On March 5th it was discovered in the weekly scans of Famitsu Magazine that there had officially been an announcement for Disgaea: Prince of the Demon World and the Red Moon (魔界戦記ディスガイア 魔界の王子と赤い月, Makai Senki Disugaia Makai no Ōji to Akai Tsuki, "Netherworld Battle Chronicle Disgaea: The Prince of the Netherworld and the Red Moon") for the Nintendo DS. No additional information or screenshots were included in the scans.
On March 7th, NIS America released a statement on the U.S. release of a new edition of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for the Nintendo DS. The game will be a port of the PSP version (Afternoon of Darkness), retaining Etna Mode and would also include multiplayer gameplay. In order to fully utilize Nintendo DS's capabilities several key improvements will be made to the user interface and game system.
As well as the unlockable characters from the original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the bonus characters from the PSP Afternoon of Darkness expansion have also returned: Adell and Rozalin from Disgaea 2 will be unlockable, as well as the Dark Assembly guide, Pleinair. Overlord Zetta will also be present as an unlockable, playable character.
Disgaea's game system is simple. It has the same basic concept as other strategy RPGs, but uses many unique features and enhancements. The Nintendo DS version is said to contain the following features:
- Geo Cubes – A new addition to the PSP version, Geo Cubes are magic items that add more depth to multi-player battles. They can be used to enhance abilities, summon monsters, or even to attack the enemies. (multiplayer mode only)
- Demon Gadgets – Randomly generated items that appear on the battlefield. Units can power up by acquiring these gadgets. Some demon gadgets can level up a unit by 30 levels at once. (multiplayer mode only)
- Touch Screen Controls - It would also take advantage of the Nintendo DS's touch screen.