In the wake of Pokémon's astonishing success in Japan in 1996, many other developers attempted to ape the formula with their own RPG-style adventures. One of the more memorable was Imagineer's Medabot (or "Medarot" as it's known in Japan) series, which spawned a manga and anime and was focused on the construction of fighting robots. With the exception of Medarot Perfect Edition on the Bandai WonderSwan, all games in the series have been exclusive to Nintendo consoles.
Imagineer has announced that it is bringing together eight classic Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance titles from the series to the Nintendo Switch as part of the Medarot Classics Plus collection – and, just like the original game, this pack will be released in two flavours: Kabuto and Kuwagata.
The collection arrives on November 12th in Japan and will cost 4980 yen, plus tax. A special edition will also be available that includes both versions, memorial plates based on the box artwork and three soundtrack CDs. This version will cost 15180 yen.
While the series scored some minor success with western players back in the day, there's currently no indication that Medarot Classics Plus will be launched outside of Japan, but if this changes will we let you know.
This game will come out outside of Japan when pigs learn how to fly.
I still have Medabots: Rokusho AX on GBA, this is a huge blast from the past haha.
It's a shame that this series never continued internationally. I remember the first anime series being popular on Fox Kids / Jetex, but the later series didn't take off.
It's not something that could even be considered for import if you can't read Japanese, sadly, as the games look cool.
I don't know if they're actually any good or not though.
@RupeeClock There were like 4 or 5 games released in NA at least lol.
Yes but there are many more games on successor systems after the GBA titles that never made it internationally.
I had one of the games on GBA iirc. I loved it and always wondered why there were never any follow ups. Would be nice it it spawned a new game and we got over here.
Think I played the last two games on this collection on the gba back in the day. Would not mind the collection coming to the west
YOU HAD ME AT MEDABOTS AX.
THIS TOTALLY MAKES UP FOR KINGDOM HEARTS MELODY OF MEMORY YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS
Support english and I will import 4.
@Yosher I'll get down and teach them right away, I'll even teach elephants and donkeys to fly if it helps localize this wonderful collection ;w;
@BakaKnight If you do that and get the game localized that way then I'll even buy you a copy as a thank you. :3 Yeah I'd love this collection as well, but it's just unlikely unfortunately.
I've been trying to find this game I saw someone playing when I was a kid that looked like a snes version of kids fighting with robots. I wonder if it was one of these titles.
I played one of the GBA Medabots games for a bit back in the day; the game wasn't mine and was only borrowed for an hour or two. I enjoyed what I played of it and liked the anime, but I lost interest after awhile.
@Yosher I know, the chances are so low it's not even funny, but I'm crossing my fingers that they'll consider how a collection is a gold chance to try again to push the franchise in the west.
I had the Rokusho RPG man that was a hard game.
They can do this? What about the Sonic Advance series? Where are the Ninja Turtle compilations? Where is the Disney Afternoon games that the other systems got even though they were all NES titles?????? Is this Bizzarro world? I must be living in Bizzarro world.
i got the fighting game one, didn't know they were so consistent with genre except for that
I think I still have the GCN game in english.
I loved the game I had on GBA. It gave me a real Custom Robo vibe yet it played a bit like smash brothers in battle.
@BakaKnight Problem here is that it contains several games which, as far as I know, have never been released outside of Japan, and thus all need to still be translated, unless there's already translations that I'm not aware of.
I think that alone is already enough reason for them to not go through with it though.
If they do bring it stateside I want Medabee and Rokusho medals you can wear as a necklace.
i want this so bad
Really wanted those action spinoffs on the 3ds. Medarot Dual would have easily been my favorite 3ds game.
@Paraka - No English support for the Japanese physical release, sadly.
Been meaning to pickup Navi and Core second hand. Maybe I'll get this instead.
I played the Medabots RPGs on Gameboy Advance that came out. So many hours burned on multiple files. Learning strategies and figuring the games out. I beat Rokusho version, played the post game. Pretty sure one of the post game areas glitched but I think I finished it all. Just never collected everything. Maybe I should get back on them again but they are very long games.
@Jokerwolf I still have my metabee version! It gets played every few years. I wish they would release them outside of Japan, I would love to play em.
@Yosher not sure if you are aware but a crypto nft project was recently released centered around Medabots. Medabots.io
I am not sure if you guys are aware of the recently launched Medabots project on BSC.
The owner of the token project actually owns the IP of the original Japanese anime series from the '90s.
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