Video G Ame: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces is a Fighting Game, developed by Witchcraft - composed of the people who made Wild ARMs - and released for the Playstation Portable by Namco Bandai in 2010.As the name suggests, it's based on the Lyrical Nanoha franchise, specifically the second season Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's. It is set in an Alternate Timeline where Reinforce was not deleted at the end of the series. Because of this, the corrupted defence program of the Book of Darkness soon returns, shedding "Dark Fragments" that take the form of Evil Knockoffs of the main cast. At the head of this clone army are the "Materials" - three super-powerful clones of Nanoha, Fate and Hayate who have gained sentience.A sequel, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny, was released for PSP on December 22, 2011. It takes place three months after The Battle of Aces, starting when two mysterious warriors arrive from the future. One of them is searching for the revived Materials, whose personalities have grown from the one-dimensional Omnicidal Maniacs they were in the first game. The other is trying to stop her.Meanwhile, the Materials are searching for something called the "Unbreakable Darkness", which seems to be linked to a whole new outbreak of Dark Fragments. Not only are these new Dark Fragments twisting time and space, pulling people from the past and future to the present age, but they are capable of copying long-dead people from the memories of the mages involved.The Materials have become Breakout Characters, appearing as major and/or main characters in other media. They also get their own mangaMahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Potable - The Gears of Destiny - Material Musume, a Yonkoma which takes place before the events of The Gears of Destiny.NOTE: Only general tropes for the series are listed here. For character-specific ones, check out the character sheets.
Playable characters introduced in The Battle of Aces
Hayate is opposed by Material-D, the Ruler of Darkness, whose Barrier Jacket has dark grey where Hayate's is white, along with purple for the inner layer and shoes, as well as being platinum blonde-ish. She also lacks the original's Nice Hat.
Nanoha is opposed by Material-S, the Starlight Destroyer, whose Barrier Jacket is mainly black/dark purple and crimson, with Luciferion, her version of Raising Heart, being red with a blue crystal.
Fate is opposed by Material-L, the Thunderblade Assailant, who has light blue hair instead of blonde, her Barrier Jacket has blue where Fate's was red and her version of Bardiche has a blue crystal.
In Spite of a Nail: In the original Reinforce's ending in Battle of Aces, she and Hayate discuss how she can't maintain Hayate's magic anymore, and they'd have to create a new Unison Device. I.e. Zwei will exist in this Alternate Continuity too. The Wolkenritter also note late in Hayate's story mode that Hayate and Reinforce both know (but won't admit to each other) that Reinforce will fade away relatively soon.
Invulnerable Attack: Using Full Drive makes you invulnerable to any attack during its initial activation.
Matryoshka Object: The Book of Darkness was really a smaller program written on an older Logia called The Book of Purple Sky. And the Book of Purple Sky was written on an OLDER program called the Examia/Eternal Ring; which was hosted by the Unbreakable Darkness.
Mirror Match: Justified in Story Mode by the existence of the Dark Pieces, which are copies from the heroes based on their memories and wishes during the time of A's.
Purposely Overpowered: Unison Reinforce (Reinforce with Hayate intentionally Unisoning into her), who you could only use at the final battle of Reinforce's story. She comes with all eighteen skills in the game where other characters could only use four, turning the normally powerful Big Bad into an Anticlimax Boss.
Smoke Shield: Used as a gameplay mechanic. Big attacks usually generate one of these on impact, and a canny player can exploit the concealment to pull off a counter-attack.
Sound Test: Available in the Character Viewer under Archive.
Title Drop: Fate's story path ends with her saying the title of her chapter ("When the cherry blossoms are in bloom") in response to Arf asking her when she will tell Lindy her decision regarding her offer to adopt her.
You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Nanoha says this when Arf suggests that Fate might have turned out like Material-L if she hadn't met Nanoha, saying that Fate is a stronger person than that and with Arf, she is not alone. Both Fate and Arf are quite grateful to hear this.
The Gears of Destiny
The Gears of Destiny additionally provides examples of:
Adaptational Badass: While most of the characters are just as badass as they are in canon, Yuuno's surprising combat ability comes as a shock. During his story mode, he manages to not only defeat the Liese twins, but also Material-S, Vivio and Amita, not bad for someone who was Demoted to Extra in the series proper.
The Cameo: In Tohma's imagine shot, the Force versions of Nanoha, Fate, Hayate, Signum and Subaru, as well as the rest of the Nakajima family, Mariel, Iris, and the Hückebein family are seen together.
Cast Herd: There are two units who fight U-D in the final battle. The first unit fights her in the first round, the second unit fights her in the second round where she has already Turned Red.
The first group includes Chrono, Signum, Vita, Shamal, Zafira, Einhard and Kyrie.
The second group includes Nanoha, Fate, Unison Hayate, Vivio, Tohma, Amitie and the empowered Dearche.
Combo Breaker: Activating a Full Drive Burst stock gives temporary invincibility and knocks the opponent back. In some cases, their airborne state makes them vulnerable to be hit with the actual attack.
Yuuno, again. He's the only character in the game who doesn't have a CG appearance. It's even worse, several characters from Force have a cameo appearance in two CG shots.
Nanoha herself has very few CG appearances. She is first seen in the end of Sequence 10. Justified, she's not the heroine in this game. The Eltrian Gears and the Materials, particularly Dearche are.
Yuuno, Arf and the Liese twins don't fight in the Grand Finale.
The Forwards from StrikerS don't appear in this game (not including Subaru's cameo). Justified. All battles are in the sky and all of them are ground mages. Even though, Subaru has her Wing Road, Erio has Strada's Düsenform and Caro has Friedrich and Voltair, they would be odd characters in this game. And Teana has no possibility to fight in air at all.
Do Well, But Not Perfect: Due to an oversight, you automatically win the second round of the Final Sequence if the timer runs out after you whittle down U-D's first life bar so that hers has less HP than yours do but don't reduce it to zero and activate her second phase. The timer only recognizes her current life bar, so it assumes she has less life than you do even though she still has an untouched second life bar.
Future Badass: Nanoha, Fate and Hayate, of course. In Tohma's imagine shot, we see the three aces in the Force timeline. In the epilogue, we see Nanoha and Fate in the ViVid timeline, and Hayate in the Force timeline. And we all know they will be grown up in StrikerS.
Genre Savvy: Einhard and Vivio quickly realize that they've been brought back to the past, and try as much as they can to avoid screwing up the past.
Hope Springs Eternal: In the end, the Materials and U-D go with the Florian Sisters to Future Eltria. They're able to help a lot through their technical expertise in restoring the land and monster hunting.
In Spite of a Nail: According to the Drama CDMagical Girl Lyrical Nanoha GOD Sound Stage A. There are no significant changes between this timeline and the main series timeline up to at least ViVid.
Mid-Season Upgrade: In Sequence 6, Stern gives these to four of the characters for them to use during the final battle against U-D. Hayate and Chrono gets the Waffenträger and Ostwind respectively. The other two characters who get upgrades depends on who you choose for the third and fourth fights of Sequence 6. If you chose them, Nanoha will get the Nebelwerfer, Fate will get the Hornisse, Signum will get the Wirbelwind, and Vita will get the Brummbär.
The travel through time is causing Tohma's Tome of the Silver Cross to malfunction, which conveniently shuts down the Anti-Magic and other abilities that would make him broken in the A's timeline.
Reinforce returns, but is slowly dying, which explains the nerfing she got here.
On the other end of the spectrum, Kris and Asteon turned out to be capable of helping Vivio and Einhard gain limited flight capabilities, explaining why they're able to fight in mid-air here when they couldn't in ViVid.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the Liese Twins and The Wolkenritter due to what happened in the series. They still get along with everyone else.
They can't believe how nice Hayate is to the point they suspect her of being a Dark Piece. However they seem to get along later. Lotte says she doesn't like Hayate's ideals, but she respects her persistence.
With Vita - really bad to the point you expect them to start ripping each other's hair.
With Signum - very professionally to the point of awkwardness.
They blame Reinforce for the lives that was lost and how bad their lives had became.