A Message From Disgaea Producer Souhei Niikawa

By Spencer . July 16, 2010 . 12:02pm


At NIS America’s North American press event, Souhei Niikawa took the stage with a message for press and Nippon Ichi fans. This is what he said.


“My name is Souhei Niikawa, and I am the producer of Nippon Ichi Software. Thank you very much for coming to NIS America’s press event tonight. From this year on, Nippon Ichi Software will limit the number of titles we release in a year. We are doing this to improve the game quality, and also to increase the customer satisfaction.


“The  games that have been showcased here tonight were strictly selected and developed with this new policy. The first title is Z.H.P. This is our latest dungeon RPG that has been created by the same staff members of  Disgaea 3. The project began soon after the release of Disgaea 3 and for two years it has been under intense development to formulate the game  system. We’re proud to say that Z.H.P. was made to surpass the Disgaea series and, also, it is a title with all of our know how’s and ideas we build upon combined in to. To describe how confident we are about this title…


“Let’s just say we’re as excited as the time when we first developed Disgaea. This is a title that we would like to nurture into the level of Disgaea, so please help us.


Screenshot_0020 “The 2nd title is Cladun. This is a hack & slash type action RPG. This title also has some of the same staff members as Disgaea and it is highly addictive. As our wish it would be great if you can help these 2 titles grow.


“Oh  and one last thing. This year the latest Disagea will be released in Japan and  it will be for the PS3. Plans to make Disagea evolve to a new level and also plans to surprise everybody is in progress. By the time Tokyo Game Show comes around we will be able to release more  information, so please look forward to  it. Thank you very much.”

  • Hraesvelgr

    Oh boy, Disgaea again? How exciting…

    • Your sarcasm astounds me. Seriously, it really does.

      • Hraesvelgr

        What sarcasm? I was totally earnest in my previous comment.

  • Electrium

    Wow, the next Disgaea is really coming out this year? Can’t wait till TGS so we can (presumably) see it!

  • Finalstar2007

    Great news, i cant wait for Disgaea 4 and Ar Tonelico 3 which been renamed Ar Tonelico Quga for the English version. i love NISA games. any other news on which games NISA are localizing for PS3 other than AT3??

  • malek86

    I’m so getting Zettai Hero. And maybe Classic Dungeon too, but I’d like some kind of demo first. An english language one, possibly.

  • Methylene

    … where’s my La Pucelle: Ragnarok?

    • And my Prinny 2…

      • And my Mana Khemia 2 portable?

        • This here may not come to light which is going to upset me more so than missing Neptune.

  • DarkWaterClone

    This is not good news. I wanted to play Prinny 2, Hymn Princess & La Pucelle: Ragnarok. Plus I wanted to play other ones from NISA too. I just did not want to write a big list of games I wanted from them. I hope this new direction will not be as drastic as the producer of NIS makes it sound like it will be. Because I really wanted to see lots of great games come out in America & not just a few.

    • Zeik56

      I’ll be very disappointed if they decide not to bring over Prinny 2. The original Prinny was a fantastic platformer, possibly the best game they’ve made since the original Disgaea.

      • I concur. Prinny 2 is the best game ever IMO

        • kupomogli

          Prinny was amazing. I want the second one, but NIS seems to be most fond of releasing garbage Disgaea-esque titles.

          Thankfully Classic Dungeon looks to be a great game.

    • I wonder if that could be part of the limits he mentioned, which I’d understand.
      What he might be trying to say is to localize a game that NIS fans will enjoy to the fullest, well, quality over quantity, basically. How can I not disagree with that? Sure, it means missing out some games, but NISA focusing and improving on QA will do everyone good, wouldn’t it?
      I don’t know about you, but I don’t want another Rhapsody DS issue to deal with ever again ’cause I know they can do awesome work. I feel they kind of rushed it and the game suffered for it.
      Or, maybe they’re spreading it around. Remember when people a couple years ago where people were itching to get out of the porting trend?

      I don’t know, but we’re getting Cladun, and I couldn’t be more excited about that.

      • He was talking about NIS limiting games; not NISA. We’re gonna do as much as we want.

  • Reimine

    No La pucelle ragnarock….

  • Ereek

    To the depressed people in this article: While it’s true that a few titles were announced, not everything NISA is doing for the year is announced at these things. For example, remember, they are interested in Neptune, yet that didn’t get a mention, did it?

    My own prediction is that NISA might have some problems releasing La Pucelle, but I think we’ll get Prinny. I’d happily be proven wrong though, as I would buy La Pucelle a second time. Hopefully without Mastiff’s censoring.

    • I so hope that you’re right.

    • Zeik56

      I do hope to see La Pucelle too, since while I own the PS2 version I haven’t been able to complete it since it’s not compatible with my HDTV…

      Though if I had to choose I’d definitely prefer to see Prinny 2 instead.


  • epiphaniesarefun

    lol…weird. I fell the opposite: I’m happy as hell about everything they announced. I’m really excited for both Z.H.P. and classic dungeon. There are very few nisa developed titles that haven’t crossed (mostly genres that aren’t popular plus the jigsaw ds game…can’t remember the name), so I’m not too worried.

  • krokounleashed

    And where is my Disgaea for 360? :/

    • Ereek

      I’d suggest reading the following article:http://www.siliconera.com/2010/06/29/nis-americ

      If it’s too long, I’ll give you a quote:
      That’s because we are really close to Sony.

      • thebanditking

        Nah I heard a rumor that it was hanging out with the PS3 Tales of Vesperia localization. ;p

    • Hraesvelgr

      In an alternate dimension where Japan loathes Sony, but loves Microsoft, SEGA is on top with their new S3D and the lowly Nintendo no longer runs in the market, save for a few Mario games that make you wonder what happened after the first two or three games.

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