These Are Your Comrades In Nippon Ichi’s Next RPG, Battle Princess of Arcadia

By Sato . July 8, 2013 . 12:50pm

Nippon Ichi Software’s upcoming side-scrolling action RPG, Battle Princess of Arcadia, is about the adventures of a young and energetic princess by the name of Plume, who lost many of her beloved soldier and followers to a giant monster. In addition to the over 900 different weapons she’ll be wielding, Plume will also have comrades that aid her in battle.



Weapon: Bow

Larts is a kind-hearted young man who became Plume’s new attendant. He’s a very earnest and quiet character, but he’s also very service-minded. Upon meeting Plume, he is immediately taken by her personality, and is willing to help her through any means. Out of all the odd people found in the kingdom, he’s one of the few with common sense.


The “Attendants” are those who serve the Battle Princess in everything from combat to everyday life. They usually consist of people who are very talented and have an excellent set of battle skills.



Weapon: Staff

Contrary to her cute appearance, Yuni is a calm character with a bad mouth. She’s an old friend of Plume’s who has the role of an “Industrial Artist” at the castle. When Larts was appointed as Plume’s Attendant, Yuni protested against the idea and decided to follow the two.


Industrial Artists are similar to repairmen, except they work on fixing the castle’s furniture and antiques. In addition to fixing things, they’re often called upon by the king to create whatever they’re asked to make.




Shiguto is the optimistic King of the Schwert Kingdom, and he’s also Plume’s older brother. He shares a rather relaxed brotherly relationship with Plume, and gets along with her very well. He was originally a human but turned into a goose after a certain event.


The kings are those who rule the lands of one the several large countries in the continent of Weltecs. It is said that each king in the content tends to have a short tenure, as they’re often plagued with sicknesses passed on from previous generations.


Here’s a look at the three key points in Battle Princess of Arcadia’s combat features:


Most of the combat in the game revolves around using combo attacks to take out enemies, while switching out between your three party members in order to clear the stages.



Each party member shares different attributes, so knowing how to use them in the right situations will be the key to success. Plume excels at using powerful combo attacks to get rid of enemies in close-ranged combat. Larts uses his bow to attack enemies who are further away or placed in higher positions, while Yuni uses her magic to sweep away enemies who are in front of her.


The controls are simple, as they only require pressing buttons a few times to connect multiple attacks. By pressing the directional buttons along with your attacks, you’ll be able to perform other types of attacks, such as launching opponents up into the air.

By leveling up,  you’ll acquire various skills  such as double-jumps and special attack actions. Each character will have their own special abilities which can be acquired as you level them  up.


Here’s a look at one of Plume’s special attacks. It is also mentioned that once you meet a certain requirement, you can do a cooperative special attack with all of your party members.


As previously mentioned, Larts excels at long-ranged attacks. Compared to other characters, his strength is the weakest, but he makes up for it by being able to shoot down aerial enemies and being able to attack from a distance.



Yuni’s primary attacks consist of shooting magic balls towards enemies. By using multiple shots, she excels at fighting in middle to close-ranged combat. She also uses a powerful finishing magic attack at the end of her combos.


Here’s a peek at a new combat feature Nippon Ichi Software will be revealing in their next update.


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

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  • Reminds me of Muramasa. Looks cool!

    • katzedan

      for some reason it remind of Legend of Mana xD

      and really looks good so far :3

      • I usually wait for these kinds of games to get localized, but I might have to import this bad boy! Looks really beautiful and fun.

  • Ava1on

    Scrolling down:

    cool, cool, japanese anime characters, cool… GOOSE!

    • I think his goose is cooked. HAHAHAHA!

    • 60hz


    • BadenBadenPrinny

      or should we say goose howard

  • other then the goose rather generic cast, otherwise game sure looks like fun makes me think of odin sphere or vanillaware in general.
    Dragon looks like groudon

  • Martian Wong

    Any chance of coming to Us?

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Most of their games do, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    I really wish Nippon Ichi would develop some of their games for the 3DS

    • MogCakes

      Your comment isn’t technically platform begging, but come on now. It doesn’t have anything to do with the topic of this article.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Not only are you platform begging, but you are also off topic. I’ll have to ask that you browse our rules here:

      Thank you.

  • DesmaX

    Looks pretty nice. Love the 3D Models.

    Groups battles look pretty interesting too, I want to hear more of that

  • James Williams

    Odin sphere much?

    • MogCakes

      Yes, and I am hyped for that reason. Not nearly enough side scrolling RPGs in existence today.

  • No PSVita port? :'(

    • MogCakes

      Don’t platform beg, yo.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Thanks for letting them know.

    • Solomon_Kano

      3. No console requests: We’re sorry that “Super Awesome Game X” isn’t available for a your favourite console, but spamming the comments with “why isn’t this for NeoGeo Pocket” isn’t going to make it happen. DO NOT beg for ports or complain when games are announced for other systems.

      • Ok. Sorry about that. :D

        • Solomon_Kano

          It’s cool.

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Looks really interesting, i really am getting a Odin sphere/Princess Crown vibe from this so id love to check this out if it gets localized.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Very nice, though the goose is obviously the best part of the game. We need more geese in our games.

  • fenix7

    The first screen monster looks like a pokemon haha

  • fenix7

    Hope this is as good as Odin Sphere!

  • V. Dokk.

    Was I the only one who thought the red monster on first pic just looks like Groudon from Pokémon?

  • ragingmerifes

    So it’s basically Odin Sphere made by Nippon Ichi and we get to fight a Groudon with a royal duck?
    Pre-ordered already

    • Kevadu

      Maybe add a smidgeon of Trine for the character switching.

  • Anime10121

    I <3 the character models for this game! They look simply stunning in art and game form!

  • Go2hell66

    Ill be all over this game when it comes out. Not nearly enough side scrolling rpgs in the world

  • Solomon_Kano

    I really hope NISA picks this up, but I’ll be in even if they don’t.

    • Seems pretty import friendly for those that don’t speak Japanese. Can’t go wrong with a side scrolling action game.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Wow. These screens are reminding me of Odin Sphere. Man, i’m really looking forward to hearing more about this.

  • THE GOOSE IS LOOSE! But seriously though, this is looking pretty sweet.

  • WyattEpp

    If the art looks as good in motion as these stills, this is going to be an absolutely gorgeous game. And nothing is turning me off mechanically yet, either.

    Have we heard anything about possible Co-op?

    EDIT: OMG, I just looked at the last image closer. Spears and pistols, too? Five-person squads? VS. battling against AI squads and possibly other people? If they don’t screw up the controls, this is going to be magnificent.

  • Learii

    co-op <3

  • Aristides

    OMG it has a goose! <3 I love it! That's so cute! I always thought RPGs could use more geese in their rosters XP. I hope this game is developed using the Phyre Engine so a Vita port becomes a possibility in the future.

  • Shady Shariest

    Oh me god… PS3, out of the bubblewrap of Tekken and forget… A new NIS for game ya!

  • Hau To

    Gee Nippon Ichi, First there was Kamisama and now this? I just can’t get enough of you. I will be preordering the japanese version until the US version comes out once again.

  • l777l

    This is much closer to the transition Atelier Iris should have had, visually.

  • Jesse Torres

    This would make a great Ps Vita game.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. so magician, archer and melee fighter, I get that… BUT WHY NOT THE GOOSE? That… majestic goose… his magnificent plumage… that proud chest… he needs to have a bonus mode where he’s playable. If only because a goose king is such a charmingly fairy tale like thing, and we have a serious lack of such things in todays game market.

    Anyhow- I take it that the other Battle Princesses won’t be parts of the playable party then, just Plume and her posse?

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    In the words of Barney Gumble: “Hook it to my veins!”

  • ivanchu77

    Holy shit, it´s Groudon

  • Guest

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned it, but the red dragon(?) strongly reminds one of Groudon from Pokemon Ruby.

    Now I feel like catching it XD


  • puchinri

    I love every bit of the design, from the characters to the weapons. Cute ideas, too~. I can’t wait to officially meet the characters. ♥

    Also, the kings getting diseases reminds me of Ooku, and now I have conspiracy theories for the game’s story in my head.

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    the last picture seems like yggdra union+odin sphere battle :3

  • Yuriangels

    magic prince goose. i am sold!!!

  • Prinny Dood

    i hope this comes to the us

  • SuBw00FeR

    I am alllll over this!

  • Muramasa kawaii version! Do want! Still on the fence for importing, I hope NISA picks this up.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Aghh this is so kawaii/cute plus 2d side scrooling, want this so much….

  • CirnoLakes

    I’m looking forward to “that version of Dragon’s Crown without too much boobs.” I loved Princess Crown back in the day, and I still do. It is one of my favourite 32-bit games, and one of my favourite games period.

    Being disappointed at the direction that the Crown franchise has moved from Princess Crown to Dragon’s Crown, this is a great alternative coming my way. I’m definitely going to be buying this over Dragon’s Crown. Which is sad, because I’m a really big fan of Princess Crown, again, being one of my all time favourite video games. But it is nice that I have such an alternative.

    Nippon Ichi ain’t dead! Keep going strong y’all, I love your material!

  • Monterossa

    NISA, localize this, please.

  • adoppleganger

    Are they using flash to animate this? that looks awful.

  • katamari damacy

    looks like it will play similar to Odin Sphere

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