I have to hand it to Aksys. They've been taking a lot of risks on titles which, even in today's tolerant environment, would still be considered niche-within-niche. Games like this one, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan) for the PSP. It's an "otome game", a romance-centric type of visual novel/dating sim targeted at the female market. Stories and character designs trend towards hot men, lady protagonists, and the courting by the former of the latter (and occasionally by the former of each other).
Sweet Fuse is notable in that it capitalizes on the popularity of Keiji Inafune (he of Mega Man fame) by casting players in the role of Saki Inafune, his fictional niece. Rather than a giant laser-firing space battleship, Keiji Inafune is now a theme park owner, one being held hostage by the dastardly, Ferris Wheel-destroying Count Hogstein, and Saki must participate in a series of deadly games alongside a bevy of fabulous bachelors to save him.
Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. Check out some press release goodness below.
Aksys to localize otome game Sweet Fuse [Japanator]
|6:00 AM on 03.18.2013|
Aksys: There's a western market for otome games
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1.2 mil shipped: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
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Genesect battles 'Awakened' Mewtwo in Pokemon anime
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Get your Hello Kitty on in Naruto Ninja Storm 3's DLC
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