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12:00 AM on 07.20.2014

Here's your first look at Fairy Fencer F in English

NIS America has released the first batch of English screenshots from the upcoming Fairy Fencer F, releasing in North America on September 23 and Europe on September 26. These screenshots act as introductions to some of the ca...

Brittany Vincent

11:45 PM on 07.14.2014

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed coming to Europe

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is confirmed for Europe, NIS America announced today. The PlayStation 3 and Vita game will launch in the region on October 10. Set in Tokyo's famous electronics district, Akihabara, t...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 07.12.2014

Natural Doctrine still looks ugly, but it might be fun

Natural Doctrine isn't exactly good-looking, but it's a strategy role-playing game with a protagonist named Jeff. I like strategy role-playing games. They're some of my favorites. And Jeffs are okay, I guess. It's not like I...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 07.12.2014

Disgaea 4 is pure insanity on PlayStation Vita

The fact Disgaea is wild and bizarre may come as no surprise to series veterans, but for any newcomers out there, this new trailer should leave you with little doubt. Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited debuts in North Ameri...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Vita owners should keep an eye on The Firefly Diary

NIS America confirmed The Firefly Diary for the West this week, and now we have another look at the PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer in action courtesy of the localization house. Company president Sohei Niikawa&n...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Here's how Danganronpa 2's murder mystery works

The Danganronpa series sure has an interesting concept behind it. A group of kids are held hostage by a murderous bear, who encourages his prisoners to murder one another on the sly. Should the culprit get caught, well,...

Kyle MacGregor





8:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored

A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 07.07.2014

NIS bringing Vita action-puzzler The FireFly Diary to North America, Europe

Along with Criminal Girls: Invite Only and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, NIS America has also announced it is localizing "moody puzzle action game" htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. "In this atmospheric title, you&r...

Steven Hansen



Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game photo
Natural Doctrine is a brutal, sort of ugly turn-based strategy game
by Steven Hansen

Sure, Natural Doctrine doesn't look great (well, the environments; it does look better in miniature on the Vita). It's a far cry from director Atsushi Ii's gorgeous minimalism in Patapon.

But Kadokawa Games' first internal venture can get a pass for looking a bit dated if the core gameplay can hold up, and it just might. Producer Kensuke Tanaka felt that JRPGs were "lacking in difficulty," that they didn't "make you think," NIS America representatives explained. Natural Doctrine is an answer to that.

However, NIS America was not able to answer why exactly the lead in a fantasy RPG of orcs, magic and lizard men is named Jeff. 

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10:00 PM on 07.04.2014

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum forces you to choose which girl you want to save

The Guided Fate Paradox was a serviceable role-playing game that I enjoyed when I reviewed it at Japanator, but I had no idea there would be a sequel at any point, let alone one that would be localized. NIS America has annou...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 07.04.2014

Sexual punishment probably scrubbed from Criminal Girls western release

Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a touched up version of the 2010 PSP game Criminal Girls, is coming to Vita in North America and Europe next year, NIS America announced. Criminal Girls involves guiding seven girls through ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 06.28.2014

NIS bringing Natural Doctrine west in September

NIS America will release strategy role-playing game Natural Doctrine in Europe and North America this September, the company announced this week. Natural Doctrine is the inaugural project from Kadokawa Corporation's...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 AM on 06.27.2014

Fairy Fencer F is headed for Europe this September as well

NIS America keeps bringing the thunder, and I keep waving my wallet around like a madwoman. We knew Fairy Fencer F would be available as a digital and physical download for PlayStation 3 in North America on September 23, but ...

Brittany Vincent

12:45 PM on 06.16.2014

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time

NIS was a bit of a hidden treasure at E3. The publisher shared a booth with Atlus and it took me stopping and actually looking at what was on display at the demo station to put two and two together. The search was well worth it because I was rewarded with a closer look at three upcoming titles: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, and Natural Doctrine.

Natalie Kipper

9:00 PM on 06.04.2014

Get pumped for September's Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair with new character portraits

If you've been patiently waiting for your next tasty dose of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, I've got something to sate your hunger. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is dated for a September 2 release for Vita owners, but in ...

Brittany Vincent

6:30 PM on 05.27.2014

Get your card battle on with Monster Monpiece, out today

Monster Monpiece has finally arrived, and I can't wait to tear into it. Card battling has been my forte, all the way from my Pokémon TCG League days up to now, where I reminisce about Triple Triad daily. There's someth...

Brittany Vincent