For those of you unfamiliar with the Medabots franchise (known as Medarot in Japan), it’s basically Pokémon and Digimon, with customizable robots that partner up with their human owners to fight in battles. While the series has continued on on handhelds like the Gameboy and Nintendo 3DS as an action game, developer Rocket Company hopes to add some RPG elements with its upcoming and newest iteration, Medabots DUAL: Kabuto ver./Stag ver.
As the name implies, Medabots DUAL: Kabuto ver./Stag ver will have a Kabuto version and a Stag version. Similar to the Pokémon handheld series, the game will allow players to pick a gender, and then offer a different starting Medabot with each version: one featuring the series’ Medabot hero, Metabee (Metabi in Japan) and Patina.
Players will be able to customize their Medabots, and during battle can destroy each Medabot part by part to change the outcome of the battle. As the gameplay trailer shows below, players will battle as their Medabot, and run around in arena-styled fights. Various abilities are available via the face buttons, but need to cooldown after use. Certain parts are also more suitable for certain terrain, requiring players to think strategically on what components will give them the edge in combat and movement. 2-on-2 team battle will also be a feature in the game.
Medabots DUAL: Kabuto ver./Stag ver is set to release in Japan on November 14th, 2013 to the Nintendo 3DS. Check out the trailers and gallery below for a closer look at the game.