There may be a PlayStation Vita version of strategical role-playing game Disgaea 3 in the works.
Your reaction to this latest offering from the Disgaea series will depend on your previous exposure to Nippon Ichi's deliciously daft world. If you played the original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness on the PS2, or its 2006 PSP port, Afternoon of Darkness, you'll probably be saying "Oh, it's you again, you haven't changed much." Because, really, it hasn't. This is exactly the same as the PSP version in almost every respect with only a few minor changes - the loss of the Japanese audio track, for example - to accommodate the smaller memory of the DS cartridge.
However, if you've never played Disgaea before - entirely likely given the series is a quintessential example of a critically acclaimed Japanese cult that has sunk without trace in the west - your reaction will hopefully be, "Ooh, you look interesting, what do you do?"
What it does is strategic role-playing in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem and Tactics Ogre. Our hero is Laharl, a demon of the Netherworld who wakes from a two-year nap to learn his father, overlord of this hellish domain, has died. Various demons are now battling to fill the power vacuum and Laharl, outraged that people are squabbling over his birthright, sets off with brattish arrogance to secure his throne.
Square Enix plans to put Disgaea DS in PAL palms from 3rd April.
As it's a conversion of Hour of Darkness for PS2, fans can expect a largely unchanged medley of acclaimed strategy and role-playing, plus all the usual quirks and humour.
But there are new bits: a Wi-Fi multiplayer duel system, or the ability to connect to and trade items with friends. Geo Cubes are there, too, and these can enhance abilities, summon monsters or even attack enemies - adding another layer of cerebral depth.
Square Enix will be bringing Disgaea DS to Europe in spring 2009.
This squashed down instalment in the strategical role-playing series comes with a fancy Wi-Fi duel mode. There are loads of multiplayer options to tweak in there, plus the option to trade with friends.
Geo Cubes also make an appearance, and can enhance abilities, summon monsters or even attack enemies for that extra layer of tactical depth.
It's been confirmed that three more Nippon Ichi titles are down for a US release.