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This is just a little poll to see who everyone prefers. I didn't want to include Square-Enix because while I feel they make great games, I don't feel they innovate very much. Both Atlus and Nippon Ichi have similar goals, with Atlus innovating turn based RPGs and Nippon Ichi innovating turn based strategy RPGs. You make the pick. Here's a list to brush up on from the PS2 era to today:


Developed by Atlus:

SMT: Persona series

SMT: Devil Summoner

SMT: Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2

SMT: Nocturne

Growlancer series

Bonus*Trauma Center series

Bonus*Maken X


Developed by Nippon Ichi Software:

Disgaea series

La Pucelle: Tactics

Makai Kingdom

Phantom Brave

Soul Nomad & the World Eaters


I personally think Nippon Ichi makes better RPGs, but not by much. Disgaea is like crack to me, and I'm really enjoying Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Both have a great quality and each developer has a true identity you can see passed through to each of their games. I find Nippon Ichi to have more humorous storylines while Atlus takes a more controversial approach which is also real nice. So discuss who you like better and why. 




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Trauma Center > All

Atlus. As much as i love SRPGs (my favorite genre.) Nippon Ichi SRPGS are derivitive. They're all basically the same game with very few differences made between them... and they're always massive grind fests.

I have to give the nod to the SMT series, those are some crazy aswesome games, so my vote goes to Atlus.


Atlus for sure.

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Atlus FTW!!!!

Atlus, just for Trauma Center. Nippon Ichi is a very talented developer. The problem is that all their games look the same, even though they are not part of the same series.

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ItsaMii said:
Atlus, just for Trauma Center. Nippon Ichi is a very talented developer. The problem is that all their games look the same, even though they are not part of the same series.

I kinda think they are. I mean they often use like... the same or at the very least REALLY similar designs and their characters are all secret characters in each others games.

To me every game of theirs is just on a different one of those "Infinite underworlds" or the occasional overworld as the case may be.

I mean Flonne is in Phantom Brave which seems the most different of NIS games story wise. 

It is really close. Overall Nippon Ichi, but Atlus has more games. Nippon Ichi generally has somewhat higher quality, although their games are somewhat derivative.

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