Princess Debut is an unexpected changed from the usually DS titles I have played, it combines various rpg (role playing game) gameplay elements from exploring the world map of the "Flower Kingdom" to negotiating with the various npcs (non playable characters) to find the best skilled Dance Partner out of the six princes. Then of course there is the Dancing, the use of the stylus is well played and gradual becomes challenging as you unlock more songs to dance to. The main objective is to master dancing, get experience points and stamina, level up your character and find a partner to compete in the ball all within a 30 day time period (not real time) while encountering a variety of side stories and dance events to prove yourself and level up, or in make mistakes and get criticized for it in a comical manner. With the open gameplay, you can choose not to practice or practice at dancing and of course choose your partner, this title has endless replay ability. The game gives you three save slots, so you can try to play the store out in different way to compare how each adventure goes, or if you have a friend or brother or sister you can share the game, which is a plus over games which only offer one save slot. There are four ways to play the game, Story Mode (which I have described above), Ballroom Mode (a competitive dance off of 5 stages that get harder with each level), Practice Mode, and Movie Mode. Movie Mode lets you record your dances with the different outfits and partners. Yes, the game allows for different outfits, 30 of them, but you have to unlock them through store mode. The 2D graphics let the game play out like you are reading a shojo manga, the artwork is well done and the interface is similar to past titles like Trace Memory, just the mouths do not move, which is way I say it is more like a manga then an anime. On the top screen during the dancing sequences your character and dance parter are present in 3D dancing around the ball room, there is a mini transparent in screen picture of the bottom screen in the lower left hand corner which allows the player to watch the dance and perform the stylus moves without concentrating completely on the bottom screen. My only complaint about Princess Debut is the 3D graphics, they models match their 2D counter parts, but the whole 3D scenes of the game are too dark, if they would have adjusted the brightness for the dance scenes to match the bright color pallet of the game it would have been a good fit, but the dark dancing scenes make the player focus on the brightly lit bottom screen which the dance steps are shown, perhaps this is what Natsume was aiming for, I do not know, but it just seems like a bad fit for a colorful game. Over all I give Princess Debut 9 out of 10, it is a refreshing, humorous, and unique blend of story telling I would recommend for players of all ages and genders.
yes: I recommend this product