In 2002, Konami released its very successful Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, which brought many new fans to the still-new genre.
The first Japanese otome game to be officially translated and sold in English was the visual novel Yo-Jin-Bo in 2006 for the PC.
Since then there have been a small handful of releases increasing each year, including Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP and 3DS.
The genre has many style elements in common with shōjo and josei manga,, and sometimes there are Boys' Love elements in otome games, but the two genres are usually kept separate.
Otome games that are released on console and handheld platforms contain no pornographic content, as companies such as Sony and Nintendo do not allow it.
There are games released on a PC platform which are rated 18+ for their sexual content.
Some games (such as Dessert Love), were originally released for the PC with pornographic content, and were later toned down and re-released for the PS2.Other common elements in otome games are the importance of voice acting, CG stills, and a small epilogue or set scene at the end of the game when a character is successfully finished.is a story based video game that is targeted towards the female market.Generally one of the goals, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female player character and one of several male characters.This genre is most established in Japan, and is mostly made up of visual novels and simulation games; particularly dating sims and life simulation games.As of 2013, the most representative otome game title available in English is Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom for the PSP and 3DS.