Speaking of Anime-based Video Games…

Attack on Titan: Chains of Humanity is just the latest.

This was the first one I played back in 2003:

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Yes, that’s the opening from the Game Boy Advance game. Yes, Game Boy Advance not Nintendo DS Reminder: Nintendo released episodes of Kids shows on GBA Carts (GBA Video I believe it was called) two years later just to show how powerful the GBA was. Those who know the history behind Legacy of Goku 1 and 2 know the sequel was an apology to DBZ fans for how unrecognizable the first game was to fans of the Legendary Anime.

Needless to say, all was forgiven XD

Legacy of Goku II spans the Android Saga to the Cell Games Saga. Goku is the main character (of course) but over the course of the game, you will also play as Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo and Future Trunks. And yes, you will be able to go Super Saiyan when playing as one of the Saiyans. The game’s soundtrack also comes from the Anime. They pulled out all the stops to make you forget the first game even existed.

There is an unlockable character and a hidden boss as well: Hercule/Mr. Satan. His name is actually Mr. Satan but to make the series (Anime) approachable in the West, his US Name is Hercule in both the Video Games and the TV Version of the Dub (though from what I understand, he will use the name Mr. Satan in the Dub currently airing on Toonami). He is correctly called Mr. Satan in the most recent English home release versions of the Anime episodes. Anyway, he is unlocked by leveling all of the playable characters to 50 (the maximum level) including Goku. After you beat the game, Hercule will be unlocked as a playable character. Leveling Hercule to 50 gives you an additional ending for him. There is also a hidden boss: Cooler. For those who need a refresher, he’s Frieza’s older brother and has two movies around him and his quest for vengeance against the Saiyans responsible for the deaths of his brother and father. Unlocking Cooler requires collecting all 50 Gold Capsules scattered around the world. Once you’ve found them all, talk to Dr. Briefs in West City and you will be able to fight Cooler on New Namek.

…Of course, you can’t talk anout Legacy of Goku II without also talking about its sequel:

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The third and final game in the trilogy finishes off the series. It spans The Underworld Tournament to the Buu Saga. Goku, Gohan and Vegeta are back as playable characters and they’re joined by Goten and Trunks. You do get to briefly play as Piccolo and Hercule in two parts of the game, though. Like Legacy of Goku II the game went well out of its way to stay true to the Anime: Goku can go Super Saiyan 3, There’s Fusion (“Fu-Sion-HA!”) and there’s even some crossover with the movie Fusion Reborn: The main villain from that movie is a boss in Buu’s Fury. There is also a hidden boss now that we’re on the subject. This time it’s The Legendary Super Saiyan himself, Broly (!) and you encounter him if you’re playing as Gohan, Trunks or Goten at a certain point in the game. This is purposeful as Gohan, Goten and Trunks fight Broly in the movie Broly II: Second Coming.

…Oddly, from what I understand neither of these games have been released on the Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console. I’d say it’s about time at this point XD

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As a reminder, the Anime preceeded both the Trading Card Game (still going strong 10 years later) and the Anime. Most of the Trading Card Games released on consoles follow the rules of the physical card game though the first two–Forbidden Memories (PS1) and Duelist of the Roses (Gamecube)–do not. In recent years, the video games have gone mobile only and can be bought on the Google Play and Apple App stores respectively.

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Although it wasn’t released in the US, this is one of 3 Death Note video games released on the Nintendo DS, all of them following the Anime’s plot. Its spiritual successor Attack on Titan got a US Release so we should be happy with that!

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This video game series recently made the jump to Anime. Unlike most Visual Novels made into Anime, the anime series is not a retelling of the video games but instead follows an original storyline. The above game was recently released on the Playstation Vita. Speaking of, all but one of the Hyperdevotion games are on the Vita. The only one that isn’t is on the Playstation 3.

 

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And of course, Clannad was first a video game–a Visual Novel–before it was an Anime. The game is finally coming to the U.S. later this year ^_^

 

There are other Anime that have video games based on them as well–Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto and Bleach to name a few–but most have only been released in Japan. Of course, Bleach and Naruto have had several games released outside Japan. One thing publishers learned with Clannad and Attack on Titan in particular is if fans ask for it, they will bring it to the U.S. and Europe!

 

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