Last Friday's NIS America press event started with President Haru Akenaga apologising for the localisation job on Ar Tonelico II and wrapped with the announcement of several new upcoming games.
The Western branch of Nippon Ichi Software is taking a hit with the sagging economy, Akenaga said. Worse, he added, a lot of Japanese companies are restricting corporate travel right before E3 on account of swine flu concerns.
But despite the company's struggles and despite its smallish size, NIS America is still delivering the goods with this year's announced lineup:
A Witch's Tale (DS) – Fall 2009 Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP) – Summer 2009 Last Rebellion (PS3) – Fall 2009 Puchi Puchi Virus (DS) – May 2009 Cross Edge (PS3) – May 2009 Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What did I do to deserve this? (PSP) – July 2009 Mana Khemia 2 (PS2) – Fall 2009 Phantom Brave: We Meet Again (Wii) – June 2009 Sakura Wars (PS2, Wii) – Fall 2009 Full Blast Hitchhike (WiiWare) — TBD
Last Rebellion and A Witch's Tale will be playable at E3. Additionally, Disgaea chief programmer Yoshitsuna Kobayashi announced that he'd tentatively be releasing his own game this year from his new self-named studio. Kobayashi said that his game won't focus so much on graphics as much as it will on gameplay and that he hopes to have something to show off soon.
Here's our coverage: Holy Invasion Of Privacy, Badman! Officially Announced For PSP Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! We Deserve This New Trailer And Screens Sega's Sakura Wars Finally Coming Stateside (But Not From Sega) Witch's Tale Back With A Cute Vengeance (And Screens) NIS Reveals The Last Rebellion For PlayStation 3 Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! Preview: Badman Does Good Things Cross Edge Crosses The Sexy Line Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days Coming Stateside Puchi Puchi Virus Screens Make Outbreaks Adorable Full Blast Hitchhike Preview: Just As Weird With The Name Change Phantom Brave: We Meet Again Looks Hauntingly Familiar Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy Falls In Fall
And here's the swag report (not pictured because my camera is flipping out): 1 Prinny plush 1 Badman 3D puzzle