Why One Piece Unlimited World Red Has An Original Story

By Spencer . July 9, 2014 . 2:04am


There are many One Piece arcs Bandai Namco could draw from to create a One Piece video game. One Piece Romance Dawn covers the East Blue Saga and Marineford Arc while One Piece Unlimited World Red has an original story. In an interview with Siliconera, Koji Nakajima, producer at Bandai Namco Games, explained how they pick stories for the One Piece games.


"Being able to relive the One Piece storyline is exciting from a fan’s perspective. However, we also want to expand on the One Piece universe and explore side stories. Every year, when we make a One Piece game we decide what we should focus on, a certain arc or something new," said Nakajima. "Ganbarion wrote the story for Red. The new characters for this game, Pato and Yadoya, were made by the series creator, Eiichiro Oda. We work very closely with Toei Animation and Shueisha to make sure everything we write stays in line with the One Piece universe."




Nakajima explained that after all of the characters have been created the entire cast goes though an adjustment period where they tweak characters and make sure all of the attacks are rendered to keep the feel of the One Piece universe. This takes about two to three months to complete.


"One of the main pillars in creating Unlimited World Red was making sure players could experience the adventurous pirate lifestyle that Luffy and his friends live everyday. Instead of just focusing on battles, I wanted to make sure there was pirate life elements and adventure in the game. I like the fishing parts," Nakajima laughed. "When we updated Red, I wanted to add an emphasis on the battling part of One Piece which is why the coliseum was added. Trafalgar Law is a very popular character and he’s really cool. Boa Hancock is a personal favorite."


One Piece Unlimited World Red also has giant boss battles, like a Red Dragon fight early on. Nakajima said this was one of his favorite fights. "One of the biggest challenges with big enemies is it’s really easy to determine their movement patterns. We wanted to minimize this and give the dragon more patterns," said when talking about how the team had to balance the Red Dragon fight with the Straw Hat crew’s attacks.




What’s next for the One Piece series? I asked if Bandai Namco plans to continue the One Piece: Pirate Warriors series. "Right now, we’re not sure yet," Nakajima answered. I also asked if he is considering to release the One Piece Unlimited Cruise games in North America since both of the Wii games were released in Europe. "It’s been awhile since we released Unlimited Cruise and [Unlimited Cruise] SP. We don’t have plans to bring those over, but we would love to look into it if fans are interested."


"I’ve made lots of One Piece games. Right now, I would like to make a fighting game that puts all of the Devil Fruit abilities and Haki in the spotlight. If I could make a fighting game, I would want it to capture the flashiness of the Devil Fruit abilities like how [Admiral] Aokiji uses ice and can create it at will," Nakajima said when I asked him what kind of One Piece game he would personally like to create.

  • kliskur

    I’m curious, is there a battle mode for this game? Like player 1 vs player 2.. Been longing for a good One Piece fighting game..

    • E.T.993

      We need moar Grand Battle! That game was so much fun.

      • kliskur

        I enjoyed Grand Battle 2 on PS1. Damn so much fun.. The later version not so much..

        I hate 3D fighting game.. Fighting game should be 2D

        • k.b.a.

          You hate Tekken, vf, and DOA? Or dbz/jump fighters. Regardless 2d sprites are way too expensive these days

          • kliskur

            Not the sprites, but the 3D fighting plane where characters can run around.. I like 2D fighting plane more..

    • VietKnight

      So far I played coliseum mode and haven’t found one yet. Other than that the game is pretty good and I like it just waiting for my vita copy to come in next week so I can cross save.

    • British_Otaku

      Nope, but almost every other One Piece game by Ganbarion has 2 player versus or more. Grand Battle, Unlimited Adventure, Unlimited Cruise and Gigant Battle.

      This game does have a Battle Colosseum mode, but the best you can get out of it is choosing a difficulty and fighting any specific AI boss or major character one on one.

  • Keiji Johnson

    Nakajima: “It’s been awhile since we released Unlimited Cruise and [Unlimited Cruise] SP. We don’t have plans to bring those over, but we would love to look into it if fans are interested.”

    After seeing the reviews for the European releases for Unlimited Cruise SP 1 & 2, I think it might be best to localize the Gigant Battle games to North america instead as digital download titles instead.

    • British_Otaku

      The lower reviews for SP1 and SP2 have next to no understanding of the goals and quality of the title, I’ll concede that the games are rough and that Bandai Namco screwed up the localisation by splitting it in half but the games had much more heart, combos and content than this game.

      I’ll agree that Gigant Battle should be localised, the second one has online so if they get that running, there will be one hell of a party.

      • Keiji Johnson

        Oh yeah, I forgot that the second game had online. Well, it wouldn’t matter in that part if they ever localized the games. Especially since the Nintendo Wi-fi Connection servers for games including this have unfortunately been shut down a couple months ago. -_-

  • Virevolte

    I find the combo too limited in this game. You’re always doing the same thing in battle. There’s even less variety than in a Dynasty Warrior.
    Don’t get me wrong, there’s good things too. But that’s my principal grief.

    I found the coliseum mode unexpectedly good.

    • British_Otaku

      In comparison to previous Unlimited games, it is somewhat limited as well (no sprinting, no combo customisation) and a darn shame since all of the other elements like fishing, bug catching and exploration are dumbed down so action is in the spotlight more than ever.

      They tried to cover it up with the counter system and all of the strong words, but I’m not sure if it was enough.

      Wasn’t too fond of Colosseum Mode, the combat isn’t improved and other characters while different have less options than the Straw Hats in addition to the tedious requirements. I guess it did make up a bit for other things though.

      • Virevolte

        Ho, it’s because you found the requirements tedious. I found it fun to have condition to unlock items, quests or characters. And there is a mini-storyline, which isn’t awesome, but still nice. =)

        • British_Otaku

          The requirements are tedious.

          I’m someone who has been raised on games that others call tedious and loved them like Sonic and the Secret Rings which locks away over one hundred skills including ones which effect the game’s controls and many other games from this developer like Unlimited Adventure, Jump Superstars and Gigant Battle 2.

          This game doesn’t make an effort to make the unlocks feel organic in any way.

          Sonic and the Secret Rings ties most major skills to leveling so you will have the bulk of them, just by playing well. Unlimited Adventure unlocks characters by beating them in battle, that’s it, it makes item management hardcore but doesn’t ask you to use Buggy 20 times to unlock Shanks. Jump Superstars lets you combine manga panels to make characters, these panels are gained by beating missions which let you know that what you will win and are often themed on that character or series. Jump Ultimate Stars lets you pay for who you want individually. Gigant Battle lets you choose someone at the start, tells you the requirements for battles which give you characters and doesn’t do any “Use Jinbei and Ace team attack tons of times”.

          Imagine if they had a minimap with various battles (they basically do, but they hid it behind beating various leagues) and beating requirements for interestingly different battle types some which need to you to manage items as well or the space you battle in, led to you unlocking more people.

  • Yue D Andre

    For god’s sake, please remake One Piece Gigant Battle 2 and release it on US. Or even better, make a Gigant Battle 3 and RELEASE IT ON US.

  • leingod

    A fighting game you say? I’d be all for it! Considering the character variety, it could be potentially awesome :D


    Please, please at least another Grand Battle, if not this fighting game idea (which is awesome, by the way).

  • aizen310

    A: Everyone is happy and I’m just here, begging for a new Blea —
    B: Say it! Just say it once more and I’ll shoot you in the head!
    A: You can’t shoot me! I’m Aizen!
    B: No, you’re not! You’re nothing but a miserable pile of a cosplayer japanophile thinking, he can say WHATEVER THE HELL HE WANTS!!! … People are happy, this game is good, and Bleach IS DEAD! Deal with it!
    *pressing the gun harder to “Aizen’s” head*
    A: Okay! Okay! I’ve got it! I’m gonna deal with this.


    (I’m not an OP fan, but I find Red quite enjoyable. Since I don’t know the story, creating a “videogame only” filler is welcomed.)

    • fairysun

      For the love of Quincy, you need to start following One Piece.

      • aizen310

        But… But…
        The number of episodes I’d have to watch is too damn high!

        • British_Otaku

          Read the manga, the anime is a trap to get you to buy 600 OSTs, openings, endings while disguising the filler, poor animation at points, contradictions, censorship, missing manga sidestories and ruined canon arcs.

          If you are stubborn and prefer the anime despite all of the problems, I wrote a guide on which episodes are 99% or 100% skippable:

          Part 1: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/717248-one-piece-unlimited-world-red/69330096?page=1#20
          Part 2: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/717248-one-piece-unlimited-world-red/69330096?page=2#21

          The show doesn’t have as much to skip as Bleach or Naruto in one go (see Naruto’s Filler Hell or Bleach’s Vampires) but you may as well dodge some of the crap if you feel strongly.

          • aizen310

            You actually took your time to make a guide about fillers. Respect, man. Thanks, I might consider it now.

            Naruto is a ridiculous filler-fest. 15 min flashback, and rest is 50% “action”, 50% poor dialog (DBZ syndrome). Bleach is slightly better. At least it had filler arcs, and just a few filler episodes, easily trackable to what to skip. Canon episodes were usually well paced.

    • Aspenharls

      A new Bleach game would be nice. Maybe a “Bleach All Star Battle” after the manga is done.

  • British_Otaku

    “Why One Piece Unlimited World Red Has An Original Story?”

    So Ganbarion have an excuse not to attempt to cover a story longer than Dragon Ball + Z + GT, with their limited resources but they can still have major bosses we recognise, tons of nods to the source material and a few flashbacks based on environments which take far too much work to design to only have one boss or two from that setting…? Methinks. >_>

    It isn’t as prominent with this game, since it tries to take a bit more from the source material and even jam itself into the storyline in a sense but yes.

    The fighting game this producer is alluding to has more or less been done with Gigant Battle 2, but if this means we get more of that, a technical fighting game and still get some more adventure based games, I’ll be pretty happy.

  • Jadfish

    A fighting game with One Piece? Imagine the spacing Luffy can do. He’s like Dhalsim times 100

    • British_Otaku

      He will be easily punished though, both previous games and the series have drawn attention to how vulnerable he can be as every blow he strikes must be with his body in a world where people may be made of magma, poison and such.

      It is sort of like how Stands aren’t perfect in JoJo. Other Devil Fruit users or users of weapons won’t have so much of a risk.

      And I’ll be happy to play a game where Usopp can punch someone again, he had a few hand to hand strikes in Gigant Battle as comedic gag strikes and we need more even if it is a one off, impractical and weak move.


    • Dystopiq

      Dhalsim can swim though.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’ll be waiting for this to drop in price before getting it since, as usual, BN cheaped out and decided not to get the Funimation cast yet again.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      As much as I respect Funimation their One Piece take with the voice actors are terrible. Hate my comment but I vastly prefer the 4Kids over them.

    • AuraGuyChris

      Funimation is having a harsh time trying to catch up with the anime. They’ve dubbed half of the episodes, and Brook has just joined the crew. They’re not even any close to that big thing that happens at Impel Down.

      4Kids, while they never caught up at all, at least bothered to dub the GCN games… Though the only VAs whom I can’t stand listening to are valley girl Robin and Big the Cat Sanji.

      • British_Otaku

        Bothered? FUNimation aren’t contracted to dub every single One Piece game that comes into Europe or North America, Bandai Namco recognise that they have an agreement with FUNimation already for distribution rights and make the call whether it is viable to get FUNimation to do it.

        4Kids dubbed the games as Bandai Namco saw that with a wide TV showing at prime time in all English speaking region, it would be insane not to do so, and 4Kids even stepped in further by insuring that the games don’t spoil players or contradict their version of the story (somewhat). Their fingerprint is left on Unlimited Adventure even if that was a FUNimation game, you can see some censorship changes akin to 4Kids’ work.

  • Tjthefoxx

    Do not buy the one piece game! It is the smallest game I’ve ever played! It’s basically 4 levels and 4 boss battles and that’s it! Game over I finished it in a day while I sat on a train heading to school. I’m really saddened by this as unlimited cruise was amazing and heaps long compared to this

    • British_Otaku

      … I’m really annoyed at this game in comparison to all of Ganbarion’s One Piece games I’ve played, but it isn’t that bad.

      It is far from just 4 levels or 4 boss battles.

  • fairysun

    Can’t wait for my order to arrive. Original story can be nice sometimes. One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 is one proof of it.

    • subsamuel01

      Pirate Warriors 2 story made no sense, but I give them props for trying.

      • The Watcher

        Gameplay > Story Is common in musou games.

    • Aspenharls

      Pirate Warriors 2 made me scratch my head. Wasn’t really a good story at all.

    • Gojira Twit

      I don’t know if it proves that. PW2 was crazy good fun but the story was absolutely the weakest part of it. Mind control story arcs just tend to be awful by default (the seahorse filler in the anime was ugh)

      But, the anime and movies have had original stories and while some were bad, others were really good.

    • British_Otaku

      I haven’t played Pirate Warriors 2, but a mind control story sounds a lot worse than what the Unlimited series had going on.

      It is dumb and cheap to have you fighting allies because they can’t design a decent campaign whether it is clones which aren’t them or it is them and you have to hold back? Yes.

      Still the idea what Pirate Warriors 2 flies with seem a lot less interesting.

  • raylancer

    I’m torn between getting the 3DS or Vita version.

    • Shade DMessiah

      I would go with whatever system you’re currently playing more. As for me, i always go for the vita version of games (Zero escape and Conception 2 pretty much) cause honestly, they look better. Im not even keen on graphics i just like seeing them on my vita :p

  • Dystopiq

    Because it’s money. If you give people an original story with some new characters only available as a game, people will buy it. And this happens to be One Piece, one of the top manga in Japan. Plus Oda made the new characters so that should guarantee some sales.

  • Hexodious

    “It’s been awhile since we released Unlimited Cruise and [Unlimited Cruise] SP. We don’t have plans to bring those over, we we love to look into if IF FANS ARE INTERESTED.”

    Get your 50,000 petitions ready.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      Glad that I wasn’t tyne only one who caught that part.

  • subsamuel01

    Please, please make a One Piece fighting game. The series is begging for one, there’s are plenty of characters to choose from too. I really hope they decide to make a fighter.

  • MaidKillua

    A One Piece fighting game? I think we all know who the inevitable troll character would be in that *cough* Doflamingo. I could see him being even WORSE than Blazblue’s Hazama. But that does sound amazing I want it

  • Gojira Twit

    One Piece fighting game YES PLEASE. But please make it a more traditional one-on-one game. One Piece has had its characters in enough of those multiplayer or Smash-style games; it’s about time for a straight-up fighter.

  • Kornelious

    I haven’t really been keeping up with the One Piece series, but this game is still tons of fun! It sucks I have to wait a whole other week for the Vita copy :(

    • Pandakids09 .

      I know you how you feel lol but im kind of glad the Vita version got pushed since I’m broke at the moment xD

  • MSJ

    For Madokami’s sake, do eeeeet!!!
    all i ask is that they gimme some Doffie and Law

  • Lifestreamer

    If they do a fighting game I would like something made by arcsys, even if the character selection is limited, or even better, they could use the gigant battle 2 mechanics but with 2 attack buttons and make a game similar to j-stars, but balanced, it would be awesome.

  • triablos

    The Collesium is by far the best part of the game. Hopefully we see a proper 3d fighting game expanding on the collesium with more open areas and better combos for some characters.

  • [S]unjay

    Filler arcs and filler games are terribly boring. Using an older arc would have been better.

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