I remember watching a bit of the Medabots anime when I was a kid, but I couldn’t be able to tell you anything about what Medabots is about. It has always been an IP that looks cool, but it never made that big of an impact in North America, which is probably why you don’t see many games of that franchise over here, at least not to my knowledge. Regardless, it still looks really, REALLY cool and I wish to know more about it.
That’s exactly why I’m still pretty interested in this announcement for Medabots Classics, which is a re-release of the following five Medabots games for Japan:
- Medabots (Game Boy, 1997)
- Medabots 2 (Game Boy Color, 1999)
- Medabots 3 (Game Boy Color, 2000)
- Medabots 4 (Game Boy Color, 2001)
- Medabots 5: Susutake Mura no Tenkousei (Game Boy Color, 2001)
Just like the Pokemon or Yokai Watch games, the release will feature two different versions to choose from. The Kabuto and Kuwagata versions will cost 4,800 yen and will come out on December 21. There will also be a 12,000 yen “20th Anniversary Edition” that comes with a soundtrack and a 1600-page character book.
Finally, there will also be some brand new features introduced to all of these games, which are the following, listed out by Gematsu:
- Save and Load Anytime – Save right before a Robattle to try it again. No longer should you worry about being defeated and losing your parts.
- Wireless Multiplayer – Local wireless battles have been implemented for each game. Parts trading is also supported.
- Robattle Skip and Speed Feature – Skip Robattles against small fry enemies or against enemies you cannot defeat. However, while you can earn experience points, your Medal proficiency will not raise, so you cannot use this feature too often. You can also increase the speed of the game.
- Medabot Album – A Medabot Album featuring the parts you obtained in the main story of each game has been added. The full graphic for a Medabot will be unlocked after you obtain all four of its parts.
- Play a New Game with All of the Parts You Obtained – After clearing the main story of a game, you can start a new game with all of the parts you obtained. It may even be possible to use the phantom parts that cannot be obtained in the main story.
Obviously, there’s no confirmation of this game ever coming to the west, but if it ever does, I am more than willing to give these games a chance. I don’t know anything about Medabots other than the Pogs I would find in my bags of chips as a kid. However, I am more than willing to get into it, and these re-releases are the perfect opportunity.Source: Medarotsha, Gematsu