Nippon Ichi Software has announced to the gaming world that they will be releasing Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure (????????? ??????????) for the Nintendo DS in Japan on August 7th. The game was first released in 1998 for the Playstation game console, and then again (in Japan only) as a special edition a year later.
|The top screen of the DS will be a Navi-Map as well as show the current status of the party when dungeon crawling or walking around towns. During battle, the top screen shows the characters who are duking it out, and the bottom screen shows the status of the enemies and friendly characters
The battle systems has been given a renewal although there is little information about the new features. It has been reveled that Kururu will be able to participate in battles unlike the PS version.
Rhapsody started to receive some popularity in America shortly after the huge success of Disgaea. While the two games are very different, they are both made by NIS.
Copies of Rhapsody for the PS are really difficult to find these days, and will probably cost you a small fortune. If you are at all interested in playing this TRPG I would suggest waiting until the DS version makes it to America.
Considering the popularity that Nippon Ichi Software commands in the west, I am confident we will be getting this port. If you wish to learn more, here is the Wikipedia entry on the original Rhapsody, and here is the games official Japanese website.
P.S I am officially back in America and posting again, I hope you guys didn’t miss me too much!