Rom-Com Visual Novel ‘Arcade Spirits’ Spreads Love On Consoles In May

Get ready to court love-struck button-mashers in Arcade Spirits, coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this Spring.

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Following its love-struck release on PC last year, Fiction Factory Games romantic comedy visual novel Arcade Spirits will be making its way to the Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 digitally on May 1st, publisher PQube announced today. Cupid will be firing off a volley of pixelated love with a retail version of the game on May 5th.

To celebrate the announcement, PQube released a gloriously 80s-inspired trailer full of synthwave, arcade games, and more pixelated paramours than you can shake a joystick at. Check it out below:

Here’s a rundown of the game courtesy of the publisher:

“Arcade Spirits, a romantic comedy visual novel, follows an alternate timeline set in the year 20XX where the 1983 video game crash never occurred. After losing your job, you find a new future at at the Funplex, a popular arcade, home to a host of unique personalities and customers. Where will this new-found path in life take you? Who will you meet along the way? Will you find the romance you’re seeking?”

Kenny scored the PC version of Arcade Spirits a 3.5 out of 5 in his review last February saying: “Arcade Spirits is far from being a traditional visual novel, but that doesn’t make it a bad one. While I’m doubtful that it will have the same reach as many of its Eastern-themed counterparts, I still see potential for it to draw people in. And, between its unique premise, down-to-earth approach, and novel mechanics, those very same people are likely to walk away satisfied.”

You can find Kenny’s full review here.

So, does the idea of a neon-saturated dating sim full of synthwave and retro arcade games set your heart aflutter? Sound off in the comments below and let us know if you’ll be adding this quirky VN to your collection this Spring.


Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou (Arcade), Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch), Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo)

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