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  • News The Vita's Going to Get a New Game Next Year

    It lives

    It's time to wheel out all the awful "Vita means life" jokes that you've been saving, because NIS America just announced a new game is coming to the system next year. Vita games in 2020, what a world! The title in question is Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen, a name that we hope we never have to type again. It's a remake of the first...

  • News Turn Based 3DS JRPG The Alliance Alive Makes the Jump to PS4 Later This Year

    Alive and well

    The Alliance Alive, a 3DS Japanese role-playing game that launched back in 2018, is being ported to the PlayStation 4 later this year. The news comes via publisher NIS America, but there are no specific details to go on just yet. The title's got a cutesy art style, a twisting, dialogue-heavy story, and turn based combat. The 3DS...

  • Live Watch NIS America's 2019 Games Showcase

    Updates and news incoming

    Prolific publisher of Japanese titles here in the West, NIS America has quite a busy year ahead of it, and if you're interested in the company's catalogue, you may want to tune in for its live showcase. The stream is set to begin at 17:00 GMT/09:00 PDT/12:00 EDT, and it'll apparently feature announcements and updates on...









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    Review The Lost Child

    Put the kids to bed

    The first twenty minutes or so of The Lost Child set up an intriguing mystery, but once the game settles into a comfortable rhythm things become decidedly less compelling, and at times, an outright slog. The game begins in a Tokyo subway station with an investigative journalist who specialises in the occult named Hayato looking...


  • News Disgaea 1 Complete Is Coming West This Fall on PS4

    Darkness returns

    The original Disgaea is being remastered for PlayStation 4, and it's heading to North America and Europe this Fall. Titled Disgaea 1 Complete, it'll feature enhanced graphics and a new 'Etna Mode' which stars new characters. It'll also support both English and Japanese voice-overs. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness launched on the...

  • News NIS America Apologises for Comments About PlayStation

    President had insinuated Sony doesn't care about company

    NIS America president Takuro Yamashita probably said a touch too much in his interview with MCV, where he claimed that Sony isn’t “friendly with small publishers like us”. The suit has issued a public apology to both SNK and PlayStation, retracting the comments in a hasty attempt to...

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    Review The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2

    A witch's curse

    A year after its Japanese release, The Witch And The Hundred Knight 2 has finally made it to Western consoles. Following the story of sisters Amalie and Milm, you play as the Hundred Knight – a doll brought to life by witchcraft to do the evil bidding of the young witch who has taken over Milm’s body after she contracts Witch’s...

  • News NIS America: Sony Isn't Friendly with Small Publishers Like Us

    "They just care about big Japanese companies"

    NIS America, the publisher of franchises such as Disgaea and Danganronpa, does not appear to be all that happy with Sony at the moment. Speaking with MCV about a range of subjects – including its partnership with Nintendo on SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy – president Takuro Yamashita...


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    PS Vita

    Review The Longest Five Minutes

    You can pack a lot into five minutes

    Become a hero, face down the origin of all evil, and try to cope with the crippling loss of all your memories and abilities. This is the unique concept of The Longest Five Minutes – a new Vita adventure from NIS America. There's something really engaging and accessible about this old school Japanese RPG,...



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    Review Grand Kingdom

    A heavenly kingdom?

    Republished on Wednesday 31st January 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of February's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Grand Kingdom is a good looking turn-based battle-'em-up that sees you getting to pick and command a group of mercenaries in...


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    PS Vita

    Review Tokyo Tattoo Girls

    Tattoo nightmares

    Tokyo Tattoo Girls is definitely a strange game. If you’ve taken a look at any of the trailers for it then you can be forgiven for assuming that it’s going to be some kind of JRPG – even the opening cutscene feels like typical JRPG territory. But ignore your initial preconceptions, Tokyo Tattoo Girls is actually a...


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    Review Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle

    Touhou want to fight?

    If you’ve ever wanted to make super cute anime girls beat the living daylights out of each other for fun but balked at the Dead or Alive series, then NIS America has just delivered what you’re looking for with Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle. This is a twist on the arcade fighting games that gives you guns as well as swords...


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    Review Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

    Bear with me, I’ll think of a pun soon

    The Danganronpa series is known for being delightfully dark and twisted while at the same time wrapped in a layer of light-hearted eccentric silliness. The main crux of the series centres around Monokuma and his ‘killing game’, where a group of students are forced to live together and the only way to...





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    Review The Silver Case

    Basket case

    The Silver Case is one of the early titles developed by renowned auteur Suda51 and his studio Grasshopper Manufacture. Unsurprisingly, the ticks and quirks that have come to define his recent output are present in abundance. Indeed, this is a profoundly strange game, and one that – for both better and worse – often feels...

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    Review Birthdays the Beginning

    Life finds a way

    Birthdays the Beginning is a pretty strange title for a pretty strange game. It’s a god game in which you manipulate a cubic world in order to create new lifeforms. As far as elevator pitches go, it doesn’t sound terribly interesting, but it does just about enough to hold your attention – if only for a short time. You...


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    PS Vita

    Review A Rose in the Twilight

    The rose beyond the wall

    Nippon Ichi certainly knows how to tell gruesome tales featuring adorable looking young girls! The creators of Yomawari: Night Alone have returned with a brand new puzzle platformer, A Rose in the Twilight. It's a tale of innocence, friendship, and blood. A young girl with a thorn upon her back awakens in the rubble, deep...

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    Review Touhou Genso Wanderer


    Rogue-like role-playing release Touhou Genso Wanderer follows the story of adorable protagonist Reimu Harukei. Reimu becomes entranced by the 'golden sphere' that soon-to-be antagonist Rinnosuke Morichika is holding, and tries to steal it from him. Clearly under the sphere's spell, Rinnosuke fights back, and Reimu soon finds herself away...


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    Review Danganronpa 1&2 Reload

    The kids aren't alright

    The Danganronpa series is built around a deliciously gruesome premise: a bunch of high schoolers are held captive - in a school in the first game, a tropical island in the second - and they're told that the only way they'll ever be allowed to go back to their normal life is if they kill one of the other members of the group...









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    Review Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

    Revenge is a dish best served on the PS4

    In a genre that prides itself on balanced gameplay and character building, you can always count on the Disgaea franchise to be the outlier in the strategy role-playing realm with its ability to not take itself too seriously. If you've played previous instalments, you'll know that a wacky cast and...











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    Review Natural Doctrine

    Doctorate encouraged

    Most strategy games have consistent traits, from the required line of sight to turn-based attacks and environmental multipliers. Natural Doctrine takes these basics and develops them beyond recognition. This is a devilishly intelligent title that’s perhaps a little too clever, and it alienates itself somewhat as a result...






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    Review Mugen Souls Z

    The questionable quest for cute

    There aren’t many games as unusual as Mugen Souls Z. Its main character is a young goddess who carries around a coffin, not for any reason in particular, just because the writers needed some kind of container and that seemed to make sense. That’s not the weirdest thing that you’ll see either. Charged with...

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    Review Demon Gaze

    Should have gone to Specsavers

    When Demon Gaze first burst onto the scene in Japan last January, it sold 25,316 physical copies in its first week alone, outselling Compile Hearts' Monster Monpiece which launched on the same day. Subsequently, PlayStation Vita owners outside of Japan rejoiced as Kadokawa Games’ dungeon crawling success story was...