Itch.io, November 6th, 2020, 9:00pm GMT – Ethan Fox is pleased to launch the latest chapter of his best-selling Ace Attorney homage & anime parody, Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle:
Date/Time: 9pm GMT, Friday, 6th November (today!)
Price: $2.99 special introductory offer – regular price $3.99
NALE Chapter III has been available for pre-order for 2 weeks. Pre-orders alone have resulted in high sales ranks on itchio, making the game #1 top seller in prestigious categories such as “interactive fiction”, “female protagonist” and “anime”, as well as #2 in the highly contested “Visual Novel” category.
Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle Chapter III sees Nina and her assistant Dylan take to the mountain roads north of Fledge City, in a thrilling murder-mystery that lampoons the white-knuckle mountain pass racing of seminal street racing anime Initial D.
The trailer for the game can be seen at: https://youtu.be/TOp2Mhfr49M
“NALE” is a hybrid of visual novel and graphic adventure game. Players investigate crime scenes, search for clues and interview witnesses from a top-down perspective, before going to court and representing their client in a manner inspired by the Ace Attorney and Danganronpa games.
Chapter III also brings Touge Janken Racing to the table. This turn-based minigame sees Nina get behind the wheel to take part in illegal street races using Mode7-style visuals.
Veteran voice actor Rachael Messer (Azur Lane, Goblin Slayer, Forgotten Anne) provides the voice of Nina Aquila, the protagonist.
Additionally, Chapter II will be on sale for $1.99 during the 2 weeks following release (regular price $3.99), while Chapter I is free forever.
About Chapter III
The chapter’s story begins with a tragic accident that soon escalates into a power-play for the soul of mountain racing, with Nina and Dylan caught in the middle. Players will investigate this over the course of an adventure with more than four hours of exciting story & gameplay.
The game will also feature an accessibility option where the street races auto-win, so players can never lose and continue to enjoy the story. The game makes it clear there’s no penalty for using this
This follows on from similar themes in Chapter II, itself a parody of collect-and-battle anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Gundam Build Fighters, that incorporated a card-battling-themed minigame.
A Mac version is planned for the future (Details TBD)
About Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle
Nina Aquilla: Legal Eagle is a successful series of anime inspired Visual Novels/Graphic Adventure games developed in RPG Maker MV and released on itch.io. Players assume the role of defense attorney Nina Aquila in a series of cases (Each one based on a popular genre of anime) while investigating a larger story of corruption and capital crime.
The first two Chapters are available now with Chapter III coming on Friday, November 6th. Chapters I and II are among the most popular titles on itch.io for their respective categories, maintaining a 5-Star rating from 150 reviews.
Chapter I is available for free and can be played now at: https://ethan-fox.itch.io/nale
About Rachael Messer
Rachael is an industry veteran with a long history of video game and anime dub roles including Paladins, Warframe, Akashic Records, Princess Principal, Knight’s & Magic, A Centaur’s Life, Infinite Dendogram. Currently she voices Enterprise in Funimation’s dub of Azur Lane.
Ethan Fox first contacted Rachael after hearing her performance as the protagonist in Square Enix’s Forgotton Anne, believing her voice to be perfect for the role.
About Ethan Fox
Ethan Fox is an indie game developer based in the UK and came to the Visual Novel space from his background as an author of Kindle novels. Ethan’s games draw upon his past life experiences living in Japan and a lifelong love of anime and manga. In particular the Touge racing theme of Chapter III was inspired by Ethan’s years living in Gunma-ken the real location in which Initial-D is basedHe conceived of Nina Aquila as a way to create a narrative experience that has similar plotting, pacing and direction to an anime, as well as serving as a homage to his favourite anime genres. His ambition is to one day see Nina Aquila realized as a fully-fledged anime production
NALE on itch.io: https://ethan-fox.itch.io/
NALE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NinaAquilaGame
Rachael Messer: https://www.rachaelmesser.com/