NIS America Adds Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls, Rodea the Sky Soldier

posted on by Karen Ressler
Both games slated for this fall; Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy slated for June

North American video game and anime distributor NIS America announced at its annual press event in San Francisco on Thursday that it has licensed the Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls and Rodea the Sky Soldier games. Both games are slated to get English releases this fall.

Ultra Despair Girls (Zettai Zetsubō Shōjo Danganronpa: Another Episode, or Absolute Despair Girl Danganronpa: Another Episode) shipped on PlayStation Vita in Japan in September. The game is a spinoff of Spike Chunsoft's earlier Danganronpa games, which NIS America released on PS Vita in North America and Europe last year under the names Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.

The story of the spinoff game stars Komaru Naegi, the younger sister of the first game's protagonist Makoto, and Toko Fukawa.

Rodea the Sky Soldier is slated for release on Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Japan on April 2. The game was initially announced for the 3DS and Nintendo Wii in 2011, but no further details were announced until last November, when it was revealed that the game would be released for the Wii U instead of the Wii. In Japan, a special edition of the Wii U version will bundle a Wii game titled Tenkū no Kishi Rodea (Sky Soldier Rodea).

In the game's story, the Naga Empire was running low on "Gravity Energy," so it attacked the floating continent of Garuda. In the midst of this, Cecilia, daughter of Emperor Giado of Naga, planned to seek asylum in Garuda with her robot bodyguard Rodea, but failed. After a thousand years, a tinkerer named Ion finds Rodea and reactivates him. Together, they face the revitalized Naga Empire while Rodea tries to unlock the memory of Cecilia's whereabouts. The player takes control of Rodea and uses his flight capabilities to maneuver and fight enemies and giant boss monsters.

Sonic franchise co-creator Yuji Naka was originally announced as the game's creator.

In addition, the company announced that Experience, Inc. and CyberFront's Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy PS Vita dungeon role-playing game is slated for June in North America and Europe. The game will be available in both physical and digital editions.

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