This year’s Tokyo Game Show was full of video game surprises, with some of them coming off as perplexing to the majority of non-Japanese attendees and journalists.
Whether these upcoming or recent titles are byproducts of Japanese gaming and entertainment culture, or are flat-out bizarre even for the country’s standards, we take a look at the six games that has caught our attention and analyze their likelihood of being released in English.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3)
What is It?
A 2.5D fighting game based on the long-running JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series since the late 80s. The game brings in a roster of spirit users, muscle-bound vampires, and horse-riding pilgrims who fire mind bullets -a majority of them named after rock musicians and their music, mind you- as they battle each other mano-a-mano.
Following the basic template of Street Fighter IV, the game adds in new mechanics such as side-stepping on the battlefield to avoid projectiles and control spacing, canceling from regular and special moves mid-combo at the cost of their heart heat gauge (the game’s equivalent of the super meter), and stage hazards that are triggered after knocking down an opponent onto a highlighted spot.
Already out in Japan and getting extra promotion in TGS, the game has sold half a million copies on its debut week according to sales chart site Media Creates. To put things into perspective, the popular Street Fighter IV sold 123,857 units on its first week.
JoJo is indeed a go-go. Namco Bandai announced that the quirky fighting game will be out in North America in 2014. In the meantime, fighting game fans can catch up with the long-running series through some heavy manga reading, or tune in to the recent 2012 anime adaptation of the first two chapters.