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Unedited Feed from the NIS America Games panel at Anime Expo 2011. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

00:34:13 <bay|AX> To resume tomorrow at 12am with NIS America Game Panel
11:57:19 <bay|AX|NISA> (Letting people into the room)
12:00:51 <bay|AX|NISA> (Dood~)
12:08:10 <bay|AX|NISA> Hi everybody
12:08:16 <bay|AX|NISA> thank you for coming and thank you for waiting
12:08:39 <bay|AX|NISA> Anao Zuk(?) PR and Marketing
12:09:00 <bay|AX|NISA> Now... I'd like to introduce a producer for NIS America games.. Jack Anita(?)
12:09:08 <bay|AX|NISA> He'll be talking about exciting titles we'll be releasing this summer and fall.
12:09:15 <bay|AX|NISA> We got 3 titles to showcase to you today
12:09:24 <bay|AX|NISA> the first one is cave story 3d for the 3ds system
12:09:37 <bay|AX|NISA> some of you may already know the original cave story that was released for pc way back when
12:09:49 <bay|AX|NISA> it's an action platofrmer like metroid and megaman
12:09:59 <bay|AX|NISA> you are probably familiar how the game will play and what it's like
12:10:09 <bay|AX|NISA> let's watch a trailer, but sorry, it's not in 3d
12:11:07 <bay|AX|NISA> (this guy talks faster than i can type...that's kinda rare)
12:12:28 <bay|AX|NISA> and there are tons of new items and extended stages and features that weren't in the original game
12:12:33 <bay|AX|NISA> it's going to be coming out november 2011
12:12:36 <bay|AX|NISA> please look forward to it
12:12:50 <bay|AX|NISA> if you want more information, see our website or the gaming websites
12:13:04 <bay|AX|NISA> we have another very exciting title you people probably knpow the original manga and anime
12:13:09 <bay|AX|NISA> it's bleach soul ressureccion
12:14:19 <bay|AX|NISA> we'd like to introduce one of our localization team members, Fenix(?) (missed last name)
12:13:40 <bay|AX|NISA> going to tell you about the bleach game
12:13:54 <bay|AX|NISA> this basically follows stuff from when ichigo enters heuco mundo and ends with the aizen
12:15:11 <bay|AX|NISA> it's basically a hack and slash adventure game like dynasty warriors but has a lot of rpg elements
12:14:30 <bay|AX|NISA> trailer...
12:14:43 <bay|AX|NISA> (skipped a lot of the rest of the intro of the game)
12:17:45 <bay|AX|NISA> August 2nd 2011
12:17:51 <bay|AX|NISA> that's exclusively on ps3
12:18:10 <bay|AX|NISA> could you introduce yourself and what you do and your favorite part as localization team
12:18:34 <bay|AX|NISA> i'm a script editor, i work on the rough translation and work it for grammar, content, style and all that..
12:18:45 <bay|AX|NISA> worked on prinny, soul nomad, helped out on disgaea....
12:18:56 <bay|AX|NISA> my favorite thing is the voice acting sessions probably
12:19:00 <bay|AX|NISA> i get to go help out with those
12:19:10 <bay|AX|NISA> so next up we're going to bring out the other script editor for another game
12:19:32 <bay|AX|NISA> welcome steve carolton(?)
12:19:35 <bay|AX|NISA> also a script editor
12:19:41 <bay|AX|NISA> and now i'm going to introduce disgaea 4
12:19:58 <bay|AX|NISA> it features a brand new cast of character,s there's also new high res improved graphics that looked amazing and they took advantage of 1080 for ps3
12:20:15 <bay|AX|NISA> they added network modes, there is one more where you can make your own pirates and upload them so they can show up in other people's item worlds
12:20:20 <bay|AX|NISA> and some other cool stuff with that
12:20:28 <bay|AX|NISA> also a map editor where you can make your own maps for your own reason
12:20:48 <bay|AX|NISA> and you can upload those and other people can try them out
12:20:55 <bay|AX|NISA> and that's just about the main new points for the game
12:21:14 <bay|AX|NISA> trailer
12:26:41 <bay|AX|NISA> september 2011
12:27:11 <bay|AX|NISA> could you tell us your favorite part of being localization team?
12:27:24 <bay|AX|NISA> have to be the voice acting as well since at that point the script is finely tuned
12:27:30 <bay|AX|NISA> and interacting with the voice actors is just a blast
12:27:38 <bay|AX|NISA> and it's so much fun just to be there
12:27:47 <bay|AX|NISA> now it's my honor to introduce a special guest
12:28:33 <bay|AX|NISA> he's the president of Nippon Ichi software, Souhei Niikawa
12:28:29 <bay|AX|NISA> (does a prinny twirl, wearing a prinny hat)
12:28:40 <bay|AX|NISA> how are you doing mr niikawa?
12:28:52 <bay|AX|NISA> I'm very overwhelmed at this full house, and it's packed, thank you for coming
12:29:23 <bay|AX|NISA> so disgaea 4 is coming out in september.. what's the point that you want us to look at and what do you want us to expect?
12:31:10 <bay|AX|NISA> well, as you can see from the promo reel, doing something overwhelmingly stupid again
12:30:37 <bay|AX|NISA> for 4, if you can see, the technology is more digital now, so the artist harada, his artwork actually moves smoothly
12:30:50 <bay|AX|NISA> so you can see all the technology of the artwork is superior to the other series
12:31:25 <bay|AX|NISA> and another thing is the network system has been very updated
12:31:46 <bay|AX|NISA> and it will be a batle against your friends over and over ...to the point that it's endless that you may be battling forever (paraphrase)
12:31:49 <bay|AX|NISA> check it out
12:32:12 <bay|AX|NISA> we have only 20 more min, but i'd like to do Q&A
12:33:05 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: in the trailer, tehre were the punishment events in disgaea 4
12:33:32 <bay|AX|NISA> i remember seeing a picture with a horse(?) punishment item...
12:33:22 <bay|AX|NISA> did that get removed?
12:34:41 <bay|AX|NISA> A: it was several reasons but when we have several (?) that we were thinking of...and (some guy just picked the horse)
12:34:45 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: is it still in the game?
12:35:26 <bay|AX|NISA> A: well, at that time in japan, the regulators were being really strict, so due to a rating issue, we had to eliminate that for a future version
12:35:45 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: when you were coming up with a name for disgaea, did it have a meaning or does it just sound awesome
12:36:44 <bay|AX|NISA> A: (missed first part of the answer)
12:36:59 <bay|AX|NISA> originally we thought about distopia vs utopia.. like heavenly, it's the other way of the world
12:37:15 <bay|AX|NISA> but then it just didn't click well, but well, we wanted to use gaian, but this isn't gaian, so we put dis-gaia
12:37:30 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: What was your big idea for having the game being so cameo driven?
12:37:57 <bay|AX|NISA> A it's more fun
12:38:47 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: How long have you been working in the industry and how did you get into it@ Mr. Niikawa
12:38:39 <bay|AX|NISA> A: 15 years
12:39:06 <bay|AX|NISA> I was an avid player as a child, but it was a hobby, i never thought about being involved in the game industry
12:39:51 <bay|AX|NISA> originally when i was in college i didn't even think about the industry, ... i wanted to be a teacher or professor in college...
12:39:57 <bay|AX|NISA> and suddenly i met FF5
12:40:19 <bay|AX|NISA> and i was so inspired that i could do this, and if i were to program this, i could change it...and the first company i applied for and was hired was NIS
12:40:50 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: what were you thoughts and feelings when the prinnys were first introduced and what are your thoughts and feelings now?
12:41:36 <bay|AX|NISA> A: the beginning was prinny has been in there since the first release, but we wanted to have like.. a mascot character to represent the game, and that 's the character we purused and it's been well received
12:42:23 <bay|AX|NISA> the prinny seems to be such acute character, but actually it had more impact in the US than Japan
12:42:45 <bay|AX|NISA> more fans in the US are followers of prinny
12:42:59 <bay|AX|NISA> so i thought we would push it alot and start the fire
12:42:51 <bay|AX|NISA> and eventually we will take over mickey mouse
12:43:11 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: toughest thing to translate in the disgaea games?
12:43:33 <bay|AX|NISA> A: probably the second was the hardest just because it seemed to be slightly more serious than the other ones
12:43:48 <bay|AX|NISA> and the main character was more, he was less of a comedic type.. he was more of the straightman than those around him
12:43:53 <bay|AX|NISA> i think that was harder to get across
12:43:56 <bay|AX|NISA> (localization team)
12:45:08 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: consider doing a port of makai kingdom or phantom kingdom to ps3? psp?
12:49:40 <bay|AX|NISA> A: Been announced in japan for september... no official announcement for the US yet
12:45:28 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: Asagi get her own game?
12:45:31 <bay|AX|NISA> A; thinking about it
12:45:53 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: All the Japan DLC coming?
12:46:07 <bay|AX|NISA> A: DLC is always difficult so I cant' say at this point that we'll bring everything but we'll do our best to do so
12:46:11 <bay|AX|NISA> there are licensing issues sometimes
12:46:25 <bay|AX|NISA> in disgaea 3, we couldn't bring some because they hold the rights
12:46:30 <bay|AX|NISA> it's all case by case and we'll do our best
12:46:56 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: who was the voice behind the epic disgaea 4 trailer
12:47:27 <bay|AX|NISA> A: i don't think we can actually say...because we don't do union voice work.. that's why don't see the actors credited in our game
12:47:34 <bay|AX|NISA> when they work with us, it's a favor
12:47:41 <bay|AX|NISA> if we officialy say it, they can get in trouble
12:47:56 <bay|AX|NISA> unfortunately we officialy can't say, i'm sure if you look at different fans, there are people who nail the actors in every game every time
12:48:02 <bay|AX|NISA> so despite our best efforts, you can get an idea
12:48:07 <bay|AX|NISA> it is the voice of a character in the game
12:48:28 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: with the network support, can the americans fight again JP or is it global?
12:48:50 <bay|AX|NISA> A: currently, it's region locked, so you won't be able to get to the japanese content, you can only go with american...that's more on the technical side and it's really tough
12:49:16 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: Disgaea 2-3-4 on the DS/3DS like 1 was?
12:50:07 <bay|AX|NISA> A: We are not committed to one particular console or system, if we have overwhelming request from the fans, we'll consider it and branch out for other systems
12:50:30 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: we're you surprised how well neptunia did in the states? bring 2 to the states?
12:50:40 <bay|AX|NISA> A: actually, it was pretty surprising, and we can't officialy announce it yet
12:51:17 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: makai kingdom 2 for the US
12:51:42 <bay|AX|NISA> A: Again up to the fans
12:52:09 <bay|AX|NISA> the original games had so much information as you know and the staffs and developers aren't too thrilled to put so much work again into the game, so they aren't saying anything, and we aren't mentioning anything ... but if you desire it
12:52:17 <bay|AX|NISA> keep asking
12:52:29 <bay|AX|NISA> and maybe it will be possible
12:52:53 <bay|AX|NISA> Q: dual wielding in the game?
12:53:18 <bay|AX|NISA> A: that one should be usable with normal weapons as well..because it's a separate ability to be able to wield two weapons and a separate one for the characters to become weapons
12:53:23 <bay|AX|NISA> thank you for coming today
12:53:28 <bay|AX|NISA> please thank mr niikawa
12:55:27 <bay|AX|NISA> End
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