Now that Zero Time Dilemma is out in the wild and ready to round off the series, it’s time to go back to its roots – and visit a remastered version of where it all started.

Spike Chunsoft has announced that Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is headed to PlayStation Vita sometime next year, bringing to you the first two games of the Zero Escape series; Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) and Virtue’s Last Reward (VLR).

This will be the first time that 999 will be available on PlayStation Vita, and in celebration of that it has been rebuilt from the ground up to feature high definition graphics and both English and Japanese voice-over tracks. This is the way that 999 should be played, and it’s the way that it’s coming to our favourite handheld next year.

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But why should you play it?

Well, the Zero Escape games are considered some of the best games on the system, and they’re definitely unique to boot. They’re nonary games (they contain nine participants) that have you entered against your will, pitting you against others in a you-lose-you-die sort of obstacle course. Your game host is an enigmatic being called Zero, and your wrists have been adorned with timepieces to die for; sounds like a hell of a trip!

The good news, as we said, is that this trip isn’t very far off. Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is headed to PlayStation Vita (both digitally and physically) sometime in the Spring of next year, and will bring you two parts of the Zero Escape trilogy in one package – the first game in the series seeing its first appearance on our platform.

Are you in? Sound off in the comments below!

  • xxAcesHighxx

    Will 999 be available separately for those of us who already own VLR?

    Either way, I’m just happy to get the chance to play 999 before I dive into ZTD 🙂

  • Surprised there not selling 999 by itself, and then offering a trilogy boxset. Oh well, as long as the price is right, I’ll be scooping this one up too.

  • Lester Paredes

    I sure hope that I can get 999 by itself. I’d hate to have to repurchase a game I already own. But if I have to, there are worse titles to rebuy.

  • Archbreaker

    It’ll be nice to play 999 again with voice acting this time around. I’ve already played and beaten the game with all of its endings, so it’ll be nice to play it again with something new. I really hope they’ll provide some more extra content like an easter egg or extra ending that relates to VLR or ZTD. That would be amazing.

  • Michael

    Can’t wait! I’ve been wanting to get into this series

  • Kumiko

    Eh, seems like a bad move to not offer 999 by itself. I already have VLR, why the heck should I buy it again? I’d like to own the whole trilogy on the vita, but I don’t want to have to re-buy a game for it. Might actually skip this one and stick to the DS version just because of this.

  • Zero Eternity

    I feel like they should sell the whole trilogy in one game/package instead of only two. Simply because if you’re a fan of the series you have likely already played at least one of the games. I already have VLR but not 999 or ZTD. The people who get the best of this release are the ones who only bought ZTD.