WAVE!! Naminori Boys smartphone game ends distribution

Not long after its launch, the incomplete WAVE!! Naminori Boys smartphone game bids goodbye.

What is WAVE!!

WAVE!! is a mixed media project that puts focus on surf – sport that is included for the first time as an Olympic sport at the now postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics – through music releases, anime, radio, apps, events and other media.

This project was created by LOVE&ART (behind B-PROJECT and Hi!Superb) in partnership with Surf Magazine, NSA Surf, bayfm78 and Murasaki Sports, and counts with character designs by Yomi Sarachi (Arcana Famiglia, POSSESSION MAGENTA, Band Yarouze!, etc).

The cast counts with Tomoaki MaenoNobuhiko OkamotoYoshiki NakajimaTakuya SatoYusuke ShiraiShunichi TokiShowtaro Morikubo and Jin Ogasawara.

The project counts with theatrical and anime adaptations and, up until recently, a smartphone game.

End of distribution for the game

WAVE!! Naminori Boys was launched on 01/03/2021 and ended distribution on 06/04/2021.

Despite all the hype surrounding the game – as well as the project itself after its anime version aired in Japan – and the promise of a fully voiced story (which was met), the game was plagued with issues that made it unplayable (text missing in the game) or playable but only for those with a lot of patience (gatcha rate even worse than usual for gatcha games).

Fans of the franchise were vocal since the game’s launch about its shortcomings hoping something would be improved in further updates.

However, after a long period of “maintenance” that kicked off mid-March, it was announced this Tuesday (06/04/2021) by MAGES. that WAVE!! Naminori Boys has effective immediately ended distribution.

For more details on this end of distribution, please refer to WAVE!!’s official website (link below) or to its official Twitter account (tweet above).


SOURCE: WAVE!! official website

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