Just a girl, her puppets, and, erm, Spawn
In a little over a month’s time, NIS America will release its newest retro compendium. In preparation for Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 3, the publisher released a spotlight video focusing on one of the two games featured in the release, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure.
Considered a forerunner of the Disgaea dynasty, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure was originally released for PlayStation in 1998, before eventually making its way west via a Nintendo DS port in 2008. A tactical RPG with a leisurely pace and non-intensive difficulty, Rhapsody won over fans as one of gaming’s first true “musicals,” telling its delightful and thoroughly wholesome tale through fully voiced song and dance sequences.
Rhapsody‘s silly story focuses on a love triangle between a cheerful puppeteer, Cornet, her Prince Charming, Ferdinand, and the dastardly witch, Marjoly, who arrives to quickly mess the entire scene up for all parties. While Rhapsody as an RPG is fairly middling, the wholesome aesthetics, fun characters, and catchy songs helped secure its place in the hearts of Japanese gaming fans worldwide.
The new Prinny Presents… edition of Rhapsody will feature sharp, upscaled visuals — though a classic CRT filter will also be available for those players who hate their eyes. Furthermore, the physical release of Vol. 3 will come packaged with a soundtrack CD and art book, so you can listen to the songs of Rhapsody at your own leisure, learn the lyrics, and sing them out loud on your next commute.
The second included title in Vol. 3 is 2002 strategy adventure La Pucelle: Tactics, under the guise of its PlayStation Portable remake, La Pucelle: Ragnarok. NIS America previously released a new trailer focusing specifically on that title. Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 3 launches in North America on PC and Nintendo Switch August 30. It will follow in Europe a few days later on September 2.