Street Fighter Dungeon Crawler? Nah, That’s Elminage III Customized

By Spencer . August 3, 2011 . 5:44pm

Starfish, developer of Heavenly Guardian aka Kiki KaiKai 2, has a dungeon crawler series called Elminage. Instead of adding shiny graphics, with each iteration they added more customization options. The third game, Elminage III: The Disciple of Darkness and the Solar Palace, just came out in Japan and it allows players to add whatever images they want for character portraits.


And one gamer decided to make a party with Street Fighter characters Guy, Chun-Li, Cammy, and Ibuki.




Other players borrowed art from Etrian Odyssey, one of Atlus’ dungeon crawlers, Acquire’s Class of Heroes series, Xenosaga, and even Chrono Trigger. (More pictures here!)



And this is what Elminage III looks like outside of status screens. The PSP game is available in Japan now.


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  • RoKKlauser

    holy crap. :D

  • shion16

    I tried to add Kenshiroh to my party, my psp exploted and i started to bleed

    • d19xx

      Why are you still alive?

      • His PSP died in his stead. If he had put Kenshiro on himself he would be the one who exploded now~

    • kupomogli

      Your PSP was already dead.

    • Kibbitz

      Gin-chan, you idiot! Everyone knows you need to put Rin or Toki first!

  • I might be the only one here, but I don’t like RPGs that have battles in first-person. I like to actually see my players administer the beatdown. I imagine that custom portraits are hardly innovative for this type of RPG, but I guess it’s a first for a console and the ability to imagine other characters with moves and opponents they would never otherwise have would be a sell to some people.

    • FireCouch

      You are not the only one who thinks this.  It’s the reason why I can’t play Dragon Quest or Mother games.

      • Guest

        How bout Dragon Quest VIII & IX and Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory?

        • FireCouch

          I own Dragon Quest VII, yes.

    • shion16

      You guys are too used to CG and 3D characters.
      The RPG games used to be wizardry style like this one, where we were the main character of the adventure seeing the world with our own eyes and using our imagination to make everything in front of us feel real.But now we have stories about people we dont know or care and hours and hours of cinematics.We’re trying to watch a movie? No, we want to play a game!!![Gintama 167]

      • Guest

        First of all, that doesn’t make any sense. “stories about people we don’t know or care about?’ Speak for yourself.
         If the game’s story is good, then the player does indeed care about it just like any story. Second, in these games, it’s not like Oblivion, Skyrim, Deus Ex, SMT Strange Journey or Fallout or a FPS where you are a single character.
         You are actually controlling a party. So in that sense, first person immersion doesn’t even make any sense. You’re not ‘movving through the eyes of a single main character’. You’re moving a whole group. So why is that in first person? Thats why I welcomed the change in DQ VIII. Because it made sense.
        Not in this case though. Especially when they have 2D avatars on the bottom screen which ‘breaks immersion’ (or in the case of Wizardry, on the side of the screen). Or when the whole party screams in pain when you ‘bump’ into a wall (-_-) .

        Then there’s the choppy grid based movement, which is map oriented but still an archaic design as in newer games like Wizardry DS titles, Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey and Unchained Blades Rexx, the frame rate of movement is much smoother.
        The games of old were 1st person because they were more text based and graphics weren’t able to render things like we have now.
        These games just play on old school nostalgia factor, but really it would do better if they bumped up the design aspects.

  • hush404

    Wow, that’s actually really awesome.

  • kupomogli

    I’ll say it again.  We really need this game over here.

  • (More pictures here!)

    Meep. What class would the bottom right corner one be?

    • Kibbitz

      I assume Barbarian!

  • Barrylocke89

    GEH! Stop coming out with cool games that America probably won’t get, Japan!

  • TempestTwin

    Pretty awesome feature. Loving the street fighter ones.

  • Rumor has it ShadowninjaSSJGotenks94 made a party with Son Goku, Luffy, Ichigo and Naruto.

  • Ryos

    Word alone cannot describe how awesome this would be here.  It’s so unfortunate it never will. :(

  • PrinceHeir



  • Aww man I thought you can use Mahoro in this game T__T

    • cmurph666

      But you can~!

      You can use everyone and your mother~!

  • Snake Pliskin, Mad Max, Robocop, and James Bond (Sean Connery)

  • Bunzi

    This is amazing. Can you upload artwork for monsters and backgrounds, as well?

  • oooh i see Rimi

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