Demon Gaze And Dangan Ronpa To Make A Western Debut

by Liz Lanier on Jul 09, 2013 at 08:08 AM

At Anime Expo 2013, NIS America announced that both Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Demon Gaze will be released for the US and Europe in early 2014.

Both titles will be released for the PS Vita and feature colorful, anime art styles.

Demon Gaze is part dungeon crawler and part dating sim. Dangan Ronpa is a little less classic JRPG, as it involves sleuthing to find the murderer in a Japanese high school.

Demon Gaze will be priced at $39.99. Dangan Ronpa has not yet been priced. Either of the titles catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Full press release for Demon Gaze is on page two. Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc press release is on page three.


Our Take
Although it doesn't seem that the titles are anything groundbreaking in the world of Japanese video games, both are welcome additions to the Vita for gamers of the western hemisphere. In particular, Dangan Ronpa looks like it could appeal to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney fans. However, with the rating still pending by ESRB, Demon Gaze's popularity could be affected by whether or not the more adult elements of the game are kept in. 


Anime Expo, Calif. (July 6, 2013) – NIS America is thrilled to announce that the critically 

acclaimed dungeon-crawling RPG, Demon Gaze™, will be making its way to the 

PlayStation®Vita in both North America and Europe early next year. As the main 

character Oz, you will explore beautiful 3D dungeons as you fight against a myriad of 

highly detailed and illustrated monsters in order to bolster your party with ever 

stronger equipment. Fans of HD anime artwork and dungeon exploration will enjoy 

gazing upon this title in early 2014!

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About the game:

Oz awakens to find himself in Misred—a cursed land at the world's western frontier—

with a dark shroud covering certain memories of his past. The land before him contains 

many labyrinths that hold both treasure and danger in equal volumes. Without 

knowing where else to go or what else to do, Oz decides to take up arms in order to 

hunt down artifacts and eke out a living in this world that feels so new to him. One day, 

he will have to face his past, but until then, he has no choice but to trust those around 

him, and in his newfound abilities as a “Demon Gazer”...

Key features:

Dungeon RPG progress system: Conquer locations within dungeons to access better 

items and to draw out the boss!

HD character and monster illustrations: Experience highly detailed and illustrated art 

like you’ve never seen before on the PS Vita’s OLED screen!

Customizable party creation: Choose from more than 90 different character portraits, 

5 different races, and 8 different classes and create your ideal adventuring party to 

delve fearlessly into various beautiful 3D dungeons!

Subclass flexibility: Utilize special items to gain skills from several other character 

classes to maximize your characters’ battle potential and survivability!

Touchscreen quicktravel: Employ the use of the PS Vita’s touch screen to quickly 

navigate your character through previously explored areas within dungeons!


Anime Expo, Calif. (July 6, 2013) – NIS America is thrilled to announce that the highly 

popular mystery adventure game, DanganRonpa™: Trigger Happy Havoc, will be making 

its way to the PlayStation®Vita in both North America and Europe early next year. The 

game is a revised and revamped edition of a title originally released on the 

PlayStation®Portable in Japan in 2010. You’ll take on the role of Makoto Naegi, a 

desperately average teenager who somehow finds himself accepted into Hope's Peak 

Academy, a prestigious high school normally reserved for the nation's most "ultimate" 

students. But when he arrives, he and the other students soon find themselves trapped in a 

battle for survival against a twisted mastermind who has taken them all prisoner. You'll 

have to unmask the villain and uncover the secret of the school...or die trying! 

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About the game:

Hope's Peak Academy is home to Japan's best and brightest high school students—the 

beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his 

classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and 

subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the 

students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow 

classmate and get away with it. It's up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why 

you've been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for—

sometimes there’s nothing more deadly than the truth...

Key features:

Daily Life, Deadly Life: Trapped in a school-turned-prison, students are murdering each 

other one by one. You’ll have to investigate each incident, search for clues, and talk to your 

classmates to try and get to the bottom of each brutal case!

Mock Trial: The nefarious Monokuma serves as judge, jury, and executioner as you engage 

in deadly wordplay, going back and forth with suspects, dissecting their statements and 

firing their words back at them to expose their lies!

Popularity Contest: Sway classmates to your side in each investigation, squeezing 

information from them to figure out who did it. And when you do, turn up the heat in a 

variety of timing and reflex-based game systems to uncover the truth and save your skin!