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Deal of the Week - Etrian Mystery Dungeon and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters!

Posted on June 01, 2020 by NISA EUROPE

We’re changing up how our Deal of the Week works very slightly, doods, so ensure you read carefully in order to still be able to snap up your weekly savings!

From now on, you will need to use a code at checkout in order to apply a saving to any eligible items in your order. The Deal of The Week games will still change every week as normal, only now you will need to make use of a code on those games to ensure you’re getting them at the reduced price. This code will likewise change every week, with it being “DOTW1” this week, giving you a £3 saving on each title. 

Now, with that out of the way, let’s move on to the games on sale this week…

Etrian Mystery Dungeon on 3DS and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters on PS3 are available for only £4.99 each!

Etrian Mystery Dungeon features the best of both the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon franchises together in one gripping package! Customize and build an intrepid party of heroes the way you want, then test them against the might of randomly-generated dungeons in which you will encounter powerful monsters and devious traps. Remember that death within these depths could cost you everything!

Feel unfulfilled in your job? Know you could be doing more? Then take up the opportunity of a lifetime with the Gate Keepers in Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters! On your first day as a student at the Kurenai Academy, you run into what appears to be a ghostly apparition wandering the halls. When it turns nasty, you are saved by your classmate Masamune Shiga, and before you know it, you are thrust into the world of paranormal investigation. Now, as part of the Gate Keepers organization, you’ll discover that there are many, many more spirits wandering the streets of Tokyo, and it’s up to you to take care of them. 

These prices will only be available until Sunday, June 7th, so make sure you don’t miss out, doods!

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NISA Senior Associate Producer Alan Costa on LA-MULANA 1 & 2!

Posted on March 20, 2020 by NISA EUROPE

 

 

You can now read the second of our interviews with Alan Costa! This time around, we chatted to him about the newly-released collection of remastered metroidvania titles LA-MULANA 1 & 2!

 

What is the process like when getting titles like this physically released?


We talked to AGM (Active Gaming Media), the company that licenced the game. They were working with the developer to do the physical release of LA-MULANA 2, because the game originally was a digital only release. Personally, I’m a really big fan of LA-MULANA 1, as I really like metroidvania games and retro-style games. But then I thought, why don’t we give players an opportunity to enjoy these on a platform that they use regularly? That’s why we decided to do a compilation of the two games. The second has never been released in the West, so we figured it would be great to give consumers a physical release - not only a physical release, but a pretty cool one with a bunch of extra goodies as well!


How would you describe these titles to those who aren’t very familiar with them? 


I would say akin to metroidvania, but with a huge asterisk that reads: puzzle! The developers have repeatedly said that they intend to have people play the game with a notepad next to them, just because there is so much detail that you need to pay attention to in order to proceed through it. It’s not a typical metroidvania, where you are like “Oh, I got the double jump!” and you go back to the third room and do the double jump. It’s much more than that. You might find a room with a statue staring at another, and you have to think about what you are going to do. The answers to these questions aren’t in the room; you have to pay attention to the surroundings in all of the other rooms, and take notes. Only then will you realise, “Oh, I think I saw a statue like this before and he was looking at a 45 degree angle. Maybe that has something to do with this!” Things like that. So I think players who are really into platforming games and metroidvania games will love it, but so will those who enjoy puzzle-solving.

 

 

 

The gameplay has been said to be notoriously difficult. Difficult games are very popular now, but has there been any confirmation of balance changes, like an accessibility option or modes that make it slightly more in line with different platforms?


No, and that is the developers’ intentional decision. They are adamant that the game is fair but challenging, and I think that's true! You have to get used to the controls, in particular the jump mechanics which are very different than a lot of modern ones. As the developers have noted, LA-MULANA is a love letter to old MSX games; in most modern games, you can jump and often choose where to land, but here it’s very quick. Once you start jumping, your character will begin to fall. I think it takes some time to get used to that, but once you do, you will learn quickly. So there definitely is a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered it, the game provides a really enjoyable experience.



What links can we expect between these titles, aside from the protagonists and the gameplay?


There is a big, overarching story between the two games that has to do with the origins of life itself. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s a really heady, cool story that I think people who are fans of Indiana Jones, for example, are really going to love. 

 

 


The games have visuals and gameplay inspired by MSX titles, as you said. We have seen classic aesthetics and gameplay continuing to grow in popularity, as well as the release of various microconsoles, so it feels like retro is very much in the game. With that in mind, what audience do you expect to be most attracted to these titles? Do you feel like it’s an older generation going back to these things or a newer generation of players?


I think games like this are in a curious place. MSX never came out in the West, so there is no nostalgia for it.But I’m 36 and I feel like there’s a lot of people my age and probably a little bit older that are making games which are harking back to when we were kids. That’s exactly what this game is, but that doesn’t mean that a lot of younger players aren’t liking it too. So I think we might see an initial wave of players who are a bit older and who really liked games like this back in the day, and once it gets some good word of mouth, I think that will open it up to other demographics as well. I feel like in some ways a lot of gamers are kind of graphics-agnostic. When I was a kid graphics were huge, and that’s not to say they are not important now. But when you are dealing with a realistic 3D game now, I think people are more willing to look at a game from an art style and art direction viewpoint, rather than from a graphical point of view.

 

You can purchase LA-MULANA 1 & 2: Hidden Treasures Edition here.

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Deal of the Week: LAPIS X LABYRINTH (PS4) & Fallen Legion (Switch)

Posted on March 02, 2020 by NISA EUROPE

Check out our deals for this week, dood! You can get the Standard Edition of LAPIS X LABYRINTH for PS4 for £17.99 as well as the Nintendo Switch title Fallen Legion for £9.99 until 08/03/20! 


In LAPIS X LABYRINTH, build your party and dive headfirst into the depths of the dungeons beneath the Golden Forest to defeat the hordes of monsters within and return home unscathed. Or, make alliances and defeat rebelling forces to take back control of your kingdom of Fenumia in Fallen Legion


These prices will only be available until Sunday, March 8th, so make sure to act quickly and grab these deals while they last! 

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Deal of the Week: Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk - Standard Edition - Nintendo Switch

Posted on December 16, 2019 by NISA EUROPE

Get the Standard Edition of Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk for Nintendo Switch this week for only £16.99 until 22/12/2019!

The Standard Edition also includes a softcover art book.


Become the living book, Tractatus de Monstrum in this exciting RPG, create a brigade of puppet soldiers and navigate the twisting passageways of the labyrinth of Refrain! You’ll have to fight past terrifying monsters, jump over barricades, solve puzzles, and smash your way through walls to delve further and further downward in search of treasure and rare artefacts. But be careful, the more riches you obtain, the more vicious the dungeon becomes!


This dungeon crawler RPG developed by Nippon Ichi Software is now available for a limited price of only £16.99 until Sunday, 22nd of December!

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