied with the content they get (about 1 hour of reading) for the price they pay.

As the title says, this is an epilogue for Himeko, who is a main character in Narcissu 2. As such, it is strongly recommended that you finish Narcissu 2 before starting Himeko’s Epilogue. The epilogue is short as you may expect, with about 1 hour of reading, and it takes Himeko’s story from Narcissu 2 to the very end. That’s not to say that the ending in Narcissu 2 is unfinished. The ending of Narcissu 2 satisfactorily closes the story of Himeko and Setsumi, so reading Himeko’s Epilogue is not strictly necessary to understanding the story.

Himeko’s Epilogue focuses on the friendship between Himeko and Yuka. Without spoiling any events, you could say that Himeko’s Epilogue is a story about two friends supporting each other to get through the difficulties they are facing. Yuka is a minor character in Narcissu 2, and her character develops a little in the short amount of time covered in Himeko’s Epilogue.

There are two options for going through Himeko’s Epilogue – Normal and Classic Mode. The only difference between the two modes is the artwork used for the background. The artwork in Normal will show character’s faces, whereas Classic will not, and the artwork in Normal is larger.

A note on play order for people who have not read Narcissu 1 and 2

The chronological order of the stories is: Narcissu 2 -> Himeko’s Epilogue -> Narcissu 1

Setsumi is a main character in Narcissu 2, and Narcissu 2 is a prequel to her story in Narcissu 1. Narcissu 2 explains some of the actions that Setsumi takes in Narcissu 1, so if you can’t stand seeing characters doing things for seemingly unexplainable reasons then you may like to read Narcissu 1 last. Otherwise, you can read Narcissu 2 after Narcissu 1 and have several moments of “Ah, so that’s why!”
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 27
NOTE: I played the prerelease version given to Kickstarter backers.

If you haven't played Narcissu 1st/SIDE 2nd, you should look at the reviews for that first.

Right now, the 10th Anniversary Anthology edition includes Himeko's Epilogue, which wraps up the events with Himeko from SIDE 2nd. If you enjoyed the first two games, then you should definitely get this for the story - it's short (maybe not even an hour long) but gives you that final sense of completion. This version includes some new art: unlike the original two games, the art is detailed, depicts the characters often, and fills more of the screen. It also includes art that is similar to the original games. The new art is well done, but nothing special.

This also includes 1980, a short story by the author of the Narcissu stories. It's quite short and has the same general theme as Narcissu 1st. If you're a big fan of the series, you'll appreciate it, but it's nothing special on its own, in my opinion.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
A Series of Japanese Visual Novels
https://youtu.be/X0qA-TVZMvI
+ Emotional stories, one of which is about a girl with a terminal illness and what it's like living through that and knowing that she will die
+ Nice relaxing background meladies that captures the mood the reasure should be feeling
+ Great writing

- I felt like there needed to be more images to capture what was happening in the story
- Not much gameplay besides clicking through dialogue text
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
here we go again... *grabs tissue*
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