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NIS is bringing Aqua Style’s roguelike Touhou Genso Wanderer stateside early next year. Set within the Touhou Project universe, players will guide the Hakurei Shrine Maiden, Reimu Hakurei, as she and her new partner, the sage Futo Mononobe, set off on a new investigation. After a golden sphere creates a giant tower, the nearby townsfolk find themselves facing violent clones of themselves. Importers will know the game as Fushigi no Gensokyo: The Tower of Desire.
Experience Inc.’s dungeon-crawling role-playing game Stranger of Sword City has launched for Windows PC. After waking up in a strange realm, players must harvest powerful crystals and decide which of the ruling factions deserves them as they try to find their way home. The Steam version also features a new mode, Picture Gate, which allows players to upload images to be used as in-game characters.
Grand Kingdom’s characters are further detailed in a new character trailer. The video features the Fighter, Hunter, Medic, and Witch classes. Even better, players are getting a chance to try the classes for themselves in a new ‘LiteDEMO’ trial that also launched today. The demo includes chapters 1 and 2 from story mode, the ability to fight one war per day, and rollover support that carries player progress over to the final version.
Yomawari: Night Alone will be making its way to North America by way of NIS. The nightmarish, open-world adventure centers on a young girl who ends up finding herself stalked by spirits in an alternate world after she sets out to find her missing sister and dog. Equipped with only a flashlight, players must sneak and hide as they make their way throughout town in search of clues.
Grand Kingdom is getting grander for its North American release. NIS has sent word that they are bundling in the for-pay character and campaign downloadable content that was sold in Japan. The freebies will add new characters, a trailer for which can be found below, as well as four nine-chapter campaigns that span all factions. And for those looking to grab it at a discount, the game is now up for pre-order on PSN for 10% off. Pre-orders also come with an exclusive theme and four scrolls that allow players to re-customize the four mercenaries’ appearance and stats.
NIS will be porting their 2004 PS2 tactical role-playing game Phantom Brave to PC. Scheduled to launch this July on Steam, the PC version is based off the later Wii release, We Meet Again, which includes the extra content that was added for the PSP version, The Hermuda Triangle. Basically, it’s the definitive version. Gameplay revolves around a turn-based battle system that features over 400 skills and spells, as well as the ability to bind phantom souls to objects for use in combat.
Cubetype’s hybrid twin-stick shooter/fighter Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet will be blasting its way onto PS4 on September 9. The game will be available digitally and physically, and as a limited edition bundled with an art book, art cards, a soundtrack, and bonus downloadable content. Players will be able to choose from 10 different characters to compete in one-on-one combat using shooter mechanics to learn about each in Story Mode. After perfecting the use of spell cards and customized projectiles, players can then try their hand at fighting others over PSN.
It’s time to head to Escario. The mysterious city calls handheld adventurers with the release of Stranger of Sword City for PS Vita. Players find themselves stuck in another realm after surviving a plane crash. After coming into contact with others, they discover that three factions of fellow Strangers are trying to get home and view the newcomer as the Chosen One. Players must use melee and magical powers to hunt powerful monsters to gather their embedded crystals in order to gain enough strength to make their way home.
NIS has announced that their upcoming PS Vita dungeon-crawler Stranger of Sword City will be hitting Steam. Scheduled to launch this June, the PC version will feature a new mode, Picture Gate. The mode will allow players to upload an image to be used in-game for a character portrait. An example was sent along to show off a Prinny that’s been added using the feature. Players awake to find themselves in the city of Escario, the sole survivor of a plane crash. And not only that, but according to the three ruling factions, also the Chosen One. They must use their newfound power to hunt monsters through various labyrinths in order to gather rare crystals that will make them stronger as well as help them find a way home.