Nintendo wasn't the only one holding a press event yesterday, though NIS America took the sensible step of holding its own after Nintendo had finished bewildering everyone with its presentation.
NISA's event brough exciting news for fans of Japanese gaming -- particularly those who have picked up the excellent Danganronpa for Vita recently.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Eagle-eyed fans already knew this was coming thanks to voice actor Kyle Hebert inadvertently leaking the news a few days ago -- Hebert didn't know that his character Kazuichi Souda was not, in fact, in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc but its sequel which, at that point, had not been announced for localization. Whoops.
Anyway, it's now officially confirmed: the sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is headed our way in English -- and if Hebert's tweets, which implied all his lines were already recorded, are any indication, we shouldn't have too long to wait -- NISA is currently saying "this fall."
Danganronpa 2 features a new cast of characters in a new environment -- an island paradise, as opposed to the original's oppressive school setting. The "killing game" is back, though, so it doesn't take long for the beautiful getaway to become a rather unpleasant prison for its participants. It's up to you to investigate the murders and determine the truth, and this time around there are plenty of new minigames in the Class Trials as you attempt to argue your point and then defend your case against the person you've accused.
Battle Princess of Arcadias
This PS3 title is a gorgeous-looking, brightly colored action RPG in which you fight your way through enemies, gathering characters and gear and upgrading your abilities as you go.
The game features some lovely, distinctive anime-style artwork with spectacular special attacks and plenty of characters to play with, each of whom have their own weapons and special abilities. The beautiful animation and 2D side-scrolling style makes this one look like it'll particularly appeal to fans of games like Odin Sphere and Code of Princess.
Battle Princess of Arcadias is coming later this year.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
In unsurprising news, the enhanced Vita port of Disgaea 4 is headed Westwards. Added to the already hefty amount of content in the PS3 original is a whole new tier of abilities to unlock, all the DLC from the PS3 version and new scenarios that flesh out the backstories of the game's characters.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited promises to keep your Vita busy for a few hundred hours later this summer.
Fairy Fencer F
Compile Heart's Fairy Fencer F, for the uninitiated, is something of an all-star collaboration, featuring artwork from Yoshitaka Amano, character designs from Tsunako and music from Nobuo Uematsu. It features turn-based combat built on the battle system introduced in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, which means positioning and attack types are important to inflict as much damage as possible.
The story, meanwhile, is a rather more serious affair than the Neptunia series' goofy antics; playing the role of a rather brusque young man called Fang, you pull a "Fury" weapon from a stone and become a "Fencer," consequently becoming embroiled in an age-old conflict between the goddess and god who left the Furies behind long ago.
Fairy Fencer F is due later this year.
Hyperdimension Neptunia PP
"PP" stands for "Producing Perfection," and the game is an idol-raising title where Neptune and the gang of other console personifications take time off from saving the world of Gamindustri to become performers. The plot revolves around the CPUs losing their shares to a worldwide boom in pop stars and idols, and requires you to train their stats, sing, dance and perform to come out on top as Gamindustri's number one idol.
Neptunia PP is coming to Vita later this year.