Notice: As the game is only available in Japanese, I will translate most if not all of what the screenshots state that I list below.
Developed by NekoDora Soft and published by Regista, “5 Nates +” was released for the Nintendo Switch on December 2, 2021. Before it was ported and upgraded to the Nintendo Switch, it was initially released as a smartphone game a few months earlier on October 6, 2021 with it simply being titled “5 Nates.” It is an indie game with a relatively low price tag of 1490 yen with tax for the download version which is about $13 American. As stated above, it is only available in Japanese at the moment but hopefully people will be able to enjoy it despite the language barrier. Perhaps it will even get localized.
It Nates for nothin’
The Hero and the 5 Nates
Ashley Burklight: The older brother. He sometimes goes on monster hunts while training to be a swordsman in his village. His demeanor is impulsive and straight-forward yet he has a surprisingly observant eye with the ability to point out the astute.
Nate Burklight: She is a quiet young girl with silver hair and blue eyes. She had a weak constitution from an early age which led her to the hobby of reading an extensive amount of books and thus acquire an extensive amount of knowledge. Despite having the knowledge, that doesn’t mean she can necessarily translate it into actual battles. She is an intellectual who has a firm grasp of items while fighting.
Green Nate: A very animated girl with lots of energy. She has the characteristics of someone who can’t sit still and seemingly wants to climb to tall heights. She flourishes using magic in battle.
Blue Nate: She is very reserved and always thinking about the negatives. However, the magic and magic power she possesses is nothing short of astonishing.
Red Nate: She has an impulsive and straight-forward personality and an aggressive style in or our of battle. She has a very high attack power (higher than Ashley) which can be relied on.
Yellow Nate: She has a spontaneous personality where you never know what she is thinking with it showing in her actions in battle.
The wheel of Nate
To the left are three options(with the ability to add one more later): Wait, Pebble, and Potion with the number of items left indicated on top in red. The number below the Nate Board within the action selected is how much each action will move the Nate Board according. For example, using Pebble will add +2 to the Nate Board and now she will be Green Nate as indicated below.
Magazine and Supplement
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5 Nates + is a cute and different RPG that was upgraded from the 5 Nates games that was released earlier in 2021 for smartphones. It features cute design of characters, simple yet enough gameplay and a strategic battle system that incorporates an element of a board game in its battle system. It is an indie game so it is only like $13 American to buy on the Nintendo Switch should you be able to access the Japanese e-shop. The language barrier may or may not be tough to handle as it is with most RPGs, but the game is pretty fun to play in its full experience.