16-Bit RPG Grinsia Coming To Nintendo 3DS And PC

By Ishaan . August 19, 2013 . 4:00pm



Nicalis, publishers of Cave Story and Ikachan, are bringing a 16-bit RPG to Nintendo 3DS, PC, Mac and Linux. The game is titled Grinsia, and is developed by Kemco, who are known for releasing a number of retro-styled role-playing games for mobile phones.


Grinsia starts out with a family of treasure hunters in search of a set of ancient ruins, hoping to discover riches. As their adventure progresses, they find themselves caught up in a more sinister plot than they had bargained for.


Nicalis’ version of the game will feature an all new SNES-styled soundtrack, a complete re-localization, day and night cycles and more. Additionally, the Nintendo 3DS version of the game will feature dual screen support.


“We’re excited to be partnering with Nicalis on publishing, Grinsia, one of our JRPGs for the Nintendo 3DS and PC,” said Masaomi Kurokawa, Deputy General Manager, Kemco Games.


“We’re seeing a fantastic resurgence in the genre, and hope that Grinsia is the first of many games that we can bring to new audiences,” said Victor Rodriguez, CEO and Executive Producer, Nicalis.

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  • French

    I will have to buy this, you can’t go wrong with treasure hunters

  • TheExile285

    Looks interesting. I like the character portraits.

  • 하세요

    Reminds me of FFVI. I’d like to see some more about this.

  • Mmm, my nostalgia buttons are being pressed pretty hard right now.

  • Chaos_Knight

    I played the Android version, though I never completed it. I wouldn’t mind playing it again on my 3DS.

  • Kolibri

    Looks like something I would buy on 3DS, if it comes to Europe. I hope so !

  • Just Tim

    I’ll give this a round 2.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Wow, a new localization and dual screen support really seals the deal for me. I’ve had some fun with Kemco’s RPGs on my phone, some are pretty good, others just alright. They usually do satisfy my nostalgia for the most part. Will look into the 3DS version when it comes out.

  • Day One on 3DS but… when?

  • I hope it will not be priced more than 15$

  • brian

    I think you forgot to add that it will be on Mac?

  • InfectedAI

    I wonder if it’ll have a 3D effect? I think a 2D game like old school RPGs with the 3D effect could look cool. Kind of like the 3D Classics.

  • Lester Paredes

    I’d like to see this on Vita, actually. Still, I’ll buy it on 3DS if that never happens. looks interesting.

  • PotatoPower

    I have a real problem with all these “retro” RPGs that are coming out, sure they have that nostalgia feel but it just feels like an excuse to be lazy. graphics on games like final fantasy were filled with sprites, but animations were very well done and backgrounds were beautiful. there should no excuse to be so lazy with the detail here, only thing i appreciate are those great character portraits

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Inspired by Natsume doing Mystic Chronicles, huh?

  • Endy Operin

    For some reason I almost misread the name as Grindia. I wonder why.
    Anyway, the game looks nostalgic, it’d be nice to give it a try.

  • Lusankya

    It reminds me a little bit of Lufia (not the battles of course). I really hope the characters and the story are good, but it’s already nice to see they’ll port it to the PC, too.

  • PlayLife

    Title of the game totally tricked my mind, I thought for a moment this was some new Grandia, but then the game looks like the Lunar series which I enjoyed a lot, so I’m gonna check this game from now on.

  • Looking great and the games on Android from Kemco are also great so looking forward to this

  • James M Wallace

    This definitely pushes my “Lunar/Lunar 2 nostalgia” button. It’s nice that it’s coming to Macs as well, but I can see myself purchasing it for the 3DS.

  • I like what I see but don’t trust the publisher, what happened to Yatagarasu and 1001 Spikes on 3DS?

  • Aristides

    Nice, I’m glad Kemco localization ports on portables continues! :P I hope we get one for Vita one day.

  • Yan Zhao

    Finally i can play a Kemco game thats not on freaking mobile.

  • 4shiki

    Thought this was about a Grisaia RPG…

  • CirnoLakes

    I’m definitely more likely to play this on the PC than a mobile phone. I don’t know much about these games, and I doubt they’re particularly special. They seem like your more high quality leaning RPG maker game. And there are already a lot of those for purchase in Japan as doujinshi.

    That being said, I already buy a lot of those doujinshi RPG maker games. So I’m sure I’ll give this a try.

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