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Shonen Jump's J-Stars Victory VS+ Heads West on PS3/PS4/Vita

posted on 2014-12-21 23:26 EST
Summer release of manga crossover 3D fighter adds PS4 support, Arcade Mode

Bandai Namco Games announced on Sunday that it will release the Shonen Jump manga crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS+ in the Americas next summer. It will run on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, "and for the first time ever, PlayStation 4." The Western release will also add an Arcade Mode.

Over 50 characters from at least 32 titles appearing in Shonen Jump's 45th anniversary game in Japan. The premise of the game is "J Battle Festival, a dream festival that happens once in 45 years" and assembles heroes who exemplify friendship, hard work, and victory.

In the spirit of friendship, the game supports 2 vs. 2 team battles in dream matches that crosses the borders between titles. Players can unleash combination attacks never possible until now, some with the help of support characters.

Players can attain victory in several game modes. J Adventure Mode tells an original story set in the vast "Jump World." Players can assemble characters and embark on voyages throughout "Jump World" with a ship. Players can collect "J Points" for cards in battles and adventures as well as items in the J-Point Shop. They can then use the resulting J-Stars Card deck and points to level up their characters and ships.

There is also a Victory Road campaign, Free Battle, Online Mode for 2 vs. 2 battles, and a Gallery Mode with an illustrated guide to all the J-Stars along with their voice samples and fighting patterns.

The roster in Japan includes:

One Piece

  • Monkey D. Luffy
  • Boa Hancock
  • Akainu
  • Portgas D. Ace

Dragon Ball Z

  • Son Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Freeza

Toriko

  • Toriko
  • Zebra

Naruto Shippūden

  • Naruto Uzumaki
  • Sasuke Uchiha
  • Madara Uchiha

Bleach

  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Sōsuke Aizen
  • Rukia (support)

Rurouni Kenshin

  • Kenshin Himura
  • Makoto Shishio

Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo

  • Kankichi Ryōtsu

Gintama

  • Gintoki Sakata
  • Kagura and Sadaharu (support)

Yū Yū Hakusho

  • Yūsuke Urameshi
  • (Younger) Toguro
  • Hiei

Hunter x Hunter

  • Gon Freecss
  • Killua Zoldyck
  • Hisoka (support)

Chinyūki -Tarō to Yukaina Nakama-tachi-

  • Tarō Yamada

Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar

  • Jaguar (support)

Medaka Box

  • Medaka Kurokami
  • Misogi Kumagawa (support)

To Love-Ru

Nisekoi

  • Chitoge Kirisaki (support)

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

  • Tsunayoshi Sawada (with Reborn)

Beelzebub

  • Tatsumi Oga (with Beelzebub)

Assassination Classroom

  • Koro-Sensei

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

  • Jonathan Joestar
  • Joseph Joestar

Jigoku Sensei Nube

  • Meisuke "Nuubee" Nueno

Neuro - Supernatural Detective

  • Neuro (support)

Kuroko's Basketball

  • Tetsuya Kuroko (support)

Saint Seiya

  • Seiya

D.Gray-man

  • Allen Walker (support)

Sket Dance

  • Bossun (support)
  • Himeko (support)
  • Switch (support)

Fist of the North Star

  • Kenshirō
  • Raoh

Dr. Slump & Arale-chan

  • Arale Norimaki

Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan

  • Kusuo Saikio

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

Tottemo! Luckyman

  • Luckyman

Haikyu!!

  • Shōyō Hinata (support)

Sakigake!! Otoko Juku

  • Momotarō Tsurugi
  • Heihachi Edajima (support)

Hironobu Kageyama, Akira Kushida, and Hiroshi Kitadani sang the game's theme song "Fighting Stars." The game include stages from One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Toriko, Naruto Shippūden, Yū Yū Hakusho, Bleach, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, Gintama, Saint Seiya, and Dr. Slump & Arale-chan.

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game arrived in Japan on March 19. A regular copy of the PS3 version retails for 7,980 yen (about US$80), while a limited edition costs 10,980 yen (about US$110). The normal edition of the PS Vita version costs 6,980 yen, while a limited edition copy retails for 9,980 yen (about US$100). A free augmented-reality (AR) app lets you see the Jump heroes in your surroundings on the PS Vita.

People who pre-order the game in Japan received the J-Stars Victory Book, a volume bound like a Jump Comics book and filled with information and visuals of Jump heroes over the years. For a limited time, a "Ani-Son Sound Edition" of the game lets players listen to 21 television anime theme songs in the game.


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