I’ve long been thinking it would be nice to see a VTuber with a particular specialism in retro games. Sure, we’ve had Hololive’s Inugami Korone playing classics like Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and R-Type — often for obscenely long periods of time at once — but never a VTuber who makes retro games their distinct “thing”.
I don’t know if we’ve found that with Nijisanji EN’s newly debuted VTuber Selen Tatsuki, but given that her introduction to gaming was through older games that her Dad showed her when she was younger, chances are good that we’ll see some retro classics from her.
And she kicked off with a right banger: Onimusha: Warlords from Capcom, originally released for PlayStation 2 and original Xbox, and more recently ported to today’s consoles and Windows PC. Selen notes that this is one of the games she specifically remembers watching her Dad play, but that she last fiddled around with this game a long time ago and thus was effectively starting “blind”.
Impressively, she actually ploughed through the entirety of Onimusha in a single stream that went on for over 5 hours, encouraged by her audience — many of whom are hoping she will move on to the sequel next.
Whether or not we see more retro classics from Selen will depend on whether or not she is able to get permission to stream them — while this often isn’t an issue for many retro games whose developers and publishers are no longer with us, companies that are still around (like Capcom) can be a bit funny about streamers (particularly VTubers from larger organisation such as Hololive and Nijisanji, it seems) monetising gameplay videos. As such, Selen was unable to accept donations during this stream, but there were plenty of positive comments from fans, and the video-on-demand archive of the stream has received a healthy number of views since its broadcast on July 22, 2021.