Nippon Ichi Software

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Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. (日本一ソフトウェア Nippon Ichi Sofutowea) is a Japanese developer and publisher of game software titles such as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle: Tactics, and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure.

Nippon Ichi Software, Inc. was founded in 1994 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, as an entertainment software company. 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.

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

Facts about Nippon Ichi Software

  • Most Games developed or published by them are mostly 2D sprites set in a 3D world (see images below)
  • Many of their North American PS2 releases have Japanese and English audio.
  • A lot of games have Visual Novel style of story telling combined with Tactic RPG
  • Almost all of their games work great on PCSX2 and are not very power hungry

List of Games(developed)


North America


Cancelled Titles

  • Makai Wars - PS3, PSP


  • Makai Senki Disgaea. 12 episodes total. Studio: Oriental Light and Magic.
  • Eien no Aseria - The Spirit of the Eternity Sword. 2 episodes (OVA) total. Studio: Studio Matrix.


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