Japanese fighting franchise heads to 3DS and PSP with exclusive content. We explain what’s new.
From the makers of Guilty Gear came BlazBlue, a fighting franchise that has proved to be incredibly popular, selling a quarter of a million copies in Europe to date.
The original 2D console fighter hit shelves last year and a sequel was spawned. Now BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is making its handheld debut on the 3DS and PSP, complete with new system mechanics and two exclusive modes. The game includes the original cast of 18 characters as well as previously download-only fighters Valkenhayn, Platinum and Makoto.
Alongside the regular modes, including Arcade, Challenge, Score Attack, ad-hoc multiplayer Network Mode and the popular Story Mode, there are two exclusive to the 3DS and PSP. The expanded Legion 1.5 Mode allows gamers to compete in traditional fighting and turn-based strategy games whilst the brand new Abyss Mode features an RPG-style points system.
A new challenger
For those new to the franchise, the Training Mode offers detailed tutorials to help players get to grips and master the BlazBlue control system, whilst Stylish Mode allows them to get stuck into the action thanks to a simplified control system.
PQube is marketing the game through the leading mutiformat and Nintendo print publications and websites. The game will also be promoted at the October MCM Expo.
“We are happy to be releasing BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II on the 3DS,” says PQube’s key account and trade marketing manager Abid Gangat. “There was a time when people thought it was madness to create a new fighting game series.
“However, BlazBlue has gone from strength to strength and has proven those critics wrong.”