Hyperdimension Neptunia's unique parody of the videogame industry is finally coming stateside soon! The game, a collaboration between NIS, Compile Heart, and Idea Factory, takes place in the world of Gamindustri where the evil Arfoire (R4 carts anyone?) unleashes a terrible evil to destroy everything. The four goddesses Green Heart (an Xbox 360), Black Heart (a PS3), White Heart (a Wii), and Purple Heart (a reference to the never-released Sega Neptune console) must band together to stop the evil menace.
So it's not the most original plot for an RPG, but it's not necessarily meant to be. After all, it's a parody of the industry, and within that a parody of the RPG genre in general. In addition to playing as videogame consoles, in Hyperdimension Neptunia players will also meet characters representing each of the studios that worked on the game: NIS, Compile Heart, and Idea Factory. Add in Sega's influence with characters from Alex Kidd, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and Space Harrier, and Hyperdimension Neptunia is just overflowing with in-jokes and references.
Perhaps ironically given the game's cast, Hyperdimension Neptunia will release exclusively on the PS3 in February 2011.