Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Hands-On: Laharl Hops Onto A Prinny

By Spencer . June 18, 2013 . 5:30pm


I got a taste of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness during E3 and one of the main changes to the game is the piggyback system. We mentioned this before on Siliconera and this gameplay mechanic essentially replaces the magichange system.


“Piggyback” is a command on the menu which you can activate if a character such as Laharl or Etna is standing next to a monster like the Dragon or Prinny. When you ride a monster you get a special attack that changes depending on the type of monster you’re riding.


I had Laharl ride Prinny, which give the pair a Bomberman parody special attack. This animation teleports Laharl, Prinny, and the enemy character in a maze and other Prinnies toss bombs in. I teamed up Etna with a Mothman which enables an attack that reaches three squares forward. Use this and Etna borrows the Mothman’s wings and flies straight into the enemy.



Another change outside of battle is the size of the base. Players can walk around Laharl’s castle in Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness and there are plenty of Netherworld servants to talk to. Oh, and if you’re wondering the English subtitle, I asked NIS America where A Brighter Darkness came from. A representative explained that’s because the game’s colors are brighter than the original Disgaea.


From the bit I played, that’s true Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness did look more vibrant than other Disgaea games.


Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is slated for release this fall in North America and Europe.


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  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Got excited, was hoping the title meant we would get to see you play it for us in a video :(

  • Xerain

    Is this instead of or in addition to magi change and dual magi change? Can I fuse a bunch of monsters together and dual wield 2 giant weapons while riding a monster?

    • DesmaX

      Nope, this is a substitute for Magichange

      • Sardorim

        I know that it is for THIS game. I said for a future game. Geez.

    • Sardorim

      Maybe we’ll get a future game that will allow double fusion and riding a monster.

    • No. It is Monster Mounting. HP is taken from monster, other statuses are taken from rider. New skills appear when in mounting mode.

  • DesmaX

    Sweet, hope I’ll see a Guided Fate Paradox hands-on (Don’t know if they were showing at E3)

  • konsama

    Will i be able to ride Prier? :P

    • fenix7

      haha good question :)

  • Lady Etna (Woot, woot).
    Lady Etna (Woot, woot).
    Ridin’ on a Prinny, Lady Etna..


    Still, need to pick up the first one, but still excited for this one.

  • Bentan

    so, does this mean we can ride raspberyl?

  • Joshua Myers

    Gotta say graphics look better every game

  • ZekeFreek

    Um… Harada’s color scheme has been lighter since Disgaea 2… Some might even argue since Phantom Brave… It’s nothing new guys.

    • Shady Shariest

      “A representative explained that’s because the game’s colors are brighter than the original Disgaea”

      Was an explanation to why the games dubbed “A brighter darkness”, because it uses a brighter set than Disgaea 1 :3

      • ZekeFreek

        Thanks for saying the same thing twice.

        My point stands, his color scheme has been brighter in everything since HoD.

        • Shady Shariest

          But it was not in any ways meant or thought of being new to anyone :P
          It was just the reason for games name :)

          • ZekeFreek

            I’m trying to explain why it’s a dumb reason, not debating that it isn’t the reason. Their reasoning for the title is just stupid.

          • Shady Shariest

            It’s not dumb, it’s pretty well based… Considering that the game is a celebration of 20 years of NIS, a name that comes from progress is nothing more but fitting :)

          • ZekeFreek

            It’s not progress! It’s already progressed YEARS AGO, it’s nothing new! It’s like having a party to celebrate the end of World War II TOMORROW! IT IS NOTHING NEW.

          • Shady Shariest


            What i’m trying to explain is that the name reflects everything they’ve done since Disgaea 1, not precisely in this game :)

            Edit: The fact that they chose color palette of all thing they have improved on was…Interesting…

            Really, i am putting it as simple-like as i can :/

            (Off topic: It would be nice to have a celebration for WWII’s end tomorrow…The events then made my homeland independent!)

  • I played imported verson. I like it better than any Disgaea.

  • Marcus

    I’ve been playing this for awhile now, and I have to say it’s the best of the series so far for me (though I love Hour of Darkness). Well, in terms of gameplay. I still can’t judge the plot, yet- gotta finish it first.


    • Shady Shariest

      What i’ve heard from magical east has been purely negative :O
      Thanks for opening my wallet for this :)

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha oh man. That has got to be the silliest and most entertaining reason for a subtitle I’ve ehard thus far.

  • Shady Shariest

    Colors are brighter? That.Is.Some.Good.Thinking!

  • chroma816

    If we can ride any monsters, what about the more human ones, like the Succubus or the Nekomata? What about Prier, or for the girls, Gig?

    …mah dick….

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