Surprise! NIS America Makes Their Steam Debut With ClaDun x2

By Spencer . August 14, 2012 . 3:30pm

cladunx2NIS America is also releasing games for Steam and their first title is a port of the PSP dungeon crawler ClaDun x2. The retro RPG usually costs $19.99 on the Steam store, but until August 21 it’s 20% cheaper at $15.99.


Hmm… I wonder what other games NIS America will bring to Steam. They have a plethora of PSP games they could port and System Prisma, the developer of ClaDun, will release a new dungeon crawler for PS3 later this month called Legasista. I suppose that could be a candidate too.


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  • Alex Sargeant

    It’s a wild port. There’s limited resolution options, but that’s sort of to be expected since I can barely think of any PSP ports to any other platform. The controls are kind of hellacious though and I haven’t quite gotten comfortable with any setup.

    The price is a bit steep but I took the hit because I absolutely want them to release more games on the PC. I would also love more dialogue about everything to do with this decision. I don’t know if anyone knew this was coming before hand, and it’s just such an obtuse game to pick, even among their already pretty weird catalog.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I love you, Nippon Ichi~!

    Now here’s a developer that could do extremely well on Steam. It’s been very kind to niche titles like Ys and Recettear, so hopefully there will be a present and future audience for them as well.

    They certainly have my support :3

  • I’ll play the PSN version, yet again I need to upgrade my computer.

    Companies should consider localizing older Japanese games for people like me.

  • DesmaX

    Brough the moment I saw it… Game works fine with the X360 controller, and it’m loving it

    I just hope NISA warn everyone when they make another release, I was caught by surprise when I saw it

    •  Same here brother, it was like an automatic reaction :P

      • DesmaX

        I don’t even know if I have the money to buy the game… Oh well

  • Trepie

    I’m guessing publishers are seeing how well niche titles are doing on Steam.  Hopefully this does well also!  I would look forward to seeing other PSP titles brought over to Steam as well, since I’ve never had a PSP myself.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Surprise indeed! I literally just found out like 10mins ago!

  • ninjabart122

    I tried the demo and only got around 12-16 fps at most. The controls were kind of hard to figure out on a keyboard as well. I’m sticking with the PSN version.

    • Locklear93

      Really?  My framerate was 30 (probably hard capped to prevent tearing/having to implement V-sync) and locked there.  Never budged.

    • I agree that the M&KB controls are pretty poor. I had to plug in my PS3 controller and configure it a bit. My framerate never seems to budge from 30, though.

  • Crevox

    PC ports? yes please

  • Joseph Santee

    Yay, ClaDun 2 on PC; Thanks, NIS! Now just port the Disgaea games over, and I will be as happy as a clam. Disgaea + Mouse Control = LOVE. SO. MUCH. LOVE.

    • The Disgaea series is my favorite modern series, and PC versions with full mouse and keyboard support would be the absolute most amazing thing that could happen to them imo. 

      • Locklear93

        Beyond that, the map editor wouldn’t have had to be nerfed into the ground on a platform where user-generated content is situation normal, and they could include one based on what they themselves use, if they were inclined to do so, rather than have users fumble through menus via directional buttons.  THAT, to me, is the greatest potential of a PC Disgaea release.

        • I hadn’t even considered the benefits of having the map editor on PC. That, along with other user-generated content (some form of mod support, perhaps) would just be amazing.

          • DesmaX

            Yeah, Disgaea 4 with “Steam Workshop” support would be… perfect

      • Kawashima

        I wonder if NISA could use Steam as a way to publish games that they didn’t  bring overseas like La Pucelle Ragnarok.

        • I don’t know, but I absolutely loved the original La Pucelle so that would be pretty amazing.

    • WyattEpp

      Not terribly far fetched. Their engine is already on multiple platforms, and from what I’ve been able to tell in reversing, it’s largely the same through each game.  Just a matter of getting the initial engine port and everything else should be fairly simple.  Should.  I truly hate to say it, but I don’t have the most amazing amount of faith in NIS programming staff… :(

  • DesmaX

    But, personally, I think this game needs support to Steam Workshop.

  • Göran Isacson

    Don’t think I even remember what this game was about… isn’t this one of those dungeon crawling titles with a ton of cameos from other NIS-games in it?

    • Locklear93

      Not so much on the cameos.  It’s an action RPG with both pre-determined and random dungeons.  The big draw is in complexity of the character system.  In addition to the character you’re controlling, you have characters who aren’t in the dungeon with you.  You put them in a “magic circle,” and depending on their stats, their position relative to your main character, artifacts placed on the circle, and special circle effects, you get bonuses and penalties.  When you get levels in the dungeon, that ups stats that matter for sub characters.  When you level a sub character, that raises stats that benefit a main character, so it pays to cycle around.

      It’s extremely complex, but if you enjoy that kind of complexity, it’s a blast.

  • Hoshi星

    PSP game on Steam? Square, bring Final Fantasy Type-0 to Steam!!!

  • I’m getting a lot of reports on terribad framerate on really good systems.  Can anyone confirm this?

    • Spirit Macardi

      Runs at a constant 30 for me.

    • Runs just fine for me.

    • Locklear93

      Constant 30 for me, as well.  Could be a hardware configuration the game doesn’t like–if so, the common thread between poorly performing systems should be sussed out before too long.

      Edit: Also, if you’re worried about performance on your own account, grab the demo–it’s free, and should be a good test to determine whether or not you’d suffer.

    • DesmaX

      Working fine with me

      I even make a gameplay video with Fraps

    •  Full 30FPS Windowed
      15-20FPS full screen

      very annoying. By comparison I can run Jamestown full 60FPS in both modes.

      •  I got word from someone getting as bad as 3 when getting into a dungeon.  I’m not sure if that’s an isolated incident or if it has something to do with a specific driver/video set.  Said person can run very high power games at 60 FPS otherwise.

        •  Yeah, I’m just going to wait for Legasista on PSN.

  • Heh, does NIS themselves even know it’s on steam? The official site still says ‘Exclusively on PSN’

  • Lightthrower

    I played the japanese version of Legasista and it’s Cladun HD litterally. However, the soundtrack is OMG impressive! Just listen to the main theme :

  • Hey, maybe someone will port Dangan Ronpa to PC, too? Eh?

    A guy can dream. ^_^;

  • Sardorim

    I can see it now… Disgaea 5 on Steam. Well, I can dream.

  • James Smith

    They should have made a bigger deal about this, a lot of PC players buy PSP’s and PS3’s only for the japanese games not normally available for PC, many are also happy to support any effort to bring ports to the PC.

    The game isn’t even on the Steam frontpage. Valve should put it there, promoting a new market for Steam would benefit both NISA and Valve.

    Either way, bought a copy for myself and one for a friend already. I’d be glad to buy more of their games through Steam, not just old ports but new releases as well.

    • Indeed, I’m one of those people who primarily plays PC games but owns a PSP and PS3 specifically for the Japanese games that rarely get PC ports. I really hope that this (as well as XSEED’s PC support) is a good sign for things to come.

  • Insta-bought, if for no other reason than because I love NISA and would love to see more ports of their games on PC. My favorite publisher, on my favorite platform. I am a happy man.

    • Locklear93

      Basically every word you just said.  I REALLY hope this pans out enough for NIS to consider further ports, and not just of their PSP titles.

  • Its not worth 20 dollars. Seriously I played it, I know you guys love NISA but please play the demo before you get it.

    • Ladius

      It isn’t worth 20$ because it’s worth far more than that, considering how much value and fun it packs, without even factoring the absurd level of customization.

      Easily one of the best action dungeon crawlers released this gen, I hope PC gamers enjoy it as much as I did on PSP.

  • oh my dear lord ….. cha ching … B B B BOUGHT!

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    Preorder Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness on Steam today and receive a free Prinny Hat for Team Fortress 2!

  • Very nice!  Retro pixel art type games seem to do well on steam, so hopefully this game gets some new legs there.  Seems like a very smart move, imo.  

  • SirTeffy

    Just dropping a line to say I’ll be adding PC sharing to the Cladun x2 Edit Wiki, found at
    So feel free to stop by after this weekend (I only have Sunday off, unfortunately) when PC support SHOULD be integrated.

    EDIT: PC sections have been ADDED for Characters, Weapons, Armor and Music! Enjoy guys!

    • You Are Tonga

      Thx for the wiki!! ;)

    • Yo, Teffy! Is the article I wrote on the Wiki still standing (the one about Artifacts)? I might write more thanks to the Steam version!

      • SirTeffy

         Any articles that were on the wiki are still on the wiki. The only thing that has changed are the new PC pages, Vita transfer instructions, and the Game Information section has been relinked to a new gameplay-specific wiki someone else made.

  • eliel

    so i got a quick question for those who bought the pc version of this game, dose this game have online co-op or is it straight up single player?

  • Ladius

    I’m really baffled to see this as a surprise announcement, NISA should have hyped it much more considering it’s a pretty big deal for any Japanese games fan on PC. Cladun x2 is a really great game, too, and I hope a lot of gamers are able to give it a chance.

  • Kai2591

    That’s a good move, I think. I hope NISA will port other games too like my all-time favourite Ar Tonelico (at least the 1st and 2nd ones). Is that even possible though? Anway, I’d definitely buy those!

    • Locklear93

      Ar Tonelico doesn’t belong to NIS, so it’s much, much less likely I’m afraid.  If that were going to happen, odds would be it’d require Namco Bandai and GUST’s approval, perhaps Banpresto, too (I’m never sure what their role actually is in AT…)

      That said, AT1 and AT2 were both games I’d buy again on PC.  AT3… probably not. :P

      • Kai2591

         I see…. Oh well at least we’ve already played them right? haha.

  • Pichi

    Good move. Hope they have other games in mind for the future as well. I think many Japanese companies are missing out by ignoring PC.

  • You Are Tonga

    OMG DAT System requirements D=, who cares i am buy anyway… :P

    • Locklear93

       “512 GB RAM”

      …man, and I thought I was futureproofing a bit when I got a PC with 16 GB. :(

      Nice typo, Steam/NISA. :)

      • amagidyne

        That’s okay, 512gb is only the minimum. 1gb is recommended. Clearly this means having less ram makes it go faster! To the calculator!

        • Locklear93

          All those pesky RAMs, getting in the way!  *opens computer, pulls out memory*

  • I’m rather hoping this will result in their PSP library slowly moving over to Steam.

    Didn’t they once really want ZHP to be updated to on the PS3, but Sony said no due to sprite-based artwork? Maybe this is NISA’s way of trying to get their games to a wider audience level, despite those objections.

  • CirnoLakes

    Oh my God. Oh… Oh my God.. Oh my God. OH… my God. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD.

    I just… I..
    *twitches from pure unadulterated joy*
    I… just I… *shakes* .. I just… I..
    *produces a squeal that is not human*
    I love you today PC. I love you today Steam. I love you today Nippon Ichi. Please never stop doing amazing things like this. I’m so happy right now I could cry and I don’t care how nerdy that is. Just… oh my God I can’t believe this is actually happening.
    *clicks the buy button with the warhammer of a thousand goddesses*

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    I would be so stoked if this became an ongoing thing.  Hope this sells well, know I contributed.

  • AceWildCard

    aren’t the requirements a bit steep? I mean this isn’t graphics intensive in the least, why the need for so much? D:

  • TheSwordUser

    Your move XSEED. Bring out Half Minute Hero (prefferably 360 version since, I assume, it will be easier to port than PSP one).

  • Zoozbuh

    Can’t say I’m a fan of the Cladun series, but if this paves the way for more (proper) RPGs moving onto PC, then it’s a VERY good thing :) Just waiting for what Ghostlight’s porting to PC now…

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