Video Game: Code of Princess
...From the bizarre world of Kinu Nishimura
There always existed two races in this world: man and monster, both enjoying a separate peace. Code of Princess
Centuries have passed, and mankind has begun to flourish.
A shadow now looms over the land. The monsters have risen up against man. It is a time of great fear and suffering.
And so begins our tale...
— The game's opening narration
is a Beat 'em Up
game with customizable RPG Elements
for the Nintendo 3DS
by Agatsuma Entertainment and distributed by Atlus
's parent company Index Corporation, heavily inspired by Guardian Heroes
. Character and World Design were handled by Kinu Nishimura, famous for her work on the Street Fighter
series and 999
(as well as its follow-up, Virtue's Last Reward
When the kingdom of DeLuxia falls to a monster attack, Princess Solange Blanchefleur de Lux must take up her family's sword, the legendary DeLuxcalibur
, and find the root of the monsters' sudden violent behavior. The mysterious Queen Distiny and her Distron Army swoop in to take care of the monsters, pinning the blame on DeLuxia's royal family. Now a fugitive on the run, Solange will need all the help she can get to evade the Distron Army while also fighting her way past scores of vicious monsters. On her way out of the royal city, she runs into several people who join her side as allies, including:
- Ali-Baba, a lone thief who was betrayed by her second-in-command and kicked out of the group she once led.
- Lady Zozo, a necromancer currently walking around in a body made of spare parts. Totally Not A Zombie (and don't call her one, either).
- Allegro Nantabile Cantabile, a cowardly but loyal Bard who claims to be just a few EXP from becoming a sage.
During their travels, they also run into others who have been affected by recent events. They include the powerful, but gentle
martial artist Master T Drakkhen, the Blind Samurai
Shooting Star Tsukikage, and the strict Battle Nun
Sister Helga Wilhelmina (often known as "Sister Hel" due to her strict ways). As these people all come together, they soon realize that Queen Distiny is not who she seems... Hot on their tail is also Marcopolis "Marco" Neko, a dangerous feline merchant to whom Allegro is indebted
, though Marco is more than happy to sell equipment to the party despite the debt.
What makes the game's story stand out is the very funny script, gentle jabs at RPG and fantasy conventions, and the quirky, occasionally hammy cast of characters.Atlus
released the game in the USA in October 2012.
This game features trope examples of:
- Affectionate Parody
- After the End: Near the end of the game its revealed that the setting is actually far into the future, after humanity's growth went unchecked and they nearly destroyed themselves. The gods created the Empyrean Stone, the source of the world's magic and monsters, to keep humanity in a constant state of Medieval Stasis.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore: The North American boxart still uses Japanese art, but still qualifies. See Contemptible Cover below.
- Apologetic Attacker: Solange can be heard frantically apologizing to her enemies ("Sorry, everyone!") while smiting them with her BFS.
- Arson, Murder and Jaywalking
Distille: I am Dios Diablos Distille! Angel of Death, Destruction, and Awkward Social Situations.
- Author Appeal: It seems Kinu Nishimura was given free rein on this game, credited with Original Story and Character Design. Her well known appreciation of the female form is in spades here.
- Awesome McCoolname: Solange Blanchefleur de Lux.
- Badass Princess: Solange, naturally.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Master T.
- Bare Your Midriff: Solange and Ali.
- BFS: DeLuxcalibur.
- Berserk Button: Do not call Zozo a zombie.
- Bifauxnen: Raise your hand if you thought Ali-Baba was male when you first saw her.
- Big Bad: Queen Distiny
- Bishounen: (Shooting Star) Tsukikage.
- Bittersweet Ending: Both endings to varying degrees, see the spoiler tags in Multiple Endings for details.
- Boobs of Steel: Solange is the most stacked of all the female characters and wields the seven foot BFS (albeit with some difficulty).
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Carry a Big Stick: The mace wielding Helga Wilhelmina, aka "Sister Hel".
- Chainmail Bikini: Solange, as pointed out both in the meta and in-game. Two soldiers mistake her for a prostitute.
- Char Clone: Liongate seems to be designed with this in mind. He's even Solange's brother, Schwartz.
- Childhood Friend: Ali Baba once went by the name of Alcena and had met Solange several years earlier; she was nearly executed for stealing a royal heirloom, but the sweet and innocent princess vouched for her by calling Alcena her friend and said heirloom a gift. Although Solange didn't recognize her right away, Ali did, which is why she helped her so easily in the beginning despite her cynical nature.
- Church Militant: Sister Hel again.
- Contemptible Cover: The North American box art◊ only displays Solange and happens to use an earlier portrait with big lips; contrast that with the better-received Japanese box◊ featuring the full cast.
- Counter Attack: In this case, it is called the Back Counter. This counter works if an enemy attacks from behind just before receiving the blow and then press the B button (weak attack). It can also work against a chain of attacks too, even if you did get hit.note
- Die, Chair! Die!: Various objects such as barrels appear on the battlefield.
- Disc One Nuke: Level up Solange, and focus on maxing her attack power & making her into a Glass Cannon. Do that, burst mode, and target lock, and bosses go down like butter being cut by a chainsaw.
- Dramatic Unmask: Liongate takes a direct hit to the face from Solange's BFS, shattering his mask in the process. He's really Schwartz, Solange's brother.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: To be expected from a game with "Princess" in the title and starring one.
- Expy: Ali is pretty much a flatter-chested Moriah.
- Evil Former Boyfriend: Juppongi for Ali apparently
- Feelies: First-run copies of the game come with the Sound and Visual Book, a CD with 8 music tracks housed in a small booklet containing character profiles and art.
- Flat Joy: Zozo's battle banter comes across as this.
- For Massive Damage: Don't expect to make a lot of headway in later quests without implementing the game's Lock-On and Burst mechanics. Using both together can quadruple your damage output for a short period of time.
- Gainaxing: Solange's idle animation, as pointed out by the ESRB.
- Heel-Face Turn: Juppongi and Liongate (the latter was being mind-controlled, while the former was not and simply was not fully informed of the true intentions of Queen Distiny), as well as Alchemia in the Destroy the Stone ending.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: You would think the face of Princess Solange would be more recognizable to her subjects. Worse, she and her father are being framed for treason.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Distille steals Cocoa Macchiato's body to pose as Distiny, Cocoa steals her sister Milk's body to pose as Alchemia, Milk possesses a body of corpse parts. Which loses bits and pieces. Including some of her code which belongs to Distille...
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Solange.
- Large Ham: Juppongi lives this trope.
- Lego Body Parts: Though Zozo is a necromancer and Totally Not A Zombie, she's currently controlling a zombie body, and in her prologue she loses her left arm and replaces it.
- Lightning Bruiser: Ali, to the point of almost being a Game Breaker.
- The Man Behind the Man: Dios Diablos Distille, the Fallen Angel.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Like Guardian Heroes, you can use pretty much every character and enemy in Versus Mode. And yes, that includes the villagers again.
- Mistaken for Prostitute: Solange, of course. They don't say it, but it's a very clear Parental Bonus.
- Multiple Endings: Two of them, hinging on a choice in the final chapter of the game when Distille fuses her lifeforce with the Empyrean Stone, source of all magic and monsters in the world:
- The Magic Goes Away: The "Destroy" ending, where Solange decides to Screw Destiny and destroys the stone with the faith that humans will be okay without it. This results in all magic going away forever and Zozo regaining her original body by necessity.
- And the Adventure Continues: The "Reborn" ending in which Solange decides to leave the stone alone, confident that things are as they should be and that their descendants will take care of Distille when she emerges from the stone in 1000 years. Zozo's body is still missing, so they all run off to go find it.
- Musical Assassin: Allegro Nantabile Cantabile fights with a magical electric guitar.
- Necromancer: Lady Zozo, who is quick to point out that she is one when mistaken for a zombie.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Zozo, Tsukikage, and Master T all contain parts of Distille's split up "Code," and the DeLuxcaliber is the only thing that can recombine them. Oops.
- Noble Fugitive: Solange.
- Only Sane Woman: Ali.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Liongate, AKA Solange's brother Schwartz begs Solange to do this before she and the others go on an adventure to find Zozo's body in the second ending.
- Regenerating Health: Justified, as Zozo's an immortal necromancer.
- MP also regenerates for other characters, too.
- Reluctant Warrior: Solange, who'd rather give her enemies a hug than strike them down.
- This doesn't stop her from sticking up for anyone she perceives as being bullied, as you see when you first meet Lady Zozo.
- The Reveal: Zozo's real name is Milk Macchiato. Alchemia is Milk's older sister Cocoa, using the former's original body because hers was stolen by Distiny.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Solange and her brother, Schwartz.
- RPG Elements: Used in-game and parodied with Allegro's dialogue relating to his plans to become a sage.
- Spanner in the Works: The Big Bad's entire plan was to revive herself after sealing her "code" (life force, kinda) into a group of humans and then have them challenge her using the one weapon that can put it all together, thus making her NighInvulnerable Her one mistake....one of those humans was a necromancer that frequently discards pieces of her body and Code. IE, she didn't have all of it.
- Spiritual Successor: To Guardian Heroes. Some of Treasure's former employees are the ones who worked on the game.
- Spoony Bard: Allegro, story-wise at least. Lampshaded after he tries to join the party:
- Stripperific: Solange, good lord. Lampshaded when two soldiers mistake her for a prostitute. Despite her claims that it's a designer gown, even her brother stated that she needed to put some clothes on.
- Zozo to a lesser degree. She doesn't show nearly as much skin as Solange, but she is bottomless, save for a pair of panties. Also, a close look at official art reveals that, were it not for her overly-large scarf, we'd be seeing some underboob as well, and some of her midriff is in plain sight.
- Sword Drag: Solange does this as she's a princess instead of a professional warrior, and the DeLuxcalibur is bigger than she is.
- Theme Naming: Weapons have a tendency to be named after celestial bodies (Jupiter, Moon, Venus, etc.) or angels (Seraph, Cherub, etc.).
- Those Two Bad Guys: Emble and Semble. Even they can't remember which one is which.
- Title Drop: By the king in Solange's intro.
- Tomboy: Ali-Baba
- Totally Not a Werewolf: Played for Laughs. Whenever people firsts meet Lady Zozo, they will immediately assume or call her a zombie due to her appearance. But can you blame them?◊ She constantly has to correct them.
- The Voiceless: Played with. It's mentioned early on that Zozo herself can't actually talk due to her tongue having fallen off, so she uses the skull on her staff to talk. She actually has plenty of spare tongues, she just doesn't see the point in reattaching one since she's not a people person.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Solange, justified because she's a sheltered princess wielding a sword longer than she is tall.