Every ’90s kid remembers Bakugan which debuted in the early 2000s. The era included a load of games with monster collecting games be it in the form of Pokemon, Digimon or even Monster Rancher. Bakugan approached the genre a little differently. Instead of cute yellow electrifies mice, the anime series revolved around spherical robot-like beasts which sprung to life when activated. Thus a whole range of toys was born that featured the same iconic spring-loaded action. The series then slowly evolved into bigger and better things with larger robots and even more toys. Every 90s kid either played with a Bakugan or owned a bunch of them. Those of you who are filled with nostalgia by now will be happy to know the upcoming Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia game is aiming to bring the series back to life.
Every fan of the Pokemon or Digimon series will know that reliving the life of a “trainer” in a video game is key to delivering the true battle master experience. The team at Wayforward plans on doing just that with Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia. The game is an upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive and seems to pack everything we could ask for in a Bakugan game.
Players can experience a dedicated single-player campaign where they explore a detailed world, take on quests, battle NPCs and of course, collect Bakugan. All this revolves around becoming the ultimate Bakugan champion. The game follows in the footsteps of the recent anime, Bakugan: Armored Alliance. The game features an original story which Wayforward claims is accessible to all players be they hardcore fans or noobs.
Players are dropped into the main city which is present in the anime. Here they will create their own character, customize them and obtain their first Bakugan. Wayforward says the single-player campaign is fully-fleshed out to deliver a strong narrative and give players the feeling of becoming a champion. While the game does not feature a massive open-world to explore, there will be hubs which players can invest their time in exploring. In addition, the campaign includes nuances which touch on the anime including the fan-favourite Bakugan, Leonidas who plays a big role in the game’s campaign.
When it comes to the combat which makes Bakugan so popular, the game features 1v1 battles between two brawlers. Each player, be it an online ranked match or NPC can equip up to three Bakugan during the fight. Players then run around the battlefield while their Bakugan fight in the centre and “cast” abilities which the Bakugan perform. These are performed using Baku Cores which act as a resource needed in order to perform the attacks. Each Bakugan can equip up to four abilities which can be swapped around when not in combat. This makes reach one highly customizable.
Wayforward claims the game also features some deep customization systems for each Bakugan. They can be levelled up and equipped with abilities which are obtained throughout the campaign. Players can also evolve Bakugan under certain requirements. Wayforward says the game lasts around 30 hours when it comes to the story. In addition, there are around 80 Bakugan to collect. Players can also jump into the multiplayer with their loadout from the campaign.
Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia is shaping up to be a great tribute to original games and anime. It seems to be aimed at new fans and veterans alike. We will have to see how it plays out when the game arrives in early November on Nintendo Switch. You can find out more on the Nintendo website.