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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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Prinny 1 & 2: Exploded and Reloaded landing this year for Nintendo Switch!

Posted on March 05, 2020 by NISA EUROPE

 

Long neglected in the Disgaea series, the Prinnies get the spotlight in Prinny 1 & 2: Exploded and Reloaded! A combination of two full games plus DLC sees the Prinnies off in hot pursuit of Lady Etna's favourite dessert as well as investigating the mysterious theft of her panties. 


Fight your way through the Netherworld, defeat your foes, and unleash various combos and attacks such as Prinny Cyclone and Prinnykaze! Check out the trailer below:



The “Just Desserts” Edition is packed full of extras! Journey down memory lane with the “Prinny’s Scrapbook of Memories” hardcover art book, get pumped with “Prinny’s Awesome Mix” OST in a jewel case, build your own blockhead peon with the “Can I Really be a Prinny Block?”! All this, plus a poster poster for “ASAGI WARS EX ALPHA CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION” come in a sturdy collectible box.

 

Pre-orders for the Limited Edition will launch this week! Stay tuned to the EU store page and our twitter @nisaineurope for updates. 

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Void Terrarium launching for PS4 and Nintendo Switch this year!

Posted on March 04, 2020 by NISA EUROPE
From the creator of A Rose in the Twilight and htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, Void Terrarium is a procedurally-generated roguelike featuring turn-based combat and an intriguingly bleak yet curious world. 
Take on the role of a lone robot as you scavenge for supplies and weapons in order to care for and defend your human companion Toriko, encased in a protective terrarium to keep the toxic spores in the air at bay. Check out the trailer below: 
The Void Terrarium Limited Edition is full of secrets to uncover. Set the atmosphere with the “Sporific Sounds” OST in a beautiful jewel case, show off your mood with the “Status Apparatus” mood calendar, or your very own Toriko with your “Tori-gotchi” lenticular metal keychain. You can also show off your adventure with the “Hand-Plucked Hope” poster and three “A.I. Love You” lapel pin set, all within a sturdy collector’s box.
Pre-orders for the Limited Edition will launch this week! Stay tuned to the EU store page and our twitter @nisaineurope for updates. 





















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Deal of the Week: LAPIS x LABYRINTH - Limited Edition XL - Nintendo Switch

Posted on December 03, 2019 by NISA EUROPE

Get the Limited Edition of the dungeon-diving action RPG for only £29.99 until 08/12/2019!


Embark on a high-octane treasure-hunting quest, where the danger is great and the rewards are even greater! Help a struggling village recover from bankruptcy by venturing into the labyrinth below the Golden Forest, smashing through hordes of monsters and claiming the piles of gold and treasures hidden within!


Lapis x Labyrinth is a 2D side-scrolling action RPG with 8 different character classes, engaging monster encounters, and colourful, stylish visuals.


The Lapis x Labyrinth Limited Edition XL Includes:

  • Lapis x Labyrinth for Nintendo Switch
  • My Labyrinth Photo Album
  • Dango Beats - Soundtrack
  • Poster
  • Mayor's Special Feast Mini Art Print
  • Dango Delights Mini Art Print
  • Collector's Box

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