There have been a plethora of games based on the anime. Back in the anime boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, we saw dozens of publishers capitalizing on the growing popularity of the medium, especially in the age of PS2 gaming. Fighting games, action-adventure, Mario Party clones, there was an anime game for every genre of game. We wouldn’t be surprised if there was one Kart Racing anime game that was only released. ‘in Japan. With thousands of titles on the market, it’s easy to forget some. So, for this list, we’re going to take a look at ten amazing anime games that we all forgot about. The only downside, besides being good, is that we only watch games released in the US.
ten Astro Boy: Omega Factory
It’s a shame that most people don’t know Astro Boy. It is to anime what Mickey Mouse was to American animation. He was the original character in the anime and has gone on to become one of Japan’s most iconic characters. In 2003, the United States and Japan both got a remake of the classic series, and a video game arrived on the GBA.
Astro Boy: Omega Factory was an explosive side-scroller that featured some of the best 2-D beat-em-up action around. It’s fast, has tons of abilities for Astro to use, and is often considered one of the best games in the GBA. If you like classic games like Streets of rage, you owe it to yourself to play this underrated gem.
9 Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir
When the first Fullmetal Alchemist game came out, it did not receive the best reception. The combat was dull, the graphics were quite flat, and didn’t fully reflect the feel of the anime. The sequel did a much better job both as an adaptation and as a video game. Combat wasn’t just limited to weapon use, and each of the three weapons you get can be swapped out at any time. It’s always a repetitive affair, but the real hook was the story, which told the show’s early episodes and starred Ed and Al taking on heartless creatures called Golems. Starring the same cast from the series and new anime clips exclusively for the game, it was an adventure like no other.
8 Bleach: Blade of Doom
Of the “Big Three”, Bleach is the anime that many people least remember, which means a lot of games based on the series haven’t moved to the west. One of the few who made it to the United States was Blade of fate, a 2-D fighter who is hailed as the best Bleach Game.
Featuring a mix of surprisingly deep combat mechanics and a card-based system, Blade of fate was a game that fans and non-fans alike could enjoy.
7 Lupine III: Treasures of the Witch King
Yes, everyone’s favorite red jacket thief has made it to the PS2 in this obscure title. Rather than focusing on the action and the shooter, Lupine took inspiration from Solid Snake and Sam Fisher relying on stealth. In a world where most anime games just focus on action and spectacle, this has allowed for a nice change of pace. It wasn’t perfect, with the AI hilariously ignoring Lupine every time he hid right in front of them, but it told a fun, quirky story that was a real treat for the fans.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
Acting as one of the last DBZ games released for 3DS, Attack of the Saiyans was a departure from the number of fighting games based on the franchise. What we got was a turn-based action game that told the whole Saiyan saga. While there have been a few RPG games, we’ve never had a turn-based one. But, it was a successful transition, thanks to the Monolith Soft development team who worked on it. It turned out to be one of their last tracks before releasing the excellent Chronicles of Xenoblade.
5 One Piece: Unlimited Adventures
One of the very first action-adventure games based on the mega-popular animated series, One Piece: Unlimited Adventures Luffy and the gang travel to a mysterious island to gather resources and find hidden treasure. The gameplay was mostly a simple action game that let you control your favorite Straw Hat Pirates (minus Brook) and fight a lot of generic enemies.
He had fun abilities and even featured Funimation’s voice, something you don’t see very often in A play Games. If you are a A play fan, you will have to collect a lot of treasure to buy this one.
4 Samurai Champloo: Hijacked
Of life, like most anime games, is another story from the series of the same name. Players have the option of controlling Mugen or Jin to navigate their way through different levels. What did Of life standing out from other hack-and-slash games was how combos tied to multiple hip-hop records and a turntable on the top screen. It was fun to mix and match various attack patterns, and the tension gauge leads to some fun kills. The biggest surprise was to learn that Suda 51 and her studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, created this title. Not that often you see someone as tall as the guy behind No more heroes and Killer 7 working on a game based on a popular series.
3 Yu-Gi-Oh: Dungeon Monsters
After Yugi saved his grandfather, he was challenged by Duke Devlin to prove that the King of Games’ victory over Pegasus was a sham. Instead of Duel Monsters, Yugi participated in Devlin’s own game Dungeon Dice Monsters. The 4-part event proved popular enough to warrant its own play.
While Monsters didn’t take off as well as Konami had hoped, it was still a fun spinoff game. The gameplay was strategic and unique compared to other board games, which led to some thrilling chess-like moments. Combine that with new and old monsters, and you’ve got a winner, at least in our book.
2 Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
Everyone has fond memories of DBZ games, like Budokai 3 Where Tenkaichi 2, but no one seems to remember the big one The Legacy of Goku II. The original was not a difficult enough game, but the sequel was a much better and fairer experience. The game featured a mix of Zelda-type combat and dungeon exploration, letting you play as Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, and Trunks, while telling the whole Android and Cell saga. If there was something wrong with it The Legacy of Goku IIis that you don’t play as much as its titular hero. Still, it’s a solid DBZ game that fans should try.
1 Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Back in the days of the Xbox 360 launch, Microsoft did its best to convince the Japanese public to give Xbox a chance. With a few exclusive JRPGs, Microsoft and Ubisoft have created a Naruto: The rise of a ninja. Following the series’ first 80 episodes, the game allowed fans to explore a beautifully done version of the Hidden Leaf Village. While The rise of a ninja was a fighting game with mechanics similar to Ultimate Ninja series, it also featured RPGs and exploration mechanics, something that would define Ubisoft for years to come. It’s a shame we don’t get anime games from big Triple-A studios like this because The rise of a ninja was one of the best anime games.
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