You'll have to excuse this writer if he has to do some research on the two offerings coming in Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2, the follow up to - yes - Volume 1. That first volume only arrived recently, and though we weren't particularly delighted with the collection in our review it did nevertheless bring back a couple of cult classic RPGs in one bundle.
Volume 2 is heading to Switch in Spring next year and again features two RPGs - Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound and the brilliantly titled ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman; we have a sneaking suspicion that Darkdeath Evilman may be the villain, and may have been named by Hideo Kojima.
It seems Makai Kingdom originally had a subtitle of [checks notes] Chronicles of the Sacred Tome, released on PlayStation 2 in 2005 and then in a re-release on PSP six years later. ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman was originally on PSP back in 2010.
You can see some PR blurb below, which outlines some new content that'll feature:
- Zetta...But Betta!: In Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound, Lord Zetta, master of tactical warfare, aims to invade and reclaim the Netherworld—as a book! Utilise clever strategies and powerful magic, along with deadly weapons ranging from broadswords to rocket launchers to take control of your enemies’ land. Also, summon your army through the INVITE system, tear up the battlefield with new characters, and dive into Petta Mode for a whole new story.
- Build-a-Ranger: In ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman, your character is custom-made to kick as—many enemies to the curb as you want! Use the deep customisation system to outfit your ranger from head to toe, establish your own base, and fight your way through an array of randomly-generated maps to forge your own heroic story.
There'll also be deluxe and limited editions that'll be available to order from the official NISA Europe store from 10th September.
Are you excited about this collection and the chance to revisit these PS2 / PSP-era RPGs? Let us know in the comments!