“ Genre: Fighting / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Nintendo „
This is an absolutely amazing game for the DS, and its a shame it is only in japanese. It is a flatform fighter and is instantly addictive as it contains hundreds of characters from popular manga in Shonen Jump magazine.
You advance through worlds in space, each with their own manga theme. One might be Yu Gi Oh, the other Bleach and you must complete set tasks to unlock characters and so on! As you advance through the game, the goals get much harder (with time limit) so makes unlocking even more fun.
It is easy to control and each character has its own unique skillsets of about 5 different attacks.. The animations are fun and interesting , and the levels vary in difficulty.
The best is multiplayer and you can choose what character to use and fight in an arena and so on. The more you play single player, the more characters to unlock and the better the character set you can get.
I have spent many hours on this game because it was so utterly great and original, and i find that the manga format makes this so much more fun and i would recommend this to everyone even if you don't understand japanese!
You can import this from some online stores, but it is definitely worth it if you can handle deciphering the japanese with a guide or just working it out by trying!
Jump Ultimate Stars is a fighting game where you have a target to achieve (Can be anything from breaking walls, to knocking out your opponent, to collecting bananas) against an opponent usually. If you can't read Japanese I'd use a FAQ from the internet. The game play works a lot like the Super Smash Brothers franchise, a 2-D arena that you can throw your opponent off. There are loads of character's, all from popular manga and with an array of attack's (Around 10-20). The graphics are great, even though it is completely 2-D, the characters look amazing. You sort out your team using something called a "Koma System", a genius system using blocks from the manga, say you have a Goku panel that takes up 5 blocks, if you place it on the grid you'll get a level 5 Goku on your team. All panels 4 blocks and over are 100% playable, those that are 2-3 blocks will appear on the stage and attack, defend or heal when prompted. The stages could be more interesting but the gameplay makes up for it.
Jump Ultimate Stars... All I can say is this game is a must buy! Even though this game is in Japanese (Which makes it hard to review but I'll do my best) It is never going to come out anywhere else due to licensing issues, Unless of course there is some sort of miracle. Read on for my full review.
The gameplay is amazing for a DS game if you are an anime fan like me and like fighter games and own a DS this is a must buy for you, There is a HUGE selection of characters and each have thier own special moves and attacks. Also the way you select characters is very imaginative with you having to build a "Deck" which has three different types of cards in it. This deck appears on the bottom screen which is how you use it.
1. The Character cards, these are the cards which give you playable characters to use in battle these take up four squares or more and you swap between characters by tapping their image on the deck on the bottom screen. As your characters lose health their image slowly loses colour until it is completely black and white which makes it unusable.
2. The support cards, These cards take up two to three squares of your deck and temporaraly call up characters from anime series who help you or hinder your enemies.
3. Power Cards?, These cards give your character cards special bonuses and if theyre from the same series and have a relationship (Friends, etc.) they get an extra bonus, Sorry if im vague here its hard to tell what they do when it is all in japanese.
Theres alot there combine that with online play and you have yourself one hefty package.
To be honest the sound does the job but doesnt really make you exclaim "Wow, thats one cool song what's the name?" there's not much else to say here so I'm gonna move on to the next section.
The graphics are amazing even though they are 2D they fit the DS's style as the DS wasnt made for graphics it was made for gameplay but still In my honest opinion these graphics fit the anime feel and all the sprites in the game look great and are all animated nicely. There's not alot more to say here either as I said the DS isnt about graphics and I would laugh If someone said they had bought a DS for it's graphical capabilities. Thats what the PSP is for. (I own both for your information)
This game will keep you entertained for a week atleast just unlocking the characters is a huge draw for me at least, it's even better when you know what the animes/mangas are.
I like the way you unlock characters on this game although you will want to look at an online translation guide If you want a specific character as the mission unlocking requirements are in japanese although generally the missions are easy to figure out ANYHOO on to unlocking. Unlocking a character is done by this way, you complete a mission and its sub objectives for some one square cards then you can upgrade these cards with gems you find in the singleplayer mode and also say you have a four square character card you can upgrade it to get a better version for instance
Goku four square > Goku SSJ five square
Singleplayer is hard to review due to the japanese language but being a fighting game you really don't need to know the story, If you really care you can use an online translation guide.
Multiplayer is great, IF you can find a game that doesn't lag... Due to being a japanese game you end up connecting to japan and then the signal comes to you then back to japan again. As you can see this results in some lag... But if you do find a game that doesnt lag then you can end up having alot of fun although it is frustrating when people are alot better than you are. Also it should be noted that there is a friend code mode and a random match mode, I have only used the random match mode so I'm not sure what the lag issues are like on the friend code mode.
This game although having many issues is well worth the purchase if you want a portable game thats fun to pick up and play for hours or minutes then put back down. If you want a game you can play for a day upon end you wont find it here. If you want that sort of game go for a console game
Superb game, Love it personally Four stars.
The second collaboration between Jump magazine and Nintendo of Japan, bringing back famous characters from Shonen Jump's vast library of manga (Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece and more) for another round. The game also uses the Nintendo WiFi Connection service for online play features.