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A Japanese noir mystery Visual Novel series originally developed by Data East with character designs by Katsuya Terada.

The story stars Jake Hunter, a heavy-smoking hard-boiled big city detective who runs his agency in the big city of Shinjuku, Tokyo (Aspicio, USA in the translated version.) Recurring supporting characters include his Deadpan Snarker secretary Yulia Marks, jovial mustachioed police inspector Scott Kingsley, Lab Rat Samantha Martin, Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters Vincent Drago and Don Vitore, and Ryo Hsu, a Badass Chinese foreign police agent.

Originally debuting in 1987 Famicom computer, various iterations of the series have sold over 2,220,000 copies in total, making it one of the longest standing and best-selling Japanese Adventure Game series.

The series had little to no American presence until 2007, when a Nintendo DS remake of the first three installments featuring the character was translated in America as Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles. To put it kindly, it was a Blind Idiot Translation and it came off as a Darker and Edgier rip-off of the Ace Attorney series and a poor one at that, and the chances of it ever catching on in the US seemed poor. Two years later, the three cases were re-released as Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past with much better Woolseyism-type translations, three additional cases, six Super-Deformed mini-sodes, and a ton of unlockable extras. If you would be at all interested in the games, the 2009 release is the one to get. You'll thank us later.

Overall, the games are quite linear and definitely more read than played, but those who enjoy mystery games should find them intriguing.


Jake Hunter shows examples of the following tropes:

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