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Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. is a Japanese video game developer and publisher. They are responsible for such titles as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle: Tactics and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure.

History

Nippon Ichi Software' was founded in 1994 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, as an entertainment software company. Since then Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. has grown into an international company focused on creating video game products across modern console platforms. NIS America, Inc. subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. of Japan, established its North American operations on December 24, 2003. Based in Santa Ana, California, NIS America, Inc. handles operations including localization, marketing, and publishing of Nippon Ichi titles.

NIS America was the result of the company's wish to focus on international publication of their works in the U.S., given the increased popularity of their titles. Prior to the creation of this subsidiary, NIS software titles that appeared in the U.S. were localized and distributed by outside publishers. Notable examples would be Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, published in North America by Atlus and in Europe by Koei, La Pucelle, published in North America by Mastiff Inc, and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure which was also published in North America by Atlus. The publisher has become a somewhat of a well-known presence in the North American market, having won RPGLand's "Stateside Publisher of the Year Award" in 2009.

Nippon Ichi, meaning "Japan's Best" or "#1 in Japan," is often abbreviated as "N1".

During years 2008 and 2009 the financial results for Nippon Ichi saw a huge drop. The January 2009 financial report for the company recorded a drop of more than 97% in income in comparison to the previous year. Kotaku editor Brian Ashcraft reported that after the release of the financial figures "The company's closing price on the JASDAQ (Japanese NASDAQ) was ¥36,200 on Friday. When the market opened this morning, and investors began reacting to Nippon Ichi's financial statement, the stock price ultimately dropped ¥7,000 (US$78) as the stock was unloaded.".

Games

Though the company has developed a number of traditional role-playing games (RPGs), Nippon Ichi's latest releases have primarily been a series of turn-based strategy games. Many characters from previous titles make their way into later games as secret characters, even though their respective titles may not be directly connected.

Other games of separate genres, such as Cooking Fighter Hao, have been published by the company though they have never been released outside Japan. The most popular games are the Disgaea games. All of these games have connections to each other, whether it be the same world, dimensional travel, same creatures, or the same über-hard tyrant, Baal.

Game releases in Europe

  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (Developer) (Published by Koei) - PS2 (05/28/04)
  • La Pucelle: Tactics (Developer) (Published by Koei) - PS2 (04/01/05)
  • Phantom Brave (Developer) (Published by Koei) - PS2 (02/04/05)
  • Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (10/25/05)
  • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (Developer) (Published by Koei) - PS2 (03/17/06)
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (Developer) (Published by Koei) - PS2 (09/26/06)
  • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (11/03/06)
  • Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (Developed by Hit Maker (not Sega Hit Maker)) (Publisher) - PSP (02/09/07)
  • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (Developed by Gust) - PS2 (07/27/07)
  • Generation of Chaos (Developer) (Publisher) - PSP (09/14/07)
  • GrimGrimoire (Developed by Vanillaware) - PS2 (09/28/07)
  • Soul Nomad and the World Eaters (Developer) - PS2 (06/20/08)
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (Developed by Nippon Ichi) (Published by Square Enix) - PS3 (30/02/09)
  • Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (Developer/Publisher) - DS (27/03/09)
  • Disgaea DS (Developer/Publisher) - DS (3/04/09)
  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher)

Game releases in North America

  • Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (Developer) (Published by Atlus) - PS1 (03/30/00)
  • Jigsaw Madness (Developer) (Published by XS Games) - PS1 (12/01/02)
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (Developer) (Published by Atlus) - PS2 (08/27/03)
  • La Pucelle: Tactics (Developer) (Published by Mastiff) - PS2 (05/04/04)
  • Phantom Brave (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (08/31/04)
  • Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher) - PS2 (06/28/05)
  • Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (07/26/05)
  • Generation of Chaos (Developed by Idea Factory) (Publisher) - PSP (02/28/06)
  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher) - PS2 (04/25/06)
  • Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (Developed by Hit Maker) (Publisher) - PSP (07/18/06)
  • Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (08/29/06)
  • Spectral Souls (Developed by Idea Factory) (Publisher) - PSP (09/26/06)
  • Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher) - PS2 (2/7/2007)
  • Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos (Developed by Idea Factory) - PSP (05/24/07)
  • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (Developed by Gust Corporation) - PS2 (05/29/07)
  • GrimGrimoire (Developed by Vanillaware) - PS2 (06/26/07)
  • Dragoneer's Aria (Developed by Hit Maker) - PSP (08/21/07)
  • Soul Nomad and the World Eaters (Developer) - PS2 (9/25/07)
  • Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (Developer) - PSP (10/30/07)
  • Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis (Developed by Gust Corporation) - PS2 (03/31/08)
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (Developer) - PS3 (08/26/08)
  • Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure - DS (09/23/08)
  • Disgaea DS (Developer/Publisher) - DS (09/25/08)
  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher) - PS2 (01/20/09)
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? (Developer/Publisher) - PSP (02/17/09)
  • Mana Khemia: Student Alliance - (Developed by Gust Corporation) (Publisher) - PSP (03/10/09)
  • Puchi Puchi Virus - (developed by KeysFactory) (Publisher) - DS (5/19/09)
  • Cross Edge - (developed by Idea Factory) (Publisher) - PS3 (05/26/09)
  • Holy Invasion Of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? - (developed by ACQUIRE) (Publisher) - PSP (07/16/09)
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days - (Developer) (Published by NIS America) - PSP (09/08/09)

Game releases in Japan

  • Jigsaw World (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (02/03/95)
  • Oni Taiji, The: Mokushi Se! Ni Yome Momotarou (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (10/13/95)
  • Jigsaw Land: Japan Graffiti (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (09/13/96)
  • Souryu: Logical Mahjong (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (12/20/96)
  • Doki Doki Shutter Chance (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (10/23/97)
  • SatelliTV (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (01/08/98)
  • Cooking Fighter (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (05/21/98)
  • The Adventure of Puppet Princess (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (12/17/98) localized as Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure
  • Logic Mahjong Souryu (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (05/04/99)
  • Little Princess: Maru Oukoku no Ningyou Hime 2 (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (11/25/99)
  • Tenshi no Present: Marle Oukoku Monogatari (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (12/21/00)
  • Marl de Jigsaw (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (11/15/01)
  • La Pucelle (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (01/31/02) localized as La Pucelle: Tactics
  • Marl Jong!! (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (04/24/02)
  • Makai Senki Disgaea (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (01/30/03) localized as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
  • Marujan!! (Developer/Publisher) - PS1 (04/24/03)
  • Phantom Brave (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (01/22/04) localized as Phantom Brave
  • Iris no Atelier: Eternal Mana - Limited Edition (Developed by Gust) (Publisher) - PS2 (05/27/04) localized as Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
  • Hayari Gami (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (08/05/04)
  • La Pucelle: Hikari no Seijo Densetsu Nishuu (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (10/21/04)
  • Phantom Kingdom (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (03/18/05) localized as Makai Kingdom: Chronicles Of The Sacred Tome
  • Eien no Aseria: The Spirit of the Eternity Sword (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (05/12/05)
  • Hayarigami Revenge (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (07/14/05)
  • Tristia of the Deep-Blue Sea (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (08/11/05)
  • Rasetsu Alternative (Developer) (Published by Kogado Studio) - PS2 (10/13/05)
  • Hayarigami Portable (Developer/Publisher) - PSP (12/15/05)
  • Makai Senki Disgaea 2 (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (02/23/06) localized as Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
  • Makai Senki Disgaea Portable (Developer) - PSP (11/30/06) localized as Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
  • Soul Cradle (Developer) - PS2 (01/25/07) - localized as Soul Nomad & the World Eaters
  • GrimGrimoire (Developed by Vanillaware) (Publisher) - PS2 (04/12/07)
  • Hayarigami 2 (Developer/Publisher) - PS2 (11/15/07)
  • Makai Senki Disgaea 3 (Developer/Publisher) - PS3 (01/31/08) localized as Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
  • Cross Edge - (developed by Idea Factory in collaboration with NIS, Capcom, Gust, and Namco Bandai) (Published by Compile Heart) - PS3 (09/25/08)
  • Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable - (Developer/Publisher) - PSP (4/3/09)
  • Cross Edge Dash - (developed by Idea Factory in collaboration with NIS, Capcom, Gust, and Namco Bandai) (Published by Compile Heart) - 360 (08/01/09)
  • A Witch's Tale - (developed by Hitmaker) (Publisher) Nintendo DS (2009)
  • Let's Hitchhike - (developed by DropWave) (Publisher) - WiiWare (2009)
  • Phantom Brave: We Meet Again - (Developer/Publisher) - Wii (June 2009)

Cancelled titles

  • Makai Wars (Developer) - PS3, PSP

Future releases

  • Last Rebellion - (developed by Hitmaker) (Developer/Publisher) - PS3 (1/28/2010)
  • Disgaea Infinite - PSP (5/2010)
  • Prinny 2 - PSP (3/25/2010)
  • Absolute Hero Modding Project - PSP (2010)

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