Trivia / NieR

  • Acting for Two: Devola and Popola share a voice actress, while 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.
    • Played straight with the ending song Ashes Of Dreams, which has an English, French, Gaelic and Japanese version depending on the ending.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Export for You: As mentioned above, while there are two versions of the game in Japan, Replicant never made it to the states; western releases had Gestalt on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
  • Playing Against Type: Tyrann is a considerable departure from the roles Spike Spencer is often associated with, given that he's a sleazy, smooth-talking and murderous thug.
  • Trolling Creator: It's a Cavia game. What do you expect?
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, the game was going to have a fairy tale theme, featuring a young boy collecting 13 grimoires in a quest to save a mysterious girl. Leftovers of this concept still exist in the final game, not only with the grimoires but with the fact that many characters and bosses are named after famous stories and fairytales such as the shade Hook.
    • 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.
    • In an odd twist of fate, Emi Evans only ended up doing the vocal work for the game because Keiichi Okabe was commissioned for Dance Dance Revolution and the song the two made together didn't make the cut.
  • 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.

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