I recently took part in a virtual preview event with some of the developers of Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia. The game was announced during the Nintendo Treehouse Livestream earlier this year and is being developed by WayForward. At first glance, most people would probably think it is just another Pokémon clone but while it may have you collecting creatures and using them for battle, there is much more to it than that.
For any of you that are unfamiliar with the series (like myself) Bakugan is an anime TV series that branched into collectible toys and a card game that was a joint venture between SEGA Toys and Spin Master. The first TV series aired in 2007 and was titled “Bakugan Battle Brawlers.” It saw reasonable success as a franchise and spawned several Bakugan video games on consoles such as the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PS2, and PS3.
Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia is a Nintendo Switch exclusive video game that is set in the land of Vestroia. It is a semi-open world game that features an all-new storyline and a fully customizable protagonist. It is a good entry point for players who have no previous knowledge of the franchise.
The idea of the game is that you are a Battle Brawler and your goal is to build a formidable team of Bakugan. You can participate in battles to make your Bakugan stronger and upgrade their skills and attacks. When a battle commences, your Bakugan fight automatically and it is your task as Battle Brawler to keep your Bakugan Charged up. To do this, you run around inside a Matrix grid collecting energy cores. Your opponent will also be running around collecting energy cores so you must move around swiftly and strategically.
Once you have collected enough energy cores, you will be able to use one of your abilities. You can decide to unleash an attack or keep collecting energy cores so you can use an even stronger ability. It can be a bit of a gamble as your Bakugan and your opponent’s Bakugan are losing health throughout battle but it could be a gambit that pays off.
As regards battling other human players like your friends or other people around the world, there is online Multiplayer. Local Wireless is not supported so you will need to rely on a stable internet connection for multiplayer brawls. While there are no global leaderboards, your wins and losses are recorded and you can level up your rank as you get more experienced.
You may also be delighted to know that there are no in-game purchases with real-world money. It might be the norm with a lot of Modern games but the developers at WayForward have assured us that you will only need to use the in-game currency to purchase things.
The are plenty of RPG elements in Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia that will allow you to get the most out of your Team. You can level them up, give them new abilities, increase their stats, etc. Their form will also change as they get stronger and evolve. There are 81 Bakugan who each belong to a particular faction. This is reflected in their coloring and attacks. A fan favorite Bakugan also makes its way into the game, Leonidas. Fans will remember this beast from other games and the TV series.
Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia is certainly an interesting game to keep an eye out for. It releases on Nintendo Switch on November 3, 2020. If you enjoy games like Pokémon and Nexomonbut looking for a change in gameplay, Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia could be a game for you.
We would like to take the time to thank WayForward, Warner Bros. Interactive, and Jordan of FortySeven for inviting us to the virtual presentation of Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia.
Thank you for reading and until next time, Keep on Gaming!