NISA Online Store Does It AGAIN: Atelier Meruru Limited Edition Brings The Bonuses Quite Affordably

You KNOW by now that the wondrous NISA Online Store has quite possibly the best pre-order bonuses for a fantastic price point of any company publishing JRPGs these days and this time they’re going all out for Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland. A measly $65 for ALL that stuff?  Wow. NISA’s “Cut out the middleman and lookit the SAVINGS!!” approach to game retail is a godsend in this day and age of overpriced DLC schemes, not so “Limited” editions that have you hanging out in the rain waiting to get mugged at a midnight launch or any other nefarious plans to part you with your hard-earned Zenny while brainwashing you into thinking you’re special. Hell, I’m not a huge Atelier fan, but even I’m tempted to hock some stuff to snap up this set.

That and oh yeah, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention on the Vita is coming (or: There The Hell Goes All My Free Time, Again)…


Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – NISA’s Nicely Necessary New Niche


While the Atelier series isn’t for everyone, it’s great to see the series still going after all these years Atelier Meruru, the latest PS3 installment features characters from Atelier Rorona and Atelier Totori plus some all new or tweaked gameplay. If you’ve never played one of these cute simulation/alchemy/RPGs previously, it’s all a bit thick to the skull for a bit until you get a few hours in. Still, the mostly light tone, charming visuals and nicely done soundtracks the series is known for amongst its fan base are always good for losing oneself for a few too many hours before you know what hit you…

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Prologue

Gust Inc.’s swan song for Nippon Ichi looks to be their best game to date in the long-running Atelier franchise. Sure, it’s a niche game, but it’s got a nicely sized fan base that snaps up every entry.  Check out the game’s official web site for more info and go pre-order a copy if you like what you see. I say absolutely let NISA know you’re one of those who’ll enjoy the game by getting it directly from their online shop as soon as possible. The game is set for a May 2012 launch, but if you’re getting the Prinny Bomb newsletter sent to your inbox, you’ll have a heads-up as to when pre-orderimg kicks off.