Attack On Titan For 3DS Has Eren, Mikasa, And Armin As Playable Characters

By Spencer . September 17, 2013 . 6:04pm

imageSpike Chunsoft, makers of Virtue’s Last Reward and the publisher of Dead Island in Japan, has the coveted Attack on Titan license. They’re making an action game for Nintendo 3DS, which is slated for release on December 5.


Attack on Titan is an action game that replicates the feeling of speed from the anime series with 3D movement. Famitsu reports the game has multiplayer for up to four Titan fighters. The character you play as develops throughout the game.


Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are confirmed as playable characters for story mode. If you lose a mission and get a game over screen the Titan will eat you. Also, each mission has NPCs and if a Titan grabs one of your comrades you can rescue him or her by chopping the Titan’s arm off.

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  • TheGameTagerZ

    YES! Can’t wait to pre-order!

    • InfectedAI

      I doubt it’ll get localized, but I hope so.

      • TheGameTagerZ

        I have a japanese 3ds.

  • Symbol de Au

    Armin? He doesn’t fight though. Like at all.

  • This could go one of two ways: really well, or horribly wrong.

    • Slayven19

      What can’t you apply this too as far as games go?

    • Lynx

      Honestly, I’m expecting another Aquarion PS2.

      Awesome game. Assuming you’re a fan of the series. Otherwise, mediocre and forgettable.

  • Sardorim

    Wanted to play as Jean and see Mikasa through Jean Vision.

  • TrueDefault

    I want some gameplay vids!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I hope it has a Idol mikasa ackerman minigame, I would ABsolutely love that

    • Arcana Wiz

      dat abs!

      • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • Slayven19

      She’s looks nice and ripped, really nice figure.

    • Love these pics every time =^_^=

  • So, provided these early reports are accurate, it looks like 3DS is going to have its own slate of multiplayer action games this winter. Attack on Titan is one, and One Piece Unlimited World: RED is the other.

    That’s very interesting. It always was a little surprising that more games in that genre weren’t announced after the Monster Hunter 4 announcement for 3DS two years ago.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      The 3DS is a mini Power house, I can’t wait to see more action games in the Future.

      • Well, the interesting thing here is that the next two multiplayer-focused games to follow Monster Hunter are both big brands—One Piece and Attack on Titan. That should make for some interesting sales discussions.

        Oh, and there’s Gaist Crusher coming out this winter, too. That one’s an entirely new brand. It should be interesting to see how all of these do, especially in comparison to the flood of MH clones that have been released on Vita this year. (And God Eater 2 coming up as well)

        • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

          Hey Ishann – do you think FreedomWars and PSNova are direct answers to MH4? MH4 doesnt have a legit story. FreedomWars and PSNova seem to be monsterhunter with a good touching story – emphasis on your android partner and in PSNova emphasis is on “commitment”.

          MH4’s deficit in story and character relationships will be its downfall?

          • tubers

            TBF, I doubt MH was ever about the game’s story.

            Probably for most fans anyway.

          • Suicunesol

            It seems to be selling pretty well without a story so far. It’s strength is its gameplay and is what brings people back to the series again and again. Fighting and killing innocent creatures, skinning them, wearing their furs like a trophy. And doing it over and over again like it’s your daily life is such a thrill. They could introduce a plot with characters, but tell me why a game like Monster Hunter needs that?

          • FreedomWars and PSNova are direct answers to MH4?

            Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice, Phantasy Star Nova, God Eater 2, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace and Toukiden are all direct answers to Monster Hunter and are actively being advertised as such, in the hopes that one of them will help revitalize the Vita in Japan.

            MH4’s deficit in story and character relationships will be its downfall?

            No, Monster Hunter has nothing to be worried about because the success of these titles relies on multiplayer and communication features, not story. Story can help set these games apart and it may play a minor role in sales, but at the end of the day, the game’s setting and communication features are far more important.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          isn’t metabots and Little battlers a action game also?

        • tubers

          If it’s 3DS it’s a “multiplayer action game”, if they’re on the VITA they’re called a “flood of MH clones”.


          • Well, One Piece is an MH clone by the look of it. Not sure about Attack on Titan yet, since these are early details based on magazine scans.

            Also, note that neither Namco nor Spike Chunsoft are marketing One Piece or Titan (as far as we can tell) as hunting games. The same goes for Gaist Crusher, too. Capcom aren’t positioning that as a hunting title. Meanwhile, Sony have fiercely marketed Soul Sacrifice, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, Toukiden and God Eater 2 as hunting action titles, with Soul Sacrifice Delta and Freedom Wars as the next such titles in line for Vita.

            Marketing plays a huge role in perception and how the general audience sees the game. While some companies might prefer to avoid the MH comparison, Sony are welcoming it. It’s two different approaches.

          • tubers

            The consensus on boards so far related jarpgs including this AoT is again tied with “MH-like” (gaf thread, gematsu replies).

            I guess any jarpg is now associated with MH. Like how a lot of modern shooters are to COD.

            Feels like Sony’s really “desperate” since MH flew off.

          • Well, obviously the knee-jerk reaction will always be to think of Monster Hunter, since that game popularized the genre, just like CoD is what kickstarted the FPS craze in recent years.

            That said, there are ways to set yourself apart. For example, Gaist Crusher seems to be doing it by going with a different aesthetic from your typical hunting game. The same goes for One Piece. It’s heavily focused on the OP world/setting/characters, so people—especially the more casual audience—may not make the MH association right away, if ever.

            In the case of God Eater 2, Toukiden and Soul Sacrifice, however, your first glimpse of these games can normally be summed up as “fight giant monsters in grim/gritty world,” which is pretty much what MH is. (Although, starting with Tri, MH has become a tad more more lighthearted.)

            That’s entirely intentional, of course. Sony have been very keen on letting the world know that they have all of these multiplayer action/hunting games lined up on Vita, with more to come in the future.

  • Hopefully the rest of the cast are unlockable characters.

  • Arcana Wiz

    I really wanted some other modes… like a speed run with Annie ;D

  • Death Saved

    So who thinks this fan made game will be better than the official one, gameplay wise?

    • Ferofax

      I’m pinning my hope on them making something close to this. But the crucial factor here will be how robust is their game engine? Because they have to be at least 30fps minimum if they want that feeling of “speed” conveyed properly. Forget all the speed twisting and zooming around in midair if the game engine stutters.

  • FlamingFirewire

    Really hopes this comes out over here

    EDIT: Oh, and it had better use the OST from the anime – TOO EPIC!

  • Ferofax

    December release? So… does that mean they had, like, 6 months to do this game? Isn’t that a bit short? I mean, there’s always the chance that it’s a stellar team doing a stellar job to make it that fast but…

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this. I hope I am so, so very wrong about it. :/ Unless, of course, they’ve been at it for longer than that…

    • British_Otaku

      Future Diary got a game released on January 28, 2010, the manga ended on December 27, 2010 and the anime started on October 10, 2011.

      Even if it was a visual novel (which makes sense for the series), it’s quite possible for games to be in the working before a show airs with Defiance being the best example, being an MMO in development for four years, based on a TV show (they were working together to make the game affect the show and vice versa somehow) which aired after it, only I hear it was pretty meh >_>.

      You are right of course to assume that it could be a wonky cheap cash in, like most licensed games though even if it may have more time on it than we think.

  • InfectedAI

    I hope it gets localized and I really hope the multiplayer is local AND online.

  • XiaomuArisu

    ….Is it a good time to say I never watched that show?
    BTW Action Game for a Anime?
    Normally its beatemup or pachinkoXD

    • British_Otaku

      Don’t you mean visual novel or pachinko?
      I was also surprised that the first game (well on a console, we do have visual novels and social games already for this series) right off the bat is aiming for something more meaty.

      If you haven’t watched the show, I guess I recommend it.
      Why “I guess”? I’m reading the manga (5 volumes in, loving it) and having a lot of fun with it, even if the anime has the same director as Death Note’s anime, looks pretty (there are some things which were rushed and getting touched up on DVD/Bluray, but that’s most anime) and has a great soundtrack, I’m going to stick with it in case there is a filler or some stupid ending.

      Some have compared it to The Walking Dead and from what I have experienced of that, they are right that this is about human struggles against each other and an overwhelming other only it is much more plausible for most of humanity (especially not a modern day one) to get wrecked by titans than shambling zombies.

      Join the fun.

  • Göran Isacson

    If you’re Armin: Press A to weep, Press B to realize things about the plot that no one else has realized and make everyone calm the hell down.
    If you’re Eren: Press A to weep and scream, Press B to flail around in impotent rage.
    If you’re Mikasa: Win. Man, so looking forward to all these diverse game play styles!

    • TheGameTagerZ

      This is the 5th time I’ve seen this repost. It’s not really funny.

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        Yeah, it’s actually annoying and kind of lazy.

      • Göran Isacson

        Gotta admit that I’m genuinely curious now: did five other people actually write this EXACT same thing that I just wrote? Because that’s what a repost is, the last time I checked.

        • TheGameTagerZ

          We’ve heard this joke before is what I meant to say. Didn’t know I had to explain that part.

          • Göran Isacson

            I see. And yet, in the post with screenshots someone who posted pretty much the exact same gag but only the Mikasa-part received rave upvotes, and nobody seems to complain when people trot out the constant demands for idol Mikasa… ah, the fickle attention spans of fans…

          • TheGameTagerZ

            Ah well. I’m not everyone. It was a bad gag the first time. It’s still a bad one now.

          • Göran Isacson

            Eh, I dunno if I can really agree about that. Sure, there is nothing in Attack on Titan that restrains Armin and Eren from being just as capable as anyone else, but the simple fact of the matter is that the show doesn’t let them be action heroes. Ever since I first saw this game announcement I’ve been wondering just how the hell they’re going to reconcile Attack on Titan being a supremely disempowering show about extremely hardwon victories that come at massive sacrifices, with the nature of videogames that inevitably demand thrills and victories. Mocking the divide between the shows atmosphere and the games inevitable atmosphere is pretty darn valid satire in my eyes. It just kinda feels like fans being mad I’m pointing out that Eren isn’t a traditionally capable action hero.

          • TheGameTagerZ

            Idk what the fans think but I know a bad joke when I see one. Plus I’m almost positive that this game isn’t cannon anyway so even if they gave us potato girl as an option I wouldn’t be mad.

          • Göran Isacson

            Think they’re saving Sashas participation for the Cooking Mama-esque minigame, personally.


          • British_Otaku

            Based on what is said here, the game stands a chance at capturing the atmosphere of the show/manga with NPCs that we need to rescue, but of course that’s only one element of the experience. >_>

            As long as it doesn’t feel like we are slaying them left and right without resistance, it should be pretty good.

            From the little of Attack on Titan I’ve read, I see Armin being in a technical support role, he was just about capable enough to pass the tests and it was agreed that he would be more suited outside of Survey Corps. That said, yes he could be an action hero if the series was aimed being a feel good series instead of what it is… “supremely disempowering show about extremely hardwon victories that come at massive sacrifices”… Makes me think AoT could have a good Strategy RPG (either some mix like Valkyria Chronicles or reducing the action focus to make us focus on movement and choice exclusively).

          • Göran Isacson

            Huh. AoT as a hard-as-balls SRPG? That idea has potential, me thinks. Perhaps that could also include some kind of “mental fatigue” meter instead of HP, since if a Titan gets to you you are pretty much not gonna be able to outpunch them.

            Also yeah, a “class-system” along the likes of Armin being a soothing influence that maybe lets you see advantageous terrain, Jean being a leader and motivator that lessens the loss of “mental points” and Mikasa being an outright attacker, that could be pretty cool. And then Eren could be like, the Magikarp type unit. And that is all I shall say lest we thread into spoiler territory.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Mikasa is the only REAL worthy playable character here
    Eren get eaten on first day, and later fight most of the time as titan.
    Armin, he’s a strategist and never ever killed any titan. Plus, he’s a TRAP

    • J_Joestar

      I finally gotten around to reading this, and the main trio are all annoying… all the interesting characters either became titans (not including Eren), or is busy off screen eating potatoes.

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