Nippon Ichi’s Salvation: New Disgaea on PS3


Nippon Ichi is set to announce a new Disgaea title for the PS3, in what is thought to be an effort to restore the company’s fortunes after a 100% drop in profits, a humiliating stock market plunge, and the dismal performance of its recent releases.

From Nippon Ichi’s own “the plan for next term” presentation:


“The Disgaea series – 1.6 million copies shipped!”

“Awareness and brand strength grow!”

[The top area of the graph is overseas sales, the bottom Japanese sales.]

The company also promises heavy emphasis on the North American market, although so far its efforts in this direction have been less than reassuring.

The actual sales figures for Disgaea reveal the brand is in fact dependent on an interminable series of handheld spinoffs and remakes:

Disgaea 124,316

Disgaea 2 150,428

Disgaea PORTABLE 50,966

Disgaea PORTABLE Tsushin 107,169

Disgaea 3 93,227

Disgaea Akaime (DS) 38,770

Disgaea 2 PORTABLE 101,688

Fans could be forgiven for thinking the reason the main Disgaea titles remain stagnant with PS1 era graphics and gameplay is so they can be easily milked on portable systems.

However, producing endless rehashes and a series of frankly embarrassing PS3 releases seems to have left the company in a state of creative and technical enervation. Disgaea 4 may be the company’s last chance to get back on track and rescue both the franchise and its increasingly tenuous financial position.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I'll just go Disgaea on the PC...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NIce GOO pinny

    Comment by Guumii
    04:41 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I honestly see this is being a bad move on their part.
    Disgaea 3 didn't really do to well because PS3 wasn't all too popular at the time, and it still isn't.

    Smart thing to do would be to make a new disgaea game or new original series and then put it on the Wii.

    Because lets face it. If NIS decides to go another route with the way they make their games on a terms of both game play and graphic capabilities, It'll just end up looking like a Wii game anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i dare say i like how disgaea script goes all the way but still rehashing thing wont get them anywhere its like they are overusing the character yet they dont develop them... you know the feeling where the creators dont put their love into the characters they create...

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    Comment by Fonzer
    00:52 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you make me believe that you want to make the story more adult like,but they are still mostly targeted at children entertainment,even though adults like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't hate it if they kept the low-key graphics and sprites for D4, but I really hope it'll at least be better made than 3. The slowdown in that game was atrocious, at times.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    23:49 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wouldn't mind buying disgaea 1 2 and 3 for the pc.But i don't know about other people how much they would actually want to buy such a game for pc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't expect anything, because it has became a tradition of this softhouse to reclycle their games.
    I WANT A NEW DISGAEA, with new story and new characters! i don't want to pay 50 bucks on psn just to have bonus form previous games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow nice release hope it gets in PSP

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    09:44 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, the Throbulator and CryBringer are an irresistible combo...

    Like that old song:

    "Been looking for the daughter of the Devil himself/
    Been searchin for an Angel in white..."

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll totally buy a 360 version of this game, but only if it has lots of customizable guns and realistic blood physics.

    Even better if they made it an open, free roaming game with lots of zombies. Headshot! Bam! :-)

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    Comment by rikarika
    05:53 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Disgaea 4 should go straight to PSP, IMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 24/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Disgaea 4 isn't 2D then the fanbase would riot. Sure it could be made a bit prettier but Disgaea fans don't WANT it in 3D with over 9 million pixels per character model.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a shame every game have Disgaea 1 was just terrible as fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it looks like Valkyria Chronicles and has Flonnezilla, I'll buy it.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    09:33 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Decent quality 2D graphics in high definition are a buttload of work, unlike 3D ones. Then again, 3D graphics are much uglier and a whole lot less appropriate than 2D ones.

    They should release the games on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so as to garner enough sales from all markets rather than depend on shit, hackneyed portable adaptations, and only Nintendo games sell on the Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really think if they're going to put it on the PS3 they should have at least PS2 quality graphics, becuase the PS2 one had PS1 graphics.

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    19:09 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what i want from a new disgaea:
    - at least atelier rorona equal graphics
    - a silent and cool main character would be nice once in a while
    - even more monster that i can create and choose from.
    - a way to max your charcters fast enough without the dupe glitch.

    and even with it... why do i have to reload 10++ times to get the same rarity on an item-god item. some things stat wise are needless hard to get and frustrating.

    - less weapon and resident maxing, its ok with duping but still isnt fun enough to justify the time invested.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Back to the bread and butter staple of Nippon Ichi.

    Wished Disgaea 3 was released for PS2, since it probably could have sold more copies that way...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need a new Disgaea as much as we need Furry sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn, i didn't know that we were in such desperate need of a new disgaea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they wanted more moneys, they can also release it on the 360. Just look at the sales numbers. More people own the XBox 360.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, look at ToV shitty 360 sales. Where was the support for that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah 95% of them only play retarded shooters because they are retarded like everyone from the US =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually agree. Most 360 owners, who are mostly Americans, just can't get enough of their HAELOW THREEY and CAWWLLL OFFVV DJUUUTEHHH.

    It's because of these people that the gaming industry is slowing down on innovation. It's enough nowadays to push out a game with PURRRTEH pixelshaded fullscreen particle effects in OMGWTFULLHD, but with gameplay as innovative as BUNNY HOP BUNNY HOP HEAD SHOT HEAD SHOT.

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    Comment by Gale
    14:58 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wtf comment..

    Comment by H-Ero
    11:54 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I hate to stereotype gamers, I have to agree that most Xbox fans seem to think that:
    a lot of guns + realistic blood =!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuckin Weekabos

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen, brotha. They're all just a bunch of fat, profane, trigger-heads with IQ's to match their system (if you drop the 'X' and the '0').

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Disgaea went to 360, It would sell worse and NIS would surely die out.
    They arnt Square america, they wont put a classic on a shitty system like the 360.

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    14:36 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the fighting in Disgaea is rather entertaining. But unless they innovate a little... That's all they have going for the game.

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    Comment by Niwa
    14:37 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreeable, but still good to see em finding a plan to rise out of finacial problems.

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    Comment by motaku96
    14:35 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's such a simple solution, why didn't anyone bring it up sooner? Make new disgaea -> Profit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Add 1080p sprites and --> Profit!

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    14:55 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1.)Make Disgaea using PS1 graphics and put it on highly advance technology
    2.)Port to Sony's handheld with extras
    3.)Port to Nintendo's handheld with even more extras

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Graphics are irrelevant, Disgaea brings the player hundreds of hours of level grinding, battles with seemingly no damage cap and cute characters. It's all a solitary gamer will ever need.

    I like sprite graphics anyways, all the good old jrpg games had them so it's my comfort zone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I sure hope that isn't an insult to Wii owners -_- We equally love the series despite hogging Fire Emblem ^_^

    What I would like to see sometime would be some decent multiplayer action and a Fallen Angel Flonne mode where teaching the Netherworld denziens Love and Peace! with massive Holy explosions :D

    Either that or an Etna Mode that vastly differs from the main game.

    If they REALLY needed to make money they could fix D3's slowdown and make a combination disc of all 3 or release 2 as a DS game.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    03:43 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "What is Sony doing all these while, releasing the PS2 and PS3? Didn't they get the memo that graphics are irrelevant?"

    "We could have been happy playing MGS2, MGS3 and MGS4 in PS1 graphics quality!"

    Wrong. I love each MGS for its graphics as well as its gameplay. And I'm sure you are on a minority if you think that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think if they're going to make it for the PS3 they might as well doll it up a bit. I don't expect the best graphics but at least make it prettier. If not, they might as well make it straight for the DS and PSP.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Sony should really stop them releasing any more Disgaea 3-type games on the PS3. They just make a mockery of the platform and its potential, let alone what they say about NIS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is Sony doing all these while, releasing the PS2 and PS3? Didn't they get the memo that graphics are irrelevant?

    We could have been happy playing MGS2, MGS3 and MGS4 in PS1 graphics quality!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since when making games are restricted to "underusing the platform's potential"?

    Does mean you'd rather have Disgaea to be on the Wii and deprive many Disgaea fans of their love?

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    Comment by MARl0
    14:22 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just can't believe that NIS America is getting into the anime business. Bringing Toradora (and others) to the US. Never thought I'd see NIS go that route.

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    Comment by mtallmen_184
    14:59 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Bringing Toradora to the US

    How is this a bad thing?

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    Comment by Niwa
    14:31 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hell? where do you see Tora-dora in this article?!

    on another note Great for NIS getting a rise back in stock really hate to these guys go.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:16 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure anon was referring to their anouncement of bringing Toradora to the U.S. That in conjunction with a new Disgaea -might- just be enough to allow them to recoup. However, if they screw this up (it's curtains).

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NISA announced it yesterday along with persona trinity soul, pandra hearts, and wagaya no oinari-sama. I have no idea where NISA gets the money for all their side ventures. I just hope they keep enough for Ar Tonelico 3 and Atelier Rorona.

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    Comment by tyciol
    17:48 19/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it'd be wiser for the standard Disgaea gameplay just to do releases direct to PSP or else soup up gameplay and graphics into some kind of enhanced 3d environment like they do with Phantom Brave.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NIS and NISA are very separate companies. Please do not confuse them.

    NISA is a joke. NIS is just misguided.

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    Comment by MARl0
    00:27 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're still part of the parent company though. And their decision to get into the anime distribution market is very much relevant to this story.

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