First Look At Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1

By Spencer . June 28, 2013 . 2:40am


Summon Night 5 developer Felistella is working with Compile Heart on a remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia. Yeah, the game is only three years old, but it’s getting a total makeover for PlayStation Vita.


Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 uses character models and the battle system from Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. The game is slated for release in October.



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For the sake of comparison, here are screenshots from Hyperdimesion Neptunia which was released for PlayStation 3 back in 2010.

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  • jujubee88

    NISA will reign supreme.

  • epy

    And so… the limited edition PS3 Neptunia I haven’t even played becomes obsolete. It was pretty expensive too…

    • SerendipityX

      I feel your pain. *looks at Atelier: Arland Series*

      • Kai2591

        OMG I thought I was the only one xD

      • epy

        Dude, dammit, don’t remind me about those too. Now all they is to release a superior version of Ar Tonelico Qoga to kick me while I’m down.

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but I had thought the storyline and gameplay are both getting changed in this remake for the Vita…? ^^;

      So it’s not like it’s obsolete.

      Just found the relevant article on Siliconera for reference:

      Quote here:
      “Dengeki PlayStation reports the story has been revised by series director Onodera too. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 1 will have a remade main story plus new events and conversations made just for the Vita version. Even the CPUs are different, they wear glasses in Re:Birth 1. Why do the CPUs have glasses? Well, they can be in disguise when they visit other lands.”

  • landlock

    Nice, I haven’t played the first one at all since I heard it was pretty bad. Maybe I should wait for this and hope NISA brings it over.

    • Zoozbuh

      You should definitely do that if you have a Vita. First game is VERY tedious and hard to get though, even for the story.

      • Tyler Beale

        So are the other games and the Record of Agarest War series, if you don’t buy DLC weapons.

        And don’t get me started on the Victory DLC scenarios…I like them, but I shouldn’t have to level all the way up to 999 to see them all!

        • Zoozbuh

          Erm… But Mk2 and Victory really aren’t on the same level of tediousness. I mean at least their battle system is kinda fun, so grinding doesn’t SUCK OUT YOUR SOUL. I didn’t need any DLC weapons either. Agarest- never played it so not sure, but I’ve heard kinda bad things…

          • Tyler Beale

            To give you an idea…in RoAW Zero, the 1st boss raped me without even me having a turn (after the Move phase of course). DLC fixed that, but still.

            And Mk2, I couldn’t beat CFW Arfoire. Didn’t feel like doing quest to recruit the other CPUs, nor grinding. DLC weapons didn’t help, either.

          • Zoozbuh

            Lol, I remember doing a whole other NG+ playthrough to get the true end and recruiting all the CPUs. So at that point it was pretty easy/trivial… I can see why it might be hard on the first play though. Grinding is key in this series really xD

          • Nightmare637

            really? I got through him without DLC just fine.(the only trouble I had throughout the game was boundry plane and the start second gen)
            what difficulty were you playing on?

          • Tyler Beale

            There was no difficulty select.

            Also I didn’t even make it to the BP (and neither do I want to!) as I got the bad ending, and I don’t feel like going through all the bullshit AGAIN. (namely, doing battles every time I move on the map)

        • Xerain

          The worst part about the first Neptunia is not just grinding levels… it’s grinding story.
          Some mild spoilers follow…

          You’re teased the whole game with the other goddess characters, but none of them can join you until right before the final boss. In order to get the best ending you must stop and recruit them all…. Which brings the share system into play. You have to grind boring dungeon runs in a given goddess’s world to increase her shares to a certain level… but doing so takes shares form the other goddesses… which means you are constantly fighting against yourself. You get shares up for one goddess to recruit her, only to have to have to grind more to undo all the work you did and then grind the shares up for the next goddess. It’s also theoretically possible to permanently lose shares and screw yourself out of getting all the characters and thus the best ending.

          The later games keep the concept of a share system, but it’s more localized so it’s much easier to deal with. IIRC you can also complete multiple quest at once instead of having to do a dedicated dungeon run per quest.

          • Landale

            Theoretically possible? Hahaha. No. No. What you’re looking for is “Very, very, VERY likely”. There’s an unsaid thing about the shares in the first game. You lose Planeptune shares every time Neptune goes down, which in some areas is quite easy to have happen. The shares don’t get transfered off to someone else, they just cease to exist entirely.

          • Xerain

            Ah I remember that now. Dying wasn’t a problem for me after Neptune got that one move that kills everything in one attack, but I sort of remember reloading a few times before that.

        • Radiosity

          I played Mk2 first, basically enjoyed it though I ended up buying DLC weapons for a couple of the girls because I got bored by the combat really quickly.

          Then I saw the first game as a Best Edition (Japan version of Platinum Editions essentially) and figured for £25 I might as well. Wish I hadn’t. Couldn’t even clear the first dungeon, even with the battle animation skip function. So. Very. Tedious.

          • Tyler Beale

            As did I, though I didn’t buy DLC weapons until the last time I played it (where I was at CFW Arfoire). They didn’t do shit, and I wasn’t about to just go around leveling up (like Compile Heart apparently EXPECTS us to do in its RPGs) like an asshole.

            So I just gave up and traded the game in. No, I didn’t get the other CPUs to join me in battle as I wasn’t going to be doing quests either.

          • Radiosity

            I got the platinum so I had to grind to level 99 for everyone anyway, at that level that fight was an utter joke, especially using the NepNep special attack that knocks like half its health off in one hit.

      • KnifeAndFork

        understatement of the year

      • sonic171000


  • Just goes to show that a lot can happen in 3 years.

  • Keima88

    I have great hope that this will be localised.

    • I like how they don’t ignore us Europeans. That pleases me greatly :3

  • Crevox

    That’s a lot of screenshots for comparison

  • Aesma

    …I guess I should expect the Sisters to be DLC then…

  • tubers

    I hope they turn down the bloom/hdr.

    It kinda looks annoying.

    • xXDGFXx

      Pretty sure their use of bloom was the main issue with framerate.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Well a game can age in 3 years, and the first neptunia battle system wans’t you know very good, because of this i will buy this when i get a Vita.

  • Repede91

    The first game needed this desperately! I liked everything about that game except for the part where you have t play it.

    Implementing the battle system from later games will improve it immensely.

  • sherimae1324

    nice…. very nice… ^_^
    now i should go NISA’s website ^_^

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    CH will get my money for this

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Lookin guu’

  • Flandre Scarlet

    Please, anyone but NISA. They will find some way to take the dub away, insert immature sex jokes into the script, or censor something.

    • Yuriangels

      um what do you mean!?! Your are guys still mad about that one censor for mugen soul!

      • Kevadu

        It’s kind of funny that they blame NISA for that when nobody else would have touched Mugen Souls with a 10ft pole in the first place.

        • Flandre Scarlet

          I’m of the mind that if you can’t bring the product over without butchering it, you shouldn’t bother at all. I’m sure NISA are quite happy with all those LEs still sitting in their warehouse.

    • Zoozbuh

      Err, are you CRAZY?! NISA barely ever does any of that stuff!! And most of these games would never be released in English, if it wasn’t for them ¬___¬

      • Flandre Scarlet

        Yeah, not like Victory and Ayesha had a 10% dub or anything. Or they changed Esty Erhard’s name to Esty Dee to make a sex joke for no reason. Or the Mugen Souls debacle, and that’s not just including censorship; you should have seen their ‘reasons’ for changing removing tsundere from the script.

        If NISA is the only option for localization I’d rather they just not be localized. Terrible company in recent years.

        • Yuriangels

          So with just two games that YOU think were not good, there a bad company now?!?! weird

  • Randy Marsh

    Looking good. Now just make the game actually have a story, then we a deal.

  • psycho_bandaid

    looks really good. Hopefully NISA picks it up.

  • Gustavo

    I’m a kangaroo! ^_^

    • Learii

      I like when she say that lol

  • raylancer

    The PS3 games were plagued with FPS problems. Though Victory ran a bit better. I fear for the Vita version…

  • Aristides

    They better localize this 0-0 this is the game we’ve been waiting for.

  • zferolie

    I played Neptunia, and I admit the battle system was the weak link. Having a betting battle system would make this a much better game. I hope they bring it here.

  • RoxasTheUnknown1

    NISA you know what to do. Idol PP, Rebirth 1, and Fierce God Black Heart.^-^

  • I smell a localization already =^_^=

  • Sim

    Looks great, but im not gonna import untill i see it in action.

    • Tyler Beale

      Even if you imported, can you play JP PS Vita Card games on a system with a US PSN account?

      • TheExile285

        Yes but you will not be able to buy and use any DLC on the US account.

  • Really appreciate the comparison screenshots, puts the remake into perspective.

  • Tyler Beale

    NISA…..Bring all 3 Neptunia Vita tiles over……With English dubbing that isn’t fucked up….And Compile Heart, make the Victory costumes as DLC….please…? Don’t fuck up the performance, either….Victory was a damn fine job in that regard.

    • Manny Being Manny

      >Idol game dub
      >Not fucked up

      Uh, good luck with that one. The idol game needs to stay sub only since most dubbers can’t sing worth crap.

      • Tyler Beale

        What I meant was, in ALL the games (released so far), only a handful of events had English dubbing, whereas if you set it, ALL events have Japanese voices!

        As for the Idol game, well, just leave the songs untouched, like most dubbing companies do these days (such as with Angel Beats!). Everything else (IE the events) should get the dub. (with the option for our anime purists to change it to the so-called “superior” Japanese audio)

        Good god…. God knows… was such a mess in Haruhi Suzumiya’s english dub.

        • coax

          What Haruhi game was English dubbed?

          • Tyler Beale

            I don’t think there was a game; I was referring to the anime series The English dub was excellent, but that school festival episode…oh GOD…the part where they (except Kyon) sing..OH GOD…knows….

          • coax

            Oh, you were talking about the song. You should have put the title in quotes, I just read it as part of your sentence intro. Never listened to the english version, I like Hirano’s singing too much for that.

            I know there was one English game, but didn’t think it had any voices, though I haven’t played it since I haven’t had an ipod in a couple years now.

          • Tyler Beale
  • taekk

    Nice panty shot, I thought something was missing in the first game. The only panty shot I remember was for Compa. I’m glad that this has been fixed.

    • Landale

      Any of the characters with hammers could provide that, Neptune among them. Also 5pb all the time, due to how tall she is, if you set the camera as low as possible by walking.

      • taekk

        I was kind of joking but thanks for the tip! I’ll keep an eye out next time I play the game. Ha ha.

  • Testara

    I really really hope they localise this. I really do. :D Neptunia is one of my favourite series.

  • Spider-Man

    Upskirts. (:

    • xXDGFXx

      Boing :D


    It’s great they are remaking the original. Despite the problems with gameplay, it has a hilarious story – which I hope they don’t change too much. It being Re;Birth1 might indicate they have already changed the true ending to open it up for a Re;Birth2.

    Also, there’s something about the new PH and BH CPU portrait I am not liking too much…

    • Raharu95

      Or Perhaps to tie in with MK2. Maybe


        We’ll find out, once more info and characters are revealed.

      • Landale

        They’d need to remove Arfoire as an active character to be able to tie it into the mk2 timeline.


          Not only Arfoire, but also Nisa, Gust, and 5pb – although they only exist as DLC and have little effect on the main story, they do meet.

          In mk2, IF and Compa have no recollection of them and ask them if they ever met and Nisa replies: “Not on this journey.”

          Mk2 ,I pretty much see as the remake, but I think Compile Heart might be trying to branch the story out by making another “HyperDimension.”

        • Raharu95

          Indeed. I forgot that MK2’s story is incompatible with the first one XP

  • Raharu95

    I can how the new bust for the goddeses are better… but for some reason I prefer the first ones. I wonder if they could give us an option to use the first ones.

  • Zoozbuh

    Dammit.. I actually had to torture myself by playing through the first game as it was AND getting the other ending/s, and now Vita owners get a completely redone game with the improved battle system. It’s a nice idea, but I’m just bitter as I don’t plan on getting a Vita :/

  • Joshua Myers

    Will be buying it if it releases out in the NA

  • DriftSlave

    It really shows that Nep1 had a dark muddy feel to it in comparison to the rest of the series, I wonder how it will turn out since alot of the original game had important NPC who where silhouettes. How will Candidates finally be tied into continuity? , and how will Nep finally explain what happened to celestia?

    One thing is for sure, the return of the original haughty and mellow dramatic Arfoire is coming back, this version of Arfoire was my favorite too.

    This and Fairy Fencer f are on my list of Complie Heart/NISA games for 2014.

    • Landale

      Assuming they introduce the Candidates to the original timeline at all. As for Celestia, I don’t recall a lack of explanation about it unless you’re referring to in later games in which case; Alternate timelines, no such place exists in them.

      Though the “Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 1 will have a remade main story” from the last article leaves some room to think they may work them in, though if they have Arfoire resume her role from the original it still prevents this from being part of the mk2 timeline.

      • DriftSlave

        A equip item that shares the name Celestia has Neptune commenting on Celesita itself saying to the player that we shouldn’t worry about the details as if shes dodging the question. That and it’s not alternative timelines but different dimensions. The first two games take place in Hyperdimension, 90% of Victory takes place in Ultradimension, and PP is another but all tied in the same timeline. Celestia would still exist because it was in Hyperdimension however what remains of it or why it isn’t important has yet to be known.

        This game may also bridge the gap between Nep 1 and Mk.2 since there are alot of things that do run parallel with both games.

        • Landale

          Things are similar between the first two in the same way that many things are similar between continuity reboots. However the first has no sisters mentioned at all, the meeting between Neptune, IF, and Compa are completely different between the two, especially in regards to IF and Compa’s relationship, the physical layout of the world is drastically different, and it’s noted by some characters that they’ve never met before even though they would have if the first and mk2 were in the same continuity.

          As for the item, item descriptions tend to get rather meta in Nippon Ichi games and is in no way a way to say the games share a continuity when all else says otherwise especially not if the item is a Neptune quote given that she, as well as Nisa and to a lesser extent some other characters, is quite aware of being a game character and is prone to ignoring the fourth wall to make observations on the series as a whole.

          • DriftSlave

            Again the change in meeting of between the characters could be seen of retcon. The non-mentioning of the Sisters is something that could be explained in the reboot so far we only seen the 3 initial characters of the original game, the sisters have been in every installment since MK.2 I think they are obligated for some sort of explanation to why the appear later (Goddesses in Hyperdimension are created, so maybe are Candidates? In Ultra Dimension normal people can become Goddess with the CPU memory but that is a different dimension all together).

            As far as the worlds go, they have been changing either drastically or had small changes between each game. Planetune is pretty much the same about the same with Lowee. Lastation and Leanbox has gotten the most changes between games. The Anime seem to enforce similarity from the first game such as how the world and goddess look like they are all taken from the first game however the Sisters are there in plain sight.

            This is conjecture but I think the Anime takes place between Nep1 and MK.2

          • Landale

            You really think all that means retcon? The first game the world as a cluster of floating land masses, mk2 it as an actual continent and an actual world. Oh, not to mention the first game’s true ending; They’re not goddesses anymore.

            The stories between the first game and the second are completely incapable of being considered the same continuity. The sheer amount of retconning, to both games, that they’d need to do to make it work is mindboggling.

            They’d need to change the very physical layout of the world, they’d need to completely redo the start of the first game to match up to mk2’s meeting between the three, they’d have to completely remove IF’s fixation on Vert which would force a change in the Leanbox arc to the story, they’d need to completely remove Arfoire’s presence from the first game, they’d have to remove Nisa and Gust, 5pb’s DLC content could never have happened, Red would have never happened, which sadly is the only thing on this list very likely to happen, and as noted above they’d have to completely replace the True Ending. That game would not in any way be a remake of the first game, it’d be creating a prequel to mk2 that still had nothing to do with the original game.

          • Guest

            It wouldn’t be the first time a series went through a massive amount of retcons in it’s remakes…think what comic books have been doing for years….

            Also the Manga didn’t use the true ending so the game isn’t obligated to do the same. When Nep1 was made, it was a make it or break it sort of thing, they had no idea the series would take off as it did so the closure in it’s true ending would be just fine if the series ended with 1 game. This is why I believe with Mk.2 they decided to change it drastically to keep the series alive due to mediocrity of the first game this includes the visual presentation, characters and more, also we both know why Nepgear was the main protag then Neptune herself as that is a common trope of sequel syndrome. I’m not denying the stories for both games are largely different but I personally always viewed mk.2 as a retconned sequel to the original game.

            I’m going to go out on a limb but I’ve also never seen official statements from Compile Heart stating that Nep1 and MK.2 are in different dimensions, the only games that take place in different dimensions are V and PP.


      I hope they bring back the silhouettes. Many of the funniest scenes were silhouette interactions.

    • LastationLover5000

      I doubt the Candidates will be tied into the original game, it’s in a different universe and timeline from the rest of the Neptunia series, so I’m not sure. I do hope they REMOVE silhouettes, is it bad I finally want to see Ganache?

    • Bobby Jennings

      Agreed. I loved this version of Arfoire too. I actually didn’t enjoy the other two games as much as I did #1

  • Göran Isacson

    A redone version of Neptunia 1 that may in fact be… fun to play? I am cautiously intrigued.

  • Shady Shariest

    There needs to be at least one upskirt-logic in use :)

  • DyLaN

    The art evolution of the sprites/background is noticeable when you put them side by side. Not tht I mind.

    On a unrelated note I always thought Neptune is wearing a purple shorts until tht screenshot with pantyshot.

  • TheExile285

    Day one buy if localized

  • fyi1191

    I hope they got the lag out this time.
    The lags in HDN1 before patch were horrible. Loading time too.

    I wonder if the custom disc image will be implement back. But I want to reskin their HDD outfit as well. OHhhhh…can’t wait to find out.

  • Definetly gettings this! I’ve always wanted to try the Neptunia series :3

  • HerosLight

    Would love to get this game…

    If i had a Vita ;-;

  • artemisthemp

    I really hope NISA will localize this title.

  • Keko

    Words can’t even begin to describe how happy I am right now.

  • I’m looking forward to this! Can’t wait to hear more info about Noire’s one now.

    • Landale

      Odds are we’ll hear about that one starting in October.

  • Zanako

    looks like they are using the same character portraits from Victory (noire and nep) with the outfits of the first game. Looks fine anyway… can’t wait to play!!!

  • 果林

    i miss noire’s frontal posture instead of sideways :( /sadpanda

  • Raltrios

    I’ll be buying this if it comes over.

    Hell, I’ll be buying a Vita if this comes over.

  • Rafael Mario Sanchez

    Graphics kinda look cel-shaded on the Vita for me.
    But with Victory’s combat, perhaps reviewers might give this game a second chance (unless they continue bashing it for over-sexuality). I’ve only found one reviewer who actually loves the series, just so you know.

  • Vash bane

    wait a remake I havnt even played the first one yet >.<

  • mike dickson

    im glad this game being remade the original HDN 1 was so lacking and u couldn’t use items to heal i gave compile hearts props because there the only game company that remade a game properly i can’t wait for this game to get localized

    • Landale

      I actually liked the first Neptunia’s healing system compared to the normal use items and cast spells stuff. If you actually knew what you were doing it was amazing. Really hoping they try it again for this.

      • mike dickson

        hmm are u sure because i have the game and i khow what im doing and the item usage becomes total luck base

      • LastationLover5000

        That healing system is the LAST thing they need to try again, don’t jinx the remakes with a stupid remark like that

  • sonic171000

    Another round in the Hyperdimension Neptunia dimension, lets do this Nep Nep!!! :D

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