Nintendo Treehouse Live: Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia

Friday, July 10th, 2020

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During the Nintendo Treehouse Live event on Friday, July 6, Nintendo showed off two upcoming titles: Paper Mario: The Origami King; and Wayforward’s new Bakugan installment. Let’s take a look what’s in store for players in Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia.

This action role-playing game expands on both the television series and toy franchise with familiar characters, monsters, and locales. The brawls are a hybrid of real-time and turn-based combat, with players running around the field collecting energy cores to power up their Bakugan. The brighter the core, the more powerful it is, so you’ll need to strategize whether you want to go for the brightest cores or collect smaller ones more quickly, as your opponent will also be collecting them at the same time. Once your monster is powered up, you can unleash a special attack, or build up your team’s power for a devastating team attack.

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When not in battle, you can explore the town, talk to a variety of NPCs, and even meet characters from the TV show. The story weaves between a series of brawl tournaments and a larger investigation into mysterious earthquakes. Build up your friendships with 81 Bakugan, take on 100-plus quests, and find 200 special ability types as you explore the world. Players can also go head-to-head in online battles with others from around the world.

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  • Master Your Bakugan Fighting Skills: Become Bakugan Brawling heroes through the game’s highly competitive and deep Action Battle System as players build their best teams. Players can collect Bakugan by befriending them while exploring and completing quests. Level them up by battling in Brawls and watch them grow more powerful as they evolve.
  • Build the Perfect Team: Assemble three of your strongest Bakugan, each with their own customizable abilities, and equip Baku-Gear to form the ultimate team synergy. Bakugan also come in various Factions, which determines their strengths and weaknesses, adding another layer of depth and strategy to the brawl.
  • Varied Environments to Explore: Fully explorable 3D world divided into different districts each with dedicated battle environments. Players can interact with other characters, go on quests, and explore with their Bakugan team through locations such as a sunny waterfront, bustling downtown or a factory riddled with nefarious enemies.
  • Take on the World: Test your skills against the world in head-to-head Online Multiplayer Brawls using the Bakugan teams you have trained on your adventure.

Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia will release on the Nintendo Switch on Nov. 3, 2020.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.