Video Game / Magical Battle Arena
In a different dimension from this world, there exists another world where every thousand years a legendary tournament is held.

Magical Battle Arena is a 3D aerial fighting doujin game developed by fly-system and Area ZERO, featuring the Magical Girls and female mages of several different franchises.

The story behind this game revolves around a tournament that takes place every millennium, one consisting of many great and powerful mages from different worlds, in order to maintain the cosmic balance of magic amongst the multiverse. The many participants are summoned from the world they originated in against their will and sent into a different dimension where the tournament is being held. A mysterious voice tells each one of them that they will need to win the tournament if they wish to return to their home, and that should they win, they will be granted one wish. If you want a more in-depth (and spoiler-heavy) details of the game's story, we have a page for that.

Aside from it's Story Mode, the game also features a Versus Mode to battle against four players and/or the computer locally, and a Practice Mode to refine your skills. The Lyrical Pack and later versions of Magical Battle Arena also includes a Survival Mode and Mission Mode that can be unlocked upon completing the Story Mode on Normal without using continues. The game later received online gameplay through the Network Mode added in Magical Battle Arena: Complete Form. The following are the characters included in the game, grouped by the game they appear in and how to unlock them:

Magical Battle Arena:
  • Takamachi Nanoha ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, initially available)
  • Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, initially available)
  • Kinomoto Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura, initially available)
  • Hoshizora Kirara (Magical Girl Kirara & Sarara ~Dioskroi Of Starlit Sky~, a related eroge by the circle; initially available)
  • Hoshizora Sarara (Magical Girl Kirara & Sarara ~Dioskroi Of Starlit Sky~, initially available)


Added in v1.01 - v1.05+:

Lyrical Pack:
  • Hayate Yagami (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, complete Mission 10 to unlock)
  • Vita (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, complete Mission 20 to unlock)
  • Takamachi Nanoha StS (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, complete Mission 30 to unlock)

Added in v1.53+ - v1.54+:
  • Lord of Nightmares Lina (Slayers)
  • Kita Kita Oyaji (Mahoujin Guru Guru)

Magical Battle Arena: Complete Form:
  • Takamachi Nanoha StS (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, initially available)
  • Fate T. Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, initially available)

Added in v1.53:
  • Lord of Nightmares Lina (Slayers, unlocked through Mission Mode)
  • Kita Kita Oyaji (Mahoujin Guru Guru, unlocked through Mission Mode)

Added in v1.70+:
  • Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji (Magic Knight Rayearth; only one of the girls can be active at a given time but they switch places with each other)

The original game was first released on August 17th, 2008 during Comiket 74, with it's Lyrical Pack expansion being released on December 30th of the same year. Two years later, the game received an Updated Re-release with Magical Battle Arena: Complete Form, adding the features of the original game and its expansion pack, new changes to the game's engine, and additional characters. The game's website can be found here and patches for each respective version of the game can be found here. Demonstration videos can also be found here. A basic guide for the game courtesy of Neoseeker can be found here. Translations for the Options Menu, and Lyrical Pack-related content are also available.

Magical Battle Arena later received a RuleSpiritual Successor with Touhou Sky Arena which will have a PlayStation 4 and Play Station Vita release. A sequel, Magical Battle Arena NEXT, has also been announced - one side of the cast will be the Sky Arena versions of Touhou Project characters, while the other side will be magical girls including Nanoha and Illyasviel von Einzbern (in her Prisma Illya incarnation).

See also Elemental Battle Academy, a ground-based third-person shooter-fighting game hybrid by fly-system.

Additionally, Area Zero released a game called Magical Battle Festa on PC/Steam, which is essentially Magical Battle Arena but with original characters instead of copyrighted ones.

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