Atelier Meruru Plus has new costumes, bosses, and events
posted on 01.06.13 at 08:25 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Famitsu.com publishes first direct-feed screenshots of PS Vita port.

Famitsu has gone live with its online preview of Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland, providing the first official details and direct-feed screenshots of the upcoming enhanced PlayStation Vita port, due out on March 20 in Japan.

Update: See the below screenshots in high-definition without watermarks here.

Additional Costumes
Players will be able to outfit Meruru with additional costumes, including Totori and Rorona outfits. The newly added apparel all bring out Meruru’s charm even more.

New Events
Events not seen in the PlayStation 3 version have been added. Arland series fans will without a doubt be surprised.

New Bosses
New bosses have been added and existing bosses have seen changes.

Atelier Totori Plus Compatibility
If you have save data for Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland, you’ll get bonus costumes and enhanced weapons for Totori.

PlayStation 3 Download Content
The game will include download content from the PlayStation 3 version on the game card. In addition to party members Hanna, Pamela, and Rufus, the “Makina Domain” area is also included.

First-Run Bonus and Premium Box
The first-run version of Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland will include a download code for items related to the game. Additionally, a Premium Box (8,190 yen, tax included—the standard edition costs 6,090 yen) will include the game software and a mini crystal paperweight.

Additional Screenshots

  • Eclipse

    The new content sound nice.

    I’d absolutely love to have the Atelier trilogy on the Vita, so I hope that Atelier Rorona will get an eventual release to complete the collection.

    • KurisuMakise

      I’m hoping for this as well, along with NISA or Tecmo Koei actually bringing these over West Side =(

  • http://www.facebook.com/atlans89 Gale Glory

    I wonder who will localize these title. I’m relieved that Gust kept their promise of bringing Arland to Vita.

    • http://twitter.com/ElementalShade Vampire Dragon

      nobody its a port

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Why wouldn’t anyone localize it? Disgaea 3 for PS Vita was a port, but NIS America (who localized all the past Atelier games) brought it. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus for PS Vita was a port, but Tecmo Koei (who owns the Atelier series as of last year) brought it. The way I see it, the game’s only two candidates are definitely open to it.

        • http://twitter.com/ElementalShade Vampire Dragon

          disgaea is owned by nis, its the flag ship

          atelier portable games, 1 out of 20 has been localized EVER

          EVER

          come on bro.

          • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

            Disgaea is flagship, that’s true. But it still doesn’t defeat the fact that Disgaea 3 for PS Vita was a port. And it came overseas, even though Disgaea 3 for PS3 had already came out years before.

            As far as the whole portable thing goes, it’s a hard argument. The first portable Atelier game, which was a port of the PS2 game Atelier Judie, didn’t make it overseas. But neither did the original game. The second portable game, Atelier Violet, was a port of the original PS2 game, which also didn’t come overseas, and thus neither did the port. The third portable Atelier game was Atelier Elkrone, which was an dating sim, a departure from the series’ RPG roots and an unpopular and rare genre outside of Japan. So it also makes sense that it didn’t arrive overseas. Then there were a few side games for DS and GBA and whatnot, and NIS America did release one of them: Atelier Annie for DS.

            So it’s really up in the air. Never before did an Atelier portable port be announced of an Atelier game that had already been released overseas. Atelier Totori Plus–we already have Atelier Totori here. Atelier Meruru Plus–we have Atelier Meruru, too. I’d say the probability of these PS Vita ports releasing is a high one. But that’s just me.

            • http://twitter.com/ElementalShade Vampire Dragon

              yes which they had the rights too. Nis america no longer has the rights to the atelier brand.

              NONE of the gbc, gba, ds, or psp atelier made it over despite all your text.

              Thats the fact

            • KurisuMakise

              Just feels like sitting on money when they have most of the work done (if not all of it since the extras are mostly from the DLC). The only hinge in the plan is the fact that the game must be on PSN, which means some negotiating is probably required.

        • refrain

          Sadly, as much as I love it. This kind of game doesn’t sell well in the US. And the Vita isn’t selling that well either. So the chance of localization is low I think. I’ll just import it then. I played the PS3 ver but I’ll gladly import to play it on my Vita.

          • http://twitter.com/Assassinprinny Andrew Arndt

            same hear ill get it even if it dose not come i rember the perfely plus i can under stand japanese and write it just fine

  • Himiko

    Lovely costumes. :D

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    Gust really love their paperweights ( ̄▽ ̄)

  • http://twitter.com/Assassinprinny Andrew Arndt

    yes it dose i need : D i must get add to list to get,

  • Ramza Beoulve

    Love this series
    more stuff sign me up

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    Hmmm… I’m curious as to why the tags:

    NIS America and Tecmo Koei

    are present in this article when there has been no indication of this coming to North America or Europe, much like Atelier Totori Plus.