Important Importables: Nippon Ichi Software

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Hot Japanese Imports: Nippon Ichi Software

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Nippon Ichi Software isn’t one of the most well known video game publishers out there – at least, outside of Japan. In Japan, it’s fairly well known for its strategic RPG, especially Disgaea. But in other regions, odds are RPG fans and PlayStation console or handheld owners are the ones who immediately know what NIS stands for. (Especially if you own a PS2 or PS3!)

So this week, we’re taking a closer look at NIS, and by extension NIS America. Read on to learn more about the company and some of its most famous games.

Little Princess Marl Oukoku Okuko no Ningyou Hime 2 PS1 リトルプリンセス マール王国の人形姫2

All about Nippon Ichi Software

Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) is a video game developer and publisher that is stationed in Japan, though it does have a division in the US called Nippon Ichi Software America (NIS America). NIS America primarily works on bringing NIS games to North America though. It’s a fairly young company, as it only opened its doors in 1991.

NIS is a name synonymous with strategic RPGs. It’s known for games like Disgaea, La Pucelle, Phantom Brave and Makai Kingdom. It’s also responsible for introducing North America to the Gust Atelier and Ar tonelico series. It’s also very well known for ports. For example, Disgaea has appeared on the PS2, PSP and DS and Phantom Brave has appeared on the PS2, Wii and PSP.

NIS America is also starting to get into the anime business. It’s working on localizing and publishing some rather popular series in North America. It’s first two projects were Toradora! and Persona: Trinity Soul, and it has recently announced work on Pandora Hearts and Our Home’s Fox Deity. And if you enjoyed Disgaea, you can pick up the Disgaea anime and manga or Disgaea 2 manga, though. OLM created the Makai Senki Disgaea anime, Takehito Harada and Arashi Shindo did the Makai Senki Disgaea manga and Takehito Harada and Hekaton did the Makai Senki Disgaea 2 manga. All three are available in North America, with Funimation handling the anime and Broccoli the manga.

Unfortunately, NIS has been having some recent money troubles. Company representatives at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show were saying that NIS is relying on the forthcoming Disgaea 4 (PS3) and Criminal Girls (PSP) to help determine the company’s future. Let’s hope both titles do well.

Disgaea Hour of Darkness PS2

NIS Games

As mentioned earlier, NIS is primarily a developer and publisher. Most games released are both developed and published by NIS, though it does also publish games from other developers. NIS America seems to work most often with Idea Factory, Gust and Hit Maker.

Here are some notable games developed by NIS:

  • The Disgaea series. The are three entries so far, and games are available on the DS, PS2, PS3 and PSP.
  • La Pucelle (PS2)
  • Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (PS2, DS) – The only entry in the Marl Kingdom series to be released outside of Japan.
  • Makai Kingdom: Chonicles of the Sacred Tome (PS2)
  • Soul Nomad (PS2)
  • Phantom Brave (PS2, Wii, PSP)
  • Prinny: Can I Really be the Hero?(PSP)
  • Jigsaw World: Daigekitou! Jig-Battle Heroes(DS)
  • Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman(PSP)

And here are some notable games published by NIS, or NIS America:

  • Gust’s Atelier series, which has appeared on the DS, PS2 and PS3 in North America.
  • Gust’s Ar tonelico series, which has appeared on the PS2 and PS3 in North America.
  • ClaDun: This is an RPG (PSP)
  • GrimGrimoire (PS2)
  • A Witch’s Tale (DS)
  • Cross Edge (PS3)
  • Trinity Universe (PS3)
  • Dragoneer’s Aria (PSP)
  • Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (PS2, Wii)
  • What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? and What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 (PSP)

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports hopefully reviews Pokemon Black.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last week Hot Japanese Imports looked at Atlus.

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