Foreign Wrap-Up: Gotcha Force Edition

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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You guys remember the Capcom Five, right? The five games that were supposed to be GameCube exclusives? One of them was cancelled (Dead Phoenix), one of them didn’t do so hot commercially or critically (P.N.03), and the rest went multiplatform (Viewtiful Joe, Killer7, Resident Evil 4). Well, believe it or not, there were two other games Capcom made exclusively for the GameCube. In this week’s Foreign Wrap-Up, we’re going to look at one of the weirder ones that’s kinda close to my heart, Gotcha Force.

Released in 2003, Gotcha Force was like a mix between Custom Robo and Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On that had a few too many shrooms. You’re basically tasked with collecting various Gashapon toys called Borgs to stop an evil army of Borgs from ruling the world. The controls were kinda iffy, the story was completely nonsensical and the voice-acting was hilariously bad, but it reminded me so much of Virtual-On that I didn’t care back then. So naturally, this game received next to no promotion in North America. Hence why this is a Foreign Wrap-Up instead of the usual Retro ones. So here’s a Japanese commercial instead.

Here are the highlights of this past week.

Quite a bit of of Final Fantasy news this week. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was delisted from Amazon recentlythe Final Fantasy Agito trademark gets re-registeredFamitsu reports the development progress of its upcoming Final Fantasy titles, including Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and a GameFAQs member rediscovered an obscure quest from Final Fantasy IX.

Josh Speer reviews Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem in this week’s Games of the Past review.

Remember that Tales of Symphonia HD collection that was denied a while back? Well, guess what’s coming to the PS3.

Jonathan, Jared and Randy talk about the Nintendo/Sega partnership, the Xbox One announcement, Jonathan’s first experience with an iOS game, and more in this week’s episode of the Downpour Podcast, which is also available on iTunes.

Kazuki Morishita of GungHo makes a ballsy statement and wants to surpass Nintendo in sales.

Shin Megami Tensei IV did pretty well in Japan, selling 80% of its stock in its first week.

The staff of Operation Rainfall have a debate on whether it’s a good idea to put fees in used games.

Nintendo reveals the Best Buy locations that will have its E3 demos on the 12th and the 15th.

Justin Graham reviews Sword of Truth in this week’s Anime of the Past review.

Charlotte Buckingham gives us her impressions of the Project X Zone demo, which will be available later in North America this week.

Super Heroine Chronicle, a crossover featuring female protagonists of several anime series, is coming to the PS3 and Vita.

Guy Rainey entertains the idea of KickStarting localizations for niche Japanese titles in this week’s installment of Pretentious Opinionist.

IGN revealed the trailer for Sonic Lost World and, with it, some new information about the game. SEGA then drops some more info later on.

Finally, the Downpour Podcast team interviewed Denis Dyack of Precursor Games regarding Shadow of the Eternals. You can take a look at some snippets from the interview here. Be sure to check out the full interview in our next episode of the Downpour Podcast.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.