One Piece Unlimited World Red Coming to the West

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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One Piece Unlimited World RED - Logo

Did you ever hear about One Piece Unlimited World Red? You know that Ganbarion (of Pandora’s Tower fame) One Piece game that looks a bit like Monster Hunter? Well, it’s coming to both North America and Europe, courtesy of Bandai Namco.

Here’s the interesting part: while the game was originally a 3DS exclusive, for the Western territories, One Piece Unlimited World Red is going to be on 3DS, Wii U, PS3, and PS Vita. Note that while Europe is getting retail versions on all platforms, North America will only see retail versions for PS3 and 3DS. The Wii U and PS Vita versions will be available digitally. It’s a multiplayer co-operative game, with 3DS and Vita offering four-player local play, and Wii U and PS3 offering 2-player split-screen play. So far, we know nothing about any kind of cross platform play, or off-TV 2-player option for the Wii U. Bandai Namco has released a trailer showing the game in action.

Now, I won’t pretend to be a fan of One Piece, since I’ve never seen the show. I am a big fan of Monster Hunter, though, and this looks to scratch the same itch. Plus the bright, simplistic anime look gives a vibrancy that looks great, no matter what platform it’s on. These videos from the Japanese release show not only what the 3DS version looks like, but will also give you some idea of how each character in the game plays.

Bandai Namco also released this batch of screenshots, presumably showing the HD version.

So far, all we have is a nebulous 2014 release date, but I’m legitimately interested in this game. Consider me cautiously optimistic. What are your thoughts?


About Guy Rainey

I’m Guy Rainey. I’m a hardcore Nintendo fan, a PC enthusiast, and a Sony sympathizer. Also an amateur/aspiring game creator. I love any game that puts story as the main focus of the game, so that means JRPGs are my favorite genre almost by default.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Never heard of it til now but looks very interesting. I’ll be keeping my eye on this.

  • Lance

    Fuck you, Namco-Bandai! Seriously. If I am to be charged for a retail price of a digital version of a Wii U game, you’ll need to give me a damn option to get it retail.

    Tired of spending the extra money which used to be made for the shipping, printing and stock allocation that no longer is needed.

    Also tired of “supporting” games that at least come here digitally when promised this will support retail games, only to get jacked with more of the same digital promise again and again.

  • Vinicius

    One Piece monster hunter made by our good friends at Ganbarion!?
    I’m deeply interested. A haven’t watched a lot of one piece, but I consider it to be one of the best, if not the best anime around. Gonna try it after I buy my WiiU.