All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation Celebrates Series’ 40th Anniversary

By Ishaan . May 22, 2011 . 12:26pm

The Kamen Rider TV series began in Japan way back in 1971, which means that, this year, the franchise turns 40.


As part of their celebration of the event, Namco Bandai are releasing a new Kamen Rider title for the Nintendo DS, titled All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation.


This will cover the following: Kamen Rider, V3, X, Amazon, Stronger, Kamen Rider (New), Super 1, ZX, Black, Black RX, Prologue, ZO, J, Kuuga, Agito, Ryuki, 555, Blade, Hibiki, Kabuto, Den-O, Kiva, Decade, W and 000.


Phew. That’s a lot of Kamen Rider. Rider Generation is a side-scrolling game that is planned for release on August 4th for 5,040 yen. A limited edition containing 28 different slip-on covers of different Riders for the game (printed across both sides of 14 sheets) will also be available. 


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  • I’m totally Ok with side scroller love them, and one can never have enough Kamen Rider!!!!!

    And man is it just me or are there a lot of Anniversaries this year and the following one? It’s like crazy planned from some evil mind that wants to get all our money…!!

    • Well, from what I noticed: Yes, Toei (and possibly Bandai as well, since it’s the official merchandiser) has been milking the milestone events in the past couple of years. There was Kamen Rider Decade in 2009 (10th Heisei Rider), and Kamen Rider W in 2010 (officially “Heisei Kamen Rider 10th Anniversary Project”). This year, there’s Kamen Rider OOO, the “unofficial” 40th KR milestone, plus holding the 1000th KR episode overall; and that makes three milestones in a row, by the way. The official 40th is the upcoming series called “Kamen Rider 40 (Fōze)”. Not to mention Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger in the same year. But enough of that.

      Concerning the game itself, I’m somewhat skeptical. It’s not because I don’t like the franchise; far from it. It’s just that Bandai has never handled the Kamen Rider games well; most of the Heisei KR games have been rushed, cheap cash-ins. It didn’t help that they hired a cheap developer until the recent Climax Heroes series. And even that series started to find a little ground in quality only after the third updated remake; not to mention all three of them used their respective currently-airing Riders as the selling point, focusing development effort in them but not much in other characters.

      My point is that Bandai is quite competent when it comes to toys. But games? I have yet to find a game that gives me confidence in them.

      • Exkaiser

        I’m a little more hopeful for this one than the usual Heisei games, but perhaps that’s just my love of the original Double Riders overriding my normal skepticism.

        At the very least, it’ll give Stronger and Kabuto an excuse to team up in a game, and nothing bad can come of that.

      • Kibbitz

         While I count myself not having faith in Bandai either for this, I’ll give this a chance. Sidescrolling beatemups are my favourite and we really don’t have any companies making these nowadays, save Marvellous with its Ikkitousen series and a handful of other groups which I didn’t like their games for some reasons or others. Also miss having Rider beatemups since… I think it was the SNES era stuff.

        • True, true. At least having all the Riders in one game would be a plus. I just hope they’re all balanced. I wonder who the developer is gonna be, internal or external.

          • Kibbitz

             While I’m with you on the developer, I honestly won’t hold my breath for balance. Modern Riders have way too many gimmicks and do-dads, and will probably still be far more flexible with only a fraction of their forms and abilities. Doesn’t mean the game won’t be fun though, we’ll see in due time. August isn’t that far away.

  • LynxAmali

    I’m seeing levels in the screens. Possibily that this a a side scrolling beat em up RPG? 

    • I hope so. Experience points make everything better.

  • It looks a lot like the Bandai toku games that were released on the Dreamcast ~ which isn’t a bad think, I guess. I spent weeks playing Super Hero Retsuden.

  • ipatz

    This look interesting. I hope it has vs. mode for re-play value too.

  • I’ve known of this for a while.

    VERY excited.

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