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Atlus bringing 2D fighter AquaPazza to US

Jordan Mallory

Japanese 2D anime fighter AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match is being localized for a North American release, publisher Atlus has announced. Titled simply AquaPazza for its western release, the game will launch on the PlayStation 3 in both physical and digital flavors sometime this holiday season for $29.99. The localized version will be based on AquaPazza's most recent Japanese arcade build (version 2.01), and will maintain all of the original Japanese voice dialogue.

AquaPazza is a crossover fighter featuring characters from different eroge (read: erotic) visual novels/romance simulators developed by Leaf, a subsidiary of Japanese publisher Aquaplus. Despite this, AquaPazza is a normal, non-adult anime fighter with relatively tame visuals, especially when compared to something like Dead or Alive 5. While the game has no ESRB rating as of yet, last year's Japanese PS3 release was approved for ages 12 and up by Japan's Computer Entertainment Ratings Organization.

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Fight to the Finish in AquaPazza - 2D Fighting Game from ATLUS, AquaPlus, and Examu
IRVINE, Calif. - Aug. 123, 2013 - AquaPazza is a dream matchup that puts the characters from developer AquaPlus' previous titles, including Tears to Tiara, ToHeart and Utawarerumono, in a no-holds-barred fighting game. With a cast of 13 playable characters and 13 partners to choose from, and an additional hidden character, AquaPazza uses flashy combos, partner attacks, and deadly chains to keep competitive. Moreover, the Japanese voice track will be left completely intact. AquaPazza will be available for the PlayStation®3 at the special price of $29.99.

For the first time in North America, AquaPazza will be available in English, with the localization and publishing done by ATLUS. The North American version of the game will feature all the content through the current Japanese arcade spec of AquaPazza (ver. 2.01), which includes several new characters and improvements for tournament-grade action.

AquaPazza features include:
Eclectic cast of characters: The combatants in AquaPazza are a diverse bunch - from the studious bookworm Manaka who --- no kidding --- attacks with a bookshelf to the lance-wielding, shield-carrying Sasara.
Partner system: Players select from one of the thirteen partners to accompany them. Partners assist players as one of three classes with one of four different actions. Players get rewarded for aggressive play styles and the partners add an additional skill element to help break defensive play.
Tournament-level competition: Developed by Examu and Aquaplus, AquaPazza has a strong backbone of fighting game mechanics with twitch response times and super attacks.
Variety of gameplay modes: Each character has a storyline of their own, which unlocks the "another story" mode and an alternate ending. There's also a time-attack mode, training mode, and a gallery mode.
Online play: Take to the internet to challenge players in ranked, unranked, and friends-only matches.
Available exclusively on the PlayStation 3, AquaPazza will be available beginning this holiday season. More information will be available on the game's official website: AquaPazza will sell for $29.99 in stores and as a digital download, and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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