After You Catch ‘Em All, GungHo Wants You To Be A Dragon Tamer

By Spencer . October 2, 2013 . 10:58pm

After Pokémon X & Pokémon Y, the next major 3DS game is Puzzle & Dragons Z. The handheld version has the same match three drops to activate a monster gameplay as the smartphone game, but GungHo Online Entertainment made game progression more like a RPG.


You play as a Dragon Tamer (who looks strikingly like a Pokémon trainer) fighting the Paradox Organization. Dungeons have multiple routes in Puzzle & Dragons Z and a score attack mode in the Dragon Coliseum. Players can exchange monsters with friends and the helper system uses StreetPass. So instead of picking a random helper online, helper monsters come from passing other Puzzle & Dragons Z players.


Puzzle & Dragons Z comes out in Japan on December 12. When we spoke with GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita he said they will release the game in North America.

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  • Here comes a new competitor to the Japanese Fantasy Monster raising brand~! This’ll be interesting.

    • Kalis Konig

      Going by how big the mobile version is, this will definitely be a hit.

  • Guest

    Gotta Train ’em All

  • Suicunesol

    Hoo… it looks like it’s got a bunch of anime cutscenes. If not, then it might be getting an anime in the future.

    I like the animated monsters, but the sprites on the overworld don’t look good at all. They look terrible even. They could have done a much better job with the animated sprites.

    …I still don’t think it’s going to do as well as some people think.

    • Di_Elle

      The iOS and Android versions make MILLIONS every day. I guarantee this will top the charts when it releases.

      Anyway, I’ve been pretty addicted to P&D for a while now, so I’m hoping this gets a western release.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Well they are building off the mobile game but wanted to make it more appealing to the 3DS gamers by adding RPG elements, so they didn’t go incredibly detailed with the sprites since battles are still the main focus of the game.

  • klkAlexar

    I love me some dragons,although I’m not sure about this game. Since it’s apparently so similar to pokemon, wouldn’t this have fit better with a handheld that didn’t have pokemon?

    • Suicunesol

      The reasoning behind it is that, if there’s a Pokemon game on the 3DS, then there’s going to be an audience that enjoys monster collecting games like Pokemon on the 3DS. Complimentary products. Gungho intends to take advantage of the trail that Pokemon blazes. If there’s an audience that loves Pokemon, then that same audience might pick up Puzzle and Dragons Z as well. Vita would not be a good choice because there is no proof that an audience that enjoys monster collecting games exists on that platform.

    • kthanxyousuck

      It’s actually not all that much like pokemon. The match 3 part of the game is how you attack monsters. Besides the fact that you’re a trainer there doesn’t seem to be too much of a similarity between the two. It’s more of a dungeon crawler with dragons to me. Granted I’ve only played the iOS version that doesn’t have the RPG elements.

  • komiko12

    Wow. That battle system can be something really fun. But it would be quite a chore when facing low level enemies.

    • kthanxyousuck

      Not really, it depends. The different colors of the jewels coincide with the dragons you have. For example red is fire. But if you don’t have a fire dragon, any matches with red jewels do nothing. And getting combos aren’t as easy as this gameplay makes it look because it’s timed and it’s sometimes hard to see those combos when you’re in a rush.

  • Virevolte

    Big numbers everywhere !

  • Yay! US release! Hope it’s good.

  • Kalis Konig

    Can’t wait for this to get localized…did they really have to add that ridiculous thunder bolt on top of the MC’s head though? lol

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