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 fightingdoujin 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:
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 Rule ⑨ Spiritual Successor with Touhou Sky Arena. A sequel, Magical Battle Arena NEXT, has also been announced - so far the confirmed playable characters are Illyasviel von Einzbern (in her Prisma Illya incarnation) and the Sky Arena versions of Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame.See also Elemental Battle Academy, a ground-based third-person shooter-fighting game hybrid by fly-system.
Attack Drone: Sarara. StrikerS Nanoha also uses Blaster Bits.
Awesome, but Impractical: Every character's Desperation Attack. All their Limit Breaks can hit a large area and multiple opponents, but the Desperation Attack is a one-on-one attack that if dodged leaves you wide open and vulnerable. Although, if it hits, you are almost guaranteed to win.
Literally with Lord of Nightmares Lina. Every time Lord of Nightmares attacks or flies, she loses HP. This is a reference to the original Slayers light novel, where every time the Lord of Nightmares attacks Phibrizo, its hold on Lina Inverse decreases, and eventually its possession of Lina's body ends.
Charged Attack: Divine Buster, Axel Shoot, and some other attacks can either be fired instantly or charged for more damage. The characters with this ability can't move while charging, though. Other characters are restricted to fully charging before releasing them, but can move while doing so.
Glass Cannon: Hayate's got some of the best special offense in the game, capable of tearing out huge chunks of life from an enemy. The only problem is, she has to stand perfectly still and has to charge her moves before firing them.
StrikerS Nanoha can become this, when she has her Blaster mode on she hits harder than nearly anyone, the only problem is...
Playing with Fire: Lina's Fire Ball and Gaav Flare, Sakura's Firey, and Hikaru's Honou no Ya.
Power Creep, Power Seep: Power-wise, Sakura from Cardcaptor could match the other magical girls in terms of power, but it's a little harder to imagine her being as durable as Nanoha or Lina, considering how she kinda has the durability of an ordinary elementary school student.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Hayate's Desperation Attack summons Nanoha and Fate and they use their Starlight Breaker, Plasma Zamber Breaker and Ragnarök Breaker attacks at the same time at the enemy... In the second season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, this attack combo was used to stun the Book Of Darkness, a being so powerful that entire armies couldn't defeat it.
Wave Motion Gun: Come on. We've got StrikerS Nanoha here, of all people! Her "normal" Super Move is the Blaster-3 Starlight Breaker (alias five simultaneous Starlight Breakers aimed at a single target from multiple directions) with which she... er... officially adopted Vivio. It does even more damage than her Desperation Attack, and even if you manage to escape the beams the shockwave is so huge that in the smaller maps there is no way to avoid it, and in the bigger ones it will require a full bar of stamina to escape in time. In three word: Wave MotionSpam.