Tsukihime Remake A Piece of Blue Glass Moon Has A Switch Problem
There's a discourse ongoing with the Switch version of Tsukihime Remake in Japan.
Tsukihime Remake was finally released in Japan this August 26, on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, however, longtime Type-Moon and Nasuverse fans wanting to grab the Switch version are facing several hurdles.
The original Tsukihime was first released by Type-Moon, Kinoko Nasu and Takashi Takeuchi, back in 2000. And I don’t mean the decade, I mean the actual year 2000. It was a visual novel for PC with several routes and a deep story, leaving a huge impression on Japanese speakers back then, and on otaku who read or played fan translations a few years later.
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Tsukihime Remake was first announced in 2008 but has never seen the light of the day til now. Certainly due to various issues not necessarily linked to game development, but Type-Moon never elaborated in public. The remake was revealed a second time on December 31, 2020, during a special Type-Moon TV program, and it was rebaptized Tsukihime -A piece of blue glass moon-, with an official page opening.
Tsukihime A Piece of Blue Glass Moon – The Switch problem
Several fans in Japan, after waiting over a decade for Tsukihime Remake, are having trouble actually buying the game on Nintendo Switch. Judging from Japanese fans’ reactions on Twitter, Aniplex, who is handling the game’s publishing, as the copyrights owners of FGO and several parts of the Nasuverse, produced smaller stock of the Nintendo Switch version compared to PS4. Well, fans who really want the game can just buy the digital version, you’d say.
Except there’s also a certain issue with the digital version of Tsukihime Remake on Switch, which created another buzz on social media. Its size is huge. Tsukihime Remake is 20.9 GB on Nintendo Switch, and 36.05 GB on PS4. This makes Tsukihime Remake way bigger than most Switch games, including Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is 13.4 GB. Some players have had no choice but to delete some games or buy a new SD card for it to fit.
The huge size can probably be explained considering all the music (the OST is over eight hours), the fully-voiced dialogues. And possibly hidden content Typ-Moon didn’t reveal pre-release.
Furthermore, most Switch players of Tsukihime Remake noted the PS4 version looks slightly better compared to the Switch version. This usually isn’t the case with 2D or anime-stylized games like this, but many fans noted the Switch version might be using slightly fewer colors in its CGs. You can see similar tweets being shared with the non-hashtag “月姫 switch 画質”.
While Tsukihime A Piece of Blue Glass Moon was confirmed before release to “only” include the Arc and Ciel routes, they’ve been described as being much longer than in the original game. Several brand new characters have also been introduced.
Moreover, Type-Moon already teased that another Tsukihime Remake game will be coming, covering the “other side of the moon”. Sadly, Tsukihime Remake has no localization announced for the west yet. Did you import the game, and are you into the Nasuverse as well? You can always reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 for a chat. And don’t forget the new Melty coming September 30.