Because it was actually released outside of Japan, many people living in the West would have, at least, seen the Nintendo 3DS exclusive Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. It’s a fighting game developed by Arc System Works that is very much reminiscent of older Dragon Ball Z handheld titles. Well something you may not be entirely aware of is the existence of another Arc System Works fighting game based on another Shonen Jump staple of equal popularity; One Piece. This game, which is so far unreleased even in Japan, is titled One Piece: Grand Pirate Colosseum and features a similar gameplay design to that of Extreme Butoden. This game is also an exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS.
Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan have recently revealed that, sometime in November, Arc System Works is set to release a free update for both games that will allow them to interact in huge ways. How huge? Well, huge enough that you will be able to cross-title battle, meaning Goku can go up against Luffy, Vegeta against Zolo, Piccolo against Sanji, and so on and so forth. This is not the first time these two Shonen series’ have intersected, and it will not be the last, that’s for sure!
One Piece: Grand Pirate Colosseum is set for a release on the Nintendo 3DS across Japan on the 21st of September, not too long from now, and, as mentioned, the update will be released at a, so far, undisclosed time this November. As the game, and the expansion’s, release gets closer you can be sure that Bandai Namco Entertainment will be revealing more, but as it currently stands; all we know is that this thing exists, outside of that…nothing.