Prinnies become heroes February 17

Nippon Ichi's penguin-focused Disgaea spin-off headed to North American PSPs next year.

Nippon Ichi's Disgaea franchise has a number of things going for it, not the least of which is a droll cast of penguins forced into underworld servitude on account of their transgressions as mortals. In September, a report in Japan's Dengeki Online revealed that NIS was prepping a spin-off PlayStation Portable title devoted to the penguins--properly known as prinnies--which is due in the island nation later this month.

Today, NIS America corroborated that report, saying Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? will be available for the PSP in North America on February 17. As previously revealed, the game is a divergence from the turn-based strategy seen in the Disgaea franchise and will instead focus on side-scrolling action.

As for the setup, Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? follows the travails of one of Etna's naturally tuxedoed servants, who she compels to locate the "ultimate sweets" after her own candies are stolen. NIS emphasized the game's brutal difficulty level, saying players only get 1,000 lives to beat the most "challenging side-scrolling action game ever." The game will have multiple difficulty settings, however, including Standard and Hell modes.

To keep clear of Enta's wrath, players will be afforded a variety of moves with their prinnies, including lift and throw, stomp, and hip-pound. Prinnies will also be able to commandeer vehicles such as tanks, planes, and UFOs.

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Discussion

36 comments
RaixATM2
RaixATM2

If it's as good as the rest of Nippon Ichi's Games this is a title to look forward too, not to mention you're playing a blue, exploding when thrown, penguin.. I am really looking forward to this, but I must say I'm not quite sure if NIS(A) is ths right company for the job, but that's because I've never seen them try... ' Whatever the outcome.. I'm soooo Buying this

rizalariff
rizalariff

Oh man.. the game is going to be insanely difficult.. but I'll get it anyway.. :P

kitty
kitty moderator

Sounds awesome, I can't wait to my hands on this.

lew_0911
lew_0911

Wow. Ghosts and Goblins comes to mind. But with penguins. This should be cool. ... ... Alright, alright, I can't resist. DOOD.

Feniks9174
Feniks9174

DooD! One more reason to break down and finally get a PSP, I guess.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Heh... this is silly but I like the idea of a prinny-spinoff! ^_^ So then... the prinnies are trying to escape from Etna's control? Hmmm... Sounds interesting. Too bad I don't have a PSP otherwise I'd love to try it! ^_^

otanikun
otanikun

DOOOOOOOD! Sounds awesome, Prinnies rule dood!

weltall1028
weltall1028

Dood! I can't wait, prinnies are awesome!:D

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

The demo was mad hard, I never made it to the end. Can't wait for a European release.

RaixATM2
RaixATM2

Dood!! Awesome.. should be a lot of fun

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

This sounds even better than Rocket Slime. The most "challenging side-scrolling action game ever?" It has some serious competition in that category. Battletoads certainly didn't give you 1000 lives...

aaaaaa12
aaaaaa12

Lawl nice the prinnies version of Metal Slug!

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Wow.. they are actually direct translating the title. That is nice.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Oh man, Etna and Prinnies!? This is a must have no matter what. I just hope they somehow get Etna's old voice actor back from Disgaea 1, Her voice now is okay but I miss the old one.

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

great news for PSP owners can't wait to pick this up.

Anema1986
Anema1986

1,000 lives to beat the most "challenging side-scrolling action game ever." mmm..... sound like Contra 4 but with prinnies too bad i dont have a PSP i love NIS games (although i only play Disgaea DS) but i love it

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

hahahaha sounds awsome im glad its coming to the PSP cuz mine has been collecting a rediculous amount of dust and they have seemed to stop making any games for it

Yojimbo8
Yojimbo8

I was REALLY excited for this game...until the news of most "challenging side-scrolling action game ever" came along. No thanks!

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Ha ha awesome, I hope they can throw themselves as makeshift grenades like you could in Disgaea. :D

Dunestar
Dunestar

As long as they don't have the Prinnies sing, "The Words Get Stuck in My Throat," you've got my attention.

chickenmonkey
chickenmonkey

Prinnies can't lift things what are they talking about. Gah.

thestickman
thestickman

Awesome! I was beginning to think this wasn't gonna make it Stateside XD