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Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 is full of nostalgia

Nippon Ichi Software releases two of their cult classics games in a remastered double pack that’s true to the originals

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Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1 Review

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Remakes and remasters are all the rage now, with the Nintendo Switch giving these classic titles another chance at the big time. It’s definitely a good time to pick up a game that you might have missed originally, or play that series that you only read about.

Nippon Ichi Software, who are predominantly known for their Disgaea series, have gone into their vault of obscure games to re-release two cult titles for the Nintendo Switch.

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 will feature two classic titles, Phantom Brave and Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Both titles first appeared on the Playstation 2 and featured Nippon Ichi Software signature anime aesthetic.

Although the games differ in gameplay they share many similarities with Disgaea, mainly being strategy JRPG’s that plays out on an isometric grid.



Marona has a unique ability known as that allows her to see phantoms
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These classics were each praised for their creativity and the sheer amount of content available, so this is definitely a great opportunity for fans of the genre.

Firstly Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle tells the story of a girl named Marona, who now lives on the Phantom Isle after losing both her parents at a young age.

Marona has a unique ability known as ” Chartreuse Gale ” which allows her to see phantoms and bind their souls to temporary objects.





Working as a Chroma, Marona is mainly accompanied by a phantom called Ash, who fell in battle but was saved by her parents.

Marona’s quest to make money will see her get mixed into a world-ending plot. The overall story isn’t hugely original but the strong comedic writing alongside Marona and Ash’s synergy is engaging enough.

The gameplay mostly consists of turn-based battles across an isometric grid. There are elements outside of battle such as fusion but most of these will be to improve your fighting ability.



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Marona will use her ability to bind phantoms to objects on the battlefield to aid her in combat. The main part of the strategy is knowing when to summon or confine a phantom to an object as they can only battle for so many turns.

There is a huge amount of battle and magic skills to learn, which just adds to the strategy. Each weapon and equipment item has different skills and abilities.





Phantom Brave isn’t an easy game and requires lots of patience as there is a steep learning curve. The enemies’ difficulty levels will randomly spike without warning forcing players to constantly repeat stages over and over due to getting beaten.

Phantom Brave isn’t really for the casual gamer as it requires a lot of dedication and heavy grind to make it through the game.

However, those who are up for the challenge and stick with it will find the game very rewarding.



Battles will play out in turn-based battles on an isometric grid
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The second game in the Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, which is a much darker story where the main protagonist, who can be male or female, has been possessed by Gig the former master of Death and god of Destruction.

Centuries before the start of the game Gig tries to conquer the world with beings called the World Eaters, but his plans are thwarted and he is sealed away by the protagonist’s mentor Layna.





Now after a long wait for the perfect human vessel that could contain Gig’s power, our hero sets off on their adventure to find allies that can help them defeat the World Eaters.

The story of Soul Nomad & the World Eaters has a much more sombre feel to it compared to NIS other titles and a cool feature is that players can choose to walk the Demon Path, which is a much darker version of the story.



The protagonist will become the vessel for Gig the former master of Death and god of Destruction
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Gameplay will also consist of a series of isometric turn-based battles, where the player can move around the map looking for the best course of action.

Players will have the ability to create Rooms that are basically the name of their squads. Each Room can hold up to 9 characters that fill a unique position within the squad.

There are 25 character types to choose from and each character has an ability that will enhance the Room in some way. Certain characters can increase the attacking range whilst others can give each member a damage bonus.





Battles will play out like another NIS title called La Pucelle: Tactics where each squad will attack one another. The order in which members of the Room will attack is determined by their position within the squad.

A crucial part is that characters’ effectiveness is decided by where they are placed within the Room. Some classes are more effective at the front whilst others are better in the middle.



The story is the darkest in Nippon Ichi Software’s library
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To add more depth to the strategy, each character has a special attack with some specials being only available if the Rooms configuration allows it.

Combat has a lot of layers and can get really overwhelming, especially during the tougher battles. Like Phantom Brave, this system can be very rewarding after ample dedication.

Both titles sport Nippon Ichi Software signature anime aesthetics which look charming but do feel really dated.





They both show their age and haven’t had much improvement. The backgrounds do look slightly sharper and punchier than before but the characters’ sprites tend to look very blurry, which is very evident in dock mode.

Both games come with full voice-overs and the stellar acting is one of the high points of these titles, as they really bring the anime style stories to life.







VERDICT

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 is a great throwback for fans of the original games and the ability to take them on the go is an added bonus.

Although I just don’t think enough has been done to improve on the originals with a lot of the lingering issues still present.

These titles are unique in their own right and it’s great that they have retained their originality but they’re just still not accessible for all gamers as some of the mechanics can be still very confusing.

The lack of a graphical and UI upgrade is such a missed opportunity, as much more is needed to help these games stand out as true remasters.

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 is out now for the Nintendo Switch




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