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Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? - Sony PSP

by NIS America
Sony PSP
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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  • Multiple modes -- standard and Hell mode -- add help when needed and hours worth of gameplay fun.
  • Players will get 1000 lives to beat this heart-pumping platforming side-scroller.
  • A wide variety of land and air vehicles that rigged with over to top weapons.
  • Music collection mode to find music tracks during game and replay them as background music.
  • Ridiculously comedic storyline and characters taken from the Disgaea franchise given a life of their own in an all new game series.

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Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? - Sony PSP + Prinny™ 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! + Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - Sony PSP
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001L8DKJ8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7 x 1.1 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,807 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Product Description

The most over the top side scrolling action game ever comes to the PSP. Players will take control 1000 penguin soldiers called Prinny to find ingredients for the ultimate desert. Players must utilize anything they find on the battlefield to combat vicious predators in the Netherworld.

In Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? players are treated to a single player spin-off from the popular role-playing (RPG) universe of Disgaea. Here players step into the unlucky shoes of a penguin called a Prinny and 999 of his comrades as you slash your way through various Netherworld areas in side-scrolling service to the Demon Lord Etna. Although the mission that you are saddled with is ridiculously comic, the action you face is not, so you're given 1,000 lives to work with and you can use everything you find on the battlefield to help you survive and succeed.

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Classic side-scrolling action in 'Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?'
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The Story
Prinnies are the reincarnated souls of evil humans trapped in purgatory. Summoned by urgent order, the player in the form of the lowly Prinny rushes to meet his boss, Demon Lord Etna in her chamber. You arrive just in time to see Etna beating your fellow prinnies to a pulp. She is definitely in a bad mood, being even more abusive and violent than usual. As it turns out, someone has snatched her favorite dessert from the fridge. Eager to vent her frustration, she orders you to hunt down the ingredients to create a new Ultra Dessert and promises that if you do not deliver the goods by the next morning that you will learn what eternal suffering really means. Since you are at the very bottom of the netherworld food chain, if not its gutter, you have no choice but to snap into action.

Prinny is a side-scrolling platformer filled with classic flavored gameplay that requires timing of jumps and memorization of the patterns of enemy movements. As non-threatening as dessert making might seem, nothing could be further from the truth. In the game players are given 10 hours and the use of 999 identical comrades from the Prinny Squad to defeat demon bosses spread throughout the game's levels who possess the necessary ingredients to create a new dessert for Etna. Although this may sound like way more than enough help, surprisingly challenging gameplay that consistently has players one blow from either victory or defeat and the nature of the prinnies themselves will quickly change player's perception on this.

True to their origins in the Disgaea universe where their literal explosive nature makes them perfect cannon fodder to aim at enemies, prinnies are extremely volatile. Players can only only control one prinny at a time because you only possess one red scarf, which not only indicates your status as current game hero, but also keeps you from blowing up. Wave after wave of enemies within the game also conspire to exploit the prinnies' tendency towards combustion, and more often than not are successful, underlining the importance of your 999 friends. This means that players do not actually play as a single prinny. As one meets his end another takes his place and you are kept informed of how many prinnies you have left, as well as how many hours. Prinnies are not defenseless though. Players have use of a variety of attacks and moves like the 'Dual Sword Slash' to deal with enemies in front of you, the 'Hip Pound' which allows you to stun opponents with your bottom and standard platformer jump and sprint functionality for mobility. In addition, prinnies can lift and throw objects like bombs, stomp enemies and even pilot tanks and planes to bombard whatever gets in your way. The game comes with two modes: Standard Mode, which allows you to take damage up to 3 times before losing a life and Hell Mode where one blow means instant death. In this ridiculously comic adventure you will need every advantage if you hope to survive the cost of the ultimate sweet treat.

Key Game Features:

  • 1,000 Units - Players will get 1000 lives to beat the toughest action of this platforming side-scroller.
  • Lift & Throw - Prinnies are able to lift and throw objects on the battlefield.
  • Vehicles - Steal and control powerful vehicles, like tanks and UFOs.
  • Hip Pound: Jump and pound enemies to stun them. Then you can inflict multiple combo attacks for extra damage.
  • 3D World with 2D Characters: In Prinny, character art is created using fluid 2D sprites, giving it a classic look with a comical tone. Battlefields and backgrounds, however, are created with 3D models. This allows for a smooth and unique combat action where certain attacks are rendered in a 3-dimensional view.
  • Boss Battles Galore - 10 Major stages featuring many hidden characters and a boss waiting at the end of each.
  • Music Collection Mode - Find music tracks during game and replay them as background music.
  • Humor - Ridiculously comedic storyline and characters.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Masochistic Gamer February 21, 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   

+Cute adorable prinnies!
+Good music
+Beautiful game
+Simple gameplay concepts


-Unusually difficult game to the point of frustration. The game's elements all come together and blend really well, but dying over and over again through what can mostly be considered trial and error makes what is a very fun game somewhat more frustrating

Prinnies, if you don't know, come from a cult classic SRPG by Nippon Ichi called Disgaea. They've become quite iconic in the series for providing humor and their constant use of the word "Dood". What they're probably best known for, however, is being those little penguins that when tossed at the enemy... explode.

Prinny: Can I Really Be a Hero? is not a Strategy RPG. It is a side scrolling platformer, in which you are on a quest to create the ultimate dessert. If the quest itself seems dumb... well, you haven't exactly played a Disgaea game, which is not known for having deep enriching stories. They're mostly known for having ridiculous premises and their humor. That is exactly what you get from Prinny.

Let us talk about what Prinny does right. The first is simple, it's a beautiful looking game. There are vibrant, colorful environments and backgrounds throughout each level. You'll recognize a few Disgaea characters and enemies as well. It's quite nice to see this kind of detail in a 2D platformer. The game also sounds incredibly good. There are some surprisingly catchy tunes. The voice acting is not exactly strong, but it isn't like nails on a chalk board either. It just needs a bit more emotion than what it gives you from time to time.

When it comes down to the gameplay Prinny has simple basic concepts. Like any platformer you'll jump a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finnally dood. February 19, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been waiting for another good platformer for a good long while and this one certainly delivers, it's tough, it's fun, it's funny and has some great art. It really has some nostalgic value since it's a very traditional platformer in many ways but it still brings a lot to the table.

The craziest part is you get a thousand lives, that's 1,000 prinny lives to get the job done. There's two difficulty modes, one you get 4 hits before you blow up and die, the hard mode you get one hit and you blow up, though in both modes you have 1,000 lives to complete the game. There's a good amount of Disgaea comedy to it, you'll hear dood more than probably all 3 disgaea games combined, but it's just a hilarious adventure.

I'm about half way through and it's really a great game, it's hard and frustrating at times but the game is so much fun and is so well done so it makes it worth it. I had purchased this direct from Rosenqueen and it came with a sound track, a prinny plush and a PSP prinny case, something you can't beat for a fan of the disgaea series / turn based strat games
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Box Set! September 6, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you are a Disgaea fan and are considering this game for your shelf DO NOT SETTLE for the retail version!!
Not only does this box contain the game, it also includes the complete soundtrack with a reversible cover, japanese lyrics, and an online comic page. The soundtrack is absolutely FABULOUS, don't trick yourself into thinking the soundtrack isn't neccesary, it is!
Buy this today or you'll regret it when you hear the soundtrack in-game. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? November 19, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When NIS first announced Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?, I was worried that it was going to be a half-assed attempt to milk the Disgaea cow. However, after playing the game, I'm impressed how much effort and attention to detail they put into this game. The back of the box claims that this is "their first ever action game", but it feels like they have years of experience and expertise in making side-scrolling platformers.


Prinny re-uses a lot of music from the original Disgaea, which is a good thing since the original Disgaea had some good music in it. The original songs are also pretty good, too, though in my completely objective opinion, it's not Tenpei Sato's best work. That said, I do not feel the need to make the distinction between fantastic and awesome.

Of course, being an action game, you're generally so busy trying not to get killed that you don't really have the chance to stop and enjoy the music. That said, Prinny is one of the few action games fortunate enough to have a J-RPG composer writing music for them, and it really shows. (Or sounds. Whatever.)


Like the rest of the Disgaea series, Prinny is a farce. The plot is irrelevant. It's all about the silly, crazy, stupidly ridiculous things that the game throws at you. In a good way. And being an action game, it doesn't really matter, because the story is really nothing more than an excuse to go beat the crap out of bad guys.

I would like to point out that the US localization of this game is absolutely fantastic. There were moments when I simply forgot I was playing a Japanese game, because the American English dialog and voice-overs just sounded so natural.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars challenging, fun, and funny
the only thing i can say that this GAME is very challenging but at the same time fun. i love the humor and hopefully ill get the squeal soon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The happy person
5.0 out of 5 stars Prinny
This was a gift for my son. I know that he has thoroughly enjoyed it and has recommended to his friends.
Published 11 months ago by Lesa B. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Dood !!!
Ok to start off this I would have given this game a 4 star or maybe a 5 star if not for the the bad controls it has . Read more
Published 13 months ago by FunFact
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Story, Unforgiving Game Play
Not even the Disgaea branding could cover up that is the a side-scroller with an extremely linear progression and high rate of repetition. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Judah
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the first few hours give or take.
The games premise is great as I am a huge fan of disgaea's franchise. The animation and art style are sweet and introduce some characters we know and love. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Willow Branwen
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to like this...I really do...
The story is humorous and complete, the scenery is beautiful, the graphics are good, the soundtrack and music is high quality, the voice-acting is flawless, the characters are... Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by Mali
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Throwback.
I Just impulse bought this off PSN for $7.99. I know it's cheap right. I can see why the game has grown in popularity. It's a beautiful throw back to the old days. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by Brian Cheek
5.0 out of 5 stars Dooood!
Game came with a soundtrack both in perfect condition.
As for the game itself...
A wonderous side-scroller will a serious amount of difficulty and beautiful graphics. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Levi_Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Hardcore
This game has beautiful hand drawn sprites and backgrounds. The mid-ground is made up of polygons. It is truly breathtaking. Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by GamePlayer30
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardest Game Ever....but incredibly fun!
To keep this review short and simple, I'll point out the good and bad quickly! Good: the game has some great humor to it and it's awesome to have Prinny be a playable character! Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by C. Harn
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