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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors hits iOS March 17

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The English version of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on iOS will be available worldwide on March 17, publisher Aksys Games announced today on its Facebook page.

Developer Spike Chunsoft launched the Japanese-language iOS port of the game, which was originally released in December 2009 on Nintendo DS in Japan, last May. Known as 999: The Visual Novel, the mobile version lacks the puzzles that were present in the original DS title; it plays out as a visual novel, with speech bubbles like the ones in comic books instead of pages to turn.

According to the game's website, 999: The Visual Novel requires iOS 5.1 or later and is optimized for iPhone 5, but will also be playable on iPod touch and iPad. The iOS port features higher-resolution art that's suited to iOS devices' displays, as well as a flowchart that will let players jump around the story.

999 is the first game in a series that also includes the 2012 follow-up Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward and a third game that is currently on hold.