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Here at Diehard GameFAN we’ve had mixed feelings about the Bakugan video games. Mark, Aaron, and I all enjoyed the first game, simply entitled Bakugan Battle Brawlers. After that, things went a bit downhill. Aaron didn’t enjoy the DS exclusive Bakugan Battle Trainer and I didn’t really care for the next console title, Bakugan: Defenders of the Core. Still, even with varying degree of quality in the Bakugan games, we’ve all been more or less interested in the video games.
With that in mind, I was intrigued by an email I recieved today from Activision about the just announced Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance. This game, exclusively for the Nintendo DS is going to be a RPG/Tower Defense Hybrid. This is interesting as the first two games were very much in tune with the collectable board game, while Defenders of the Core was a fighting game/beat ’em up/tower defense hybrid. While I’m happy to see Bakugan is constantly trying new genres in the video game world, the games that HAVEN’T followed the board game format haven’t fared as well with us when it comes to review time.
Below you can find the official press release for the game along with a gallery of screenshots that give us a bit of an idea as to what we can expect later this year. But first…the first trailer for the game!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE EPIC BRAWL BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL CONTINUES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IN BAKUGAN: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE FOR NINTENDO DS
Minneapolis, MN – August 26, 2011 – Based on the action toys and games phenomenon Bakugan and continuing to ignite the competitive spirit in young gamers worldwide, Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI ) and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises announced today Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance for the Nintendo DS system. Available this holiday season, Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance delivers thrilling action and tower-defense gameplay in an adventurous, fun, and exciting format that is a first for the Bakugan videogame series.
“Our ongoing collaboration with Nelvana Enterprises has proven to be a worldwide success,”Â said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “It’s an absolute blast to work on a property with such a hungry and dedicated fan base. We look forward to producing this new Bakugan title and it being embraced by kids for its innovative style and incredibly unique gameplay.”Â
In Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance a mysterious new group of brawlers has invaded New Vestroia. Playing as either Dan or one of five other familiar Battle Brawlers, gamers must defend against these dark and devastating new foes from amassing the most powerful Bakugan army ever. A series first; Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance features an incredible hybridization of the adventure RPG, and tower defense genres. There are over 30 levels, spread across 6 diverse areas of New Vestroia, to explore as your human Brawler, and defend and conquer as a Bakugan. With 35 unique Bakugan at their disposal, kids will find themselves instantly drawn in to the real-time action packed brawling and brain-bending strategic play as they ultimately come face to face with their adversaries in heart-pounding boss battles.
“We are extremely pleased with the global success of Bakugan and excited about yet another exceptional Bakugan title from Activision in the global game space with Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance,”Â said Colin Bohm, Managing Director, Nelvana Enterprises. “Activision has the unique ability to distill a property into its most engaging form while staying true to its core principles.”Â
Bakugan: Rise of the Resistance will be available this holiday season for Nintendo DS. The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information, please visit http://www.activision.com.
Alexander Lucard was the Editor-in-Chief of Diehard GameFAN and Director of Operations for the InsidePulse network. He has since retired from writing, but clearly shows up now and again. He has worked in video game journalism since 2002 and was also a paid consultant for Konami and The Pokemon Company. Alex has previously written for Tips N Tricks, Gamespot, White Wolf, TSR, Wizards of the Coast, Eden Studios, 411mania, Not a True Ending and more. His writing could also be found in the monthly periodicals Massive Online Gamer and Pokemon Collector Magazine.