Review: Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1

Publisher: NIS America, Inc.

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Release: August 31, 2021

Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch

One thing that I enjoy about the Switch is that older games are getting a new life on the system. Some of these games are remakes and some are direct ports. With Prinny Presents: NIS Classics Volume 1, we get a couple of games that were released on other systems and ported to the Switch. If you are a fan of RPGs, this collection might be something you may want to add to your collection, that is, if you don’t mind the dated graphics.

The games included in the collection are both strategy RPGs and are pretty unique in the genre. The first game is Phantom Brave. Initially released in 2004 on the Playstation 2, the game also found life on another Nintendo system, that being the Wii in 2009. The game revolves around a girl named Marona, a girl who has the ability to see phantoms. The interesting twist with Phantom Brave is that Marona doesn’t really fight the battles herself (although you could, but it’s not recommended) but instead she “confines” spirits within objects in the battlefield (trees, rocks, even weapons). Each spirit she confines in an object can only stay on the battlefield for so many turns, and Marona can only summon so many spirits during a battle, so part of the strategy is making sure that you don’t overwork your spirits and you place them in battle at the appropriate time.

The second game in the collection is Soul Nomad. This game was originally released on the Playstation 2 in 2007 and this is the first appearance of the game on a Nintendo system. The game allows you to create a male or female protagonist, and your character is given a sword with the soul of Gig, a really bad dude that wants to destroy the world. Your quest is to take down the World Eaters, creatures that Gig brought to life over 200 years ago. As you play, Gig is constantly antagonizing you, trying to convince you to allow him to take over your body and give into his powers, he’s a bit of a pusher. The unique feature in this game is that you can create different teams of mages, warriors, clerics, and other classes that you can place on the battlefield and control. Again this is a strategy RPG so there is a lot of planning on where to place your soldiers and where and when to move and attack your opponents.