Takara Tomy and Marvelous are working on a new co-op focused twin cabinet arcade game called Pokemon Mezastar. The arcade game essentially lines up two Pokemon Ga-Ole arcade cabinets and their giant displays for co-op action.
In Pokemon Mezastar, you can partake in “Special Tag Battles,” a mode that connects the two screens for the players.
The above is a look at a Zacian boss fight during co-op play.
Pokemon Mezastar offers exciting 3v3 battles, but the main draw is its collectible “tags” that it dispenses. Each cabinet has three lanes to slot tags, which you use for battle. The battles are simple for the most part and require actions such as timing roulettes and button-mashing.
If you can manage to fill up the “Get Gauge” of one of the three opposing Pokemon, you’ll get a chance to try catching all three of them. This is actually where they get you, with the option to spend an extra 100 yen to guarantee that you’ll catch one of the three Pokemon. By “catching” a Pokemon, you’ll acquire them as a tag that dispenses from the arcade machine. You can then use these tags as “Support Pokemon” to have them join your party and help in battle. You can get a maximum of five tags per play.
Furthermore, the game will feature “Star Pokemon” from the very start of service. These are extra rare and powerful Pokemon that includes Legendaries and Mythical Pokemon in the lineup. The extra powerful and rare “Super Star Pokemon” will also appear during the Special Tag Battle co-op play.
Pokemon Mezastar will launch for arcades in Japan on September 17, 2020.