Mirai Nikki=R is a fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Sega (arcade) and Aksys Games (console). It is loosely based on the anime and manga series Mirai Nikki and serves as a spiritual sucessor to the 2005 Hokuto no Ken fighting game, in the same vein as BlazBlue to Guilty Gear. Released for Arcade (Sega RingEdge 2), PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. As of this writing, there are not yet any plans for a North American release of Mirai Nikki=R.
The game features a unique button system, with four buttons, three of them are basic attacks (weak, normal, strong) while the fourth button, the special button, allows the player to do a special attack dedicated to the character, just like how the Drive works in BlazBlue. The game features a power meter of sorts, called the D-gauge, when the D-gauge is filled, the player can do a Burst special, which works like the Distortion Drives in BlazBlue. Each character has two Burst special moves, as well as one Dead End attack. A Dead End attack is similar to an Astral Heat in BlazBlue in that would instantly end the match. However, to do a Dead End, the lyer must fulfill the following conditions:
- The current round must be at match point (one win left).
- The opponent must have at least 25% health left (red life meter).
- The player must have a full D-gauge (since a Dead End would drain a full D-gauge).
There are ten stages in a normal arcade run of Mirai Nikki=R, nine of them are fights with normal characters and the last stage being a fight against Deus Ex Machina.
The arcade game includes 13 playable characters, nine of them being Future Diary holders and the remaining being normal characters, as well as Deus Ex Machina (as the final boss). The console releases added five new characters.
one asterisk (*) denotes console exclusives, two asterisks (**) denote boss characters.
- Yukiteru Amano
- Yuno Gasai
- Yomotsu Hirasaka
- Keigo Kurusu
- Reisuke Houjou
- Tsubaki Kasugano
- Marco and Ai
- Minene Uryu
- Karyuudo Tsukishima
- Aru Akise
- Mur Mur
- Hinata Hino
- Ouji Kosaka*
- Kamado Ueshita*
- John Balks*
- Takao Hiyama*
- Deus Ex Machina**
- Most of the gory content of the original arcade version, particularly those with Yuno Gasai, were toned down in the console releases to avoid a D rating (the equivalent of ESRB's "Mature" rating) from the CERO.
- Mirai Nikki=R is the second video game based on Mirai Nikki, the first being Mirai Nikki: The 13th Diary Owner for the PlayStation Portable.
- Just like how Melty Blood is based on Tsukihime, this game is based on Mirai Nikki.