Nippon Ichi Software

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Nippon Ichi Software Inc.
Type Private company
Traded as JASDAQ: 3851
Industry Video game industry
Founded September 1991 (initial founding)
July 12, 1993 (reincorporation)
Headquarters Gifu Prefecture, Japan
NIS, America:
Santa Ana, California, United States[1]
Key people Souhei Niikawa
Products Disgaea series

Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. (日本一ソフトウェア Nippon Ichi Sofutowea?) (known as Prism Kikaku Ltd. from July 1993 to July 1995) is a Japanese video game developer and publisher. They are responsible for such titles as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle: Tactics and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. More recently, particularly through their North American branch, NIS America, they have also published anime titles.


Nippon Ichi Software was founded in September 1991 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan,[2] as an entertainment software company. It was relocated and reincorporated[2] on July 12, 1993.[3] Since then Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. has grown into an international company focused on creating video game products across modern console platforms. NIS America, Inc. subsidiary of Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. of Japan, established its North American operations on December 24, 2003. Based in Santa Ana, California, NIS America, Inc. handles operations including localization, marketing, and publishing of Nippon Ichi titles. The first game to be released in North America by NIS America was Phantom Brave.

NIS America was the result of the company's wish to focus on international publication of their works in the U.S., given the increased popularity of their titles. Prior to the creation of this subsidiary, NIS software titles that appeared in the U.S. were localized and distributed by outside publishers. Notable examples would be Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, published in North America by Atlus and in Europe by Koei, La Pucelle, published in North America by Mastiff Inc, and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure which was also published in North America by Atlus. The publisher has become a somewhat of a well-known presence in the North American market, having won RPGLand's "Stateside Publisher of the Year Award" in 2009.[4]

Nippon Ichi, meaning "Japan's Best" or "#1 in Japan," is often abbreviated as "N1".[5]

During years 2008 and 2009 the financial results for Nippon Ichi saw a huge drop. The January 2009 financial report for the company recorded a drop of more than 97% in income in comparison to the previous year.[6] Kotaku editor Brian Ashcraft reported that after the release of the financial figures "The company's closing price on the JASDAQ (Japanese NASDAQ) was ¥36,200 on Friday. When the market opened this morning, and investors began reacting to Nippon Ichi's financial statement, the stock price ultimately dropped ¥7,000 (US$78) as the stock was unloaded."

On 2012 Nippon Ichi Software entered the Guinness World Records Book awarded for being the company that released the most strategy RPGs.[7]


Though the company has developed a number of traditional role-playing video games, Nippon Ichi's latest releases have primarily been a series of tactical RPG games. Many characters from previous titles make their way into later games as secret characters, even though their respective titles may not be directly connected. The Rhapsody series, Disgaea series, Phantom Brave, Makai Kingdom, and Soul Nomad are the games that are usually connected with each other through secret characters.

Other games of separate genres, such as Cooking Fighter Hao, have been published by the company though they have never been released outside Japan. The most popular games are the Disgaea games. All of these games have connections to each other, whether it be the same world, dimensional travel, same creatures, or the same villain, Baal.

Games developed and/or published by Nippon Ichi Software[edit]

Title System Release date Developer(s) JP NA EU AUS Ref(s)
Jigsaw Party Super Nintendo Entertainment System July 22, 1994 Prism Kikaku
Jigsaw World PlayStation February 3, 1995 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
The Oni Taiji: Mezase! Nidaime Momotarou PlayStation October 13, 1995 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Jigsaw Land: Japan Graffiti PlayStation September 13, 1996 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Souryu: Logical Mahjong PlayStation December 20, 1996 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Doki Doki Shutter Chance PlayStation October 23, 1997 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
SatelliTV PlayStation January 8, 1998 Yes
Cooking Fighter Hao PlayStation May 21, 1998 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure PlayStation December 17, 1998 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Logic Mahjong Souryu PlayStation May 5, 1999 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Little Princess: Marl Ōkoku no Ningyō Hime 2 PlayStation November 25, 1999 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Tenshi no Present: Marl Ōkoku Monogatari PlayStation 2 December 21, 2000 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Marl de Jigsaw PlayStation 2 November 15, 2001 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
La Pucelle: Tactics PlayStation 2 January 31, 2002 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
La Pucelle Ragnarok PlayStation Portable November 26, 2009 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Jigsaw Madness PlayStation December 1, 2002 Nippon Ichi Software
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness PlayStation 2 January 30, 2003 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
Marujan!! April 23, 2004 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Phantom Brave PlayStation 2 January 22, 2004 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana PlayStation 2 May 27, 2004 Gust Yes
Hayari Gami August 5, 2004 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome PlayStation 2 March 17, 2005 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes
Tristia of the Deep-Blue Sea PlayStation 2 March 25, 2005 Kogado Studio Yes
Generation of Chaos PlayStation Portable March 31, 2005 Idea Factory Yes
Eien no Aseria: The Spirit of Eternity Sword PlayStation 2 May 12, 2005 Xuse Yes
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny PlayStation 2 May 26, 2005 Gust Yes
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love PlayStation 2 July 7, 2005 Sega
Idea Factory
Yes Yes Yes
Hayarigami Revenge PlayStation 2 July 14, 2005 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Rasetsu Alternative PlayStation 2 October 13, 2005 Kogado Studio Yes
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories PlayStation 2 February 23, 2006 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light PlayStation Portable March 2, 2006 Hit Maker Yes
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm PlayStation 2 June 29, 2006 Gust Yes
Soul Nomad & the World Eaters PlayStation 2 February 15, 2007 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes
GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2 April 12, 2007 Nippon Ichi Software
Yes Yes
Hayarigami 2 PlayStation 2 November 15, 2007 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica PlayStation 2 October 25, 2007 Gust Yes Yes
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice PlayStation 3 January 31, 2008 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
Cross Edge PlayStation 3 September 25, 2008 Idea Factory Yes
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PlayStation Portable November 20, 2008 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
A Witch's Tale Nintendo DS May 28, 2009 Hit Maker Yes Yes
Trinity Universe PlayStation 3 October 1, 2009 Gust
Idea Factory
Nippon Ichi Software
Yes Yes
Disgaea Infinite PlayStation Portable November 1, 2009 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel PlayStation 3 January 28, 2010 Gust
Last Rebellion PlayStation 3 January 28, 2010 Hit Maker
Nippon Ichi Software
Yes Yes
Cladun: This is an RPG PlayStation Portable February 18, 2010 System Prisma Yes Yes Yes
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman PlayStation Portable March 11, 2010 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! PlayStation Portable March 25, 2010 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes
Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi PlayStation Portable September 16, 2010 ApolloSoft Yes
Hyperdimension Neptunia PlayStation 3 August 19, 2010 Idea Factory
Compile Heart
Criminal Girls PlayStation Portable November 18, 2010 Image Epoch Yes
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten PlayStation 3 February 24, 2011 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes Yes
Way of the Samurai 4 PlayStation 3 March 3, 2011 Acquire Yes
Bleach: Soul Resurrección PlayStation 3 June 23, 2011 SCE Japan Studio Yes Yes
Legasista PlayStation 3 March 15, 2012 System Prisma Yes Yes Yes
Mugen Souls PlayStation 3 March 22, 2012 Compile Heart Yes
Persona 4 Golden PlayStation Vita June 14, 2012 Atlus Yes
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Nintendo 3DS July 5, 2012 Atlus Yes
Special Report Division PlayStation Vita August 23, 2012 Nippon Ichi Software Yes [8]
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Nintendo 3DS August 30, 2012 Atlus Yes [9]
Ys: Memories of Celceta PlayStation Vita September 27, 2012 Nihon Falcom Corporation Yes [10]
Time and Eternity PlayStation 3 October 11, 2012 Imageepoch
Yes Yes [11]
The Guided Fate Paradox PlayStation 3 January 24, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disgaea Dimension 2 PlayStation 3 March 20, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes Yes
Z/X PlayStation 3 May 23, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes [12]
Battle Princess of Arcadias PlayStation 3 July 25, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes Yes [13]
Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 July 25, 2013 Vanillaware
The Witch and The Hundred Knight PlayStation 3 July 25, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes Yes Yes Yes [14][15]
Kamigami no Asobi: Ludere deorum PlayStation Portable October 24, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software Yes
Demon Gaze PlayStation Vita January 23, 2014 Kadokawa Shoten Yes Yes
Hotaru no Nikki PlayStation Vita 2014 Yes [16]

Games published by NIS America[edit]

Cancelled titles[edit]

Other media[edit]

Nippon Ichi have begun to branch out into different media recently. Their first project is an anime based loosely on the story from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The success of the Disgaea anime has influenced N1 to consider adapting some of their other properties to the small screen. Possible projects are La Pucelle, Phantom Brave and Makai Kingdom.


Releases in North America [17][18][edit]

Toys and figurines[edit]


  1. ^ "NIS, America Inc. -- About NISA". NIS, America Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b "NIS Company History". Nippon Ichi Software Inc. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  3. ^ "NIS Company Summary". Nippon Ichi Software Inc. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  4. ^ " Best of 2009 Awards". Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  5. ^ Kurt Kalata (2006). "NIS games at Hardcore Gaming 101". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Brian Ashcraft. "Nippon Ichi Software, This Can’t Be Good (Part II)". Kotaku. 
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  14. ^ "NISAmerica Site". NIS America. 
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  16. ^ 2014-03-11, Nippon Ichi announces Hotaru no Nikki for PS Vita, Gematsu
  17. ^ "NIS AMERICA TO RELEASE ANIME TITLES IN NORTH AMERICA!" (PDF). NIS America. February 12, 2010. Retrieved July 01, 2012. 
  18. ^ "NIS America to Release Anime Titles in North America". Anime News Network. 

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