There are games that make you laugh and games that challenge your mind, but very rarely is there a game that does both. Strategy games are great at getting the player to think, but when is the last time one made you laugh out loud? Comedy-infused games like Paper Mario and The Bard's Tale are hilarious but are a bit lenient when it comes to strategy.
That makes the Disgaea series a true gem to those who have discovered it. The first and second games drew big, game-and-anime-mocking laughs while engaging the player with a robust and addictive strategy engine that turned free time into a thing of the past. The joy and envelopment brought on by this franchise is unprecedented.