In what may have been this weekend's most surprising news, the fine people at NIS America—the publisher best known for localizing Disgaea and other Japanese games—announced two interesting new games for western release.
One is a dungeon crawler called Demon Gaze (art pictured above). It's out for Vita early next year in North America and Europe, and it seems pretty typical. Crawl through dungeons, hunt demons, etc.
The other game sounds far more interesting.
It's saddled with the bizarre title DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and it's also out for Vita early next year in North America and Europe. It's a high school murder mystery that fans describe as a cross between Phoenix Wright and Zero Escape, and if that isn't enough to pique your interest, you're nuts. Here's the official description:
Hope's Peak Academy is home to Japan's best and brightest high school students—the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It's up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you've been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for—sometimes there's nothing more deadly than the truth...
Really, they couldn't just call it "Hope's Peak Academy"? DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc does sound pretty excellent, though. Makes me glad I've got a Vita.