One Piece Romance Dawn RPG Starts Strong In Japan

By Ishaan . December 29, 2012 . 2:00pm

Last week, Namco Bandai released One Piece Romance Dawn: Adventure at Daybreak, a role-playing game based on the One Piece manga series, for the PSP. The game sold 167,103 copies during its opening week.


Sales tracker, Media Create, mention in their weekly report that One Piece Romance Dawn sold through 70.51% of its initial shipment. They also add that the game likely attracted far more fans of the original One Piece manga and anime series than previous games like the One Piece: Gigant Battle and Unlimited Cruise series.


This is due to the fact that Romance Dawn lets you play through the original story (at least up until the end of the Marineford arc) in a fair bit of detail. The game also has 30 minutes of animation included, redrawn by Toei Animation, who produced the One Piece anime series.

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  • ragingmerifes

    Too bad this game is so frustrating (Don Krieg is all I need to say).

    • TheGameTagerZ

      Ha wait till you advance. I’m at Thiller Bark right now.

      • ragingmerifes

        I’m also at Thriller Bark. It got even worse.

        • Farid Belkacemi

          What do you mean exactly ?

          • ragingmerifes

            Repetitive enemies, linear dungeons, no Skypiea and dragged battles.

          • Farid Belkacemi

            Marines everywhere !? :D No Skypiea makes me sad :(

          • ragingmerifes

            Not exactly Marines… it’s just that EVERY arc has three variations of the same enemy — during Arlong, you fight Strong Fishmen, Shooting Fishmen and Normal Fishmen. During Thriller Bark, Strong Zombie, Shooting Zombie and Normal Zombie. And so on…

          • Farid Belkacemi

            Really frustrating, they should have done a better work.

          • Testsubject909

            Sounds like I’m happy with my One Piece Pirate Warriors.

            Expanded combo system from the usual warriors system, varied and satisfying playable cast, complete story albeit a few chapters skipped, unique boss enemies that promises that they have the data available to eventually add them in as new characters to be playable on One Piece Pirate Warriors 2. Good fun time to be had there.

    • Göran Isacson

      Do elaborate- is it outright BAD, or just unexpectedly hard?

      • ragingmerifes

        Both, just like Silver Surfer for NES.

        • Göran Isacson

          Just saw what you wrote down in the other comments. That… is just outright terribly lazy of them.

  • Well…

    > One Piece
    > PSP
    > RPG
    > Japan

    That’s a winning formula, right there. It’s munny in da bank for NB!

  • Farid Belkacemi

    I hope it’ll be released in Europe/USA at some point. PSN may be a no-brainer.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    I’m often amazed at how much the PSP rocks Japan~.

  • Lester Paredes

    I always thought that the One Piece idea was not lacking for originality and imagination. My problem is that it was spoiled by the seriously terrible translation it received by Fox for tv. Well, I think it was Fox… anyway, I’d really like to play this game, as it looks interesting. After all, I played through the Dragon Ball Z RPG they released here for DS. I thought it was a great way to introduce people to the series, even if certain moments of the game were added to pad out the length. Please! Someone hear my cries and bring out this game here!

    • Testsubject909

      4Kids. They typically ruin whatever they get their hands on.

      FUNImation has made quite a few episodes available for viewing free on their website, so really there’s no reason for anyone NOT to give One Piece a shot.

  • TheGameTagerZ

    This game is 80% text and 20% gameplay. The text can be 30 minutes long sometimes. Glad you can skip all of that.

  • S- Class Wizard KaRamo

    The one thing i hated was it was turn based i just wanted to kick some ass without have wait for them to attack

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