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Nippon Ichi Software (often shortened to NIS or N1) is a video game company based in Japan. They are relatively famous for their use of detailed pixel art sprites instead of the photorealistic 3D models toward which the rest of the industry is leaning, and their many {{Strategy RPG}}s with absurdly high PowerLevels.

"Nippon Ichi" is Japanese for "Japan One" or, in other words, "[[SmallNameBigEgo Japan's Best]]". It also happens to be part of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai]] [[VideoGame/KingOfFighters Shiranui's]] CatchPhrase[[note]]"Yo! Nippon Ichi!"[[/note]].

Nippon Ichi opened an American branch called NIS America in 2003 (which has also operated in Europe since 2009, under the same name), which publishes games from both its Japanese parent company and other smaller companies (much like Creator/{{Atlus}} USA, which localized several of Nippon Ichi's games before 2003 and today distributes several of NIS America's games). These include numerous games developed by Creator/IdeaFactory, Creator/CompileHeart and Hitmaker, and nearly anything from Gust Corporation; the two have been partners in Japan for some time and that extends to America as well, with the ''[[AtelierSeries Atelier]]'' series (from Atelier Iris on) essentially forming the "second tentpole" of NIS America's output.

NIS America is now in the anime licensing business. Up until March 2014, all of NIS America's releases were subtitled-only.[[note]]Which is ironic, [[SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing because they dub games quite well,]] albeit this is for being able to fund their videogame dubs, as Sony requires including an English dub in their consoles and they don't have a choice on this one.[[/note]] Their first dubbed release will be the re-release of ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''.

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!!Games developed by Nippon Ichi:

[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/BattlePrincessOfArcadias''
* ''[[VideoGame/CriminalGirls Criminal Girls: Invite Only]]''
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' (Original [=PS2=] version published by Atlus.)
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories''
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice''
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten''
** ''[[VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2 Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness]]''
** ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite''
** ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero''
** ''[[VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero Prinny 2: Dawn Of Operation Panties, Dood]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox''
** ''VideoGame/AwakenedFateUltimatum''
* ''[[VideoGame/HotaruNoNikkiTheFireflyDiary htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary]]''
* ''VideoGame/JigsawMadness'', an oft-forgotten PuzzleGame that was their first title to be released outside Japan.
* ''[[VideoGame/LaPucelle La Pucelle: Tactics]]'' (Published by Mastiff)
* ''[[VideoGame/MakaiKingdom Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome]]''
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''
* ''VideoGame/PuchiPuchiVirus''
* ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'' (Original [=PS1=] version published by Atlus.)
* ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''
* ''VisualNovel/TokuHou''
* ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight''
* ''[[VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject Zettai Hero Project: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman]]''
* ''VideoGame/ZillionsOfEnemyX''
[[/index]]

!!Games from other Japanese development houses published by NIS America include:
* ''Ar tonelico'' series
** ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia''
** ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica''
** ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel''
* ''{{Atelier}}'' series
** ''VideoGame/AtelierAnnieAlchemistsOfSeraIsland''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierIrisEternalMana''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierIris3GrandPhantasm''
** ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis''
** ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierRoronaTheAlchemistOfArland''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierTotoriTheAdventurerOfArland''
** ''VideoGame/AtelierMeruruTheApprenticeOfArland''
* ''VideoGame/BlackRockShooter''
* ''Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light''
* ''Bleach: Soul Resurreccion''
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory 3D''
* ''VideoGame/ClaDun: This is an RPG'' (also published by Nippon Ichi in Japan), has Asgai Cameos
* ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''
* ''VideoGame/DemonGaze''
* ''Dragoneer's Aria''
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' (European publisher)
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey IV: Legends of the Titan'' (European publisher)
* ''Generation of Chaos'' series
* ''VideoGame/{{GrimGrimoire}}'' (also published by Nippon Ichi in Japan; has cross over in ''Soul Nomad'')
* ''Last Rebellion''
* ''VideoGame/{{Legasista}}'' (also published by Nippon Ichi in Japan)
* ''VideoGame/MugenSouls''
** ''Mugen Souls Z''
* ''{{Neptunia}}'' series
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia''
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2''
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory''
** ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaProducingPerfection''
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Golden'' (European publisher)
* ''[[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulHackers Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers]]'' (European publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SpectralSouls: Resurrection of the Ethereal Empires''
* ''VideoGame/TimeAndEternity''
* ''VideoGame/TrinityUniverse'' (Developed for Nippon Ichi by Idea Factory in combination with Gust. Features Etna, Flonne, and Prinny from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' and Violet and Pamela from the [[AtelierSeries Atelier Violet]] as guest cameos.)
* ''Viral Survival''
* ''VideoGame/WayOfTheSamurai 4'' (European publisher)
* ''VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord'' series
* ''VideoGame/AWitchsTale''

!!Anime licensed by NIS America (Which are all, for the moment, until July 1st 2014, sub-only):

* ''[[Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day]]''
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge''
* ''Anime/{{Brave 10}}''
* ''Manga/BunnyDrop''
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' (First anime license rescue, includes original English dub)
* ''[[Manga/KitakubuKatsudouKiroku Chronicles of the Going Home Club]]''
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''
* ''Manga/DororonEnmaKun''
* ''Manga/HouseOfFiveLeaves''
* ''{{LightNovel/Katanagatari}}''
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''
* ''Manga/NatsumeYuujinchou''
* ''[[LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!]]''
* ''LightNovel/OurHomesFoxDeity''
* ''Manga/OtomeYoukaiZakuro''
* ''[[Anime/PersonaTrinitySoul Persona -Trinity Soul-]]''
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts''
* ''Anime/SeikimatsuOccultGakuin''
* ''{{LightNovel/Toradora}}'' (first anime reissued and dubbed by [=NIS=] America)
* ''{{Manga/Working}}'' (released as ''Wagnaria!!'')
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''
* ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Project''
* ''Manga/TheEverydayTalesOfACatGod''
* ''Manga/YuruYuri''

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!Tropes that are commonly found in Nippon Ichi games:

!!Gameplay Tropes:

* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: Most games stick with two-digit level numbers (or they'll give you a level 100 if you're lucky). The norm for Nippon Ichi is ''four''.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: You might have 50+ characters, but you can only ever bring out 10 on any given map.
* AttractMode: Most games will either play a cutscene with backstory or demonstrate some of the crazier stuff available if left alone at the title screen.
* BonusBoss: Cameos from just about every other game appear in every other game, but Baal deserves special mention -- he is in every major game by Nippon Ichi and is always the ultimate threat.
** And as soon as Zetta calls him on this fact, Asagi makes her premiere.
* BonusDungeon: Any item, any character, and in [[PhantomBrave some games]], any adjective.
* {{Cap}}: Averted in most, there generally is no damage or stat caps and characters can do many thousands or even millions of damage in a hit if [[LevelGrinding brought to a high enough level]].
* CombatMedic: Most Nippon Ichi healers can fight just fine, though some require tweaking using things like ''Disgaea's'' Apprentice system.
* ColorCodedArmies: Usually life bars only, although the ''Disgaea'' port for the Nintendo DS also featured color-coded icons on the minimap.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Usually averted, as the computer cannot throw except in ''PhantomBrave'' and ''MakaiKingdom'' (one of the NIS-produced strategy guides even mentioned this, pointing out that the games would be far harder if the computer had this ability). The Anti-Matter ability in ''SoulNomad'' is an exception.
* {{Cut-In}}
* EverythingFades: Applies in all games except ''Phantom Brave.'' In that one, piles of corpses may impede movement or targeting. A moderate amount of damage applied to the corpse will remove it. You could also simply [[GrievousHarmWithABody use them]] as a weapon, stepping stool, distraction, etc etc.
* ExtendedGameplay: By the bucket, even if you do generally have to start a NewGamePlus at least once to get at some of it.
* GlassCannon: Common result of obeying One Stat To Rule Them All. The Magic-based classes typically fall into this trope.
* HubLevel: Games that don't use a world map typically have one of these. ''PhantomBrave'' combines the two.
* ImprovisedWeapon
* LevelGrinding: And how!
* MagicKnight: From ''Disgaea'' on, there is a class explicitly named this. Some plot characters also qualify, and use of reincarnation can make almost anyone a Magic Knight.
* {{Mana}}: Mana in Nippon Ichi games is different from how it's handled in other similar games. There is indeed a secondary bar called "SP" which drains as you use special abilities, but Mana is a separate statistic from that. It's usually generated from defeating opponents (depending on the game) and is a measure of how much hidden power or potential a character may have. In the ''Disgaea'' games, this means you can ask for different things from the Dark Assembly. In ''ClaDun'' it's how many slots a character gives you for upgrade items. In ''Phantom Brave,'' mana is used to gain new skills on weapons and fuse them to make them stronger.
* MinMaxing: All of Nippon Ichi's TurnBasedStrategy games thrive on this. Once you reach post game, it's all about making your character(s) as stupidly powerful as possible.
* MonsterAllies: From the very beginning, monsters can join the party.
* NewGamePlus
* NonstandardGameOver
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Because of how damage is calculated, [[RocketTagGameplay defense becomes increasingly useless as attack power increases.]] At high levels, the most viable strategy is to pump your attack stat (usually ATK or INT) as high as possible and just blitz the enemy in a one-turn do-or-die attack. In PhantomBrave, Speed can claim a tie or even a solo first if used as the attack stat.
* OverNineThousand: The sheer amount of high levels in most N1 games is just ''staggering'' to the average RPG fan. Add in that you can also level up weapons and abilities to insane levels and...
* PlayerHeadquarters: The Hub Level of each game generally serve as this.
* PlayerMooks: A staple of nearly all the TurnBasedStrategy games. MakaiKingdom takes the cake here, as until you get to the bonus content, literally none of your playable characters are plot characters.
* RandomlyGeneratedLoot: The stats of the items sold in shops or won in battle tend to vary (there's usually a way of increasing an item's stats with a bit of grinding anyway, though).
* RecurringBoss: Baal, Laharl, [[LaPucelle Prier]], and Asagi.
* RocketTagGameplay: High-level random dungeon enemies and bonus bosses can usually kill player units in one hit regardless of defense stats. The reverse is generally true, though bosses are a bit more resilient.
* SignatureMove: The skill [[WaveMotionSword Dimension Slash]] has become a recurring sword skill and usually one of the strongest ever since the first Disgaea, though it's name and appearance somewhat changes with each game.
* SplashDamageAbuse: In games with tiles (''LaPucelle'' and the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games), the area of effect for magic can be abused to extend the range of your spells by a couple tiles. The 7-tile checker array is especially good. In titles like ''PhantomBrave'' and ''MakaiKingdom'', the trope still applies, though targeting can be a bit trickier (this is due to the tricky aiming with area of effect skills in these non-tile games).
* SpritePolygonMix: The characters and interactable objects are sprited, while the backgrounds are rendered.
* TurnBasedStrategy
* UpdatedRerelease: Currently, ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', ''Videogame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'', ''PhantomBrave'', ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'', ''LaPucelle'', ''MakaiKingdom'' and ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|Absence of Justice}}'' received one, though the PSP versions of ''La Pucelle'' and ''Makai Kingdom'' [[NoExportForYou have yet to leave Japan]]. Only ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' has yet to receive one.
* VideoGame3DLeap: ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight'' is the first game developed by Nippon Ichi that doesn't use sprite based or SpritePolygonMix graphics.
* WhiteMage: The Healer classes.

!!Story and Characterization Tropes:

* AxCrazy: Every ''Disgaea'' game has at least one somewhat ax-crazy guy, but Sapphire embodies it. [[spoiler:Everybody in the demon path of ''SoulNomad''.]]
* BadAssNormal: Pick a human, any human (in the context of game play). Sapphire embodies this trope story wise. Subverted with [[spoiler:Adell who only thinks he's human.]]
* BlackComedy: There's usually at least a little of this in most Nippon Ichi games.
* BittersweetEnding: Several, the normal (non canonical) ending of Disgaea 1 is probably the worst offender.
* {{Butt Monkey}}: Poor, poor Asagi. You can't sink much lower than second banana to a Prinny.
* TheChessmaster: Regular trope, used even by good characters, (used most often by good ones at that).
* CrossOver: Most Nippon Ichi games feature {{Secret Character}}s from other Nippon Ichi games.
* CuteBruiser: Almost every game in Nippon Ichi's collection has at least one, and usually many more.
* DarkIsNotEvil: That's every Nippon Ichi game in a nutshell, really.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* TheDitz: Usually as a foil for the Deadpan Snarker.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Asagi... maybe, kinda. To elaborate, Asagi was a demo character used to test out the engine of one of the games (the persistent rumor is that she was supposed to be the main character of the canceled ''Makai Wars'' for the PSP), but the developers liked her so much that they kept her around as a cameo in other games. She usually [[PaintingTheMedium bemoans the fact that she doesn't have her own game yet]] and tries to [[HostileShowTakeover take your game for her own.]] So she's an Early Bird Cameo for a game that hasn't been made yet.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Seedle, Drazil and Super Hero Aurum all get lectures like this.
* EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins: Prinnies have been a Nippon Ichi staple since ''Disgaea'', [[VerbalTic dood]].
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Mid-Boss, as well as the fact that a lot of characters have French words for names (''La Pucelle'' especially so).
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Thorndyke and Gig in ''SoulNomad''. Thorndyke's fall is in the Demon Path and Gig was tossed (through the actions of Drazil before the game) down. Super Hero Aurum also applies.]]
* GuileHero: Sereph Lamington, Champloo (to a lesser extent) and Lady Virtuous. Lamington especially shows just how scary these characters can be.
* HeroesPreferSwords: [[SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Revya]] with his[=/=]her [[ArtifactOfDoom Onyx Blade]] is the only one to play the trope completely straight. The other main characters either avert it or swords are just one option among the other weapons he[=/=]she is capable of wielding (Though promotional art and their personal stats might pull them closer to this trope).
* HeroicSacrifice: It usually ends up triggering the main character's UnstoppableRage and, in some cases, their SuperpoweredEvilSide. Coincidentally, a good portion of them are blondes.
* HiddenDepths: Lamington, Adell and Champloo are '''much''' smarter than they look and act.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Oh boy. Every game has plenty but Phantom Brave takes the cake. Or fish. Or phonograph.
* LightIsNotGood: See "Dark Is Not Evil".
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Kill too many Demon Overlords (or a strong enough singular one) and you become one. Very important rule to remember throughout the games. [[spoiler: This is the canonical ending to Priere of ''La Pucelle'' -- in the bonus ending she becomes Overlord Priere after beating up too many things inside the bonus dungeons, in all her cameos, this is the role she appears as.]]
* MilestoneCelebration: Five games have been in development in celebration of Nippon Ichi's 20th Anniversary. These games are ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'', ''VisualNovel/TokuHou: The Truth of the World'', ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'', ''ZillionsOfEnemyX'', and ''BattlePrincessOfArcadias''. Of the five, only ''The Guided Fate Paradox'', ''Disgaea D2'', and ''Battle Princess of Arcadias'' were released outside of Japan.
* MultipleEndings: And it's usually far harder to get the worst endings than the good endings.
* TheMultiverse: All of the [=tRPGs=] take place in the same multiverse.
* NoFourthWall: Mostly in the Franchise/{{Disgaea}} series but even the more serious games have been known to break the fourth wall (Usually in post-game content).
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Marona and Almaz. Deconstructed with [[spoiler: Artina's death in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', which caused Nemo to become an OmnicidalManiac.]]
* NobleDemon: Most of the demons claim to be evil, but they're simply rude jackasses at worst.
* ObligatorySwearing: The developer's localization team are fond of placing at least one mild to strong cuss word (shit, ass, bitch, slut, etc.) in ''all'' games with a Teen (or equivalent) rating, which actually is almost of all of their games; still they're rare and doesn't sound gratuitous at all, exception goes to MakaiKingdom in which the script doesn't waste a chance to drop some bombs, and yet it comes out pretty funny.
* OlderAndWiser: Borderline--many of said {{Bonus Boss}}es tend to be earlier heroes.
* OnlySaneMan: One per game.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In NIS games there have been two recurring types of werewolves, one is the constantly transformed man-like werewolf and the other is of the "humanoid with a wolf tail" variety, who are rarely seen completely transformed, if ever. The first type appears in the [[{{RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure}} Marl Kingdom games]] and in PhantomBrave, the other types appears as plot related characters in both [[{{RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure}} Marl Kingdom games]] and VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}, namely Gao, Ran Ran and Fenrich.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Quite common in NIS games, particularly [[PlayableEpilogue the post-game content]].
* ParentalAbandonment: It would be easier to list the NIS characters who ''have'' living parents.
* ThePlan: Used a lot by both good and bad guys.
* ThePowerOfLove: Expect this to play a vital role in the plots of nearly all their games. It's used as a serious plot device even in the stories that directly parody it.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: How Seedle and Hawthorne are revealed to be utter monsters. After Jennifer asked whether demons molested Laharl, he took offense to the human perception that demons are rapists.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The demons and angels in their games have very long lifespans, to say the least: for a simple formula, take their estimated age based on their appearance and multiply it by 100.
* RedIsHeroic: Pick any main character of a NipponIchi game. Chances are they will have some red on them whether it's their [[RedHeadedHero hair color]] or an article of clothing. Asagi, who wears mostly black and white, hasn't taken note of this.
* RunningGag: Asagi attempting a HostileShowTakeover in each game. It sorta works in ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero'', where she's the main character of her own mini-campaign... about various Asagis attempting this.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: This trope shows up enough that even Nippon Ichi's MoeAnthropomorphism [[http://levelupnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Nisa.jpg has one]].
* TheStinger
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Many, but the sexytype monsters (drawn by the artist of the ''Marl'' series instead of the ''Disgaea'' artist) take the cake. Not to be outdone, the ''Disgaea'' artist has drawn nudist green flower-[[UnsettlingGenderReveal guys]] and warrior women wearing a pair of belts as a tube top.
** Lampshaded in ''Disgaea 2'', where said flower-man's name is [[ShoutOut 'BRID]][[GuiltyGear GET.']]
** Not to mention that only a handful of the ''male'' characters actually cover their chest.
* SuperHero: The Prism Rangers, SuperHero Aurum and the newest, Absolute Victory Unlosing Ranger, Star of Z.H.P. [yada yadda].
* TokenMiniMoe: Expect at least one character fall into this trope in every single of their games. Even if there isn't in the original, expect one in remakes instead.
* TranslationStyleChoices: The localization team always goes for exotic english names for some titles and locations for TheMultiverse, and even the game itself; Maoh (Devil King, Devil Lord, ''The'' Devil) becomes ''Overlord'', Makai becomes Netherworld but it's basically the same thing; also as seen in ObligatorySwearing above, words and titles like ''Badass'' and ''Frickin Badass'' are used to set in stone how strong the character is.
* WorldOfHam

!!The anime licensed by Nippon Ichi's branch, NIS America, provides example of:
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Although they use the popularity of a series via fansubs as a basis for licensing it, this company is usually well protective of their series when they license them. If you don't believe me, check [[http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/owners/45067/NIS-America/ this link]]. At the time of writing this, more than 250000 links were removed by Google, regardless of the fansub.
* IGaveMyWord: At Anime Expo 2013, they announced that they are looking to dubbing in the near future, something that surprised many of the fans, but many fans didn't expect them to keep their word. However, 8 months later on March 2014, they kept their word with the announcement of the reissuing of Toradora! with an English dub.
* {{Shoujo}}[=/=]{{Josei}}: A lot of the anime they are licensed are usually romantic[=/=]drama anime geared towards this demographic.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Like ''Creator/{{Aniplex}}'', NIS America is found with this trope when they release their anime, albeit cheaper than Aniplex due to the fact that they originally [[NoDubForYou refused to dub any of their anime]].
* NoDubForYou: Like Creator/SentaiFilmworks, they were originally a big proponent of this trope. Their anime titles were like that since 2010 because they entered the anime market around the time companies like Creator/ADVFilms and Creator/BandaiEntertainment were falling all over, and they completely refused to do any anime dubbing. That is until March 2014 when they announced that they are reissuing LightNovel/{{Toradora}} with an English dub, much to the surprise and joy from many anime fans. And the upcoming ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' re-release will have a dub as well, though it is an older dub licensed from another company.
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