Oh, Crap. The Little Battler Wars Is A REAL-TIME Strategy Game On The 3DS

By Eugene . October 18, 2013 . 12:33pm


All screenshots prior to this amazingly cool video from Level-5 seemed to suggest the Little Battler Wars game would be a turn-based strategy-RPG, but it’s not. It’s in real-time! Players have to task their LBXes with heading to the enemy or engaging foes, and when they meet up they’ll swing the camera on the upper screen up close.


At the same time you’re still free to command troops to move around and flank foes or join in for a grand melee battle. So don’t get too caught up staring at the fighting going on above, there’s other foes moving in for the kill too.


The video shows off some of the things we have touched on before such as the transformation scenes, and also shows the various countries you’ll go up against with your own customizable avatar. There will be some 150 (!) characters to recruit.


The Little Battler Wars will be out for the Nintendo 3DS October 31st.

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  • ronin4life

    I pretty much figured it was real time all along… I just couldn’t figure out how it would logically work.

    Guess I need to check out the Video later.

  • TheExile285

    Looks pretty fun.

  • Warboss Aohd

    RTS? i approve.

  • Guest

    Personally I’d have preferred a turn-based approach, but who knows?
    It might be fun.

    • Ferofax

      I’d have preferred something akin to March of the Black Queen, where everything is in real-time EXCEPT when two opposing sides come into contact — that’s when a turn-based battle begins. So pretty much a hybrid. Because keeping everything purely real-time means you can’t really get starry-eyed on the combat scenes, which is kind of the point of having snazzy combat scenes.

      • Exkaiser

        To be fair, it seems like time pauses during the really over-the-top bits, like the super attacks and combination attacks.

  • InfectedAI

    I wouldn’t get too excited. Many of Level-5’s games are never localized. I’m still waiting for them to announce a western release of Fantasy Life. And none of the 3DS games in this series have been localized. I highly doubt this will leave Japan.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I kinda already give up here lol and went to purchase most of their games in Japanese.T_T

      • InfectedAI

        I have no interest in paying for something I can’t understand. I gave up on Fantasy Life getting localized, but they recently released a big update which makes me think they might wait until they’re done making content for it before they localize. At least I hope that’s the case.

    • Hines Green III

      At this point Level 5 is waiting for the english dub of the anime to kick off and appeal to the kids. Then theres all the name changing english text they gotta do…. it will be another year maybe, but this series is coming.

  • SilentMC

    I like this idea, a combination of the Mecha action game (that LBX and an RTS). Sorta that perfect balance between the older games and something new I wanted.

  • Ahmad Reyner Nabeel

    That’s AWESOME! Real-time strategy and action blended perfectly. Wow!

  • Happy Gamer

    …*sigh* please localize…

    • Hines Green III

      Yeah… they aren’t gonna localize this until the english dub of the 1st game’s anime becomes popular. Then we gotta 3 more years for this one. I guess the good news is that all 3 games final versions are on 3DS

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    I think NIntendo is having Level 5 hold off until next year to localize anything

  • Just asking because concept is similar. Any word on Namco making a Gunpla Fighter game?

    • Exkaiser

      No, but they did just make that one game where you fight gunpla, Gundam Breaker. Same concept with less character, I suppose.

  • Khoko

    God please let this come to, America. Just this once. Pls.

  • TheLastBattalion

    Let no one ever say that Level 5 isn’t amazing because if this succeeds to come to NA (which I hope it will) then I bet it will be brilliant just like Ni No Kuni and Attack Of The Friday Monsters A Tokyo Tale.

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