New Little King’s Story Will Be Told In North America This Summer

By Ishaan . May 30, 2012 . 6:58pm

Konami confirmed late last year that New Little King’s Story for the PlayStation Vita would be headed to Europe, but didn’t confirm the same news for North America. Today, they got around to making that announcement—New Little King’s Story will be released in North America this year as a download title on PlayStation Network.



Alongside the announcement came a U.S. trailer, which you can watch above.


For those just getting caught up, New Little King’s Story is a re-imagining of Little King’s Story on the Wii. Marvelous AQL licensed the brand out to Konami, who had AQ Interactive develop the game under their supervision. New Little King’s Story has a revised combat system, a new art style, and other features.


Update: The game will be released as a download title sometime this summer. The information has been added to the post.

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  • Doctor Nebula

    More Vita goodness.
    Still trying to finish LKS also~

  • Paradox me

    It’s a shame they changed the art direction, the original was much nicer. Gameplay looks nice though.

  • *looks above to an ad to purchase the game as a Japanese physical copy, reads DD-only for North America*
    …makes me sad… v_v

    • thebanditking

       Well there’s always the European version, which I believe Konami is putting on a card.

  • Herok ♞

    Its a new vita game can’t complain even if it is kinda a port.

  • The music, one of the track I’ve heard in Catherine, didn’t know what its called. Game looks pretty cool.

    • “Polovstian Dances”, composed by Alexander Borodin. It’s from the opera ‘Prince Igor’.

  • MrKappa

    Getting a little tired of these digital only releases. This is a sad way for video games to go.

    • MrRobbyM

      Well there are a few excuses here.

      -Cute, anime inspired artwork

      I wish it was available as both, but I’m fine with digital only for a title like this.

      •  Well, Harvest Moon does well for a cute title, and Ragnarok made it to Vita…

        • MrRobbyM

          Harvest Moon is more well known and is also on 3DS.

      • malek86

        That and LKS really didn’t do well. Couple it with the low Vita sales, and I too would be wary of releasing it on retail.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          I doubt any PSV title in Japan will do well though. Hopefully the western market can make a difference when it comes to software sales~.

      • thebanditking

        honestly with the Vita market being small titles like this have a fair shot at retail because there is not much else out (though I still feel Vita had one of the strongest launch lineups of any handheld). Sony is going to have to rectify this situation with publishers making sure more titles make it to shelves if for nothing more then one simple thing, appearance.

        Hardware is not profitable for retailers and the Vita is not a phone or a tablet, general consumers walking in stores will notice if the game lineup has not changed from the last time they were there and for a dedicated gaming device thats bad. Both for Sony and publishers because the average consumer is not automatically going to say “oh there are just less retail games I bet there is more on an online store” they will just pass up the product.

        • SirRichard

          “small titles like this have a fair shot at retail”

          They don’t, they really don’t. The first Little King Story was on the Wii, even when it launched the Wii was dominating in sales and it still bombed hard. The Vita is practically dying already and it’s only been out for a few months, what makes you think this game would profitable at retail?

          You’re so obsessed with digital being bad that you’re deluding yourself. I sincerely doubt this game would even make up the cost of the boxes, let alone all the other distribution costs of retail. It’s a small game with a small fanbase on hardware that most of that fanbase likely don’t even own, it’s very likely that if it weren’t for digital releases we would never see this game outside Japan.

          • thebanditking

            I am not deluding my self at all, you seem to think I have some extreme hatred for buying things digitally but in fact I have bought and continue to buy tons of things digitally. Rather its that I still prefer physical products and will state so. I don’t like the way many digital items are handled right now as it only benefits the content owner not the consumer.

            for example I remember when I was much younger and iTunes just came out, I thought wow how cool I can finally buy one song instead of the whole CD, and for a while it was fine but I started to notice as I got older that the songs I bought digitally sounded different then others I had burned. Well once I realized that the digital songs were in a lower quality then my CD burner was set to I got a bit annoyed. Sure things are better now but truth be told thats not really fair to do to the average consumer because no one was ever told directly “the music you buy from iTunes/Amazon is not at CD quality”.

            digital content and its management is a topic I discuss in my line of work frequently (I do IT Network and server management) and its not that I am 100% against it but rather both sides need people to play devils advocate, so can we agree to disagree?

          • SirRichard

            “you seem to think I have some extreme hatred for buying things digitally”

            It’s not very hard to get that impression when every time this debate comes up, you’re there in the thick of it decrying digital download services and agreeing with people that digital download = no sale, mate.

            I’ll agree to disagree, yeah, because this almost always ends with both sides at an impasse anyway.

    • revenent hell

      I myself agree with you. I do prefer physical copies as a collector since this IS one of my hobbies and in generall I quite like holding the game as well as getting a potential LE with it,DDL games make an LE null and void nor would I want one for a digital release only game.

      While I would rather have a game by any media than not at all ,since I do enjoy my niche games,I do have an endless tirade about digital release games as it becomes irksome how this is becoming a running trend,I would rather pay more for a game for the physicall release rather than the digital one,and frankly they are not that much cheaper and they eventually take up alot of space AND my personal irk value lie in the unholly download times dear god Agarest War anyone? That took well over twelve hourse for me to download and while I adored corpse party it took an hour and while that is tolerable in comparison im begining to miss just popping in the disc and playing as soon as I get the game.

      I know some people prefer this type of media release but for those of us who dont its abhorrant to be given this choice alone and I realy wish companies would be more considerate of this, yes I know it takes money to produce the “disc” options and overall its cheaper for them,wich dosent mean the overall game is cheaper for us though one does hope it would be, to release it via DDL but  for me id rather pay a few extra bucks for the “disc” version..

      and can I just add as another personal irk when people say “back up your ps3 regularly if you have fears of what have you happening you should anyways” That also takes alot of time to do time id rather spend playing a game rather than waiting for it to back up and while I could do it befor going to sleep for the night if it was a physical copy I wouldnt have to worry about having to back up my system because id have the disc . Eventhogh a physicall copy is by no means flawless I still prefer its hazards to the ones digital media bring with them.

      But as I said I am a contributing factor of digital media being more accepted  and thusly used since I would rather have a game I want by this method than none at all so I realy cant be that picky at the end of the day. I just have endless dislike for it.

      • malek86

        “and can I just add as another personal irk when people say “back up your ps3 regularly if you have fears of what have you happening you should anyways”

        Wait, what? It’s not like you lose all purchases if your console blows up, you know. They are tied to the account and you can download them again anytime. In fact, you are more at risk of the physical copy getting scratched/lost/stolen – if any of those things happens, your game is gone and you need to buy it again, no second chances.

        • thebanditking

          some devices do not have any account tied to a service like PSN and XBL, like the Wii for example; which if it breaks out of warranty you have to send it to Nintendo and pay or you will loose all your purchases. Its that or buy a new one and send both consoles to them, which is not much fun either.

          As for risks with physical products, well everything in life has risks. A car you own has a higher chance of being stolen or damaged in an accident so should everyone use public transportation? Physical owner ship of anything comes with risks and do require care/maintenance to make them last. Also its not like digital items are always there either, Fate/Unlimited Codes is a perfect and recent example of that as is Turtles in Time from Konami.

          • malek86

            “some devices do not have any account tied to a service like PSN and XBL, like the Wii for example;”

            Nintendo is the only one backwards enough to handle online like that. And word is that they are finally going to introduce the account system with the Wii U and 3DS (about time). Everyone else uses an account system. Sony, MS, Valve, Apple, Google… you name it. Don’t let your opinion of a technology be swayed by the only one company which has never been able to do things right.

            As for the risks, well of course. But my point is that online actually reduces the risk significantly, while revenent seemed to think the opposite (ie. unless you backup regularly, you risk losing everything).

          • thebanditking

            Oh I know its only Nintendo, I was just giving an example. Both sides have disadvantages, its just that the ones we face with physical media are old hat while digital has many new issues, some of which comes down to the current limits of technology. Online bandwidth is no where near fast enough to support games of this gen or larger over a digital dist. system it takes some people upwards of 10 hours to download a full retail game and those are the 8 to 10GB games, I would love to see what the national (US) average for downloading lets say MGS4 (50GBs) would be. I don’t know about you but I could drive to the farthest game store in my area more then 10 times in that kind of time frame, so the convenience of online is lost there.

          • SirRichard

            “Also its not like digital items are always there either, Fate/Unlimited Codes is a perfect and recent example of that as is Turtles in Time from Konami.”

            Just because it isn’t on the storefront doesn’t mean it’s not there any more. People who bought Turtles in Time or that Doom game that got taken down after its XBLA release can still redownload them from their histories.

            And you’re so willing to dismiss the risks of physically owning something while screaming about the risks of digital, it’s hilarious. Sometimes maintenance and care mean nothing, at the end of the day that guy will probably still get away with your car. 

          • thebanditking

            (I was screaming? Also no ones stealing my car sir lol)
            My point was that everything has risks, and the physical/retail model limitations are well documented and beaten to death imo. Digital on the other hand is new and has many limitations and growing pains still to go through, some of which are not clearly understood, especially by the general population.

            Also I never said that people who bought those games loose them I am well aware you can access them via your profile history/download list, rather my point is that digital is designed to be immune to the inherent flaws of physical media and yet digital games it would seem also have their own version of a print run, so its not really a plus for either side then is it? Because even if you have access to a title you bought after its taken down I can no longer purchase it for my self, making it just as bad as having physical print runs.

          • revenent hell

            There are ups and downs to both sides but  the comment of yours  I “liked” I could praise as a god in a temple…..Agarest War download it. FELL MY PAIN BWahhahahaha!…
            granted I had no choice as it was the version released for playstation users but I cant imagine having to go threw that again for a game that size I woke up in shock it still wasnt finished and I started the DL befor 8pm ugh

  • scratchbach

    This is quite pleasing <3

  • Solomon_Kano

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this announcement.

  • Bishonen makes everything better.

  • Won’t be getting it.  Just can’t bring myself to spend $30 – $40 for a digital game.  I’ll buy kairosoft games for $3.99 and even games like stardust and blobs attack for $10.  But for a full fledged game that SHOUD be a physical release, I just can’t support it.  I’ll just have to speak with my dollars and buy the games that DO come out physical like Raganork and Persona 4 and such.

  • I can understand all the DD-exclusive rage, but I’m just glad this game is getting released here. I think that DD is at least better than the anti-Japan attitude that much of the industry has taken in the past few years. 

    • Nyandroid

      Exactly. People should be happy they are getting any form of it in the first place.

  • Barrit

    Come on Europe, save us with a physical release so I can import you!

  • The game looks fun, but if it’s digital-only I’ll wait for a price drop.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Sweeeet. Now I don’t have to import.

    Don’t care if its digital only, personally.

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  • SirRichard

    I was cheering Konami on for confirming it for Europe so quickly, but they’re taking their sweet time with actually bringing it over. Guess we won’t be seeing it until the Autumn.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, I found that kinda odd. They confirmed it lightning quick and then never mentioned it again. I hope it’s still coming for you guys.

  • Of course I would like a physical copy, but I am just happy we are getting it.  Looking forward too it.  

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