AquaPazza Coming To North America This Holiday

By Ishaan . August 21, 2013 . 10:00am

Last night, Siliconera broke the news that Atlus USA would be publishing AquaPazza, the crossover fighting game featuring characters from Tears to Tiara, To Heart 2 and other AquaPlus games. This morning, Atlus announced the game officially.


AquaPazza will feature a localization by Atlus themselves and will be available for the price of $30 on PlayStation 3. The game will be based on the current Japanese arcade spec of AquaPazza (ver. 2.01) and its original Japanese voiceovers will be left intact.


AquaPazza will be available this holiday season. The game will feature 13 playable characters and 13 selectable partners. In addition to the single-player story mode, you’ll also be able to fight other players online.



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  • DesmaX

    No digital? eh, not the type of game I want at retail

    EDIT: Just got the Atlus e-mail. It will be available digitally
    My bad, everyone

    • FitzpatrickPhillips


      • DesmaX

        Oh yeah, there’s no mention of that here, lel.

        I was basing my opinion on the previous news (And some other source). And, anyway, US$30 for a retail game doesn’t really show like there will be much replay value to it… Especially since, you know, the online of these niche fighters just disappears some weeks after release

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          No replay value in a fighting game? What are you talking about? Very rarely does a scene completely die out too. If you’re a serious player you’ll always find someone to play.

          • DesmaX

            Well, I do find hard to find people playing P4A online (At least people on my rank).

            And, anyway, for me, replay value in fighting games is the online modes. If it’s inactive I just stop bothering.
            And I do believe that just loading the game on the HD would make the job at looking at people easier that having to pop the game into my console

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            P4A has a pretty huge scene. It was even played at EVO.

          • DesmaX

            Well, that doesn’t make it easier.

            But I am rank C+ in there, so I guess it makes it harder?

          • metaxzero

            But it isn’t big like SF or Marvel where you can find local players wherever you are. Some people are just screwed based on where they live when it comes to fighters.

    • Ladius

      I couldn’t disagree more, I think it’s great Atlus USA is giving a chance to this game at retail, and I hope its release can push the partnership with Aquaplus even further in order to finally have the Tears to Tiara PS3 games localized.

  • D H

    …the fact that Atlus is willing to take a risk on this yet Namco Bandai isn’t on Gundam: Battle Operation, Gundam Extreme VS or Gundam Breaker (a game anyone who ever bought a model kit has been playing in their heads for years) really makes me sad. Although, I’m more than happy to pick this up, even if its not the greatest fighting game ever, just for the chance to actually be able to play as some of the characters…

    Also, retail. Thank you Atlus.

  • zferolie

    I imported it, and really enjoyed it. I may pick it up again if not too expensive. I would like to play the story, and know more about these characters and systems.
    I heard the Online in japan was awful… think they are going to fix it here?

  • So if this does well for Atlus, does that open the door for some of the games the characters are from getting localized?

    • Ladius

      That would be great, there are two (soon three) Tears to Tiara games they could localize, not to mention the upcoming Utawarerumono 2.

      • Lynx

        What was the second TtT?
        I know there was the original, the all ages remake/port and soon to be a second title (as in, numbered.)

        • Ladius

          Avalon no Nazo, a spin-off of the first game only available on PS3.

          • Milla

            its also on psp.

    • Tears to Tiara has the only shot. The others are on PSP but Atlus I think is done with the platform to translate visual novel hybrids.

      • kroufonz

        well white album remake, white album 2, to heart 2 dx, and upcoming Utawarerumono 2 are on PS3, white album 2 will also coming to vita.

  • Yay! ^_^

  • pimpalicious

    I was thinking about importing this game and ended up forgetting about it. Nice to see that Atlus didn’t, I’ll be buying this now.

  • KuroNathan

    *sigh* I can’t help but feel annoyed we get this and not ciel nosurge…

    Call me bitter but I’m almost certain there is more demand for ciel nosurge then aquapazza

    • zferolie

      Maybe if this does well the companies will be more willing to bring that over? And maybe finally release phantom breaker.

    • DesmaX


      Ciel no Surge doesn’t require 24/7 internet connection? And, being a dating sim, it’s pretty hard for that to be localized

    • Muffum

      I don’t think this is really a “one or the other” type of deal. Atlus probably wouldn’t be the one to bring Surge over; since it’s a Gust game, it’d have to be Koei that makes that decision.

      • KuroNathan

        Yeah I know it’s not really a thing Altus can do, I’m just venting frustration that a lesser demanded game (I think) is being brought over when I’ve been on the ciel no surge topic for years

        • …years??????

          • KuroNathan

            Since it was first announced back in 2011 dec (I liked the main char designs)

  • Kelohmello

    I really really wanna get this, but I know that even if I get this, I will never find anyone to play it with. Too unpopular because it’s anime and a mostly girl dominated fighter.

    • I’d argue with either one of those reasons on their own, but combined it’s really hard to argue with. People see a bunch of girls in anime style and automatically assume the worst (and end up right more often than most of us would like). It drives people away, and that’s a tough enough hurdle to overcome when your game’s genre isn’t niche as hell in the first place (especially since fighters’ treatment of females, art style aside, is typically very fan-servicey and in my experience anywhere from awkward to thoroughly off-putting for any ladies giving the games a chance).

      All that said, though, female leads in games are something people are begging for right now, so maybe that’ll offset it a little?

    • ivanchu77

      I can still get matches in “impopular” games like Arcana heart 3 or the vita version of blazblue extend, so you shouldn´t worry about that much

      • Kelohmello

        Netplay is an entirely different beast than offline play. First, from every person I know who’s played the japanese import, they tell me the netcode SUCKS, which I’m very liable to believe. Second, I want to play offline anyways, since input lag is the worst kind of thing for someone who really wants to get into the game as much as possible.

        • Qunton C.

          Unless your friends were in Japan, of course the net code would seem bad. They’re playing from A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

          • Kelohmello

            …Two people playing the game in the west. Not two people playing it from two different countries. All it needs to do is send inputs back and forth between two people. The country the two play in, as long as it’s the same country, does not affect that.

          • Qunton C.

            You know nothing about latency and Internet connections if you truly believe that. Even someone on the east coast connecting to someone on the west coast would have a bit of latency.

            Regardless, your statement is suspect at best. I doubt you know many people who have played the game, much less any who have played exclusively with players in the west on a game designed particularly for Japanese Internet and match ups with Japanese players.

          • Kelohmello

            I never said that someone on the EC connecting to someone on the WC wouldn’t have some latency. But crappy netcode is crappy netcode. And yes, I know quite a fair number of people on the west coast (I live on the east coast myself) of america that play the game alot. The fact that multiple people, all in California, playing eachother in the same state have laggy matches on quality internet, says that yes, the netcode is crappy. Playing it in america or japan, the netcode’s still gonna be crappy, the only reason it’d be playable in japan is that in their context it’s a country the size of California with MUCH MUCH better internet and infrastructure than most of america. A quality code should be able to do significantly more than just help two dudes with super high speed internet be able to play eachother well enough when they live right near eachother, Perfect example being GGPO. If you know of it I don’t think I need to say much more than that. Point is, just because it’s made for japan doesn’t mean the code’s not crappy since it’s just gonna come to America with the same code and play just as poorly online as any import copy. I guarantee you this.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Maybe Ghostlight will handle it over here at Europe? In any case I could import it. Good news.

    • Barrylocke89

      You mean NIS right?

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    How’s the game? It looks amazing visually speaking but I’m terrible at fighting games so I hope it haves a decent SP component.

  • SwiftWind

    DAT PRICE POINT. Total insta-buy for me. Glad to see Atlus is keeping it real.

  • SlickRoach

    Giant Enemy Crab is the new HypeDog lol

  • kroufonz

    “The game will be based on the current Japanese arcade spec of AquaPazza
    (ver. 2.01) and its original Japanese voiceovers will be left intact.”

    thanks atlus!

  • Zak Ledward

    Never got to try any of these games (unless 5 min of Tears to Tiara count) but I’ve always had an interest in it since I’ve played AH2 and AH3 from Examu, plus who doesn’t like an all-girls fighter game? Anyway, definitely pre-ordering this game just to make sure I get my copy. It’d be nice to see an LE or some sort of Pre-order bonus.

  • Milla

    Too bad the games the characters are from will never be localized.
    yeah must be fun playing a game with characters you don’t understand there backstory.
    meanwhile i am playing tears to tiara1 and 2 and utawarerumono Kappa.

  • MikelAL93

    It’s great that this game is finally hitting America, but I hope they’ll fix the netcode.

    No English voices in Aquapazaa won’t bother me at all, tbh.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Tears to tiara 2 is a possibility, if we follow OUR logic, right? Right?…we can dream on.

  • LDM

    I was this close of importing this, but thanks to Atlus, I can just get this from any nearest store.

  • leingod

    Looks great… kinda remind me of those Queen of Heart games, but with Hi-Res sprites.

  • D H

    Also, as an afterthought, Atlas, if you’re willing to go with near absolute obscurity, then it’s completely fair for me to expect a Shin Koihime Musou announcement in the near future, yes? Please?

  • EQeE

    They could also localise Melty Blood.

  • Kai2591

    Nowadays, nothing is impossibru anymore.

  • kroufonz

    thank you atlus

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