Oh, those glorious, youthful days when Digimon ran during the afternoons once school was over. That wonderful cartoon was both fun, hilarious, and seated a need to watch Digimon beat the crud out of each other in my heart. Games like Digimon Rumble Arena and its sequel helped bring that feeling into reality, but its been ten years since then. Luckily Bandai Namco has something new for Digimon battlers, as they've announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for release on PS3 and Xbox 360 November 11.
Considering Digimon Fusion is bringing Digimon back into the spotlight over on Nickelodeon and assorted other channels, now's the perfect time to bring the games back. Digimon All-Star Rumble is a party-style fighting game, which means it's more akin to Super Smash Bros. than Street Fighter. Four players at a time can pick their favorite character from a roster of 12 friendly faces, characters plucked from both the classic Digimon Adventure and the new Digimon Fusion.
It wouldn't be a Digimon game without the ability to Digivolve, naturally. Oh man, what a weird feeling to be excited about Digivolving again. I never saw that coming. Anyway, all of the 12 Digimon on the roster will of course have their Digi-lutions also included in the game, for a total of 32 different forms. Can you name them all? Then you're ridiculous. Players will power up mid-battle to then Digivolve, but will have to balance out evolution with strong attacks which may use the same resource.
Does the gameplay even matter so much? We're talking about Digimon beating the junk out of each others' trunk. Everyone wants to slap that toothy smirk off of Agumon's face, right? Enough with the details already!
Digimon All-Star Rumble is planned for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, becoming available starting November 11 later this year. If you want future Digimon games localized for North America, then support for this game is required. Check the gallery for profile shots of the currently confirmed roster, six of the twelve (though there may be some teasers in the other screenshots).