Nanashi no Game

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Rumors have been circulating about a Role-Playing Game for the TS (a game system that looks suspiciously familiar) that's recently grown in popularity; people say that the game has been cursed. The rumor goes that whoever doesn't complete the RPG in a certain number of days will die.

You are one of those who have played the game. You didn't put much stock in the rumors at first until you visit your friend Odaka's apartment and find him dead. Suddenly, you realize that the things that happen in the game are happening to you in real life and death is approaching you. As the clock ticks, can you find a way to escape the curse?

Nanashi no Game (The Game with No Name) is a Survival Horror game by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS that takes place in two worlds: the real world and the eightbit game world of the cursed RPG. The actions done in the game world give clues to what's happening in the story while the real world has you exploring places while avoiding the ghosts of previous victims. A sequel known as Nanashi no Game Me (the subtitle translating to "Eye"), featuring a new protagonist, the cursed RPG, and a cursed Platformer, has also been released for the DS, as have independent versions of both cursed games—subtitles Chi ("Blood") and Goku ("Prison")--on DSiWare.

It is also suggested for those who truly enjoy horror games to listen to the game with earphones.

Tropes used in Nanashi no Game include:


Ohyama The digital curse! Now! I! Will! Experience! It! For! Myself!

  • Punny Name: Na-nashi means "nameless", but nana-shi means "seven-death", as in seven day death.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: Your gender has a minor effect on some early dialogue, mainly determining whether Odaka is jealous of you or secretly in love with you.
  • The Resenter: Yutani resented Ikuta Ushio's for having a family and a life beyond work. So they murdered his wife so that he'd have to devote himself even more to pulling Utasoft back from the brink. That didn't work out so well...
  • Shout-Out: Ooyama states that there have been plenty of odd deaths related to media, such as newspapers, pirate radio broadcasts, and notebooks.
  • Sinister Subway
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • The Stinger: Changes depending on the ending.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Yutani. What makes it scarier is that his eyeglasses are drenched in blood due to him just killing Tomoka.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: It's a Japanese horror game, so this was to be expected.
  • Survival Horror
  • Taken for Granite: Welcome to the developer's room! Come chat with the dev team!
  • Timed Mission: The climax.
  • Vocaloid: The voice of Hatsune Miku is used in one shop in the mall to sing the store's theme song.
  • Welcome to Corneria
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Asahi's motivation for haunting the game her dad made.
  • Where The Hell Is Nanto?: Nara? Fukuoka? Tokyo? Some completely made up place with elements of all of the above?
  • Woman in White: Asahi wears a white sundress.
  • X Meets Y: The Ring with a bootleg Dragon Quest instead of video tapes.
  • Yandere: In the RPG, the psycho Bride/Groom who mistakes you for their fiancé(e).
    • Then there's your friend Riko, who isn't too thrilled that her boyfriend secretly preferred you/she died before she could tell you how much she really loved you...
  • You All Look Familiar: In the RPG as well as with the Regrets. In the latter case, it's implied the recurring Regrets were the developers themselves.