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Rumors have been circulating about a RolePlayingGame for the TS (a game system that looks [[NintendoDS suspiciously familiar]]) that's recently grown in popularity; people say that the game has [[HauntedTechnology 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 [[YourMindMakesItReal 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 or The Nameless Game) is a SurvivalHorror game by Creator/SquareEnix for the NintendoDS 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}}.

In January 2012, Creator/SquareEnix also released new spinoffs of the series called ''Nanashi no App'' and ''774 Deaths'' for iOS and Android, which follows the same pattern of story of the previous games but now with an ''unavoidable'' downloadable app for your smartphone which messes around your camera and mail apps where you need to try to resolve the mystery and trying to save your life.

It is also suggested for those who truly enjoy horror games to [[SchmuckBait listen to the game with earphones]].
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AbandonedHospital: The third level takes place in one. It's also where the ghosts start appearing.
** [[spoiler: Since ''Me'' has some relations with the original game regarding to the plot, the hospital plays a role in the 6th day again... but it gets so much ''worse'' thanks to Akane's double personality, it also gets present in the game as well]].
* AdultsAreUseless: Sort of. Prof. Ohyama is far from useless, but he does sort of leave you to do everything for yourself [[spoiler: -- at least, up until he pulls a YouShallNotPass to save your life near the end. Possibly justified by the fact that he was trying to find out what happened if he didn't play the game and/or investigate the curse himself.]]
* AllInARow: ''Me'' uses this with "your" party members.
* AndIMustScream: Anyone who fails to complete the game gets turned into a statue inside of it. Or well, lives into the game forever and ever.
* BittersweetEnding: Regardless of [[MultipleEndings which ending you get]], in the end [[spoiler: you survive, but all of your friends are dead]].
** [[spoiler:In ''Me'', in the normal ending, you are safe, you save Akane and help her reconcile with Kenta and Naoki, but your friend Ren is in a coma after her experiences in Day 4]].
* BlandNameProduct: The TS, which is a dead ringer for a NintendoDS (right down to the menu).
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: Your encounter with "the Bloody Man" [[spoiler:aka Yutani]].
* BloodyHandprint: All over the place during the ghost chases.
** During the playthrough in ''Me'', you find two kinds of these: ones are white and the others are red. These are helpful to release the RPG or the platformer modes, respectively, to resolve some puzzles and to keep going on your way. [[spoiler: The white help you resolve and investigate around in the RPG world; the red are in there to don't leave you advance in the platformer levels]].
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Once your character plays the game, they find it impossible to escape from it - see ClingyMacGuffin below.
** [[spoiler:Also, Prof. Ohyama decides to do an experiment - while the main character plays the game and attempts to solve the mystery directly, he ignores the game completely. It doesn't go well for him.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The lighthouse picture you see drawn in Odaka's apartment.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler:Riko]].
* ClingyMacGuffin: Of a sort; your character becomes so freaked out when the ghosts appear that s/he smashes the TS...only for another TS to appear, [[MindScrew with the cursed RPG loaded up]].
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:[[UndeadChild Asahi]] doesn't really count, as she doesn't appear before TheReveal.]] However a group of them appear during one of the RPG sequences. They say that all the adults are gone and they [[Really700YearsOld never have to grow up now]]. While definitely a creepy moment, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse they're never mentioned again.]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: ''Sort'' of. The only time in the original game where you get to actually ''run'' [[spoiler:is when Riko chases you.]] The rest of the time, the protagonist is never concerned enough to do more than a brisk walk.
* DeadpanSnarker: The protagonist in the first game.
* DecoyProtagonist: Riko.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The Regrets are monochromatic save for [[SplashOfColor their clothes]]. For instance, a common female Regret has [[LadyInRed a vibrant red dress]].
* DownerEnding: In ''Me'' this is what happens mixed a bit with a GainaxEnding, [[spoiler: once you play the whole game AGAIN, your reward is "making" a new proxy for the cursed game's entity/spirit (which happens to be something else, [[MindScrew a digital 'soul' without a body]]) and makes you wonder that the game was alive and cursed from the beginning, not exactly from Asahi or Akane in the second game), the hero gets ''killed'', [[GrandTheftMe Ren is the new body of the game]], and the game is distributed not only to YOU, but ALL. ALSO, the ending song of this evokes a [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion familiar sentiment]], too]]. What.
* DramaticIrony: Drives the whole plot of the first game: [[spoiler: Asahi hated the game and everything associated with it because her father was working so hard on it, and because it indirectly caused the death of her mother. Unbeknownst to her, Ikuta was turning Project Sun into a loving tribute to their happier past as a family]].
* ExactTimeToFailure
* FakeDifficulty: All over the place. It's ''especially'' prevalent in [[spoiler:the last three minutes before dawn of the first game]].
* FanTranslation: [[http://gbatemp.net/topic/299140-nanashi-no-game/page__view__findpost__p__3932156 the complete translation/v1.0]], released on 10/15/2011, [[MomentOfAwesome took the team 13 weeks]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Victims of the game reappear later as ghosts. The dev team fits this trope, though one programmer takes solace in that she can "listen to the [[HellIsThatNoise song I wrote]]".
** [[spoiler:Say, you have a dark and sad past? You feel resentment towards someone? Is it involed in some way with the game? And now you are in a coma/dead? Sure, no problem! You can be the [[MindScrew next host of the game itself!]]]]
* FlashbackEffects: [[spoiler:Tomoka's murder]] is reenacted in the RPG. The layout of the house is the same, down to the placement of doors and the stairwell.
** [[spoiler:In Me, the story of what happened to Akane and her friends is not only reenacted in a typical RPG style (with also unpredictable results), but also in a way resembling the real world, as what happened with Asahi]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The RPG scene of a bench overlooking the sea. [[spoiler: In the 'real world', that's your ultimate destination]]. The first scene of ''Me'' as well [[spoiler:neither you nor Ren, nor Yuuta are the ones of the party, it's the story of Akane and his friends' deaths, you are going to revisit this scene some times]].
* FourIsDeath: On the second day, the creepy, bloody abandoned train cars that Riko walks through are all labeled "Car 4". The hospital on day 3 has been closed for four years. UTA-SOFT is on the fourth floor of Nakano Broadway, and it has also [[spoiler:been closed for four years]], which you find out from the fourth e-mail you receive on the fourth day.
** Even the title plays on the association between ''four'' and ''death'' - it can be read as ''na-nashi no game'', ''The Game with no Name'', but it can also be read as ''nana-shi no game'', ''the game that kills you in seven days''.
** ''774 Deaths'' is quite [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment redundant]] as a title.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: In the bad ending of the original game, [[spoiler: the cursed RPG is transferred from your hero/ine's TS to ''yours'']].
** [[spoiler:The ultimate DownerEnding of ''Me'' gets so much worse. Where after getting killed the hero, the cursed RPG is transferred from his TS to not only to yours, but ''ALL''.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Chapter one of the original game ends with your character finding your friend Odaka dead in his apartment. Chapter two shows the last moments of Riko's life and her death by the ghost of Odaka's hands. [[spoiler:Near the end of Chapter 6, your ally Professor Ohyama finally falls victim to the game as well.]]
** ''Me'' follows the same pattern. In Day One you go to investigate a previous victim of the game (Odaka)'s department to investigate about this cursed game, your eye gets cursed and werid stuff start to happen, then your best friend dies because of the game and the game got downloaded to your TS. Thanks to StoryBranching, things may or may not get easier, but eventually you find out about this other 'bad' spirit, and the game is getting more bugged in some sort of way [[spoiler:then Ren falls victim of the game, you realize that the spirit in question, Akane, has two different personalities and is trying to destroy you AND HELP you]].
* [[ShowWithinAShow Game Within A Game]]: The centerpiece of the plot.
* GenreDeconstruction: Oh boy. It's deconstructed to the point that the cursed game isn't actually an RPG - there's no battles, no leveling up, no buying items, no resting at inns. Just walking around and talking to people [[spoiler:and finding hidden items to unlock the best ending]].
** [[spoiler:Technically in the sequel it's also a deconstruction but it also averts it since Akane's story is in sort of way represented as if it is an RPG: you have your party, you fight monsters and you have conflicts with one of your team members, all in 8-bits glory]].
* GhostlyGape: These show up with the hostile ghosts as enemies.
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler:Asahi]] waffles between Type A and B. [[spoiler:Akane fits as well with both of her personalities, 'white' is a bit of Type A, the 'red' one is the one that mostly fits in Type B]].
* GigglingVillain: The Bloody Man.
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: The RPG starts to seep into the real world as time goes on.
* GoldenEnding: A trope within a trope. In the original game, collecting all of the hidden items unlocks a meta ending, which appears as a hidden message in the cursed game: [[spoiler:Ikuta dedicating the game to his daughter]].
* HauntedTechnology: The RPG, complete with glitchy graphics that let you know something is ''seriously'' wrong with the game.
** And the sequel implies [[MindScrew that there's more than]] [[{{Pun}} meets the eye]].
* HellHotel: Misaki Hotel in the sixth level; [[spoiler:it's where the corpse of Asahi is.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Right when your hero/ine is cornered by a Regret in the original game, [[spoiler:Ohyama]] appears in the game and pulls a YouShallNotPass.
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: The lighthouse.
* ItsUpToYou
* JumpScare:
** One very noticeable one is when [[spoiler:the ghost of Riko attacks you in the hospital]]. Cue one of the scarier chase scenes in the game.
** [[spoiler:The scene where Ohyama gets transformed into a Regret as well. It's even worse since Ohyama is running to YOU, compared to the previous Regrets and your useless running, he is pretty fast.]]
** Typically expected from a horror game, both games present this. ''Me'' is even more jump scare productive, though.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:Asahi]] attempts this. [[spoiler:She succeeds in the bad ending, with the possible exception of the protagonist.]] The intentions of [[spoiler:red!Akane]] in the second. BTW,[[spoiler:[[MindScrew the game's TRUE intention]] is to live within a cycle over and over of killing, it eventually succeds in the ultimate bad ending, no one is saved]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Yutani, who murdered Ikuta's beloved wife, gets his comeuppance when he's cursed by the very game he was so obsessed with finishing.]]
* LetsPlay: When the game didn't have a translation, there's one by [=GhostCar=], located in the LP Archive [[http://lparchive.org/Nanashi-no-Game/ here]].
** After the fan translation patch has been released, there is this [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmYMSo92EWx_ovh3hE6PAwM_JzpQ6OUag one as well]], made by [=AesthethicGamer=].
** Nanashi no Game Me also has one by [=MikaruMenoko=] [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6346E703B71BFC3E here]]. It's not fully translated (it has some notes here and there to understand it, but pretty useful in what to do in it).
* LighthousePoint
* LoveTriangle: Depending on the gender you select in the first game, your hero/heroine learns that either [[spoiler:Odaka was jealous of your friendship with Riko]] or [[spoiler:Odaka found Riko irritating and was secretly pining after ''you'' instead]].
** [[spoiler: In NNG Me, this is pretty much what envolves Akane and her friends Naoki and Kenta. The three start as friends, Akane has feelings for one of them, and in jealousy (and it seems below the influence of the last day of the cursed game, the other kill the one in the relationship and "accidentally" murders Akane]].
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Asahi, "sunrise"]].
* MindScrew: [[spoiler:''WH ERE IS MY BO DY?'']]
* MisterExposition: Professor Ohyama serves this role. [[spoiler:In both of the games, even. He was truly investigating about his whole theory of the game during the week he was experimenting away, if the notes he left around in some places he went to are something to believe]].
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:Odaka]]. Let's just say that if you're planning to get possessed by an evil video game, work out your relationship issues first. [[spoiler:Implied with Naoki in the sequel]].
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame
* MultipleEndings: In the original game, there are two endings, a good end and a bad end. [[spoiler:Getting the good ending requires you to find all six hidden items in the RPG.]] In ''Me'' though... [[spoiler:it's both a BittersweetEnding and a DownerEnding, the last one is possible to reach once you complete the whole game again]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler: "My company's going under and only this game can save it! Hm...I know! I'll brutally murder the lead developer's family so he can focus all his attention on finishing it! That'll work!"]]
* MythologyGag: [[spoiler:The bad end of the first game has a song that reminisces the earlier [=RPGs=] for the NES, meanwhile the good end has one that it's pretty much like a orchestral song from Square-Enix 2000s games. The end of ''Me'' uses the first one on ''either'' ending, indicating that something bad is going to happen at the end...]]
* NightmareFetishist: Ooyama.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Utasoft, which went out of business trying to make one more game that could have saved the company... say doesn't that [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI sound familiar]]?
* NoExportForYou: It was considered for release in English, but the [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/03/28/nanashi-no-game-was-considered-for-north-america-focus-groups-killed-it/ opinion of focus groups]] was that [[ViewersAreMorons "you couldn't shoot anything"]].
* NumerologicalMotif: [[FourIsDeath Four]] and [[SevenIsNana seven]] appear frequently.
* OffScreenTeleportation. [[spoiler: Yutani]]. OH GOD, QUIT FOLLOWING ME, HELP.
* OldSchoolBuilding: One of the scenarios in the sequel. It was either abandoned or it's just the old building of the school that got left behind because of a ''certain'' incident that happened there some years before.
* OneHitKill: If a ghost/Regret so much as touches you, it's game over.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Judging by the room, [[spoiler:Yutani]] might as well have stuffed Tomoka into a blender and pressed ''purée''.
** FridgeBrilliance: You witness that scene through the eyes of [[spoiler:a little girl]] who was already under a severe emotional strain, and who is looking at the man who butchered [[spoiler:her mother]]. Of course that scene would look BloodierAndGorier than it actually was. (This also explains why the murderer in question seems to have OffscreenTeleportation powers - he doesn't, but it sure as hell seems that way to the PlayerCharacter).
* PeekABooCorpse
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->[[spoiler: '''Ohyama''']] The digital curse! Now! I! Will! Experience! It! For! Myself!
* PunnyName: Na-nashi means "nameless", but nana-''shi'' means "seven-death", as in [[YourDaysAreNumbered seven day death]].
** The name of the game in reality is [[spoiler: Road to Sunrise, 'sunrise' which is an alternate meaning of the name 'Asahi']].
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has a minor effect on some early dialogue, mainly determining [[spoiler: whether Odaka is jealous of you or secretly in love with you]].
* TheResenter: [[spoiler: Yutani]] resented [[spoiler: Ikuta Ushio]]'s for having a family and a life beyond work. So they [[spoiler: 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... [[spoiler: Naoki and Akane fits this as well in the sequel]].
* ShoutOut: Ooyama states that there have been plenty of odd deaths related to media, such as newspapers, pirate radio broadcasts, and [[Manga/DeathNote notebooks]].
** When Ooyama has you correlate network origins for the cursed game uploads, your options include [[Literature/TheRing s-yamamura.ts.ip]], [[Film/{{Audition}} a-yamazaki.ts.ip]], and [[Film/JuOn r-nishina.ts.ip]].
** The Ikuta residence has a staircase that bends around a corner. If you're even mildly familiar with Film/JuOn, you will expect a scare involving it. [[spoiler:It does happen, but not in the way you expect. Instead, you yourself flee frantically down the stairs, playing as a little girl escaping from the man who butchered her mother]].
** [[spoiler: The ultimate bad ending of the sequel has an almost a cappella of the original Nanashi no Game music track that evokes a certain [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion series]] with a GainaxEnding too.]]
** Speaking of the music, [[spoiler: the bad ending is much more reminiscent to the music of old Square or Enix games' for the NES. The good ending, however, sounds like it could come from any of the '''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' 3D games, making it much more heartwarming]].
* SinisterSubway
* SanitySlippage: ''Everyone'' trapped in the game gets this. Especially when they are way to involved in the game almost around the last few days of it.
* SmokingIsCool
* TheStinger: Changes depending on the ending.
* StoicSpectacles: Yutani. [[spoiler:What makes it scarier is that his eyeglasses are drenched in blood due to him just killing Tomoka.]]
* StoryBranching: The sequel gives some days the option to go towards one route or another.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: It's a Japanese horror game, so this was to be expected.
* SurvivalHorror
* TakenForGranite: Welcome to the developer's room! Come chat with [[AndIMustScream the dev team]]!
* TimedMission: The climax of the original game.
* {{Vocaloid}}: The voice of Hatsune Miku is used in the Mandarake store in the mall to sing its theme song.
* WelcomeToCorneria
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: [[spoiler:Asahi's motivation for haunting the game her dad made.]]
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Nanto?]]: Nara? Fukuoka? Tokyo? Some completely made up place with elements of all of the above?
* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler: Asahi]] wears a white sundress.
** [[spoiler: Good!Akane]] uses a short white sundress as well.
* XMeetsY: ''Literature/TheRing'' with a bootleg ''Videogame/DragonQuest'' instead of video tapes.
* {{Yandere}}: In the RPG, the psycho Bride/Groom who mistakes you for their fiancé(e).
** Then there's [[spoiler: your friend Riko]], who isn't too thrilled that [[spoiler: her boyfriend secretly preferred you/she died before she could tell you how much she really loved you]]...
** Implied in ''Me'' where [[spoiler:Naoki gets overjealous of Kenta and kills him. If you go to Kenta's tomb grave, he affirms that Naoki was under the influence of the cursed game, and that he died inside the game...]]
* YouALLLookFamiliar: In the RPG as well as with the Regrets. In the latter case, it's implied [[spoiler: the recurring Regrets were the developers themselves]].
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