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While nowhere near one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, I loved the two Custom Robo games that made their way to the West. Custom Robo on the GameCube and Custom Robo Arena on the Nintendo DS were both delightful titles that had a unique mix of RPG stories and mechanics with arcadey gameplay similar to Virtual On.

Unfortunately, it seems that Nintendo is done with the franchise for the foreseeable future. Nintendo has let the trademark for Custom Robo expire. This also most likely means that Ray Mk. III, who appeared in Brawl as an Assist Trophy, will not be appearing in Ultimate.

However, the series’ creator, Kouji Kenjo, has recently announced Synaptic Drive for the Switch, which appears to carry on some of Custom Robo’s gameplay elements.

Hopefully the game gets revived at some point, but for now, it is yet another great GameCube/DS era title that is lost to time. RIP, Custom Robo.


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Written by Bryan Finch

A video editor by trade, Bryan Finch is a lifetime Nintendo fan, and he loves writing about his passions. He also spends too much time playing and watching fighting games. Bryan enjoys​​ movies, comics, cooking with his wife, and the idea of Elite Beat Agents 2.