Battle Princess of Arcadia Is About A Girl Taking On A World Full Of Monsters

By Sato . June 19, 2013 . 5:00pm

Nippon Ichi Software recently announced an upcoming PlayStation 3 project called Project: Arcadia to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The title has been confirmed as Battle Princess of Arcadia, which will be a side-scrolling action RPG, where you play as a red-headed battle princess from the Schwert Kingdom, by the name of Plume. She’ll be taking on giant bosses in the game.


In their announcement this week, Nippon Ichi introduces Battle Princess of Arcadia’s various settings, story and heroine, along with a look at some of the battle and weapons.


The stage is set in a continent that is full of rampant monsters. There are several large countries within the continent with soldiers to protect their people from these monsters. In addition to the soldiers, each country have their own princesses, who set foot on the battlefield to further protect their people. These sword-wielding beauties are known as the Battle Princesses.


The energetic and innocent Battle Princess of the Schwert Kingdom, Plume, is loved by the citizens, who call her “Pucchan”. She continues to protect her country from the menace of monsters, thanks to her weapon and overwhelming fighting prowess.


Things were going fine for Plume and the Schwert Kingdom; however, a giant monster appeared out of nowhere one day and robbed the lives of Plume’s precious soldiers and other followers. Failure to subjugate the monster lead to the death of her many beloved. This marked the start of an adventure that will greatly change Plume as a person and her surroundings.


The continent of Weltecs is surrounded by oceans. The land is divided into three major parts of west, central and east, known as the lands of Armatura, Velos and Schwert, respectively. The people of each country continue to fight off the monsters to protect themselves from their terror. For an unknown reason, the number of monsters has been increasing recently…



The beloved Plume, who is said to possess the power of a thousand soldiers, takes her sword to face all the monsters without succumbing to the menace. Just mentioning her name always brings a smile to any citizen in the kingdom. Contrary to her kind nature, she actually loves to fight and prides herself on the work she does as a Battle Princess. She’s a happy-go-lucky girl, who also has a silly side to her personality.


The Weltecs continent is divided into five different regional environments, where the Battle Princess will be fighting. There are areas such as forests, volcanoes, snowy mountains and more. It is said that in the far depths of these areas are ancient monuments that have some sort of mysterious ancient weapons within.


The Battle Princess’ role is to subdue monsters that terrorize the people. For this reason, they travel to various areas of the continent to fight the monsters. At the far-end of each area, you’ll be encountering giant enemies such as the ones shown above.



Since Plume will be fighting hundreds or thousands of monsters, Battle Princess of Arcadia will be backing her up with over 900 different weapons. These weapons will have their own attributes and skills, including some that show their true strengths upon using them together with abilities. There will also be a weapon evolution element and rare weapons that can be found during your adventures.


Plume’s weapon of choice is the single-handed sword. She excels at close-ranged combat and can land multiple slashes on her enemies thanks to her speedy movements. In addition, she can also do melee attacks such as aerial kicks and more.


Battle Princess of Arcadia is slated for release on September 26th for PlayStation 3.

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  • Looks like a cheap Vanillaware game to be honest. Not saying Vanillware games are cheap but someone trying to make a game like Vanillaware and it looking like a budget title.

    • Kaitsu

      Nippon Ichi, cheap? They’ve worked with Vanillaware before. I’m pretty sure this title shows how much they’re inspired by them as well.

      It looks nowhere like a budget title. I’m really confused on what you even mean by that.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        They’re just jealous Cause NIS’ art is better than Vanillaware’s :P

        • DesmaX

          But this isn’t Harada art

          Sorry, I’ll be leaving

          • CirnoTheStrongest

            Harada art is always amazing, but this is looking to be in the Marl Kingdom style
            Which is simply beautiful~

          • DesmaX

            Yeah, I can see where are you going from. Nice homage for a 20th anniversary title

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      You sound horrendously ignorant. Vanillaware didn’t revolutionize 2D side scrollers nor does this look anything close to their style. Vanillaware has a very distinct style. Sounds like you haven’t played many games in this genre.

      • I never said Vanillaware revolutionized 2D side scrollers. The art doesn’t look like Vanillawares the game itself looks like a cheap Odin Sphere or Princess Crown knock off.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      There’s Snow! So it’s gotta be great!

  • endril

    N1 does odin sphere? Sure, I’ll take it.

    • Covnam

      Yeah, Odin Sphere was my first thought as well. Not that that’s a bad thing.

    • MrTyrant

      BECAUSE of that Im begin to like the game and I hope it has a good plot with plenty stuff to do. My money goes there.

    • Dominic Hunter

      …Shoot. You just made me imagine an Odin Sphere-ish game with Takehito Harada artwork. NOW I WILL CRAVE IT FOREVER.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Oh man, I’m gonna have a heart attack. Red hair is one of my many weaknesses.
    In 2D no less…

  • Cazar

    I wish N1 would show the Vita more love. This would be perfect for that platform.

    Also… Groudon?

  • All I can immediately think of is “Princess Crown”.

    I’ll be interesting to see what they do, here.

  • puchinri

    Oh, wow. I’m really excited for this~. It looks pretty, and the story is simple enough but with plenty of potential. I’m pretty interested in the setting too.

    I look forward to more news, and with this being a title for their 20th anniversary and with a battle princess as the lead, it makes me feel like it could be a spiritual prequel to the Marl Kingdom stuff (considering the queen in Rhapsody and other things in there).

    Hopefully this will expand further too. ♥

  • MrTyrant

    Isn’t that red dragon from pokemon? haha.

    Nice move NIS. Im loving this game already.

  • Zizal

    Looks like a browser game to me. I expected better art style from Nippon Ichi.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    I like that NIS is trying ARPG’s, but man this came out of the blue a few weeks ago and is launching around the time of The Witch and the 100 Knights. Must be a much smaller game, or they really kept it under wraps for a long time. I’m game for an Odin Sphere like game.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    This looks awesomeee

  • z_merquise

    It looked very vibrant and colorful. Though Vanillaware is still my personal favorite when it comes on the 2D artwork in games but I really love the art style here.

    Let’s see how this game looked in motion but right now, I’m interested.

  • Xerain

    Best Game Ever of the Month.

  • l777l

    Atelier Iris should have such vibrant colors and style.

  • Damn, im happy for ps3 and stuff, but this kind of game would look awesome on the vita’s screen

    • piichan

      I was just about to say that. They should atleast consider making it for the vita since this seems like a perfect game on there. Seriously, what is Sony even doing for it. They’re like leaving it to die.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    And why isn’t this on the Vita!!?? Doesn’t Sony want their handheld to succeed???? Yeah yeah, up to devs/pubs, but if Sony kicked them incentive, this would be perfect for the Vita for a) portability, b) it’s luscious screen. I’ll buy either way, but still. Beautiful game

    • FetusZero

      This reminds me of how I often see people blame devs/publishers for the Vita’s lack of games.. and I keep telling them what you said: It’s Sony’s job to make the Vita an interesting and viable platform to develop for, but sadly they aren’t doing much for it.

      I’ll definitely buy this game too, though. Well so far, that is. Looking forward to seeing a trailer or something.

    • TheExile285

      I’m surprised to see this is a console game. I was expecting it be a 3DS game when I skimmed the screenshots.

      Shame it’s not also on vita but maybe itll be ported later. Dragons Crown will suffice for now (for me atleast)

  • DesmaX

    It’s just me, or is Plume a 3D model?

    And, boy, isn’t this cute? Really a contrast compared to The Witch and a 100 Knights (Nice to see variety from them)

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      I think they are going with 3D characters. Surprised they’re stepping away from sprites more recently.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    This is just the best~
    None of the other 20th Anniversary titles excited me as much as this one! Though Witch looks to be a lot of fun for sure~

  • Suriel Cruz

    Odin Sphere is that you?… even the forest is the same.
    Gonna love Battle Princess of Arcadia!

  • Göran Isacson

    Odin SPhere styled action game with ACTUALLY adorable designs that don’t feel loli-queasy, featuring Groudon from Pokemon and what sounds like a strangely dark plot for such a cute.looking game? I… I am behind this! 100 Percent, on the hype-train, well freaking done NIS!

    • DesmaX

      And, since it’s NIS, I can really expect the story to get a darker tone.

      Hopefully I’m not the one who though ZHP was a darker game

      • s07195

        Not the only one there. Behind the fun overtones and themes, the protagonist’s backstory is kinda depressing.

      • Göran Isacson

        Alas, I never played that game. Didn’t know it went dark too, but maybe I should’ve expected it considering the company.

    • That was the first thing I thought when I read the article.
      This paragraph: “Things were going fine for Plume and the Schwert Kingdom;” started out fine. And then suddenly it got all dark… needless to say I was rather surprised.
      I would buy the hell out of this when they release it in Europe.

      • Göran Isacson

        Things were going fine for Plume and the Schwert Kingdom… but everything changed when the Fire Nation attack-*shot*

        Sorry, I had to. But yes, a suprisingly dark plot here. I hope that it gets released in Europe AT ALL, how many of NIS’s games have been released here so far? I haven’t kept up very well, do we get any other games beside Disgaea?

        • Well, if it was the usual, I’d have said:
          “I would buy the hell out of this, IF they release it in Europe” but I didn’t, because NIS does tend to release a lot of their games over here for us.

          This might be helpful for future reference, bro:

          So yeah, fingers crossed, here’s hoping we’ll get it within a few months and not some years or so… We’re hoping in terms of months of delay, yet in comparison, people were complaining about how we got the Namco X Capcom demo earlier than them. Plus they still get the Limited and Standard Edition earlier than our Standard Edition release too… lolwut, I don’t even.

        • DesmaX

          NISA releases their games both in the US and Europe simultaneously (Or, at least they try to… But, if they can’t, it’s normally the US version that gets delayed, and the European end up being released before the US one)

  • WyattEpp

    Wow, NIS is suddenly branching out from turn-based grid games. It’s cool to see, and if this ends up looking as fun as Witch and Hundred Knights, I am super hype.

  • Wow this game looks and sounds great! Plume is to my liking in all areas, looks and personality, and with being able to wield over 900 different weapons there’s no doubt that this is going to be fun.

  • Draparde

    What would make this 100% perfect is multiplayer.
    I’m still getting it anyways. and i will have fun with it im sure.

  • Sergio Briceño

    I like the art a lot. Japan’s very own Dust an Elysian Tail.

    And before anybody says “You don’t know Princess Crown/Odin Sphere!!??” Yes I do.

  • MrRobbyM


    This reminds me of Odin Sphere.

  • ChiffonCake

    Wow, that’s some really nice and colorful art! My interest has been piqued.

  • Go2hell66

    Looks like my kind of game

  • Kaitsu

    I just kinda want to know one thing.

    MULTIPLAYER?! Or at least offline coop?

  • DanteJones

    ALL the hnnngghhs!

  • Draparde

    It’s also become obvious to me that she’s the Final DLC character for DD2, at least based of the picture with everyones silhouette

  • Crazy_O

    This game and games like this are why I own a ps3, and why I’ll probably buy a ps4.

  • Warboss Aohd

    innocent princess………’ow original.

  • Kai2591

    Groudon go home; you’re in the wrong game.

  • This looks more suited to the Vita, but I will take my games anyway they come as long as I have the platform in question.

    The game looks awesome! So different to their usual style of games.

    • ShadowDivz

      I thought the same thing.

  • Mordina

    Wow, looks really fun and pretty!

  • ivanchu77

    It looks like a vanillaware game, very interested in this.

    But I wish N1 did more games for portables, recently all they do is always for PS3 only.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Odins Sphere Nippons Ichi Style…

  • Shady Shariest

    …Are you absolutely 100% sure that i couldn’t just cuddle with those pandas? They look so cute :3

    • Virevolte

      You can’t. Kill them. And eat them. Raw.

      • Shady Shariest

        Wellp. I just hope that they won’t taste like chicken…
        Along with every cute thing ever >:3

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  • chroma816

    I hope this gets ported. That said, NISA has a great record and ports things that are really niche even here, so I’m not going to worry.

    Now, if they brought over that Journalism Vita game, I’d buy it too.

  • Carlos Escalante

    This needs to be released! Looks great NISA. At least do a digital release, please!

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Pretty sure NISA will bring this west. And I sincerely hope they do. Developed by the Prinny team? Side-scrolling action RPG? Bright and colorful art style? Hundreds of weapons? Sweet! Where do I sign, or should I continually throw cash at the screen?!

  • Istillduno

    I came in expecting medicrity and am now trying to push my wallet through the screen to get this game.

    Why isn’t it working?

  • Demeanor

    Color me interested! Sounds so good!!! I wonder if the monster killers are the princesses because they have some kinda special power or just because, you know, Japan XD there WILL be ultimate attacks, rite? rite?
    Also, lol such a huge crown XD more like a king than a hime XD

  • KiTA

    My, I hope they localize this.

  • ShadowDivz

    sword-wielding beauties


  • CirnoLakes

    Another PlayStation 3 title?

    Wow. This system refuses to die.

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