Even hardened Haruhi otaku have been shocked by the announcement of the latest game in the Haruhi franchise – a thrilling PSP mahjong game of “less than doujin quality,” but with a $110 price tag.
Some screenshots from the game tell all that is needed:
“Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Mahjong” comes in two versions – the DX Pack is an astonishing ¥9429 ($110) but comes with such trinkets as a Nendoroid Puchi Haruhi-chan (a $5 trading style figure), a special box and a DVD. Pre-orders get some mahjong tile stickers.
Meanwhile, the peasant pack comes with nothing and retails for just ¥6279 ($75).
Just whether Haruhi otaku will balk at this abuse remains to be seen – unfortunately, previous evidence seems to suggest not.