UPDATE (2/12): Project X Zone officially launches in North America this next Tuesday, February 16th, and to build the hype, Bandai Namco has released a launch trailer for the game on its YouTube channel. Check it out below!


UPDATE (1/19): As part of Nintendo’s recent JRPG focused press-event, Bandai Namco have released a brand new English trailer for the upcoming Project X Zone 2. Check it out below!


Project X Zone was a cross-over hit for the 3DS, and we will soon be seeing the international release of its sequel on February 16th. For those unfamiliar, this is a grid based strategy game featuring playable units from multiple franchises belonging to Capcom, Sega, and Bandai Namco Games. From the Tales of series, to Street Fighter, to Shenmue; it’s a real surprise seeing these and so many other characters interacting with each other.

The real joy is in the battle mechanics which feel somewhat akin to a fighting game. Built around a juggle system, each encounter is a thrill and allows you to control (at minimum) two characters simultaneously. With proper party management this can go as high as five characters at once! For those that need a little extra push, Project X Zone 2 will also feature a few playable characters direct from Nintendo.

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I had a handful of problems with the first title. Battles could be long, drawn out affairs with wave after wave of reinforcements appearing. These fights feel more like padding at times and, even with the gameplay itself being engaging and fun to watch, it could wear a bit thin during extended sessions. Similarly the character choices can rub some people the wrong way, with a lot of obscure faces amongst the cast. I personally don’t find this to be a problem, but it is notable enough to mention, with characters from Sakura Wars and God Eater being unfamiliar to a lot of American players.

I’m definitely excited to see if the sequel fixes the hang ups I had with the first title while enhancing the positives. I’m already excited about Chrom and Lucina’s inclusion as well as other fan favorites. Phoenix Wright in the same game as Segata Sanshiro? Sign me up! For those still not sold, a demo will be releasing in America on January 26th, following up on its January 21st release in Europe. I encourage all to give it a try, especially those that love cross-overs like I do.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg