Kaiji VR 'Steel Beam Crossing' Game's Switch Version Previewed in Trailer
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Solid Sphere began streaming a trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of its Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) game on December 25. The Switch version launched on December 28.
The game launched for the PlayStation 4 for use with the PlayStation VR last August.
The game is based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Kaiji manga and is based on part of the manga's "Despair Castle" arc where contestants attempt to cross four steel beams across skyscrapers, with the beams getting narrower the farther contestants go along. In the story, contestants are encouraged to push each other in an effort to be first. The VR game will also feature famous scenes from the manga.
In the Kodansha Manga Award-winning story of the original 1996-1999 Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji series, a consummate gambler named Kaiji bets on games ranging from janken (rock-paper-scissors) and human racing to falling pachinko balls and two-player mahjong.
The story inspired two television anime series and two live-action films with director Tōya Satō (live-action Gokusen, Gatchaman) and main star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light, Battle Royale's Shuya). A variety program featuring contestants taking on "life reversal battles" inspired by challenges in the manga aired on December 28.