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Toriko Gourmet Monsters 3DS Game's Christmas Ad Posted

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Monster-raising game based on Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's manga/anime ships on December 13

Namco Bandai Games began streaming a Christmas-themed television commercial for the upcoming Toriko Gourmet Monsters! Nintendo 3DS game on Monday. In the "gourmet monster training RPG," players become Gourmet Hunters (Bishoku-ya) who raise gourmet monsters and fight alongside them in battle royale-style gameplay.

Characters in the game include the "Four Heavenly King" Bishoku-ya (Toriko, Coco, Sunny, and Zebra), Toriko's human partner Komatsu, and Toriko's animal partner Terry. Original manga creator Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro designed the character Mr. Kimera, the sponsor of the Gourmet Royale bouts.

The game recreates the entire world of Toriko for characters to visit, including the Gourmet Pyramid, the Baron Archipelago, the Cave of the Sandy Beach, and the Regal Plateau. Players can customize their own gourmet monsters from more than 200 different species, and then put them in battles with other players wirelessly in the Gourmet Coliseum.

Namco Bandai Games will release the game on December 13. The first release of the game will include a special AR (augmented reality) card set with an "extremely rare" Jet Black Battle Wolf card. While supplies last, those who buy this game, Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden, or One Piece Romance Dawn: Bōken no Yoake (One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of Adventure) will receive an original bookmark set.

Viz Media will publish the 13th volume of Shimabukuro's manga next week. Funimation will release its first dual-language Toriko DVD set in North America on January 8, 2013.

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