Disgaea 3, Witch's Tale and Rhapsody updates

Last night publisher NIS America revealed their fall lineup, and for the first time in memory there was a lack of PlayStation support. Instead the company, known for its charming RPGs and affection for hand-drawn anime art over 3D cutscenes, revealed a major push into the Nintendo DS market. Makes sense, seeing as neither PS3 nor PSP have the same kind of pull as DS at this point. So, what do level-grinding RPG fanatics have to look forward to?

A Witch's Tale (DS, October 2008)

A joint effort between NIS America and Hitmaker, A Witch's Tale will be their first action-RPG, expected on shelves around Halloween. Not coincidentally, the game sports a very fun, gothy atmosphere reminiscent of everyone's favorite rubber-and-candy-scented holiday. Not much else to go on right now (strange for a game releasing in a few months, no?) but we did hear it'll have some kind of touch-screen spell casting. By watching this trailer, you will effectively know everything we do.

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (DS, September 2008)

Aclassic (opens in new tab)RPG from the original PlayStation days gets another shot at success with this simplified DS port. Battle menus have been streamlined, a map on the top screen makes it easer to get around and new playable characters have been added. The original featured full-on musical numbers where story cutscenes would normally fit - wonder if they'll make the cut on DS?

Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (PS3, August 26)

Disgaea games are known for their incredible length and insanely over-the-top battles (level 9999, a million damage etc), so we're not surprised to see tons of all-new crazy ways to obliterate enemies in part three. The trailer below accurately summarizes the additions, but doesn't bother pointing out that this PS3 exclusive looks a hell of a lot like a PS2 game... from two years ago. Oh, we'll play the piss out of it, but surely there's a way to spice up the sprites, eh?

Also on the way this year arePuchi Puchi Virus (opens in new tab)andDisgaea DS (opens in new tab).

Jun 6, 2008

Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.