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Naruto, One Piece, DBZ Characters Face Off In New Game

Marvel vs. Capcom. Mortal Kombat vs. DC. Super Smash Bros. Fighting games have a long and proud tradition of throwing together a bunch of characters you’d never normally see in the same place.

Namco Bandai Games are taking up the mantle this spring with their new 3D fighter, J-Stars Victory Vs., due out in Japan March 19th for PS3 and Vita, throwing into the virtual arena a plethora of characters from various Shonen Jump manga. It’s all part of Shonen Jump’s 45th anniversary. 45 years! That’s a lot of comics.

Included on the mouth-watering list of playable characters are One Piece’s Luffy, Dragon Ball Z’s Goku, Naruto’s, uh, Naruto, Bleach’s Ichiro Kurosaki, and Rurouni Kenshin’s Kenshin Himura. And that’s just for starters. Also included are characters from titles like Saint Seiya, Gintama, and even Kuroko’s Basketball.

The preview video shows off the gameplay, voices by original voice actors, and some crazy Shonen Jump matchups. Vegeta vs. Jonathan Joestar – who do you think would win?

Source: ANN

Update 5/9/14: The game is out and Play-Asia was kind enough to send us a copy to try out. Click here to read our J-Stars Victory Vs. Review!

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.