(Japan) Gaist Crusher, From Capcom & Treasure: Official Site

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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Treasure: Official Logo

Almost everyone among the oprainfall Staff are fans of Treasure—some more devoted than others. And I hope we’ve done a good job of making you aware of how fantastic/versatile some of these developers really are. They are, after all, responsible for Gunstar Heroes, Guardian Heroes, Sin & Punishment and its sequel, and so much more. Some of these folks even played a hand in Code of Princess. There’s just…so much to love. Can you tell I’m a fan?

At any rate, a long while back, we reported on the fact that Treasure was working on a new game for the Nintendo 3DS. And then it was announced, and it…flew right under my radar. Shame on me! I flipped out when I saw this game making headlines. “When did this happen!?” This game was announced long time ago.

Gaist Crusher Website Artwork

Alas, I am determined to make amends for missing out on this game when it was first announced. Ladies and gentlemen, Gaist Crusher has a shiny new website and a release window of Winter 2013 in Japan. It’s being published by Capcom and developed by Treasure. This game looks like a 3D brawler, but it has a ton of focus on transformations and collecting. I don’t know how else to describe what I’m seeing, so here’s a trailer to feast your eyes upon!

Here’s a bit more from one of our translators, Will: “[In addition to the 3DS game], there are two manga, both being published in the Jump manga magazines V-Jump and Saikyo Jump. Now, that’s something you don’t see every day! Another note regarding the anime (yes, that’s also happening): Hitoshi Kitadani (of One Piece‘s “WE ARE!” and “We Go” fame) is composing the theme song.”

So, this Gaist Crusher isn’t just a game—it’s an attempt at creating a brand (aimed at kids, like Mega Man once was) in Japan. How successful will they be? Only time will tell. But if Treasure’s at the helm, my hopes are high.

I wonder if it will come to the West. Code of Princess did, but…it was brought over by ATLUS. Are our chances slim? Hope springs eternal, right?


  • Sandy

    I hope it doesn’t do well.
    With this new “Capcom IP”, I feel as if it’s just trying to replace Megaman, a beloved franchise that has been ignored for FAR too long. It angers me that it’s getting a manga and everything. That just makes me angry. Megaman doesn’t need to be replaced .-.

    • Pedro Rosas

      Mega Man cannot be replaced, he is part of history already. You cannot replace history

    • airco

      Replace Megaman? That’s ridiculous, Capcom is doing nothing of the sort with this game (unless your argument is that everything Capcom does that isn’t Megaman is trying to replace Megaman). All this is is Capcom trying to get into the lucrative “multimedia shounen toy commercial franchise” that’s all the rage nowadays (with successes like Danbooru Senki and Inazuma Eleven, and not-so-successes like Gyrozetter). This franchise is nothing new in that regard, especially in having multiple manga adaptations and a TV anime in the works – hell, if the top of the article didn’t say who was behind it, I would have assumed it was a new Level 5 property.

      Also, the gameplay looks like it’s basically a copy-paste of Monster Hunter. Which is okay, I guess.

    • Tara

      A lot of the style is reminiscent of the Mega Man Starforce series. The gameplay is definitely Monster Hunter Lite, yeah, but there’s honestly not anything saying they aren’t trying to replace Mega Man with this. (And by “replace” it isn’t meant to make people forget, but Captain Commando was retired when Mega Man became Capcom’s big property.

      Though I don’t disagree, this does, on almost every level, come off as a Level 5 property, and what I’m seeing as Mega Man might actually be better described as looking like Little Battlers/Danball Senki. (Honestly kinda surprised that series hasn’t made it out of Japan. I actually imported a single one of the model kits because I liked the design, and it’s pretty nice.) In that same sense, I’m wondering if this even has any shot of being marketed outside of Japan, either…

    • タイガー&ドラゴン

      If anything, it reminds me of Super Robot Taisen. Megaman has nothing to worry about, I don’t even know how you assumed this would replace him.

  • Tara

    So what I see here is, it’s definitely like… Starforce X Legends, with some Monster Hunter. The thing that I hate about this? I’m interested. I know very well what the intention behind it is, it doesn’t take much brainpower to see this is a Mega Man replacement. Especially when you consider the kind of money they’re clearly investing in this.

    In a sort of “I’m obviously punishing myself as a Mega Man fan to even support this” sort of way, I’d buy it if it came stateside.

  • V. Dokk.

    I gotta say, if they are even planning to replace Megaman, Capcom will just prove they’ve lost their sanity.

    This Gaist Crusher looks pretty fine, despite the fact that it looks like a Saint Seiya rip-off at first glance, and i hope it does well. But as a series that earned a rightful place on its own, not taking Megaman’s place.

    And, if it’s a true replacement for Blue Bomber, I sincerely don’t care if Capcom is nearing it’s end. They will just have brought it to themselves…

  • James Best

    I have no idea what the heck this is. But I like it.

  • Kyle Emch

    Well, if nothing else, I guess I now know how Mario and Zelda fans felt during that period of time when Pokemon was crazy popular. Then again, Gaist Crusher isn’t even out yet, so who knows how this will turn out.

    The word “Gyrozetter” is already ringing in my ears, though.

  • Randy_Thompson

    Downpour Inside Joke: Two shots taken for this article 😉