By Michael Fontanini / April 1st, 2015
Today’s Nintendo Direct presentation gave us a new trailer and some new details about Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Mario Edition. As you may already know, this game is landing on Nintendo 3DS on May 22. It has both Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Mario Edition on a single game card with a price tag of $29.99. Each game has its own unique story and gameplay twists. At the end of this section of today’s Nintendo Direct, Bill Trinen of Nintendo of America, said that you can preorder the game starting today on Nintendo.com.
In the Mario edition, it’s not too surprising that a certain scaly jerk has kidnapped the princess yet again, and a famous plumber has to drop whatever he’s doing and go save her. It’s the story of Mario’s life, really. He just can’t do anything without having to be rudely interrupted by someone running up to his door yelling that something has happened to Princess Peach! In this edition, you must build a team of Bowser’s own minions to help you advance and, ultimately, rescue Princess Peach. You can attack in battle by arranging tiles on the bottom screen to create matches of three or more orbs of the same color. Larger chains do greater damage, and if you match five or more you will unleash a group attack on multiple enemies. Characters can transform to gain new skills which also increases their level caps. For companions, these skills are used automatically.
In Puzzle & Dragons Z, you are part of The Rangers, an ancient dragon research organization. The game contains over 250 different monsters, any of which can serve as your team leader. Defeated monsters drop chips, which you can use to evolve your monsters into new forms. These new forms give you the benefits of new skills, higher level caps and different stats. In battle, you attack by matching orbs of course. With those over 250 monsters, the game offers a lot of strategic options for players to try out.
At the end of this portion of today’s Nintendo Direct, Bill Trinen also mentions a half hour-long video that came out today on Nintendo’s YouTube channel for those who want a more in-depth look at this upcoming game:
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. is available for pre-order on Amazon:
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