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One Piece: Unlimited World Red Gets PS Vita Retail Release in N. America

posted on 2014-03-31 23:00 EDT
All N. American versions to include new "Coliseum Mode"

Namco Bandai Games America announced on Monday that the One Piece: Unlimited World Red game will get a physical retail version for PlayStation Vita at GameStop and EB Games Canada stores. The game will also be released at retailers for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS consoles and as a digital-only version for the Wii U.

The company also announced a new "Coliseum Mode" for the North American release that "will closely resemble the latest episodes of One Piece."

The game allows for up to four players to play together, and players can explore the world of One Piece with their friends. Players can embark on different quests and battle enemies with many of the manga and anime's familiar characters. The game also allows players to fish, catch bugs, hunt for treasure, and more to develop and train their characters. The game features the original character Red (voiced by Masachika Ichimura), the game's nemesis who aims to be the Pirate King. Standing in his way are the Straw Hat Pirates and a new raccoon character named Pat (TARAKO).

Ganbarion developed the "multi action-adventure" title. The game features original characters designed by series' creator Eiichiro Oda, such as Red, Pat, and Yadoya (Rumi Hiiragi).

The game inspired two Nintendo 3DS XL color variants in Japan: Luffy Red and Chopper Pink. The game and the two 3DS XL consoles shipped in Japan last November. The first copies of the game include the download codes for a limited adventure costume of Luffy from One Piece Film Strong World, as well as an additional Marineford quest with Ace as a playable character.

Namco Bandai Games' One Piece: Unlimited game series has shipped more than one million copies in Japan alone.

The game will be released in North America, Europe, and Australasia this year.

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