Spoiler alert: we love NISA. Whether its our magazine covers their games graced, the strategy guides we worked on or the thousands of articles we’ve written about their games, there’s little doubt that they hold a special place in our heart. That being said, there’s no secret that they don’t exactly produce the best reviewed games. That’s not to say that they’ve produced many “bad” games, but the appeal for many of their titles is extremely niche, making it hard for the games to reach above an 80/100 average. Bursting out of the gate in 2014, however, NISA has bucked the trend.
After months of anticipation, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was released today and is generating far more buzz than your typical NISA release. Whether that will transfer to sales or not is currently unknown, but one thing that’s been cemented is its critical acclaim. Now having racked up 19 reviews on Metacritic, the game is sitting at a 83/100 average. While this is an impressive in any case, it’s more astounding considering past NISA-published games. In fact, this makes it the best reviewed game since Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness for PSP in 2007.
That game was a remake of the original PS2 game, however, and if we don’t count remakes, Danganronpa is the best reviewed NISA title since 2006 with Disgaea 2. Finally, if we don’t count Disgaea games altogether, Danganronpa is the best reviewed NISA game period.
Quite an accomplishment.