Prototype announced that they are bringing the popular visual novel Clannad to the Nintendo Switch this Spring. While the game is being released in Japan, the game will feature English text so for those who want to import it, there is no fear of not being able to read and/or understand what’s going on in the game.
The Nintendo Switch version of the game will feature brand-new 5.1 surround sound audio, full touchscreen support, as well as the English version of the Dangopedia that was previously released with other versions of the game.
The game is already available in English in the U.S. if you own a PC as Sekai Project brought the game to Steam in November 2015. They also followed up with a Steam release of Clannad: Side Stories in 2016. Prototype also released Clannad on the PlayStation 4 in June 2018 which is also in both English and Japanese. The original version of the visual novel is available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android.
The visual novel spawned a movie as well as two television anime seasons. MyAnimeList.net describes Clannad as follows:
Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Youhei Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.
One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon discovers the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.
However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’s drama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.
As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn’t as dull as he once thought.