Battle Princess of Arcadia’s Giant Bosses Aren’t Hurt By Normal Attacks

By Sunjun . August 2, 2013 . 1:05pm

In Nippon Ichi Software’s upcoming action-RPG, Battle Princess of Arcadia, you play as the princess Plume, who must fight monsters and lead armies against enemy troops. Sometimes, you will also need to lead an army against a single, giant monster in the Hyper Melee mode. These giant boss monsters are known as Ancient Weapons and wield tremendous power.


Just like in the Raging Brawl, your army has a moral gauge that lets you activate special attacks and maneuvers. Another part of fighting these monsters is changing your army’s formation. To go on the offensive, use the Attack Formation. To build up your defense and endure the enemy’s attack, use the Guard Formation. When you want to pull back your forces, command them to evacuate.


The Ancient Weapons come in different shapes, but they are all massive. If you don’t manage your army carefully, they will be completely annihilated.


Unlike normal monsters, the Ancient Weapons each have a shield that deflects normal attacks. To destroy these shields, you must strike it repeatedly and execute your character’s ultimate attack. Once the enemy’s shield is down, let your army rush in and pummel the beast.



When your morale gauge is full, you can also unleash a powerful finishing move that is unique to each playable character.

Your army can use seven types of weapons: swords, bows, guns, staves, axes, spears, and large swords. The branches of your army will vary depending on the character you control. If you play as Plume, Lartz, or Yuni, your army will be a combination of fencers, archers, and mages.

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When you return to the castle town, you can go to the barracks and use military funds to strengthen your army. You can increase their levels and stats, as well as upgrade their equipment and teach them more powerful attacks. When you upgrade your army’s special attack to a certain level, you will even learn how to call forth a powerful Summon Weapon.




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  • Cody

    Wait a minute… is that Asagi?

    • Kaitsu

      Where? o.o

  • This is growing on me with each and every article. Loving the NIS, man! b^^d

  • DesmaX

    Oooh, that’s a really nice mechanic. Can’t wait for this one

  • WyattEpp

    I’m not sure how I feel about having a bunch of allied mobs around in battle; I tend to find such things distracting. On the other hand, I’m still loving the hell out of the artwork in this. Showing a lot of promise.

  • Alexander Aubert

    wow! awsome, way to go NIS!

  • KuroNathan|15

    Is that you groudon? Also Pikmin/patapon rpg? I am ok with this.

  • Dominic Hunter

    This looks fun so far, but I still gotta see it in motion first. The little things make all the difference in these types of games.

  • Learii

    I hope NISA get Altus so they can make better game with it

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Don’t know you guys, but I AM LOVIN’ this 2D/2.5D hype with new games!

  • ShadowDivz

    Anyone else notice the artstyle is smiliar to gatchaman Crowds?

    • mike dickson

      yeah i have a strong feeling its the same arts

  • Judo

    You know, whenever news about this game comes out, people start saying that it reminds them of Odin Sphere.

    Am I the only one that keeps getting “Princess Crown” vibes from this?

    • Duo Maxwell

      You’re just old. Like me.

  • TheExile285

    Usually don’t buy console games right away.

    Might have to make an exception with this…

  • Shady Shariest

    …And the last girl still looks like Asagi gone rogue to me -_-‘

  • Göran Isacson

    That’s… a really cool idea! To have a monster that has to be fought not just by the main character but their whole army is a great way to give the bosses a sense of scale and make you feel like you have to really think and do more than button mash your way to victory. I just hope that switching between controlling the army and the heroine is seamles enough that you don’t swear up a storm in every boss battle because you attack with the army when you meant to attack with the princess or vice versa.

  • Demeanor

    Make way for the Bishoujo Army!!! ^ ^

  • Duo Maxwell

    Commanding loli army to pummel on giant monster? What else do you need anymore?

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Attack, Guard, Retreat? This sounds like a loli version of Patapon. Sold!!!

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