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BlazBlue Blazes onto DSiWare

Posted by James Newton

Hardcore fighting game gets big-headed

Fans of Guilty Gear and superb 2D fighting games in general may already be aware of the excellent - though unashamedly odd - BlazBlue series, currently only playable in arcades and the HD consoles. Sadly, such is its relative obscurity it's only been received in tiny pockets of players, but it'll be heading to slightly bigger, more cottony pockets soon as a DSiWare BlazBlue title is set to launch next year for 500 Nintendo Points.

Eschewing its bigger brother's lean and limber graphical style, BlazBlue Battle X Battle is set to employ cutesy big-headed renderings of the characters. Not only that, the game's undergoing a metamorphosis from hardcore 2D brawler to free-roaming battle game, with simple controls and four-player wireless play promised.

Whilst it's a little disappointing the DSi is still to receive a decent fighting game (although there's generally only one great fighter on DS anyway) it's pleasing to see respected IP heading to the service. Stay tuned for more BlazBlue Battle X Battle news and screenshots as they arrive.

[via andriasang.com]

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User Comments (26)

JamieOStaff

#5

JamieO said:

PS3 BlazBlue has been well received for being pretty darn awesome for a current gen, 2D perspective, one-on-one fighting game. There is not much information for me to be overly critical of this, but compared to its excellent PS3 'big daddy', this free-roaming battle game sounds kind of... meh!

warioswoods

#6

warioswoods said:

What does free-roaming even mean in this context? I'm confused. I don't enjoy Smash or similar games, but I love traditional Street Fighter-ish fighting games. I guess it's going to be more like the former unfortunately?

Percentful

#7

Percentful said:

What exactly does Free Roaming Mean in this case? Anyways, as long as you get to fight, i'm happy.

Terra

#8

Terra said:

I've been waiting for the original Blazblue game for ages. Not much longer now. Regarding this game, I must say I never expected this but I'm looking forward to it.

Oh, and what was that great fighter you're referiing to Prosody?

KDR_11k

#10

KDR_11k said:

I'd guess more like Final Fight or Streets of Rage.

The great fighter would be Bleach DS unless there was another good one.

CanisWolfred

#11

CanisWolfred said:

Wow, I was about to be excited until I read the second paragraph. Lame, I'll just stick to getting the Xbox360 version when I get a little more moolah in my pockets.

Xkhaoz

#12

Xkhaoz said:

Hmm, a DSiWare fighting game. Good, after Ball Fighter turned out to be a puzzle game, an actual fighter.

Adam

#15

Adam said:

I'm guessing free-roaming means some sort of side-scrolling beat-em-up? I sure hope not. I'd much prefer a simplified BlazBlue with a different art style but same general game play. Oh well, I'll keep an eye out for it despite the terrible look.

elucas

#22

elucas said:

I've been waiting for a 2d fighting game on dsi ware for a while, hopefully this delivers. Any details on multiplayer?

Azikira

#24

Azikira said:

This is going to be an Instant Buy for me, seeing as how I cannot afford the $60 console counterpart

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