Never heard of Lux-Pain? It's a Nintendo DS text-based adventure that was released in Japan in early 2008. After hearing the buzz, I tried to give dark detective/mystery game a spin, but the Japanese text was a bit over my comprehension level. From what I saw, it looked great. Now, thanks to Ignition Entertainment, Marvelous Interactive, and developer Killaware, we will be able to play it next year in English.
Lux-Pain is set in historical Kisaragi City, a town plagued by mysteries from small mishaps to murders - with no logical explanation as to why these events occur. It seems “Silent”, a worm born through hate and sadness, has infected humans and forced them to commit atrocious crimes. The hero's parents are victims of such crimes. To avenge his parents, Atsuki goes through a dangerous operation to acquire Lux-Pain in his left arm, a power so strong that his left eye turns golden when using it to seek and destroy Silent for good.
Murder mysteries, stylus autopsies, and parasitic worms? Awesome! The press release says that we can expect this title to hit shelves in North America in March of 2009.
For now, check out the screenshots they sent along in our gallery and the Japanese trailer for this game above.