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As a Prinny, one of the lovable, knife-wielding penguins from the Disgaea series, you have been given the task of searching the netherworld for your master Etna's stolen dessert. A nearly impossible task, due to the numerous demons which populate the netherworld, their quest is made all the more difficult by the Prinny tendency to explode when thrown. Fortunately, Etna has given one of her Prinnies an enchanted scarf which disables their explosive trait. If this Prinny should fall, the next Prinny in line must take the scarf and continue...

A side-scroller, with an occasional 3D perspective (while air attacking), Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? gives you 1000 lives to begin this noticeably challenging quest. The Prinny has the standard jump, attack, and leaping attack moves, as well as a number of other maneuvers. Your Prinny can pirouette (spin) along the ground for momentary invincibility, sprint for short distances, jump then slam downward onto foes with a "hip pound" attack, hang onto ledges, and even pick up enemies or explosives and throw them. Occasionally, the player will come across vehicles, such as tanks, which the Prinny can use for limited periods of time.

Between levels you can interact with Etna, several of the Prinnies, and a few other characters at the castle. These characters further the story, give hints, and allow for save functionality. Additionally, players may access in-game replays here, which can be saved after various events. These replays can be transfered to other PSP systems, so that your friends can watch you in action.

Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero contains two difficulty settings, a standard mode where you die after three hits, and "Hell mode" where it only takes one hit to perish.


Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP During special moves the camera angle rotates to give a cinematic view.
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP After completing a stage you go back to HQ; each flaming spirit is a shop unlocked later in the game
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP Activate the checkpoints jumping on them.
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? PSP ...and are silly as always.

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Alternate Titles

  • "プリニー 〜オレが主人公でイイんスか?〜" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Prinny: Sarò davvero io l'eroe?" -- Italian title
  • "Prinny: Ore ga Shujinkō de Iinsu ka?" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Gaming Nexus Mar 19, 2009 A 100
Atomic Gamer Mar 05, 2009 83 out of 100 83
Game Revolution Feb 13, 2009 B+ 83
GameZone Jan 27, 2009 8.2 out of 10 82
Worth Playing Feb 25, 2009 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot Feb 17, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamervision Feb 19, 2009 8 out of 10 80 Jun 13, 2009 74 out of 100 74 Jul 07, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Pocket Gamer UK Feb 18, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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The game received the award for Best Boss Fights in Gamespot's 2009 Editor Choice Awards.
Doppelgamer (270) added Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? (PSP) on Oct 15, 2009