Trivia / NieR

  • Acting for Two: Devola and Popola share a voice actress. Jakob and Gideon share a voice actor.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Invoked at least in Japan. The Japan-exclusive Replicant version was done with Japanese voices only while Gestalt, the version to be released to international audiences, was done only in English with Japanese text.
  • Executive Meddling: There are conflicting stories about which one came first, but the gist of it is the fact that one of the Niers (most likely father Nier) was created to appeal more to one of the markets, the idea being that Brother Nier would be more in line with Japan's tastes and dad Nier more in line with the west's. This seems to have paid off; while some people prefer brother Nier for various reasons, father Nier is much more popular with western fans of the game due to a father-daughter story being perceived as more primal and powerful and the relative scarcity of playing as an older protagonist in JRPG's, making this a case of Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Continuity Nod: Several to Drakengard, such as the "Red Dragon" that was transported to their world being Angelus.
  • Dueling Games: Nier was published by Square Enix at roughly the same time as their post-apocalypse epic fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Trolling Creator: It's a Cavia game. What do you expect?
  • What Could Have Been: At one point a Playstation Vita version of the game was in development that would have combined both the Replicant and Gestalt versions into a single game, but was cancelled because Square wanted to focus more development time and effort towards Dragon Quest X.
  • Word of Gay: The creators confirmed that Emil is in love with Nier during interviews. When asked if it might just be platonic, they outright insisted he's gay.
  • Word of God: According to Yoko Taro, the game's story was inspired by the events of 9/11.