History of NIS

What is NIS?

The acronym NIS stands for Nippon Ichi Software - an entertainment software company located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, that was founded in September 1991. NIS is known most notably for its Disgaea series with its first entry released in Japan in 2003 for the PlayStation®2.
*Release dates reflect the original release in Japan


GameConsoleRelease Date
Jigsaw WorldPlayStation®02.03.1995
The Oni Taiji: Mezase! Nidaime Momotaro
Jigsaw Island: Japan GraffitiPlayStation®09.13.1996
Logical Mahjong SoryuPlayStation®12.20.1996
Doki Doki Shutter Chance: Koi no Puzzle o KumitatetePlayStation®10.13.1997
Cooking Fighter HaoPlayStation®05.21.1998
Logical Mahjong Soryu: ExcellentPlayStation®10.01.1998
Rhapsody: A Musical AdventurePlayStation®12.17.1998
Logical Mahjong Soryu: Three PlayerPlayStation®05.04.1999
Rhapsody 2: Little PrincessPlayStation®11.25.1999


GameConsoleRelease Date
Logical Mahjong Soryu: Three Player•Four PlayerPlayStation®08.03.2000
Angel's Present: A Marl Kingdom Story PlayStation®212.21.2000
Marl de Jigsaw PlayStation®211.15.2001
La Pucelle: TacticsPlayStation®21.31.2002


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea: Hour of DarknessPlayStation®201.30.2003
Marl Jong!!PlayStation®04.24.2003

The first SRPG of the Disgaea series, set in the Netherworld, makes its appearance. With an unprecedented setting, NIS has built a game full of zest and original flavor. The recipe that was created here has thrived throughout the rest of the Disgaea series.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Phantom BravePlayStation®201.22.2004
Hayarigami: Keishicho Kaii Jiken FilePlayStation®208.05.2004

In Phantom Brave, the year is 913 in a world called Ivoire, where lives Marona, a 13 year old orphaned girl with a special ability to communicate with phantoms. Her ability brings resentment from others, but cheerful and optimistic Marona is not bothered. Marona believes in her parents' teachings that people will one day come to like her as long as she stays compassionate and kind. Now Marona travels throughout Ivoire with her guardian, "Ash the Phantom," to resolve disputes around the world.

This emotional tale—played out as a unique, isometric, grid-free SRPG—still captivates the hearts of many to this day.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred TomePlayStation®203.17.2005
Hayarigami Revenge: Keishicho Kaii Jiken FilePlayStation®207.14.2005
Hayarigami Portable: Keishicho Kaii Jiken FilePlayStation® Portable12.15.2005


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 2: Cursed MemoriesPlayStation®202.23.2006
Disgaea: Afternoon of DarknessPlayStation® Portable11.30.2006

While sticking to the Disgaea formula that received such great praise, a new formula was injected into the series' second installment.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Soul Nomad & the World EatersPlayStation®202.15.2007
Hayarigami 2: Keishicho Kaii Jiken FilePlayStation®211.15.2007

In Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, Gig, the fearsome Master of Death, is back...and he's pissed off! Taking over your body is just the first step on his quest for global domination. It's up to you to rein him in and use his power, along with your band of fellow warriors, to stop the horrific World Eaters from annihilating everything. But be careful...power always comes with a price.

You control how this story of power and destruction ends as this SRPG presents multiple routes and drastic endings.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 3: Absence of JusticePlayStation®301.31.2008
Jigsaw World: Mega Battle! Jig-Battle HeroesNintendo DS06.26.2008
Disgaea DSNintendo DS06.26.2008
Infinite Loop: Dreams of the Old CastlePlayStation® Portable07.24.2008
Hayarigami 2 Portable: Keishicho Kaii Jiken FilePlayStation® Portable07.16.2008
Rhapsody: A Musical AdventureNintendo DS08.07.2008
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?PlayStation® Portable11.20.2008

The third installment of Disgaea uses the campus of Nether Institute, Evil Academy, as its setting.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Phantom Brave: We Meet AgainNintendo Wii03.12.2009
Disgaea 2: Dark Hero DaysPlayStation® Portable03.26.2009
Hayarigami DS: Toshi Densetsu Kaii JikenNintendo DS06.11.2009
Hayarigami 3: Keishicho Kaii Jiken File PlayStation® Portable08.06.2009
Disgaea InfinitePlayStation® Portable11.01.2009
La Pucelle RagnarokPlayStation® Portable11.26.2009


GameConsoleRelease Date
Last Rebellion PlayStation®301.28.2010
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath EvilmanPlayStation® Portable03.11.2010
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!PlayStation® Portable03.25.2010
Phantom Brave: The Hermuda TrianglePlayStation® Portable10.28.2010


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 4: A Promise UnforgottenPlayStation®302.24.2011
Bikkuriman Kanjuku Haoh: Sanmi Doran SensokiNintendo 3DS07.21.2011
Makai Kingdom Portable PlayStation® Portable10.06.2011
Disgaea 3: Absence of DetentionPlayStation® Vita12.17.2011

The much anticipated fourth installment of Disgaea is an upside-down, social reform story that begins in Hades, the prison of the Netherworld. With high-resolution graphics, NIS was able to transcend Mr. Takehito Harada's illustrations, along with plenty of variation in movement, to the characters' appearence.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Special Report DivisionPlayStation® Vita08.23.2012
MISSINGPARTS the TANTEI stories CompletePlayStation® Portable11.29.2012


GameConsoleRelease Date
The Guided Fate ParadoxPlayStation®301.24.2013
Disgaea D2: A Brighter DarknessPlayStation®303.20.2013
Z/X Zillions of enemy X: Zekkai no CrusadePlayStation®305.23.2013
The Witch and the Hundred KnightPlayStation®307.25.2013
Battle Princess of ArcadiasPlayStation®309.26.2013

Disgaea D2 takes place a number of years after the first installment of the Disgaea series. Once again, the impudent Overlord Laharl and his less-than-loyal vassals stir up some trouble.


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 4: A Promise RevisitedPlayStation® Vita01.30.2014
I Thought I Was in Harem Heaven, But it Was Yandere HellPlayStation®304.24.2014
Hotaru no Nikki: The Firefly Diary PlayStation® Vita06.19.2014
Shin HayarigamiPlayStation®3, PlayStation® Vita08.07.2014
The Awakened Fate UltimatumPlayStation®309.25.2014
Great Edo BlacksmithPlayStation® Vita11.27.2014


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 5: Alliance of VengeancePlayStation®403.26.2015
The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival EditionPlayStation®409.25.2015
Yomawari: Night AlonePlayStation® Vita10.29.2015
Criminal Girls 2: Party FavorsPlayStation® Vita11.26.2015

"Revenge and rebellion" and "assembly of Overlords" are the themes of Disgaea's fifth installment. The Disgaea series makes its PlayStation®4 debut with a story that boasts the most volume and scale in its history, achieving an even greater evolution with its end-facing training system.


GameConsoleRelease Date
A Rose in the TwilightPlayStation® Vita04.26.2016
Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!PlayStation® Vita05.26.2016
Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of DuskPlayStation® Vita06.23.2016
Shin Hayarigami 2PlayStation®3, PlayStation®407.07.2016
The Longest Five MinutesPlayStation® Vita07.28.2016
Penny-Punching PrincessPlayStation® Vita11.24.2016


GameConsoleRelease Date
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2PlayStation®402.23.2017
Disgaea 5 CompleteNintendo Switch™03.03.2017
Exile ElectionPlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita04.27.2017
Hakoniwa Company WorksPlayStation®407.13.2017
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows PlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita08.24.2017
Iwaihime: MatsuriPlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita09.07.2017
Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of DuskPlayStation®410.06.2017


GameConsoleRelease Date
The Princess GuidePlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita, Nintendo Switch™03.08.2018
Logical Mahjong Soryu: Three Player•Four PlayerNintendo Switch™04.12.2018
Penny-Punching PrincessNintendo Switch™04.26.2018
The Longest Five MinutesNintendo Switch™04.26.2018
The Liar Princess and the Blind PrincePlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita, Nintendo Switch™05.31.2018
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Nintendo Switch™06.28.2018
Closed Nightmare PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™07.19.2018
Disgaea 1 Complete PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™07.26.2018
Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of DuskNintendo Switch™09.27.2018
Yomawari: The Long Night CollectionNintendo Switch™10.25.2018
Lapis x LabyrinthPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™11.29.2018


GameConsoleRelease Date
Destiny ConnectPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™03.14.2019
Murderer Detective: Jack the RipperPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™04.25.2019
Jinrui no MinasamaePlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™06.26.2019
Shin Hayarigami 1 and 2 PackNintendo Switch™07.18.2019
Disgaea 4 Complete+PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™10.31.2019


GameConsoleRelease Date
void tRrLM(); //Void TerrariumPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™01.23.2020
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIINintendo Switch™03.19.2020
Poison ControlPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™06.25.2020
Yoru, TomosuPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™07.30.2020
Soaring HeroNintendo Switch™10.22.2020
Mad Rat DeadPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™10.29.2020
Prinny 1•2: Exploded and ReloadedNintendo Switch™11.12.2020
Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon SocietyPlayStation®4, PlayStation® Vita11.26.2020


GameConsoleRelease Date
Disgaea 6: Defiance of DestinyPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™01.28.2021
void tRrLM();++ //Void Terrarium++PlayStation®502.18.2021
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IVNintendo Switch™03.18.2021
Process of EliminationPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™05.27.2021
The Cruel King and the Great HeroNintendo Switch™, PlayStation®406.24.2021
Shin Hayarigami 3Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®407.29.2021
Soul Nomad & the World EatersNintendo Switch™08.26.2021
Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle RemasteredNintendo Switch™08.26.2021
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxNintendo Switch™09.09.2021
Calling from Mother EarthNintendo Switch™10.28.2021
Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon SocietyNintendo Switch™11.11.2021
AsatsugutoriNintendo Switch™, PlayStation®411.25.2021


GameConsoleRelease Date
Monster Menu: The Scavenger's CookbookPlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™01.27.2022
Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and ReboundNintendo Switch™03.31.2022
ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath EvilmanNintendo Switch™03.31.2022
Yomawari: Lost in the DarkNintendo Switch™, PlayStation®404.21.2022
Disgaea 6 CompletePlayStation®506.16.2022
void* tRrLM2(); //Void Terrarium 2PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™06.30.2022
GrimGrimoire OnceMorePlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™07.28.2022


Game Console Release Date
Disgaea 7 PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Nintendo Switch™ 01.26.2023

Can a mere Netherworld zombie rise up and destroy a god? Find out in the newest installment of the DISGAEA series! Features such as Super Reincarnation, 3D visuals (a first for this series), and adjustable gameplay settings make this the perfect game for both new and old DISGAEA fans!

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Released: A delightful duo making a double debut!

The value-pack is back with Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 3! Experience La Pucelle: Ragnarok for the first time in North America, and check out what inspired the famous Disgaea series with Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure! You won’t want to miss out on this delightful duo, dood!

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