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Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? Available Exclusively via PlayStation Store

Nao Zook's Avatar Posted by PR/Marketing Coordinator, NIS America, Inc

Hello everyone,

This is Nao from NIS America, Inc. Today, I’d like to share some exciting news about “Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!” for PSP with all of you.

NIS America has decided to release Badman exclusively on the PlayStation Network on July 16, 2009. The reason we’re going this direction is because the demo version of Badman on PSN was so surprisingly well received, and we thought Badman would be the perfect title to test the waters of this download-only release opportunity on PSN. Badman is a relatively small title in terms of download size, and with a PSN release we can provide this title to our fans for only $19.99. We hope that you all are happy with this decision :-)

After the launch of the Badman demo, I noticed that some people were a little confused and struggled with the gameplay. Badman has very simple rules, but it is still very challenging. The first couple of stages will be easy to beat, but it gets tougher as you go forward. So, NIS America has created a strategy sharing forum. You can download a dungeon designer program, and then create your perfect dungeon! (To download the dungeon designer program, simply click on “CREATE A DUNGEON MAP” on the right-hand side of the forum page.)

There are some strategies up already, so please visit the dungeon forum if you need some help from fellow Badman fans! Here is one dungeon I created just for fun. It doesn’t help with the strategy, but I just wanted to show how you can make your own dungeon!


When you create the dungeon map, you can export it to a JPG file and save it to your computer. Then e-mail it to badman@nisamerica.com or simply click “SUBMIT A DUNGEON MAP” on the right-hand side of the forum page. Don’t forget to share your strategies and tips!

I hope you guys can connect and help each other kick those heroes’ butts!! :-p

We’ve also come up with some gameplay footage clips, which can be found on the official Badman website. There is only 1 gameplay clip available so far, but more are on their way!

Here is the first stage clip…

Lastly, the cool people over at PluggnPlay.com are holding a contest for Badman. And they have a pretty nice prize, so I hope you guys can check them out and enter the contest to earn an awesome prize!


These are OMNOM figures, and just one example of the prizes they are offering. These are made from Pixel Blocks. So cute, right?

I hope you all have fun with the contest!

Thank you for reading my post! I’d really love to reply to all of you. But realistically, I cannot do that. But I will try to reply as much as I can, and as soon as I can! So, please don’t get mad/frustrated/filled with hate if I don’t reply right away… :)

Have a great day!

Best regards,
Nao Zook

Add Your Own

MartyGUK said:

June 25th, 3:03 am

Congratulations – you’ve lost a sale here.

No physical media = no sale.

enewtabie said:

June 25th, 3:42 am

Keep the digital distribution coming. You have some major ignorance going on in regards to how the system works. Some of the comments are from people who want blu ray copies of small psn releases everytime one is announced..lol
Their not really interested in the game,just making absurd comments. Sorry,but I don’t care about having a ton of cases on a shelf so I can show off on a thread on Neogaf or something.

enewtabie said:

June 25th, 3:46 am

Keep the digital copies coming..Down with UMD.

ShadowOfEden said:

June 25th, 5:21 am

Still looking for Cross Edge here. Most stores received only one or two copies since launch and the majority of them were taken by someone working at the store. It’s almost as if the game wasn’t released!

Poopookakabumbum said:

June 25th, 5:30 am

@146 and 147

And the insults just keep on coming from the pro DD crowd, as always.

DD is bad for consumers.

@Triple Lei

There is no freedom with DD – your freedom is being taken away.

afdgsfdgnb said:

June 25th, 5:34 am

@139 You are 100% WRONG.

As a consumer, you have ZERO rights with DD. You don’t own it, if your HD goes on the fritz and you want to replace it, you have to pay AGAIN, and it is GUARANTEED to disappear from servers after a certain amount of time.

There is NO freedom with DD.

@146 Wow – more insults from the pro DD crowd who have no facts to back up their argument. What a surprise.

enewtabie said:

June 25th, 5:40 am

@149..No psn id?? hiding behind a fake log in here hmmm Sorry,but I am a consumer. 30 psn games,15psp,25 PS3 titles,etc. It’s one thing to make a sound arguement,it’s another to troll everytime a post is make about a digital title.
Your probably the same guy as Pooka who does the same thing in every one of these.Gladly Sony isn’t stuck in the past and they continue to look to the future.
Digital titles are tied to your PSN id and it isn’t going anywhere. You can buy some empty UMD cases from Gamestop if it will make your shelf look better though.

Trioptical said:

June 25th, 6:34 am

I am confused. I think a lot of people think that the ownership between physical copies and digital copies are significantly different, when in fact they are quite similar.

In both cases, a consumer does not “own” the software, they merely license it for use. Next time you buy a physical copy, look it up. (In fact, some parts of the EULA could actually be used in the argument that second hand selling is a breach of contract.)

It would seem to suggest that any rights and freedom that supports of UMD believe they have, don’t really exist, at least legally, so the only difference between UMD and DD is the form in which our games take.

I respect those who have simply stated that they want a UMD and that Sony did say that UMD will continue to be supported, but those who have just been saying that UMD is better in every way? Well, you need to get your facts straight and really look at what it is you’re against digital distributon for.

venneer said:

June 25th, 8:23 am

Saying that owning digital content is the same as owning a physical copy is like saying that typing *hugs* on IM is the same thing as actually hugging someone.

As I see this, it was poor decision to make this (or any other) game download only. You are alienating a part of your base for no good reason. Make the physical copy slightly more pricey if need be. A lot of people wouldn’t mind paying a few extra bucks for ACTUAL value… Think of it as “collector’s edition”.

jaeman said:

June 25th, 10:10 am

This was the best Demo i ever played. I can’t wait for the full game, because me, my friend and my other friend have played it a total of 25 times. HURRY!

afdgsfdgnb said:

June 25th, 10:36 am


Don’t continue to spout that pro-corporate jargon.

If I’m leasing the content, why am I paying full price for it?

Disc is ownership, and that’s what publishers want to kill.

RaymondBel said:

June 25th, 11:01 am

The very sad problem with DD only is that you will never find those titles in a big bin at Walmart at very low price. Sony will always control the price and never sell low.

What about paying for size, and not content? Of course, there would have to be sysems in place so they don’t fill with empty command lines.

almighty-slayer said:

June 25th, 11:12 am


I have stupid download speeds at home, and am certainly not going to go sit in a coffee shop for 2 hours waiting for something to download, thanks.

Also, you never do own it. If yo have to delete it off your memory card for some reason, and 5 years down the line sony cuts the PSN servers to one reason or another, will you be able to download it again? Probably not.

almighty-slayer said:

June 25th, 11:14 am

And also 82, the only game i have ever bought second hand is SoTC. So whatever

almighty-slayer said:

June 25th, 11:28 am

Triple lei

Sorry you fail, as far as i know you can’t back up PSN games

venneer said:

June 25th, 11:46 am

I’m on your side, dude. But on this particular facet of the subject, you are wrong. You can make infinity back up copies of anything that can be gotten inside a PSP. Just connect it to the PC via USB and copy away…

triple_lei said:

June 25th, 11:50 am

“Sorry you fail, as far as i know you can’t back up PSN games”

More ignorance from the chest-pounding “no UMD, no buy” crowd.

If you ever actually TRIED downloading, you’d know they’d appear on your memory stick as a folder in your PSP\GAME folder with a similarly named file appearing in a new PSP\LICENSE folder. You copy those folders to your hard drive. Burn those folders to a CD, or DVD, as many times as you want, and you’re golden. The Media Go application makes this even easier.

On the other hand, your UMD gets lost or stolen? Have fun hunting down a good condition copy on eBay, and getting ripped off in the process.

AngstOverlord said:

June 25th, 12:10 pm

Other than Japan, are any other regions getting a UMD release as was done for Patapon 2?

Yes, I would rather go to the trouble of waiting until I can import a UMD with the english version of the game than settle for digital. If that doesn’t happen perhaps the JP edition wouldn’t be too hard to figure out. I like actual media because I want to be certain I can still play the game in 20 years. I still play my 2600 games despite it being unsupported by its manufacturer for quite some time. When the PSP is long dead at retail I still want to play my games. I don’t trust any company to make that sort of a commitment to provide digital content in case my memory stick goes kerblooey.

triple_lei said:

June 25th, 12:38 pm

“I like actual media because I want to be certain I can still play the game in 20 years.”

Even more ignorance from the chest-pounding “no UMD, no buy” crowd.

Worst case scenario: the PSN servers are no more, or Sony merges to form MicroSoNyntendo.

Remember that PSP you activated online with your account back in 2009? It would STILL be activated, so you’d be STILL be able to play your games. You know, all those downloaded games that were so ridiculously easy to back up? And why would you even worry about any memory stick going “kerblooey?” 20 years later, you could probably buy new 32 GB memory sticks like candy.

Enigma777 said:

June 25th, 12:39 pm

Another benefit to DD games: No more scratched/cracked disks…

As far as things go, Trioptical is right on the money. It doesn’t apply only to video games though. Owning a physical copy for pretty much everything (games, movies, music, software) means that you are just paying a license fee to use it. The ownership of the content remains in the hands of the creator(s)/company…

AngstOverlord said:

June 25th, 1:28 pm

“Even more ignorance from the chest-pounding “no UMD, no buy” crowd.”

Memory sticks could be lost easily. I’m not sure how reliable a storage method they would be long term. I’m also not sure if DD titles have any sort of encryption to prevent data from being copied to another method of storage.

I would just like the option of being able to purchase an actual UMD. If it was offered for, say, $30 or $40 and only available directly from the publisher to offset the higher cost to produce it I’d be happy. It’s great that you have faith in Sony providing support for its products long-term but not all of us share that faith.

While physical media can be damaged it’s usually more due to carelessness. I’ve had only two games in over one-thousand accidentally destroyed in fifteen years. Also, rights to actual media are hard to revoke… one can lose games easily to a banned account but an Aquanaut’s Holiday PS disc will still play fine even after thirteen years.

Do not see it as ignorance but as a preference. You’re fine with downloads and that’s wonderful. I would just rather have a boxed disc to clutter up a shelf with.

Laura-95 said:

June 25th, 4:09 pm

Currently playing Cross Edge, and i’m actually enjoying it quitte a bit.

1) Is Namco looking to secure a release for Tales of Vesperia in North America?

2)… Katamari Forever/ tribute?

Darkpen said:

June 25th, 5:01 pm

So many people here angry about this game going DD. Personally, I’m all for it. It means more money going to the smaller developers and publishers, instead of the money going to retail, packaging, distributors, etc. I wish you would have told us exactly how big this game is, though. I imagine it being incredibly small due to the nature of the game’s assets.

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Nao Zook said:

June 25th, 7:14 pm

Hello all,

I was trying to reply to your comments yesterday, but I just couldn’t keep up with you all!

There is a heated discussion about whether download-only was a good move or not. I really appreciate everyone’s opinion.

I wish we could satisfy all of our fans/ prospective Badman lovers/everyone else. However, we realized that it is simply not physically or financially possible. We wish that we could release Badman in both forms: download and UMD. But we had to choose one or the other. If we were to release UMD only, most major game retailer would stock few/no copies of Badman. So rather than making Badman an “impossible-to-find” game, we decided to go with download-only to give everyone easy access to it. Because Badman is actually a great game for PSP, we didn’t want to waste this fun, addictive, unique, and great game just because we wanted to have physical media.

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Nao Zook said:

June 25th, 7:15 pm

I know that some users here mentioned they don’t have access to PSN, or they don’t support download-only, or have other issues. I totally respect your opinion, and I am not here to say you are wrong or anything. I just want both sides to understand each other’s, and our, position. And sometimes you have to just move on with your life. You cannot make everybody agree with your opinion, right?

I also want to mention that we make the same amount of profit if we sell the UMD for $29.99 or the digital download for $19.99. We could charge less, but then we lose money and can’t release future titles. And if we only wanted profit, of course we could charge more for the download version. But it’s not all about profits. We believe that satisfying our customers is the most important thing. And especially because it is downloadable, we wanted to keep it as low as possible for easy access.

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Nao Zook said:

June 25th, 7:15 pm

The decision has been made, and we cannot change it now. Some of you told me not to just say sorry, but to do something about it. But I really cannot change the direction of this decision. But at least I can emphasize to you and apologize for not being able to satisfy all of your desires.

For those who support NISA’s decision for download-only, THANK YOU! And some of you went out of your way to protect (?) me in your comments. It really meant a lot to me. Thank you very much.

We are not here to take advantage of our fans, consumers, or anyone else. We want to do the best thing for everyone. But sometimes we also have to make tough decisions like this. So I hope you understand.

Thank you very much for reading my post.

PS. Badman is 43mb.

Best regards,

Naquiel said:

June 25th, 9:18 pm

Well, sometimes its hard for ppl to change. Samr thing happened when music mostly changed from cd’s to downloads.

But for now we are in the middle of a war, between the diskers and downloaders.

But the one thing the diskers refuse to see is the games are coming as downloads, and when more and more ppl get them, the more sony will focus more and more on the downloads. So in the end ether ppl will ether adapt to the change or move on.

triple_lei said:

June 25th, 9:46 pm

And there we have it – why DD is better than UMD, straight from the (VERY beautiful) horse’s mouth!

The only thing I disagreed with was the apology, because Nao wasn’t the one who should be apologizing…

afdgsfdgnb said:

June 25th, 9:54 pm

I want to know if Japan got a UMD release and if Europe is getting one.

AngstOverlord said:

June 26th, 5:09 am

In reply to afdgsfdgnb, Japan has not just the original on UMD but its sequel as well. Recently the first game was rereleased under Japan’s version of the Greatest Hits line for roughly $30. Europe is supposed to be getting a UMD also but due to the PAL territories being habitually overcharged (VAT doesn’t help) and the poor exchange rate it cost about $50.

If a UMD is made available after sufficient DD sales I would still like one. Until then, however, at least the DD version exists and when I can I will purchase it. It was just disappointing to have the physical release withdrawn completely from the NA region alone. Considering pre-orders from some retailers were also supposed to have a free soundtrack, is there any chance of it being made available online?

HawkEyes1 said:

June 26th, 6:34 am

Omg that game is the worst crappy original idea I have ever seen lmao!! Who did you hire to make that game SCEA a 7 year old kid?
Seriously Xbot has better ideas then you guys come up with! This game I played the demo and thought Wth is this junk! Seriously use your brain and stop giving us PSN users crapware!..have you ever thought perhaps a Tetris like game perhaps? Or some oldschool games like ChopLifter, Cause I did like GunStar Heros classic all the way and its Under Vintage software add more cool ideas like that and you’ll be fine but lose the badman its so stupid!! Seriously!!..

Trioptical said:

June 26th, 9:32 am

Thanks, Nao, for that surprisingly candid response.

While a UMD release isn’t possible now, perhaps to calm some of the people here, is there a chance that a UMD might be released after October 1st? What sort of factors would effect such a decision?

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    Nao Zook said:

    June 26th, 4:12 pm

    Hello Trioptical,

    Thank you.

    We really regret that we couldn\’t release UMD version of Badman, so we are definitely trying to find a way to do it in the future.

    I am not sure when we can do this, or if we can do this. But we would love to release a UMD whenever we can because we know that our hardcore fans love to collect and own physical discs.

    And our hardcore fans have been supporting NISA for a long time, so we really want to make them happy every time we release a new title.

    So hopefully in the end, everybody will be happy:-)

    Thank you.

olapbill said:

June 26th, 9:49 am

wow, some people will cry about anything. And mostly anonymously on the internet. I have no problem with DD as long as the server will deliver my content in a decent amount of time, the footprint isn’t excessive on my device, and I have the ability to either back up my purchase or download the content whenever I need to.
Music has been DD for many years with no complaints. Handheld devices are going DD.. just look at the dsi for a perfect example of delivery and back up mechanisms.
I’ll be buying this title on release, and quite happily at that.

afdgsfdgnb said:

June 26th, 10:11 am

@183 Good for you, some of us do, so give us the CHOICE to buy on UMD.

@180 This is the kind of continual shafting of North America that is starting to infuriate me.

NIS owes us the UMD. If other regions get it, I DEMAND it for North America as well.

AngstOverlord said:

June 26th, 12:57 pm

Eh, at least it’s getting released at all. It’s not in the format I would prefer but it’s better than not being released at all. It is typical for the US to get glossed over for abnormal titles… even the UK received both Earth Defense Force PS2 releases, albeit they were hack jobs and stripped out all voicing as redubbing the Japanese would have cost money.

Still, the publishers will do what seems practical to them. They owe consumers nothing. It would be nice to have a UMD Badman made available later if sales of the DD edition are good. Selling directly would eliminate the concern that retailers won’t stock it but those who are interested would still be able to purchase it. Including the proposed preorder soundtrack would be a nice gesture. CDs are cheap and it would add more perceived value to the package.

SarshelYam said:

June 27th, 1:16 am

@184…Mr.afdgsfdgnb…NISA owes you nothing. They owe us NOTHING. Nothing more than a great game, and we’re getting it. Apparently it’s not a great game if it isn’t delivered in the format you so desire. Well, that’s too bad you can’t get over that because the only person you’re hurting is yourself by giving this a pass.


June 27th, 4:47 am

I’m not a fan of digital downloads but am a fan of NISA so regardless of my disagreement of digital downloading Badman I’ll purchase it anyways. But it is true though I mean Badman shouldn’t take up a lot of memory anyways and it’s just the same as like how Sony made Patapon 2 a downloadable only game and stores getting a voucher with case but no disc because Patapon 2 is a really small game for an UMD disc. However, bigger games should have UMD.

afdgsfdgnb said:

June 27th, 4:29 pm


No, the only thing being hurt is consumers, with their rights get taken away because of digital distribution.

Hsanrb said:

June 27th, 10:55 pm

ONLY 43 MB!!!! Who stole the memory card size from fun… I think the memory card wants a refund.

Now to comment replies in no particular order

@188: The consumer isn’t being hurt, consumer has cash, and decides how to spend cash. Their rights aren’t lost because they have a right to spend their $20 in however they see fit and if they disagree with DD they use their right not to spend their $20 on a form of media they choose not to support.

@174-176: Sounds like what happened with Atlus’s Class of Heroes, a vast majority of the retailers only carried ONE copy and were no reserve. Fantasy Golf Pangya (I play the PC but hackers ruined it) has ZERO copies within 100 miles of my location.

@Nao: IF this game sells well with DD, is there a chance if the sequel is published by you that it may be UMD once you can prove to retailers it will sell? Optimistic shred but I’m a DD fan after titles I want failing to arrive @ retailers.

darilb1 said:

June 28th, 10:29 am

I’m a little disappointed this is only going to be digital. I don’t like spending money on something I can’t really touch and store, especially if it’s 40mb for $20. I’m probably going to buy it anyway, though; the demo was just too fun to pass up. :]

darilb1 said:

June 28th, 10:32 am

What about the hidden codes contest to win a UMD of Badman on their website? Is it called off, or going to be a voucher to download the game? Just curious.

Sarges24 said:

June 28th, 8:23 pm

thanks Zook. btw: nice avatar. I use to use that one until they made me change it to my PSN handle. Stupid PSN avatars. Sony, NEED some new avatars. Maybe you guys at NISA can team up w/ Sony to provide some quality images to use as our avatars; free no doubt. ;)

I certainly appreciate the pricing. Developers simply aren’t cutting us a deal when it comes to digital vs physical. imho the same media should cost a little less if you’re going digital. ;) That’s one reason I oppose digital atm. If I’m paying the same price I’d much rather have a physical copy in my possession…

At 43 MB I think I might have enough room to squeeze Badman onto my memory stick. That will leave me w/ a few MBs for game saves. ;) So maybe I don’t have to wait till Christmas after all. :-) Since my Walmart gift cards have been going to PSN cards lately I got a stash of cash put away for games like Badman, Fat Princess, etc. ;)

also, as pointed out by the above poster, maybe a few above by the time this gets posted. What’s going to happen with the Badman contest? I input my secret codes hoping to score a copy. ;) Or maybe even some of those blocks; game would be much nicer. ;) Are PSN codes just going to be sent out instead?


Kid_ying said:

June 29th, 6:54 am

You rock, Nao! It’s nice to see someone replying. You have a fan here! :D

Zemperta said:

July 1st, 10:54 am

Hey, freaking shot in the dark here, but do you think there’s any chance you guys would be willing to team up with Media Molecule and bring us some Disgaea costumes for LittleBigPlanet. A perfect pack would be Laharl, Etna, Flonne and Mid-Boss. Laharl would come with the shorts, scarf and hair, Etna would come with the skirt, shirt/bra thingy she wears, and the hair, Flonne would be the clothes, the hair, and a ribbon (You could choose between red or blue for Angel Trainee Flonne and Fallen Angel Flonne) and Mid-Boss would come with his pants, his hair, and his wings. This would be so awesome! Oh and maybe a Prinny costume, dood!!!!

JCman11 said:

July 1st, 11:58 am

I played the demo & it was hard at first but I got used to it.

lazlowe1984 said:

July 1st, 1:33 pm

Great work Nao Zook

darweenie said:

July 2nd, 5:14 pm

will this game be released in stores?

JCman11 said:

July 3rd, 12:31 pm

Hey darweenie I heard the game will only be for download

o0oi01o10oi0o said:

July 8th, 1:36 pm

this game is really fun and addictive it was hard when i first started but it got easier as I played on. I’m a little disappointing that another game is going to end up only downloadable but i have psn so i don’t need to worry :) but i just feel bad for those people who don’t have psn because they are going to miss out on a great game.

JAN181991 said:

July 9th, 5:38 am

If there is any other way to resolve both sides problems legally I advice you to either sue a company, protest, or any other ideas any of you blogger can think of otherwise please keep it to yourself or say it in a proper manner

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