A Glimmer Of Hope For Makai Kingdom Portable

By Spencer . July 7, 2011 . 2:45pm

makai22Nippon Ichi is working on a portable version of Makai Kingdom with new missions and characters on PSP. Makai Kingdom Portable has only been announced for Japan, but NIS America isn’t ruling out a North American release.


While we were talking about Cave Story 3D and Bleach: Soul Resurrección, I asked Jack Niida, Producer, if there’s a chance we’ll see Makai Kingdom Portable released overseas.


"Yeah, there’s hope," said Niida. "It’s one of my favorites too! For the US, if we do it, even if it doesn’t come out packaged, we still have digital distribution through PSN."


Far from a confirmation, but not a flat out no either. Makai Kingdom Portable comes out in Japan on September 22.

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  • hmm that good but i was sure we wasnt going to see since NISA plain out said they see no sales in the psp marketing

    • thebluedino

      I’d be psyched with a PSN release and it makes sense with Vita being backwards compatible with digital PSP games.

    • First party is always different. None of them licensing fees, existing localization belonging to NISA, etc. That sort of stuff makes it -slightly- easier to consider.

  • PSN only is fine by me.  Now is a good time to localize this and at least one Imageepoch title if you get the Vita audience with it.

  • KotaroInugami

    I call this, better than nothing. Absolutely.

  • Totally cool with PSN only, just let me throw my money at you!

  • This is the only NIS game I missed out on that I really want to play. I hope they bring it over, I’d rather give my money to them, rather than some schmuck on ebay for the ps2 version.

    • Exkaiser

      Fair enough, though if you were really going to buy the PS2 version I would recommend Glyde instead.

      $10, as opposed to the $24 on eBay.

  • xhunter

    A release even if only on PSN would be great.

  • Rarutos

    I hope this means that they’re willing to do non-NIS titles too… I mean, why announce their deal with imageepoch so early if nothing was to come out of it for a while, right? :o

    • right! :o

    • Locklear93

      Yeah, I really don’t get that either.  It’s confusing, and leaves me wondering just what NISA’s intentions are toward the platform, after Akenaga’s recent remarks.  On the business end, I can’t blame them, but as a gamer… I want the games that I want. >_<

  • Yeah, I was always baffled when people claimed that NISA had given up on the PSP market.
    Anyway, I just started playing ZHP and its an epic game (that theme sounds so amazing, I even named the hero, Tsuna, lol, kind of fitting).

    I would love for another NISA RPG to play on the portables. 

    • People? They practically told us the psp market isnt that lucrative and it might be hard to get the psp games here. (and that’s not something developers tend to say if there arent big reasons behind it)

      Not that i mind if they bring them tho, but this came from them, not the “people”

  • Dont give up NISA :D!

  • Hours

    Don’t give up on the PSP NISA!

    Your fellow niche publishers are still supporting it. I’m playing my PSP now more than ever.

    • Locklear93

      Same here, actually.  I buy two copies of most NISA PSP games–one digital, one packaged.  This is one I’d DEFINITELY buy two of.  I’m not actually too concerned with a soundtrack on this one, though.  The Makai Kingdom soundtrack wasn’t BAD, but it also wasn’t Tenpei Sato.  They used multiple composers because the turnaround on the game was shorter than usual.

    • Croix

      Been playing Mana Khemia lately, and considering picking up the first 2 Disgaea games for PSP. NISA makes some of the best titles for the system, because good 2D works so well on a handheld. I’d love to add this game to my list.

    • PrinceHeir

      NISA FTW

  • blah blah

    PSN only makes me a little sad.
    NISA could probably sell physical ones on Amazon and stuff, just no places like gamestop.

    • Gamestop online, its not like they have sold titles only online before…Though NISA could hold a poll for how many will buy it physically but, I think last time it was too little people who pted to buy it digitally. I wonder if their games breach 10K units…

      • Locklear93

        I don’t know about 10,000, but in the interview with NISA president Akenaga, when discussing Xbox 360, he mentioned that Disgaea might be their only franchise capable of meeting Microsoft’s 50,000 copy guarantee, so when a title disappoints NISA, it might actually go that low.

  • LastFootnote

    I’ll happily buy it on PSN. If it comes out as a physical release, I’ll likely buy two copies, as I do with most NISA games.

  • Darkrise

    A PSN release wouldn’t SO bad, at least we would get it. But seriously, don’t give up on the psp NISA!!!

  • As long as it comes here, I’ll be happy! I’m willing to buy the PSN cards I’ll need right when it comes if it comes down to it.

  • d19xx

    Let’s hope this isn’t just some pr move to avoid negative fan reaction to their previous statement.

    • Locklear93

      They didn’t actually promise anything, so it’s not much of a move regardless.  That said, they tend to just be very quiet if they can’t say what the fandom wants to hear.  It took a VERY long time for them to say, point blank, “No, we can’t release La Pucelle Ragnarok in the US.”

  • Fayharn

    UMD or download from PSN, both of them are fine as long as we get it.

  • PSN? Screw it. I will buy it if released in disc, but not digital. And there’s also Black Rock Shooter….

  • cmurph666

    I can dig it.

    This game definitely works as a PSN digital release.

  • Lord Highawesomeparty

    If they only put it on PSN I’d be fine since I primarily use my PSP go and I’d have it for the Vita.

    Maybe they could sell it at $20 like Phantom Brave and then release te art book and OST on the NIS America Store.

  • Come on NISA we need games before the Vita comes out!

  • DarkWaterClone

    I would gladly buy Makai Kingdom only on PSN. I hope that NISA can bring more PSP games this way to North America. Because there is a lot of great PSP games that are only out in Japan. So if they can only come out on PSN I will be fine with that.

    Now I hope NISA can find a way to bring out La Pucelle: Ragnarok. I know they said they will not. But I hope in the future they can. I hope the reason they can’t bring the game out is because of Mastiff. Because that is the other PSP game from them I really want them to bring out.

  • Draparde

    Im normally a stickler for my cases and instructional books ectect, but i would buy this in a heartbeat if it was put on the PSN! 

  • mario_0345

    I’ll buy it on either PSN or UMD, If they release both then I’m probably going to get it on PSN, since I plan on upgrading to the vita and I still want to play the game.

  • Juho Vuolo

    Yes, just according to keikaku. I have PSP Go, too, so PSN release would be good enough for me.

  • Ravage27

    ‘For the US, if we do it, even if it doesn’t come out packaged, we still have digital distribution through PSN’

    Yeeeessss *10000   NISA gets it!!! Oh why can’t you do the same Sega?!

  • theoriginaled

    DOO IT!

  • Extremely glad to hear that there is still hope for a US release.  Whatever they have to do to get it here I’ll support completely, I just NEED Zetta badassery on the go!

  • I’d prefer a disc because of memory stick space being low all the time. even disc based games need their install for quicker load times so there is never space to download full games.  I want this though!

  • Mister_Nep

    No no no no. No! Don’t get my hopes up. I had already given up on this coming over. Don’t say there’s hope now. I won’t believe it until I’m playing it on my PSP!

  • But will Crispin Freeman reprise his role if it does? If not, why even bother? He probably gave the best performance of anyone in an NIS game in any language.

  • SirRichard

    If they’re dead-set on porting most of their PS2 titles, then they’ll maybe possibly  plausibly hopefully be working on a Soul Nomad port. The Vita’s on the horizon, hopefully they’ll give that a shot and put some effort into it. Disgaea 3 showed what their visual work is like when they don’t care; Disgaea 4 shows it when they do.

  • Thomas Maloney

    Guess I’m importing yet another NIS game :V

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