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The Shall We Date? franchise is a series of Dating Sim visual novels. All of the games are made by NTT Solmare Entertainment, a Japanese gaming company.

The series includes the following games:

The Shall We Date? series includes the following tropes:

  • Allegedly Free Game: Most games in the series are released as free-to-play social games or have a "plus" version in that format. These games do not require a purchase to play the story, but limit the player's progress by day and sometimes offer "premium" story content or other extras which have to be bought.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Usually reached by doing well enough to avoid a Downer Ending but not well enough to get the happiest ending, though sometimes the worst endings are more bittersweet than total downers.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: The number of male characters to choose from will vary from three to sixteen candidates.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The love interests won't be too happy if the heroine attracts another guy's attention or if she interacts with another guy.
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  • Downer Ending: Some of the Normal/Bad Endings will be this.
  • Dude Magnet: More often than not, the entire cast of love interests is openly interested in the player character no matter whose route she choses.
  • Featureless Protagonist: In most games, the protagonist/player character is never shown on-screen except in CGs, which are typically framed not to show her face. The protagonist of The Niflheim has a sprite which appears on-screen, but as a reverse-painted silhouette which does not show any facial features. The protagonists of Blood in Roses and Destiny Ninja 2 have full sprites.
    • The newest games, Ninja Shadow and Modern Cinderella, avert this. Heck, the Ninja Shadow heroine's bifauxnen looks are a plot point.
  • Genre Shift: Castle Break is described as a mixture of Romance Game and "escape adventure" game, where all other games in the series are straight romance games.
  • Harem Genre: Reverse harem, given how most of the games in the series surround the protagonist with men who are romantically interested in her.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Although most games provide a default name for the protagonist, the player may change it at any time.
  • Love Triangle: Some routes will include another guy chasing after the heroine. Additionally, Love Tangle runs on this trope. There are four different love triangles available, one of them being a Sibling Triangle. Shall We Date?: Blood In Roses is one instance in which some endings actually feature one as a good thing instead of a disturbance.
  • Microtransactions: The standard format for all games in the series. In the paid versions of the games, the player downloads a free prologue and then buys the individual routes they want to play. In the "plus" games, the story is free, but the player can purchase "coins" with which to buy extra content or items that make it easier to advance the story.
  • Multiple Endings: There are usually at least three possible endings. Some games have as many as five, from Downer Ending to Golden Ending.
  • The Rival: There may be a female character added to the game to provide drama to the love story.
  • Secret Character: Certain games have bonus love interests that can be accessed after completing a route.
  • Sibling Triangle: This series loves to use this one. Just about every visual novel features the heroine being involved with at least two brothers.
  • Thematic Series: With the exception of Destiny Ninja and Destiny Ninja 2 (the latter game's protagonist and love interests being descendants of the protagonist and love interests of the former game), the games in the series have no direct connections to each other beyond all being romance games with female protagonists and male love interests.
  • Tsundere: There's usually at least one guy among the main love interests who tries to hide his feelings for the heroine with brusque or blustering behavior.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: These games feature a "dress-up" feature, which allows the player to customize the avatar however they want. The items they get can boost the protagonist's charm level and increases the chances of winning the novel's mini-games.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Some of the male characters will have unusually-colored hair.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • In My Sweet Prince, the "Royal Temptation" stories give the option to cheat on their main guy with one of the other princes or remain faithful to the chosen love interest.
    • In Can't Say No, the heroine (Kana Saeki) is engaged to a man and she's struggling with her relationship with him. She can work to repair her relationship with him, or cheat on him with any of several other guys.
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