First Look At Puzzle & Dragons Arcade Shows Characters by Tetsuya Nomura

By Sato . December 5, 2013 . 2:00pm


GungHo Online Entertainment will be teaming up with an all-star cast of Square Enix staff members to develop an upcoming competitive arcade game based on Puzzle & Dragons, called Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament. Dengeki shares a first look at the game, along with its first trailer.


The above is a look at the game’s protagonists Yo Minazuki and Chika Makimura, designed by Tetsuya Nomura, which shows some of his his distinct character-styles seen from his other titles such as the Kingdom Hearts series and The World Ends with You.


Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament will have online versus and story modes, with a new system based on the smartphone version of the game.


There will be many monsters from the original game, along with the addition of new ones, with a new 5×8 drops grid for more combos. Additionally, unlike the smartphone version, you won’t be limited to time, so you’ll be able to take your time and strategize your moves more efficiently.


By using “NESiCA,” a delivery system that allows you to use a card to download content from servers, you’ll be able to keep your save data, along with your monsters and their progress.



Finally, here’s a look at the game’s first trailer, and I have to say that it actually looks quite nice. According to the video, there will be tournament modes that can hold up to 16 people. The arcade game features a touch screen to keep the same feel as the original Puzzle & Dragons.


In case you’re wondering, the other characters are a magician by the name Henry Boram and a young girl named Tinnin, who has some sort of dragon powers.


Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament will be having its first location test starting on December 13 to 15.

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  • EX+

    As usual, Nomura has a spiky haired dude! Lol

    • Grape Monet

      This one’s not quite that spiky.

  • TheExile285

    Nomura’s art always looks nice to me.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Tinin looks so adorable. D’aww

  • I can’t help but feel Nomura’s a bit out of practice since he’s become a bigger guy in the industry (ie; doing more than just art these days).

  • Saphiren

    Nomura’s art is exceptional. Almost everything he does it´s good, imo.

  • Christian Wright

    this looks really amazing!

  • MrRobbyM

    So, younger Sora with Noctis’ hair style. Looks great to me.

  • WyattEpp

    “unlike the smartphone version, you won’t be limited to time”

    What does this even mean? Not the gem drag timer, I presume…

    • Pekola

      It means that you won’t have to wait for stamina to fill up. Stamina is one of the ways games like these make money by selling energy and stamina, ect.

      • WyattEpp

        I know what stamina is; I play the mobile version. :) It’s the rest of that statement that really raised the question: “…so
        you’ll be able to take your time and strategize your moves more
        efficiently.” This makes it sound like the move timer has been removed, and that would be bad.

        To explain further, P&D has a fairly interesting mechanic in that you can drag a gem anywhere (in eight directions!), and it displaces other gems as it goes. You have as long as you want to decide your move, but once you lift the gem and start moving, you’re committed, and you have a limited time to do everything you want. That skill-based dynamic of planning long chains (for the current turn and the future) without taking a path that’s too long is a large part of why I think it’s an interesting and entertaining game. Hence my question.

  • TeddyAltman

    Gah I love Puzzle and Dragons… I want to play this!!

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