This is excellent news. The versus series kicks the tar out of the DW series for quality and fun.
Sadly, it’s a Japan-only release for now, but the PS3 is region free so it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll be importing this as soon as it’s available, and I’ll buy the US version too, should we ever get one. To be fair, this is a PS3 release, not a PSP or Wii release, so the odds of an international release are a bit better (PSP is pretty much dead outside of Japan, and sales for Wii games are pretty poor for non-casual games made by companies not called Nintendo). The game is an arcade game, so even if they add a mission mode to the home release (as they have done with the series every time), the amount of text to translate would be roughly the same as DW3. Anyone who wants a flat-out awesome Gundam game (as in a game that could get a 8, 9, or 10 from American reviewers or a mid-thirties-40 from Famitsu) should hope this gets an international release (if it does Bandai might even feel generous and make a 360 port for westerners as it did for the originally PS3 exclusive DWG1). These games are made by Capcom, if that helps.
Just found out this game will support custom soundtracks. Take that DWG3!
Gameplay video links:*
Here’s a gameplay video from the arcade version; it features a suit SFA loves.
Here’s another one, featuring a fan favorite suit.
There’s also this sexy beast.
Finally, here’s one showing off my beloved IJ.
- it’s purely coincidental that the videos are from the same channel; I just linked to videos that I thought showed off the game well.
Wikipedia has a list of the playable mobile suits here.