The newest installment to the successful idol franchise The iDOLM@STER was released earlier this week, but overseas fans were quickly disappointed to find out that, iDOLM@STER: Shiny Colors is not accessible outside of Japan. Despite the efforts of users to access the game via proxies or VPN’s, publisher Bandai Namco introduced a new patch earlier today the required users to prove birthright Japanese citizenship in order to play the game.
In order to follow the idols of 283 Productions and their adventures to become top idols with the help of you, their producer, users of the mobile application must register with a Japanese landline phone number and a Japanese mailing address. Once they log into their accounts, they must upload a photocopy of their birth certificate, and other paperwork to prove that either parent was a Japanese national at the time of their birth.
Observers are puzzled why the publishers would want to restrict access to their game. Interview requests with Bandai Namco Games have been met with responses such as “fuck you gaijin your money is worth nothing to us!” Some American video game industry analysts have suggested that only true Japanese that strictly follow the bushido code can understand the subtleties of iDOLM@STER: Shiny Colors.
At press time, helpless North American Idolmaster fans desperate to give the franchise money have resorted to buying anime Blu-rays.