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Shift Your Continuum with BlazBlue 3DS on 31st May

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Here's a fun game: count all the fighting games on DS. After that, with your free hand, scroll down to look at the new trailer for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II for 3DS, confirmed for a North American launch on 31st May.

While Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions might be scrapping it out for the crown of "Best 3D Fighter" but Arc System Works' effort is firmly rooted in sprite-based animation. Interestingly, the official lowdown on the game states:

The Nintendo 3DS™ version of the game allows players to experience the next dimension of BlazBlue visuals with full 3D effects in nearly all modes of gameplay.

Check out the game's 2D visuals in the trailer below and stick with Nintendo Life for more 3DS news.

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BlazBlue Continuum Shift II is Headed to PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System and Nintendo 3DSTM

TORRANCE, Calif.–April 15th, 2011–Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to announce that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II will be headed to both the PSP® system and the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system on May 31st. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is an enhanced port of the critically acclaimed BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and the next installment in the popular 2D fighting game series known as BlazBlue.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II contains the complete set of single player features from the console version, such as Arcade, Story Attack, Training, and Story mode, and also has an ad-hoc Network mode for multiplayer play. This impressive list of features is topped off with new content created solely for the handheld version, including extra story material and brand new modes such as Legion 1.5 and Abyss Mode.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II features the full 18 character cast of the original BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, including the three DLC characters, Makoto, Valkenhayn, and Platinum. Furthermore, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II also features the new system mechanics and game balance revisions introduced by the original Arcade version and system version 1.03. With all of these new features, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is a brand new fighting game experience sure to meet the expectations of fans everywhere.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Key Features

All-New Single Player Content
Upgrade your character to reach the bottom in the new Abyss Mode, create an army to conquer your foes in the new Legion 1.5 Mode, polish your skills in the revamped Challenge Mode, and earn Platinum Dollars to unlock a host of in-game rewards.

Redesigned Fighting Experience
With new system mechanics, game engine revisions, and an entirely rebalanced roster from its original predecessor, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II offers a fully updated fighting game experience for both veterans and newcomers alike.

Enhanced Story Features
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II contains not only the full story of the original, but also brand new Story Mode and Arcade Mode segments for players to enjoy.

Ad-hoc Multiplayer
Ad-hoc multiplayer allows up to 4 players to participate in a single session. Two players will square off while the others are spectators.

3D Functionality
The Nintendo 3DS™ version of the game allows players to experience the next dimension of BlazBlue visuals with full 3D effects in nearly all modes of gameplay.

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LEGEND_MARIOID

#1

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Looks pretty awesome. I love 2D anime sprite fighting games. They look great in thius game. I take it they'll be anime cut-scenes as well.

I also heard this kind of fighter is a hardcore one?

Metroid133

#4

Metroid133 said:

The end of May is when 3DS starts to get hit again! :D I better play the heck out of SSFIV:3D by then because once the end of May comes I'll have three new fighting games, and an eShop to spend all my free time with! :D

Nintomdo64

#5

Nintomdo64 said:

never played this series, but it looks pretty awsome. wasn't this released on the psn not long ago? wouldn't mind hearing from someone who's played this already.

Knux

#6

Knux said:

If this has online multiplayer, then I might buy this instead of Dead or Alive:Dimensions.

Yasume

#7

Yasume said:

I'm not into fighting games at all, but this looks really good. I hope they have plans to release it in Europe.

Ron_DelVillanoAdmin

#8

Ron_DelVillano said:

To all who are asking: BlazBlue is made by the same folks who brought us the Guilty Gear series of games. They are fast-paced 2-D fighters with crazy characters and huge flashy combos. And yes, they can get a bit "hardcore." If you've ever played Guilty Gear, then you should know what to expect.

The first BlazBlue was released on the PS3 and 360, but now there are a couple sequels for the PSP and PC. Personally, I'm glad to see these kinds of games coming to Nintendo consoles. There were a couple of Guilty Gear games for the Wii and DS, but I don't think they provided the same experience that the other console versions do. Here's to hoping that this one is good!

retro_player_22

#10

retro_player_22 said:

This game better had online play, it would be disappointing if it doesn't considering Super Street Fighter IV for 3DS and Ultimate Mortal Kombat for DS already did.

Yasume

#11

Yasume said:

@Retro_player_22: I believe I read somewhere that this game will only have local multiplayer, but don't quote me on this.

Edit: I just searched some more and no, this game doesn't have online play. The game has been released in Japan 2 weeks ago and some gamers that imported the game confirmed this.

siavm

#12

siavm said:

Seeing how this game is just a straight port of the psp game, does not use the 3ds for any thing other than 3d, and has no online play, this is a no buy for me. I am getting DOA instead. Because like street fighter, it has online, uses some of the systems other features besides 3d, and was made with the 3ds in mind.

CanisWolfred

#13

CanisWolfred said:

Finally, a game for the 3DS I actually want! ...Oh wait, it's coming to the PSP? Nevermind, I'll just get it for that.

PatrickElliotStaff

#16

PatrickElliot said:

@Besen I had the first Guilty Gear on the PSX, and loved that old dude with the giant cleaver! "HEAVEN OR HELL...LET'S ROCK!"

outrun2sp

#17

outrun2sp said:

if you havent played these games before get ready for a tough time. These games are not suited to the casual audience and offer only very high level play at the level of SSF2x.

You cant just jump in here, you have to learn how to use each character and the launches into air combos.

gojiguy

#18

gojiguy said:

SSFIV is not a 3D fighter. The only 3D fighter coming is DoA.

I'm glad Nintendo is getting all these fighters. Between this, SFIV, and Doa I'll happy on 3DS and at home I'll still be playing Tatsunoko vs Capcom. : )

Samholy

#19

Samholy said:

still playing street fighter 4, doubted to buy any other fighters...but man. this one looks insane.
so much modes. this is what SF4 lacks. arcade is fun, but its the same thing I was doing years ago on street fighter 2 turbo. Blazblue included some RPG element that i was looking for in a fighter game.
since im not playing much multiplayer with SF4, this title just ranked up in my buy-list. ill wait for the reviews and general user comments before buying it, but im tempted.... very tempted.

revoc

#20

revoc said:

I read somewhere that there is no online play and movement is controlled with the d-pad and not the circle pad. I play SSIV with the circle pad since the d-pad is in an awkward spot.

belmont

#21

belmont said:

BlazBlue CS2 is a first day buy. I'll get the PSP version since I don't have a 3DS yet. I like this series very much and have all the previous iterations on PSP/PS3.

The game is higly recommender to all anime fans.

The first one had very good HD visuals on PS3 and an interesting storyline. The PSP port was very good with high-res visuals and all game modes from the PS3 version.

The second game (Continuum Shift) continued in the same roots but had expensive DLC. However this content is included in the 3DS/PSP versions.

Tails

#23

Tails said:

I will sadly not be picking this up till it goes down in price. I just preordered Zelda 3D and Starfox 3D so don't worry though i'll get some more fighting games when my wallet isn't completely butchered. But it looks freaking amazing. :)

Slapshot

#24

Slapshot said:

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TO RELEASE!!! :D

I'm pulling out my PS3 copy today just to get hyped up some more! This is by far my favorite 2D fighting series. I will lay waste to some wannabes with my Jin online once again! ;)

SazMelthic

#30

SazMelthic said:

This is going to better then the last prequel from the PSP, I'm not really fussy with the UMD discs or nether the PSP's hardware. I rather handhelds having cartridges not mini discs for making sounds that should only belong in home consoles.

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