Time to bust out your wallets for some niche Japanese games. The fun-loving publisher NipponIchi is throwing a big sale on PlayStation this week, dropping the price on many of its games, including its seminal Disgaea series.
All five main games in the Disgaea series are up for grabs, and any one of them is a solid place for newcomers to jump in. I would suggest buying the PSP port of the original, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, as it is just $7.49, and it provided me with over 100 hours of gameplay back many years ago. Now that it is playable on the PS Vita, I could see myself slipping back into that time sink.
Disgaea 4 is also a good choice and playable on the Vita, and the spin-off action game Prinny is just a bucket of laughs for fans. Just avoid Disgaea Infinite since that is an entirely different genre and not a full representation of the franchise.
The long-windedly titled What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord!? 2 is also a steal at $1.99, and it provides one of the most unique PSP experiences you’ll ever find. Again, it’s only better on the Vita.
Why this matters:
NipponIchi takes a lot of games that many won’t publish and gives them a chance to thrive in North America. It has been at the game a lot longer than some of these other localization companies who have taken off recently, and everyone should experience at least one Disgaea game in their lives.
And then there are the fans of Disgaea who would do well to break away from their safety zone, like myself, and try some of NipponIchi’s other games like Psycho Pass, Danganronpa, NAtURAL DOCtRINE or Demon Gaze.