Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

The sun's gone dim?

The pressure to reinvent is the curse of every one-time maverick. Find success in tearing up the rulebook with bold originality and it's only too easy to merely iterate on that first idea or innovation for the rest of your life. So the idea becomes a series, becomes a franchise, becomes an institution. And the young, brash innovator finds herself head of a new establishment, replacing that which she came to undermine.

So it is with Nippon Ichi, the diminutive Japanese developer who in 2003 reinvented the strategy RPG with Disgaea. The game's irreverent approach to both narrative and mechanics took apart the genre's stagnating, Chess-like elements and put them back together as something at once fresh and familiar.

And while Nippon Ichi's unconventional approach has continued to be expressed in new IP, its flagship Disgaea series has shifted only in subtle ways across its trilogy. Now, as the developer ports each title to handheld formats, it's that much harder to search out the nonconformist heartbeat that gave life to the first game.

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Disgaea 2 PSP coming to Europe

Plus: US to get two more NIS titles.

Nippon Ichi Software has revealed that PSP title Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days will be coming to Europe next year.