This year’s Tokyo Game Show featured all the usual suspects – the Sony PS4, Xbox One and big titles like Battlefield 4 – but dig a little deeper and there were plenty of oddities on display, too.
Typically, they're aimed at the Japanese market; we take a look at six games that caught our attention with their quirks – and ponder whether they'll ever make it to our shores.
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 from the late 80s. The game features a roster of spirit users, muscle-bound vampires, and horse-riding pilgrims who fire mind bullets - most of whom are named after rock musicians.
Following the basic template of Street Fighter IV, the game adds new mechanics such as side-stepping to avoid projectiles, blocking special moves mid-combo at the cost of health, and stage hazards that are triggered after knocking down an opponent onto a highlighted spot.
Already out in Japan, the game has sold half a million copies on its debut week according to sales chart site Media Creates. To put that into perspective, Street Fighter IV only managed to shift 123,857 copies in its first week.
Chances of seeing it outside Japan?
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.