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One Piece: Unlimited World Red hitting the West ⊟
Not long after putting out its RPG One Piece: Romance Dawn in the West, Namco Bandai has announced action-adventure game One Piece: Unlimited World Red for North America, Europe, and Australia, releasing this year.
Oddly, while Red was only a 3DS game when it hit Japan in November, it will release for 3DS, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Wii U in the West — the later two editions will be digital-only. Here’s a trailer after the break:
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Yay, more games from Ganbarion (developer of Jump Ultimate/Super Stars).
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red hitting the West ⊟

Not long after putting out its RPG One Piece: Romance Dawn in the West, Namco Bandai has announced action-adventure game One Piece: Unlimited World Red for North America, Europe, and Australia, releasing this year.

Oddly, while Red was only a 3DS game when it hit Japan in November, it will release for 3DS, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Wii U in the West — the later two editions will be digital-only. Here’s a trailer after the break:

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Forgot about Pandora’s Tower

We were super busy at the Tiny Cartridge office this week, so we missed this great news: Xseed will release Ganbarion’s Wii action RPG Pandora’s Tower (published by Nintendo in Japan and Europe) in North America some time this Spring. The people at Xseed are heroes, reminders that there’s still reason to leave hope in our hearts.

As far as Operation Rainfall projects go, I always thought of this one as the lesser of the trio — were this part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy of Korean films, this would have been Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance — still great, but not at the same level as the other two entries. Nevertheless, it’s great to see the Wii get one last notable game this year.

PREORDER Pandora's Tower

Artwork for the reverse of Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story’s European covers, as chosen by fan votes. These are both way, way nice. That is some rad art to hide in the inside of a game cover.

Next year, Europeans will be able to go to the shop like it’s totally normal, pick up both of these games, and flip the covers around to these pieces. Then they can display the boxes on their shelves as proud trophies of the time that they bought two Wii games in 2012.

Meanwhile, Americans… actually, I’m still pretty confident Nintendo of America is going to “surprise” us with these games and Xenoblade. There won’t be any fancy reversible covers or anything like that, I’m sure. 

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New Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side trailer shows hookshot-style weapon and really gross monster heart eating (it looks like a heart to me at least; everyone else is describing it as monster meat).

From what I can gather, the white-haired female character, Ceres, needs to eat this monster meat in order to stave off a curse that’s turning her into a beast. That sort of makes sense, but I don’t get why she doesn’t grill it first or wash the meal down with a drink. Real talk: this is gross.

Nintendo will release Pandora’s Tower to the Wii in Japan on May 26 — no U.S. plans announced yet, of course.

Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower

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Classy Japanese boxart for Pandora’s Tower (click for a larger image). Has there been a Wii game with that black box — reserved for titles CERO-rated C and up — that hasn’t had a bitching cover?
Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower
See also: First trailer for Pandora’s Tower
[Via Hero of Legend]

Classy Japanese boxart for Pandora’s Tower (click for a larger image). Has there been a Wii game with that black box — reserved for titles CERO-rated C and up — that hasn’t had a bitching cover?

Preorder import: Pandora’s Tower

See also: First trailer for Pandora’s Tower

[Via Hero of Legend]

First trailer for Pandora’s Tower, the new Wii RPG developed by Ganbarion (Jump Ultimate/Super Stars) and published by Nintendo in Japan. Very interesting!

Perhaps we’ll hear about a U.S. release come June at E3 — and if we’re super lucky, Nintendo will talk about Xenoblade and The Last Story coming here, too.

Import: Jump Super/Ultimate Stars

See also: More Ganbarion games

[Via @sprsk]

Trailer for One Piece Gigant Battle, coming to Europe this year. While this all-anime (AA) trailer might not excite you unless you’re a One Piece adherent (in which case it’ll “rock your world”), there’s good reason to be excited about this announcement even if you don’t know what a Monkey D. Luffy is.

Gigant Battle is a fighting game developed by Ganbarion, creators of the beloved Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, two Japan-only Smash Bros.-style games from the early-ish days of the DS. With all the different manga properties represented, there was never any chance of those getting localized, but this one, with just one license, has been deemed worth Namco Bandai’s time.

Here’s some gameplay:

Buy: One Piece Gigant Battle (Japanese version)

See also: More on One Piece Gigant Battle

Finally, a trailer for One Piece: Gigant Battle, which releases in Japan next month. If Namco Bandai actually decides to bring this to the States, it will be the closest thing we’ll get to Jump Super/Ultimate Stars! It looks almost exactly like those four-player 2D fighting games (except with a smaller cast and without the koma system), and it’s from the same developer, Ganbarion.

Preorder: One Piece: Gigant Battle

See also: The DS games Nintendo didn’t bring to E3 ‘09

[Via GoNintendo, Note: Video was chopped to jump right to the interesting bits. You can watch the full original trailer with its non-gameplay-filled intro here.]

One Piece Gigant Battle, the spiritual successor to Jump Super/Ultimate Stars. I don’t care much for the One Piece manga/anime franchise, but I can’t help but take notice of how much this looks like Weekly Shonen Jump's super-crossover fighting game.

It’s not only developed by the same studio, Ganbarion, but also presented as a manic four-player 2D fighting game with lots of special moves and stage gimmicks. All it needs is a koma system for the touchscreen!

Expect this to release in Japan this fall — maybe this title actually has a chance of making it to the States, as it isn’t as much of a nightmare to pay licenses for, and Namco Bandai is publishing it instead of Nintendo.

Import: Jump Ultimate/Super Stars

See also: The DS games Nintendo didn’t bring to E3 ‘09