Death Note: Kira Game (デスノート キラゲーム, Desu Nōto Kira Gēmu; stylized in Japan as DEATH NOTE キラゲーム) is the first of a series of Death Note video games. It includes nineteen playable characters, multiplayer mode, a story mode that reviews the series' first half, and an extras gallery for the sound test and character art.

The game was not released outside of Japan.


Kira Game is a strategy game where the player takes on the role of Kira or L. These are just titles, as any character can be Kira or L. The player will attempt to deduce who their enemy is (Kira will try to uncover L's identity and vice-versa). This will play out in 3 phases: Investigation, where the player will discuss the case and clues with other characters; Voting, where each member of the investigation team casts a vote on who they suspect is L or Kira based on the player's performance in the previous phase; L/Kira, where the player can either focus their investigation on one member to see if they are Kira (L part) or force a member off of the team (Kira part).

As Kira or L, you must punish your opponent before you lose (die, get arrested, or are the last one standing). You take turns speaking and saying who you think may or may not be Kira. This costs proposal points (which you get back on your turn) and increases and/or decreases a person's Suspicion (red) or Trust Level (blue). People with checks are more likely to be voted out as Kira. A high trust level makes a person less likely to argue with the person they trust. In addition, Kira also has a supporter.


Of the two roles, Kira has the most advantages. When someone's trust towards you is 100%, they will give you a hint as to who isn't L, or who may be L. Not only can you vote a person off as Kira, you can kill who you think L might be. If you kill someone who isn't L, your max proposal points are halved.


L can check to see if a person is Kira after voting takes place. If a person has an X, they aren't Kira. If someone has 2 circles, they are. After voting takes place, if you arrest someone who's not Kira, your max proposal points drop by twenty.

Gameplay modesEdit

Story modeEdit

The story mode covers the events from when L reveals himself to the NPA to the time of L's death. Obtaining 16 apples also unlocks a bonus chapter where L deduces that the 13-Day Rule is fake.

Single modeEdit

This is a free mode where the player may play alone as either Kira or L as any character they have unlocked. The player may also choose their CPU opponents.

Multiplayer modeEdit

Up to two people may play using two separate cartridges. Players are restricted to characters the furthest player has unlocked. The game does not utilize Wi-Fi compatibility.



Name Special Ability
DN Kira Game character Light
Light Yagami Set everybody's suspicions about you to 0.
DN Kira Game character Misa
Misa Amane Gain a target's full 100% trust instantly.
DN Kira Game character Soichiro
Soichiro Yagami Set everyone's trust towards you to 60%.
DN Kira Game character Matsuda
Touta Matsuda Take 10 Proposal Points from everyone for yourself.
DN Kira Game character Aizawa
Shuichi Aizawa Gain a target's full 100% trust and set their suspicion level to 0.
DN Kira Game character Mogi
Kanzo Mogi Take 10 Maximum Proposal Points from everyone.
DN Kira Game character Watari
Watari Lower everybody's suspicions by 20.
DN Kira Game character L
L Lawliet Set everyone's suspicions to 50%.
DN Kira Game character Raye
Raye Penber Increase Max Proposal Points by 10 and replenish Proposal Points fully.
DN Kira Game character Naomi
Naomi Misora Switch suspicion levels with a suspect.
DN Kira Game character Sayu
Sayu Yagami Set everybody's Proposal Points to 40.
DN Kira Game character Kiyomi
Kiyomi Takada Lower one suspect's Proposal Points by 40.
DN Kira Game character Namikawa
Reiji Namikawa Make everyone suspect the target by raising their suspicions to 100.
DN Kira Game character Higuchi
Kyosuke Higuchi Bring Max Proposal Points up by 40.
DN Kira Game character Ooi
Takeshi Ooi Bring everyone's suspicion levels up by 40.
DN Kira Game character Near
Near Drop the suspect's Proposal Points to 0.
DN Kira Game character Mello
Mello One target's Trust level towards you is set at 100, and everyone else's trust towards them is set to 0.
DN Kira Game character Mikami
Teru Mikami Everyone who has one or more suspicion marks will lose one.
DN Kira Game character Neo Light
Neo Light Take away 30 of the suspect's Maximum Proposal Points
L's last name is shown in-game. To prevent spoilers, every letter after the L is scribbled over.

Single and multiplayer modes come with a 'Random' button on the character selection screen.


However, Ryuk still appears as an "adviser" in-between turns, telling the player how L or Kira may behave. (L generally attempts to gain the trust of everyone while his accusations are mainly flung at one person, Kira usually gains the trust of one or two people in particular while his accusations are usually aimed at various people.)


While the majority of unlockable characters are obtained from beating the first chapter containing that character in Story Mode, the following characters must have the necessary amount of apples to be unlocked:

Near: Get 5 apples. Mello: Get 10 apples. Teru: Get 15 apples. Neo Light: Get all 20 apples. (Obtainable only after Bonus Episode 12, unlocked after getting 18 apples, has been cleared)

Special AbilitiesEdit

For 80 proposal points, a character can use their Special Ability. Special Abilities vary depending on the character.


  • Light and L's seiyu narrated the TV commercial for Kira Game.
  • Neo Light is simply Light with his Kira-deranged face and the coat he wore in Part I of the main series.

See alsoEdit

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