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TV Anime: Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen (DS) Review

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TV Anime: Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen is an import of a Nintendo DS fighting game and an adaption of the anime/manga Fairy Tail. That anime tells the story of a young summoner named Lucy who wants to join the mages guild Fairy Tail, along the way she becomes friends and journeys with a dragon slayer, an ice wizard, an armor wizard and a flying blue cat. This game is a recapped retelling of those events but that part of the game is really only playable by those that can read Japanese.

For English speakers and readers the game is still playable allowing you to skip dialog to enter the game's main attraction of 2D fighting. Unfortunately this game takes the approach of simplifying combat to single buttons, a decision that eliminates combos and turns off most fighting enthusiasts.

While the game has 24 playable characters they all essentially play the same. Each character has one attack button and three special attack buttons that can only be used when the character has enough mana. Fights boil down to waiting for your gauge to fill up and just slamming the AI with your most powerful move.

TV Anime: Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen

It also needs to be stated that only a few characters are unlocked at first the rest need to be unlocked by playing story mode with different characters. This option of choosing who to fight in story mode only gets accessible halfway through the story each time so players get to enjoy the rather long and sad joke fight where players use Happy the cat.

The best part about this game is easily the animation. Detailed 2d Sprites are present for every character even the small flying blue cat Happy. Each attack looks pretty and the game actually is more fun to watch than play, never a good sign. The music is decent but nothing at all memorable, though the sound effects have good variety and feature a lot of battle crying.

TV Anime: Fairy Tail Gekitou! Madoushi Kessen is just not worth the import and if it comes out in the states by some chance years later it still isn't worth the admission tag. A game like this is a cheap cash-in for Japan and I haven't seen a game this lazy in it's 2D combat since the SNES days. The one positive to take out of this is the sprite work is essentially done for a developer that may one day take a crack at this series.








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