A CCG arcade game from Japan. The player pays for a starter deck and scans the cards into an arcade cabinet. Then they play a fighting game where dinosaurs (real ones ranging from obscure to well-known) with superpowers fight both each other using both a literal rock-paper-scissors and an Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors battle system. As the player progresses, the arcade cabinet dispenses newer and rarer cards for them to add to their deck.Oh, and the superpowers? They're never really explained. We're just supposed to accept the fact that dinosaurs all had superpowers and the ability to breathe fire, electrify their bodies, and change in size.Rule of Cool, of course, applies.A tie-in anime was eventually developed. It features the adventures of Max, Rex and Zoey, a trio of dinosaur-loving kids who search for dinosaur cards scattered all over the world before the Alpha Gang—a team of stranded time-travelers responsible for the appearance of the cards—can retrieve them. The series has been brought to the U.S. by 4Kids and is considered to be one of their best dubs. You can watch it on their website or on YouTube.In the grand tradition of the internet, the show has its own Wiki. .
Artistic License - Geography: In one episode, Rex's father is somehow able to drive from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to the Statue of Liberty, even though they are on two different islands, and the Statue can only be accessed by ferry. He also makes the distance in about five minutes or so.
Does Not Like Shoes: The Brazilian children playing soccer in the episode "Field of Screams" are all barefoot. Later on, Max, Zoe, and Rex are convinced to play a game of soccer with them. To play fair, they indulge in the barefooted fun, leaving their shoes and socks on the sidelines.
Late-Arrival Spoiler: In the anime, the fact that the Alpha Gang (and Rex) are from the future is kept a secret until midway through the first season, but this information is unspoilered in the description above.
Monumental Damage: When the heroes go to Spain, the Sagrada Familia winds up completely destroyed.
Ms. Fanservice: Ursula. Also, Zoe in the uncut Japanese anime. Since she is 12 years old, this obviously has Unfortunate Implications, depending on who you ask. Those poses she makes when swiping those cards doesn't exactly help keep this under wraps.
Parental Abandonment: Averted: the three protagonists' parents are accounted for, and play parts (of varying importance) within the story. Also played straight with Rex, who was found abandoned by his adoptive father.
Science Marches On: The feathering on the maniraptorans, which are now thought to have wings and a tail fan. Also Seismosaurus (now considered to be a synonym for Diplodocus), scaly Utahraptor and Megaraptor as a deinonychosaur.
Shown Their Work: Given the amount of different countries visited in the series and the multitude of obscure dinosaurs used, there's a good amount of educational material in the series.
Spin-Off: The game is actually a spin-off of an earlier game, Mushi King, which was more or less the same thing but with beetles in place of dinosaurs. Mushi King wasn't imported to America beyond its arcade version, as the bug collecting hobby is much more perennially popular in Japan than in the US, but everyone loves dinosaurs.
Stock Dinosaurs: Averted: while the main character's dinosaurs fall under the definition of stock dinosaurs, many of the other dinosaurs (and assorted Mesozoic beasties) in the show are fairly obscure, especially when compared with the dinosaurs that the target audience (young children) is familiar with.
Though to be fair, all 3 of the Alpha Gang dinosaurs get beaten pretty regularly, and this is due more to Alpha Gang's incompetence in battle than to the dinosaurs' abilities as fighters. Whenever Spiny is under Rod or Laura's control he actually fares a lot better.