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The secrets of Disgaea's decade-long success

GamaSutra - Though he originally planned to be an archeologist, Sohei Niikawa played Final Fantasy V, and that was it -- he wanted to make video games. He set aside his dreams of exploring ancient ruins, and set about building them instead.

Niikawa founded Nippon Ichi Software, which branched out into the U.S. on the strength of a single title, Disgaea -- a surprise cult hit on its Western release, via Atlus, in 2003. Since then, Niikawa has managed to turn the niche it mind -- turn-based strategy RPGs -- into a perpetual success.

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