Popular visual novel/management sim Needy Streamer Overload is getting a Switch port. The game has been on Steam since January and has sold over 450,000 copies in around five months. Now, you’ll get to raise and manage your own internet sensation on the Switch.
In a unique premise for the genre, your goal as P-Chan is to help internet star Ame get 1 million subscribers in just 31 days — not even we’ve managed that! But it’s not all sweet and saccharine as you have to balance fighting off internet trolls and critics while also helping Ame have fun outside of her internet idol persona. This sounds a little too realistic.
NEEDY STREAMER OVERLOAD is a “multi-ending ADV” depicting daily life with “OMGkawaiiAngel-chan”, a young girl with a rather extreme need for approval attempting to become the #1 “Internet Angel” (streamer). Gradually build up OMGkawaiiAngel-chan’s number of followers as she spends her days streaming, using various medications, and generally being kinda messed up. Experience all the different crazy ups and downs and find out for yourself whether this story is even capable of having a happy ending.
Turn “Ame-chan” – somewhat of a hot mess of a girl – into an OMGWTF-cute internet angel and jumpstart her career as a live streamer for the most hardcore otakus online!
– Ame-chan: While she may look somewhat low-key and quiet, she’s actually a ridiculously selfish and vapid girl with a tendency to get carried away and a desperate need for approval. She’s, well… kind of a garbage person. Likes: Her S.O./producer, “P-chan”; psychotropics.
– OMGkawaiiAngel-chan: An “internet angel”. Ame-chan’s alter ego, used while streaming. Pretends to be really nice and sweet. Constantly flirts with otaku types.
Living with internet angel!
As Ame-chan’s beloved (???) “P-chan”, offer daily commentary and guidance to help foster her into a top-tier streamer. She’ll start out getting few comments and even less followers, but under your direction and guidance she can amass more and more devoted listeners/obsessed fans, turning her into a super-popular streamer – and thus allowing you to squeeze stupid amounts of cash out of her donation-happy otaku followers.
It’s not all about streaming – sometimes you just need to take a little break, too! Take Ame-chan on dates, serve her up a little bit of naughtiness once in awhile, provide her with a little something-something to take the edge off when she needs to release some pent-up stress, and use online dating apps to send her on dates with other dudes to help keep her happy and mentally healthy. *NOTE: This is actually a perfectly wholesome game, containing absolutely no explicit sexual references or expressions nor illegal substances.
You can see the results of your daily actions and behavior via social media, where Ame-chan will use both public and private accounts to talk about you. People have a tendency to act supportive and friendly on the outside, while talking loads of smack and spreading rumors privately.
You’ll sometimes receive long-winded, tedious criticisms and insults, but that’s just par for the course when dealing with a cute girl streaming on the internet. Be sure to take proper care of her.
The game features multiple endings, and your streamer will do things like become weird and emo for various reasons, subject her trusty P-chan to harm, and generally get messed up in the head. Begin your adventure and see for yourself whether a happy ending is really even possible for a cute yet disturbed girl on the modern-day internet.
“Multiple wild endings” is also pretty daunting considering the trials and tribulations you’ll likely have to go to maintain Ame’s internet persona and happiness. It’s a cruel world out there online sometimes.
Needy Streamer Overload releases on the Switch on 27th October, so get studying up on internet idols so you can prepare to make Ame the best, and happiest, she can be. And make sure you let us know if you’re interested in this management visual novel in the comments!