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Videogame: Project X Zone
Project X Zone (pronounced Project Cross Zone) is a Turn-Based Strategy Crossover game for the Nintendo 3DS console, featuring characters from the companies Capcom, Namco Bandai and Sega and co-developed by Monolith Soft and Banpresto. It's a Spiritual Successor (and an outright sequel, plot-wise) to Namco Capcom.

The fighting engine seems to be closer to the Endless Frontier games. Most characters are either paired off into units of two, or solo characters who can be attached to each unit.

The opening is animated by Studio Trigger, formed from former Gainax employees, who would later go on to make Kill la Kill.

The game has since been released in North America, Europe and Australia. However, the voice acting is still in Japanese.

Before the release, it was in different demos that show all three sides of the spectrum. The complete game was released in stores and the eShop June 25th, 2013.

No relation to another Project X or X Zone.

Playable Characters

Note: The asterisk marks characters who are initially Rival units.

Capcom

Namco Bandai

Sega

Original Characters

Mooks and Rival Characters

Note: The asterisk marks characters who later join as Solo Units or just plain join with you.

Capcom

Namco Bandai

Sega

Original Characters

Minor Characters

Capcom

Namco Bandai

Sega


This game provides examples of:

  • Acrofatic: Drei's pretty limb for a big guy. As in doing a Wall Jump in thin air.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: During a villain's final defeat they have a speech before dying, sometimes causing this reaction to the party. Aya-me and Vile are notable examples.
  • Anime Theme Song: "Wing Wanderer."
    • Only in the Japanese version, though. The international release replaces the song with a generic bgm that only vaguely resembles it.
  • Already Met Everyone: Quite a few characters know each other already, even if they're not from the same canon. Most of these cases are characters that met in Namco Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom, or Street Fighter X Tekken, but you have a few that seem to know each other by reputation, such as Chris and Frank, KOS-MOS and X and Devilotte and Ulala.
    • This is because the game sets up numerous verses and realms where people actually know each other. All of the regular fighters and people note  all hail from the same Earth, whereas the games with demons note  all associate with the same Makai realm, and Valkyrie belongs to the heaven above the Makai Realm. Additionally, the more futuristic franchisesnote  come from different points of the fighters' Earth's future.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: In the mission where he first appears as a boss, Seth will arbitrarily never target your newest unit with his special or MAP attacks, and against all expectations that unit being K Oed isn't a losing condition. This all seems to be because said unit appears way out in the boonies of the map and the rest of the team has to go through two bosses and a full compliment of mooks before they can provide backup.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: Averted. Unless the party has been split up for plot reasons (and even then, they're usually split across several different dimensions) everbody in the party participates in every battle.
  • Armed Legs: Both the Original Generation heroes have a pair each. Kogoro has wire-blades, while Mii has guns.
  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted to hell and back with Arthur.
  • Artifact of Doom:if Oros Phlox really does act as the "will of the stone" then the Portalstone is this in a way.
  • Artistic License - Gun Safety: Naturally, since we have the likes of Vashyron, Zephyr, Leanne, and Dante on the roster, but the medal has to go to Erica Fontaine, who has one atack where she grabs her gun, trips, then shields her face while proceeding to spray-and-pray directly at her partner. Thank goodness for Friendly Fireproof.
  • Art Shift: For most characters, this is the first (possibly only) time the have been rendered in Sprite form.
  • Ascended Meme: Vashyron's infamous dance and Zero's equally infamous line from X4
    • Jill also manages to stop Chris in mid-sentence before he could mention a certain kind of sandwich.
  • Assist Character: Solo Units function as this. Another nearby Pair Unit not in play can be this too, to the active pair. Devilotte, Ulala and Tron even bring up their own assists.
  • Ass Kicks You: Valkyrie's final support attack has her land on her butt when she's gigantic. Reiji & Xiaomu's Block-breaking movie has Xiaomu using her butt to breaking an enemy's shield, notably on higher-leveled enemies and sub-bosses/bosses.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: No selling attacks. Sure you nullify the attack of the opponent but it costs a whopping 60 point cross gauge just to use it. And if an enemy knows a Limit Break (which are usually the bosses of the game), you don't even get to choose to either defend, counter attack, or No Sell it.
    • Certain units and equipment increase XP gain rate, making it more affordable than believed. Also, the bosses will always counter with a Limit Break if their gauge is at 100%+ following a Normal Attack, making their pattern fairly predictable.
  • Back from the Dead: Out of the ones who died in Namco Capcom, only Astarothnote , and Saya are the ones who came back. (Saya was already revived in Endless Frontier, and Astaroth keeps coming back in his own canon anyway.)
  • Background Music Override: The entire Gain Ground stage and Operation Crackdown. Trombe now has a rival.
    • Scratch that! Even "Rocks" does it too!
    • "Wing Wanderer (Orchestral Version)" when fighting the Final Boss. And then "Mysterious Project" plays later.
    • In a New Game+, you can manually select which music you want to use for the entire stage as you please. Hell, if you set it at random, even Mooks get a particular random bgm and they usually do not get one. Pick a music (which there are seventy-five to choose from, or just choose Random) and go wild.
  • Badass: All characters , both heroes and villains are this.
  • Badass Armfold: A few characters indulge in this.
  • Bad Ass Army: Just take one look again at all the characters confirmed for this game, and see if you can find someone who isn't capable of kicking ass in a fight.
  • Bag of Sharing: Even if say, a part of the party is at one world, somehow the other party members can still access the same items that the others had in a different world. Very egregious after finishing the stage when you get Kurt, Riela and Valkyrie.
  • Battle Couple: Let's see, Haken and Kaguya, Reiji and Xiaomu, Oogami and Sakura, Touma and Cyrille, do we really need to go on?
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Like Namco Capcom, bosses tend to retreat when defeated until the final chapters of the game, where you defeat them for good.
  • BFS: Many characters, ranging from the God Eater guys, to Black Rose... to Sanger (who brings a human-sized Zankantou around).
  • Beach Episode: Look at the Breaking the Fourth Wall entry below.
  • Behind the Black: The game just loves to have treasure chests and item-holding breakables hidden behind pieces of the level geography. Fortunately, the full 3D levels slide around with proper perspective, and you can wiggle the camera a bit from its default isometric viewpoint, so it's not too hard to explore.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: The script takes advantage of having characters from various Earth-like yet contradictory worlds to mercilessly lampshade everything it can about every franchise that make an appearance.
  • Big Bad: While Due is the main antagonist for most of the game, the true villain is Meden Traore.
  • Big Good: Aura is treated as such, particularly during the story arc that focuses on reuniting her fragments. Mii Koryuji also shares this role as well.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Not so much in that the translation's bad, but that there are a few inaccuracies and a lot of typos, mostly in the text-heavy Database. For example, on the soundtrack CD, "Flutter Vs The Gesellschaft" is listed under the Mega Man Dash series...which had already been localized over a decade ago as Legends.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: In Namco Capcom, you hardly see blood except from Armor King's mouth. In this game? Blood sprays are visible in multiple attacks, whether it involves stabbing the enemy in an exaggerated manner or slamming them onto something sharp.
  • Blown Across the Room: Everyone (including villains) does this.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: A lot of conversations in battle will be like this.
  • Book Ends: The beginning of the game shows Mii exiting her house meeting up with Kogoro in the morning. The ending shows that they both go inside the estate at sunset.
    • The first prologue chapter is titled "The Wanderers". The final chapter is titled The Wing Wanderers - though the significance of this is kinda lost in the localization.
  • Boot Strapped Theme: Almost all returning characters from Namco X Capcom retain their themes.
    • Also Kite & Blackrose end up with a song from... .hack//Link instead of the original quartet of games.
  • Boss Rush: The penultimate and last stages comprise of this.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Riemsianne uses her powers to do this on the Morolians. And this isn't the first time for this to happen to these poor guys.
    • The Gespenst Phantom definitely got hit with this trope considering it kept on following Haken throughout EXCEED.
  • Break Meter: Most enemies have shields on them, so players must take it out before players can start damaging them. Some characters have attacks that are better suited for breaking shields since they have powerful singular hits early on that do large amounts of damage to them, like Ryu's and Chun Li's moves that involve their Focus Attack from Street Fighter IV.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: During Chapter 33, some of the females start talking about how they want to have a race in the ship's pool and start discussing their different swimsuits. This prompts a line from Xiaomu;
    Xiaomu: Ah, we should have known this game would have had a swimsuit episode!
    • At the end of Chapter 13, Path to Certain Victory plays as Saya prepares, prompting this retort from Xiaomu:
    Xiaomu: Hey! Don't go bringing your theme music in here!
    • Ironically, Path to Certain Victory also plays during Reiji and Xiaomu's Special attack.
    • Saya has an Super Move Portrait Attack where she says "Thanks for requesting me."
  • Brick Joke: After being shot out of the colossal revolver catapult in Paris, in the opening of Chapter 35, Jin hopes Heihachi fell out and got bashed on the wall. Opening of the next one, Heihachi hopes the same thing happened to Jin.
  • The Cameo: Ulala and Devilotte's assists, which use characters from games like Side Arms and Fantasy Zone, among others.
    • The prologue to Stage 15 has the supercomputer from the old Sega game Gain Ground (in fact, Stage 15 is a big Shout-Out to the game), while Stage 17 includes statue versions of the enemies from Gain Ground's first boss stage.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Canon Welding: Done to believably awesome and sometimes hilarious effect.
    • Also done In-Universe at one point, where the characters spend a little time spitballing about how they might come from difference points on the same timeline. This stops being funny for them real quick when they realize the setting of Gods Eater Burst puts The End of the World as We Know It well within (and quite possibly at the endpoint of) many of their lifetimes.
  • Casting Gag: Bruno Delinger from Dynamite Cop/Deka is voiced by Ben Hiura, who is the actual Japanese voice actor for Bruce Willis in the majority of his most recent movies. Since Bruno is a Expy of Bruce Willis and the American version of the first Dynamite Cop/Deka was named Die Hard Arcade, this is quite fitting.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Lots, considering there's dialog snippets before and after most battles, every unit has several possible lines, every pair has a few exchanges they can make, and every pair unit/solo unit combo has at least two unique exchanges. Haken and Kaguya are probably the best example, speaking so casually that without context it's hard to tell if they're talking about fighting or foreplay.
  • Chainsaw Good: Frank West uses Adam The Clown's pair in his attacks, alongisde Hsien-ko's. Alisa, too. There's also the Blood Doll Chainsaw
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The fountain at the Kouryuujii estate is a lot more important than just Chun-li and Morrigan popping out there. Or the fact that it's a dimension warp connecting to the shopping mall or the ship.
  • Cloning Blues: Katana is back and apparently has another model called "Red Katana" who's practically Genki Girl personified. Also some of them are infused in a giant robot similar to how Saya was infused within 99.
    • Not to mention the Rival Units in the last two stages; the penultimate stage has you fight multiples every every Rival Unit that became a Solo Unit (yes, that includes Sanger), while the last stage has you fight every boss enemy.
  • Combination Attack: All Pair Units come with multiple ones. In fact, a normal attack is already one of these. This can culminate in a five-person assault with the attacking unit, their solo, and a neighboring unit all attacking at once.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Anytime Phantom appears as an enemy, Sanger seems to be conveniently absent and thus doesn't know it exists. That is, until Stage 27 aka the first stage where you have every single pair and solo unit.
  • Cool Sword: Part of the opening shows some of the sword-wielders standing side to side with each other, pointing their varied swords at the screen.
  • Counter Attack
  • Continuity Nod: Where do we start...?
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Xiaomu in her attack taken from EXCEED and this time, it's the attack that hits multiple enemies at once instead of Jyuu no Kata.
  • Critical Hit: Just like in Endless Frontier and Namco Capcom, hitting enemies just before they hit the ground deals critical damage. It's even more important in this game because it gives out a lot more cross points to execute Limit Break attacks more easily and also more experience boosts just like the Branch-Up multipliers.
  • Crossover: A MASSIVE one. Yuri and Estelle, Ulala, Dante, Jin and Xiaoyu and Chris and Jill are just some of the characters featured.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tron, Arthur and Valkyrie from their fully playable roles in Namco X Capcom to being just support characters.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Every possible pair and solo unit combination has an unique pre-battle conversation and at least 5 unique victory conversations, totalling up to 500 of them.
  • Development Gag: A Servbot is upset at Tron's rocket project to save her Mega Man being delayed, possibly referencing Legends 3 (which would have at least partially involved building said rocket) getting cancelled.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When you defeat Meden. Especially if you land the final blow with a Badass Normal team, like Chris and Jill.
  • Disney Death: Arthur sacrifices himself in Operation Crackdown. As the next chapter starts, Sakura and Ogami mourn his death, but Arthur promptly returns, revealing that as long as he has his armor, he won't die, subverting Armor Is Useless.
  • Disney Villain Death: Seth gets one of these, even though he's clearly seen exploding.
  • Double Entendre: When you have Haken, Dante, and Morrigan all in one game, there's bound to be a few of these. You can also add Vashyron.
  • Dynamic Entry: Reiji does it again with his signature "WAIT!"
  • Dual Wielding: Lots of characters, but Reiji takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Dub Name Change: For (almost) everyone who's had one in their own canons, of course. Combining this with No Dub for You causes some dissonance when your eyes see "Hsien-Ko" and your ears hear "Lei-Lei". The exception is Bruno, likely because the licensing fees to turn him into John McClane again would be far too much trouble; however, his canon's second game was released internationally with the original names intact, and the Database lists him as being from that game (Dynamite Cop) specifically, so they already had another excuse.
  • Elemental Powers: Reiji and Xiaomu again.
    • X and Zero's different weapons/techniques.
    • As well as Cyrille's different spells, and (to a lesser extent) the Resonance of Fate team's Trick Bombs.
  • Expy: Tenzai Kogoro is based off the Chinese mythological character Sun Wukong.
  • Enemy Mine: Dante teams up with Demitri, who by all means he should be killing.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pair Saya with Chris and Jill and she tells the BSAA agents that Ouma never uses viruses or other bioweapons. Chris doesn't buy it since she's working for a known criminal syndicate and that she was heavily involved in the near destruction of reality.
    • A more humorous example: When Due Flabellum teveals that she's been staying in the Koryuji mansion while Mii has been away, using her private bathroom and has even eaten the pudding in the fridge that she was saving, Devilotte is horrified that anyone would do such a thing.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Bizarre subversion: According to the page for this trope, Sakura Wars will never be in a Super Robot Wars game. Yet in this game we have characters from both series. Either no one has noticed, or no one has complained. Perhaps this is due to the fact this isn't a crossover that focus on Humongous Mecha team ups, but rather assorted characters from different games.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Granted a lot of dimension hopping was involved but by the time you finish the game, it's only sunset at the Kouryuuji estate.
  • Face-Heel Turn: The Phantom was a pretty steadfast partner for Haken in EXCEED, since after the first third of the original game. Of course, it doesn't stick and joins Haken and Kaguya in their MAP attack.
  • Facepalm: Demitri does this occasionally.
  • Fanservice Tropes: And we have the following:
    • Absolute Cleavage: Let's just say quite a few of them because listing them all would take a long time.
    • Bare Your Midriff: Ulala, Alisa, Juri and Saya.
    • Clothing Damage: Arthur loses his armour and becomes clad in boxer shorts ala his game. Bruno also suffers from this as well as Devilotte and hers is a result of Blodia, the mecha of Jin (the hero protagonist from Cyberbots) punching through foes as well as her.
    • Fanservice Pack: Some female characters have larger assets than in their original series. Hsien-Ko is a good example.
    • Fashionable Asymmetry: Mii wears a dress with one shoulder strap. A number of characters comment on it. What's particularly funny is that the strap has fallen off in a couple of her conversation poses, so whenever she talks for any length of time, the strap alternates on and off randomly.
    • Full-Frontal Assault: Seth and V-Dural are essentially naked.
    • Gag Boobs: How Estelle reacts to Kaguya. And not the first time either, isn't that right Judith?
    • Gainaxing: Very noticeable whenever female characters use their Limit Break. Of course, this being Banpresto...
      • Also Morrigan in the intro. The animation for it was done by former Gainax employees.
    • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Kaguya.
    • Jiggle Physics: Almost every female character who has a noticeable bust size.
    • Male Gaze: A lot of the cut-ins for the female characters. KOS-MOS's is especially notable.
      • One screenshot shows Frank West taking a photo of Riela in Valkyria mode... while aiming at her chest. Heck, Frank West taking photos of girls is pretty much a big lampshade to this trope.
      • During conversations, almost every female character has the Boobs-and-Butt Pose as one of their mood art, playable and non-playable.
      • During her Solo assist Valkyrie in a voice-over encourages the other characters (and player?) not to look upward. note 
    • The Coats Are Off: Saya ends her support attack with her jacket off.
      • Similar thing happens with some of Erica's attacks, in which she throws her nun outfit off, revealing a cute cat suit underneath.
    • Walking Shirtless Scene: Jin, Bahn, and Seth count. Arthur in boxers also qualifies.
  • Fantastic Foxes/Kitsune: Xiaomu and Saya.
  • Flash Step: Kogoro, the male protagonist, does this a lot in his attacks.
  • Foreshadowing: Done by some of the villains, Played for laughs when Due and Mii are involved.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Considering you have up to five people attacking all at once (Ulala amps it up more) it's surprising that no one but the enemy gets hit with any form of attacks. Either it's this or everyone's just that really good at hitting their targets.
    • Ulala is kind of Fridge Brilliance concerning this; she DOES come from a series where the gameplay involves you shooting at aliens and humans with specific buttons and timing.
  • Gag Boobs: Just like her native series, a noticeable majority of the breast-related humor comes at Kaguya's expense. Taken Up to Eleven in that the game establishes she's bigger than Morrigan.
  • Get Back Here Boss: Stehoney
  • Genre Savvy: Chris and Jill skip entering the Curien Mansion because by this point they know exactly what happens when you enter a spooky looking mansion in the middle of nowhere.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Despite the countless innuendo in the game, at one point Arthur promises to protect Alisa's "Maiden-head" with a completely striaght face, and despite a team with numerous perverts in its ranks, this goes completely unnoticed.
    • Although this makes sense given he was about to sacrifice his life to save the team. Not the best moment for perv jokes.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Aya-me in Chapter 34.
    • however a clone does show up in the final stage's Boss Rush.
    • The members of Oros Phlox also get this before they return to the Portalstone.
  • Gratuitous English: Discounting attack names, we got:
    • Dante and Lady seems to have picked quite a few of these.note 
    • Of course, there's Haken who does this on a regular basis, as well as Ulala and Demitri with his usual "Let's play".
    • Gemini also lapses into this, though she's from the U.S. As is Frank West.
  • Gratuitous French: Don't forget Erica's "Bonjour, Bonjour!"
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Applies mostly to Kogoro and Mii.
  • Hammerspace: Hsien-Ko with her sleeves, although the same could be applied to other units, like Kurt and Riela, Erica and Gemini, and Chris and Jill.
  • Harmless Freezing: Some of your units use ice powers and can actually freeze opponents. It doesn't last really long.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Sakura and Ichiro have an attack that shows them proclaiming their love, causing a huge heart to send out a shockwave that kills enemies.
    • This is also the essence of Ulala's dancing. Though in battle, most of the attacks come from her "backups".
  • Herd Hitting Attack: The MAP attacks, usable for both the heroes and villains.
  • Heel-Face Turn: As the game's opening shows, Heihachi and Juri Han eventually join as Solo Units. Considering the former was already playable on his first battle in the previous game, it shouldn't be that surprising.
  • Heroic BSOD: Zero after he sees Iris. You'll have to save him within turn 8 with Skeith and Vile in your way.
  • <Hero> Must Survive: There are a lot of stages where it is required for a particular unit to survive, else it's Game Over. Unlike in Namco Capcom however, instead of just going back to the menu screen while keeping all the goodies you accumulated in battle, you are sent back to the title screen in this game so no, you can't exploit it.
    • Bizarrely enough, this is subverted of all places in the final stage when by all rights it should have been played straight (you need to get Kogoro and Mii right next to the barrier within 15 turns but you can actually get them ko'ed and still be able to continue).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Arthur makes one at the end of Operation Crackdown. It doesn't stick and is resolved really quickly. This is also part of the Continuity Nod because Arthur states that he can survive one attack as long as he's wearing his armor no matter how strong or weak it is, just like in his game.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Compared to Namco Capcom? Check.
  • Humongous Mecha: One is revealed in the opening. Oh, and the Gespenst known as Phantom is also Haken's rival in this game. And Blodia and G. Kaiser.
    • Ciseaux has one modelled after a rabbit.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Frank West and Bruno Dellinger.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Pairing Valkyrie with Gemini and Erica results in one of these
    Erica: Oh, Valkyrie. May God bless you
    Valkyrie:I do come from the heavens, but...
    Gemini:Yeah, and you're heaven a great time! Hehehee!
  • Insistent Terminology: Hsien-Ko insists on the term "jiang shi", taking offense when Bruno calls her a "monster" at their first meeting, and then being called a "zombie" by Chris and Jill.
    • Mythology Gag: She also took offense in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to being called a zombie by these two.
    • Soma insists that it's "God Eaters", not "Gods Eaters", in reference to how the localization of the game he came from changed all references of God Eater(s) to Gods Eater.
  • Interface Spoiler: Gels make their appearance in the item list much, much earlier than any actual characters representing the Tales of series. Y'know, if you didn't watch the opening or look at the box.
  • Ironic Echo: In Chapter 35, Jin hopes that Heihachi died by being bashed against the side of the wall of the Tower of Tarqaron; Chun-li tells him it'd take more than that to kill Heihachi. Fast forward to the next chapter, and this conversation ensues:
    Heihachi: Hmph. I hope Jin fell out and bashed up against the wall, personally.
    Akira: If I had to guess, it'd take more than that to kill Jin.
  • Irony: Hsien-Ko partnered with Frank West.
    • Ditto with Dante and Demitri. This is Casting Gag-related. Toshiyuki Morikawa and Nobuyuki Hiyama were best buds, and they're the V As of Dante and Demitri respectively.
    • Kite's Zankou Enkon which he uses in his and Blackrose's last attack, is originally from Tri-Edge in G.U, but became his Cross Rengeki in LINK.
    • Yuri states that Vile pursuing X to the Tower of Tarqaron is this as a man he once knew died pursuing him to same place.
      • which doubles as Continuity Nod as he is refering to Zagi. and Yuri still wants nothing to do with him.
      • the icing on the cake is that Vile dies in the Tower of Tarqaron.
  • Justified Tutorial: All five prologues serve as the tutorial to the game (Prologue 1 being basics, Prologue 2 being attacking with another Pair Unit, Prologue 3 being attacking with a solo unit, Prologue 4 being a mix and match of 2 and 3, and 5 teases us with MAP attacks).
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Besides Ryu and Ken, X gets this as a Limit Break, as a Shout-Out to the Easter Egg in Mega Man X.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Played straight with everybody else who uses a katana, but not for Sanger when he shows his katana to Haken and Kaguya. So Kaguya powers it up to his original Reishiki Zankantou.
  • Kiss of Death: More like a kiss of brainwashing but this is how Riemsianne controls the Morolians but special mention goes to Coco Tapioca who as Kurt points out is a robot but is discussed and Played for Laughs in chapter 33. She described it as a novel experience... yeah.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Done mercilessly by the most of the main cast both heroes and villains.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's a crossover game, so this was bound to happen.
  • Leaning On the Fourth Wall: This battle quote from Kite "Grinding for experience is a key part of any game."
    • Although granted, Kite is a middle schooler playing an MMORPG so for him it's a perfectly normal statement.
    • And ironically, due to the way the game is set up, grinding is impossible.[labelnote:*]Well, sort of. You can go out of your way to beat as many enemies as possible before completing your mission objective, but most chapters end with "defeat all enemy units" anyway.
    • A pre-fight quote from Erica: "I think this is the time the announcer usually yells 'Fight'." Then cue the announcer: "Get readyyyy... fight!"
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Yuri and Estelle end up fighting Sanger when they first encounter him.
  • Limit Break: All Pair Units have two: a single target version used during a battle called a Special Attack, and a Multi Attack used on the map.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Monolith says that there will be around 200 named characters, though not all of them will be playable.
    • There are a total of twenty Pair and twenty Solo Units - 60 characters at a minimum. If you count Neito, Tron's Servbots, and the eight assist-only charactersnote  the total comes to 70 characters the player can use. Add the 22 Rival Units (the ones that don't make a Heel-Face Turn) and Iris and Aura, and we got 94.
  • MacGuffin: The Portalstone, which Oros Phlox steals for some reason. It's revealed that Oros Phlox are themselves the stone, or more specifically, it's will manifest, and are trying to unite all the worlds.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Stage 27 has your characters fight an assortment of robots and mechas from the different games.
  • Mini-Mecha: Quite a few appear as Mooks/Rivals, such as Armor Soldier, Phantom and Prelude. Vile also brings his Ride Armor along in some of the fights against him.
    • It should be noted that, like Phantom, the G. Kaiser that appears in Devilotte's attack is a smaller version of the original.
  • Missing Song: Due to licensing issues, Wing Wanderer is replaced with an instrumental song in the game's opening. Same deal with Over The Clouds, Ring A Bell and Moshimo Kimi ga Negau no nara. Licensing really sucks doesn't it.
  • Mistaken Identity: Tron at first believes X is Volnutt when they meet.
  • More Dakka: Chris, X, KOS-MOS, Ulala, Kurt...really, anyone who has some kind of gun or laser falls under this. It's even lampshaded in the opening where everyone who has a gun open fires at something.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When investigating the Bermuda cruise ship, Chris and Jill comment that it's infested with nothing but zombies. Hsien-Ko responds with a self-inflicted version of this trope:
    Hsien-Ko: Hey, there are humans here, too! And me, I guess.
  • Mythology Gag: The shot of Sakura during the opening of the anime is the same shot used in this game. Observe.
    • Why does Bahn know Akira and Pai? Because their series crossed over in Fighters Megamix! note 
    • Remember that Capcom Fighting Evolution game and that Jedah's ending faces him off against Dante? It's happening in this game.
    • Sanger's Heel-Face Revolving Door stitch is very much the same thing he did in the first SRW OG. Extra points for the fact that during his time as Rival Character, he never used his Daizengar inspired move. Instead, he used Thrudgelmir's move, just like Alpha Gaiden.
    • Kite's Sansou Enkon which he uses in his and Blackrose's last attack, is originally from Tri-Edge in G.U, but became his Cross Rengeki in LINK.
    • Ulala's guns were never named in Space Channel 5, but here they're called Tension Blaster. Think Banpresto and SEGA made the name up especially for this game? Not so, because this is the name for Ulala's guns from Phantasy Star Online where one half of them appears as a rare weapon the player can use.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: One of the promotional videos shows Alisa assisting Jin and Xiaoyu against Heihachi. In fact, Heihachi joins before Alisa does - and while a later stage does include a copy of Heihachi as an enemy character, it is not the stage seen in the trailer.
  • New Game+: Features a harder difficulty and a slower EXP gain, but you also get to keep items you have on your previous playthrough and find new ones that're even stronger than the ones you got earlier. It should be mentioned that the slower EXP gain balances out the fact that enemies have higher levels in hard mode.
  • Nintendo Hard: Let's just say in certain stages, there can be five bosses and fifty enemies on a map at once, with shields.
    • In fact, most normal enemies can be defeated in one turn of attacking (without using a Limit Break), especially if the attacking character can access a Solo Unit and a Support Unit. Most stages also let you use every unit you have at the moment, which means you can end up controlling a lot of characters. So how does the game balance this? By throwing hordes of enemies at you.
  • No Dub for You: At least they fixed the problem with Endless Frontier that had no subtitles of any kind for the numerous things every character said in battle, although they still don't subtitle any of the normal attack quotes or use them during any part of the Limit Breaks that doesn't involve a cut-in: this is probably most obvious during Sakura's and Ichirou's Special Attack where they skip over the lenghty speech entirely...and subtitle the yell which has no alternate versions that would need it. To rub it in even further, one of Heihachi's attacks without a cut-in has subtitles in the bottom but it's the only such attack in the entire game.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The ability to have five characters all attack enemies at once (by having a Pair Unit call another Pair Unit to help them attack, and then calling a Solo Unit who can be applied to the intial Pair Unit to also perform their own attack) makes some attacks become essentially this. You know you're screwed when X, Zero, KOS-MOS, T-ELOS and Ulala are all taking you on at once.
    • And some of those solos are assisted by characters from other games...like the aforementioned Ulala.
  • Nonstandard Attack Design: Unlike everything else in the game, which uses traditional if very detailed spritework, the effects for the Gods Eater Burst characters using thier Consume attack is animated frame-by-frame, making it look noticeably more fluid and very out of place.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying Over You: Done in Chapter 37 when Ichiro believes he's responsible for part of his group plummeting to their deaths, only he forgot (or failed to realize) that all of them could fly/hover/maneuver in the air in some way. It's Estelle and Neneko who play the trope straight during this event.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: To discourage making units into an One Unit Army, if a character has a skill that can increase the experience rate by 20% and equips an item that also increases the experience rate by 20%, then the skill is not usable in the skill list. So much for getting 40% EXP rate per fight.
    • This applies to all skills, in that no ability can be stacked. If a unit already has boosted movement from an ally, they can't cast it on themselves, for instance.
  • Post Script Season: The majority of the characters comes from a time after the completion of their respective game(s), along with all their character development.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: This is what happens when you take some of the more realistic characters (Chris, Jill, Frank, Xiaoyu, Akira) and have them fight against/alongside some of the more fantasy based characters (Demitri, Ulala, Sanger, KOS-MOS).
  • Power Trio: The units are set up this way (a pair unit and a solo unit). Some combinations are already partners to each other from their source games (Yuri, Estelle and Flynn, Zephyr, Leanne and Vashyron to name a few).
    • Interestingly, when Alisa and Soma from Gods Eater Burst are introduced, they come with Vashyron from Resonance of Fate. When we meet up with Vashyron's partners, Zephyr and Leanne, they're with Alisa and Soma's leader, Lindow.
    • Odd Couple: The game sometimes forces the player to choose odd pairings, such as Ryu, Ken and...Neneko.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: On one hand, you have a ninja detective, some high school students, government agents, reporters, military personnel, and devils. And on the other hand, you also have Blood Knights, Ax-Crazy people, werefoxes, robots, Magical Girls, and a goddess. While the Namco Capcom crew have worked together in the past, it's still a miracle that these guys could work together, especially with the battle system.
  • Random Drop: This is a bit more important because this game does not have an Item Shop where you can just splurge your money. In fact, enemies don't even drop money at all, making you choose whether to heal allies using the Cross Point Gauge or use your limited items (and the cap is at 20 too) to heal them or increase the shared gauge.
  • Random Events Plot: Even discounting the prologue chapters, much of the game is spent constantly jumping from scenario to scenario with little bridging. Played with in that the entire party is aware things aren't making any sense, quickly get frustrated with their lack of headway and make a point of collecting all the Story Breadcrumbs they can from each new party member and location.
  • Rated M for Manly: A World of Badass and a World of Snark, featuring a high school cheerleader and a ninja detective as the protagonists.
  • Recurring Boss: Pretty much all the Rival Units who don't pull a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Even the ones that do have to be fought several times.
  • Redemption Demotion: Very egregious with characters that pull off a Heel-Face Turn; not only do they not have that humongous HP that they had, but also they don't get to keep the barriers that they once had while they were fighting you.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Mii Kouryuuji
  • Rescue Arc: A set of missions where the player has to rescue Aura by bringing a specific character to her.
    • Some missions also require you to reach a solo character who for some reason cannot move from where they're at. Fortunately they'll never get targeted by enemies, making it easier for the players.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: If you can destroy anything on the map, then go for it because most of the time, it will have items in it and it won't cost you your turn. Of course, a few times there will be enemies in there as well.
  • Rule of Cool: Chris and Jill, two characters hailing from a quasi-realistic setting, having flashy auras following their physical attacks.
  • Running Gag: Since you have a character voiced by Kikuko Inoue, this line shouldn't be too much of a surprise:
  • Schmuck Bait: The Portalstone, believe it or not. The schmucks in question were Mii's ancestors, who were messing with it just to see what would happen. Kogoro's ancestors had to stop them before anything bad happened...like all this crap, for example.
  • Seen It All: Especially people who were in Namco Capcom. Especially since they've also experienced going to Feudal Japan, Hell, space, and everything else that they're just used to it already. Lampshaded by both Kurt and Riela who are surprised that the party members' reaction to Riela going Valkyria was just "meh". When Chris mentions how he's been sizing things up too much to freak out in the first place, Jill theorizes that they've already seen a lot.
    • Haken and Kaguya take a close second in the ambivalence stakes, coming from a world that's already known for inter-dimensional portals. Haken's reaction to a Cross Gate spitting him out in Tokyo next to a pitched battle is basically "Huh. Bugger. Hey, if the people I recognize get a moment, can I have a hand with the rogue Mini-Mecha?"
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Xiaomu kicks it up a notch, just when you didn't think that was possible for her. Everyone seems to be okay with it, since after all, she's having fun.
    • If you put Imca with KOS-MOS and T-elos, she'll express this opinion of them for their outfits and their shirt-ripping special attack. KOS-MOS says to take it up with their creators. Wait a sec, which set of creators?
  • Shout-Out: Has its own growing page. Please contribute!
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: From Endless Frontier comes the two clawed ladies, "Necron" & "Omicon", or Necronomicon. One of their Palette Swaps continues with the book-themed naming as she's named after the Egyptian "Book of the Dead".
  • Shown Their Work: Most of the combos used by the various fighter characters are taken from their respective games and work more or less like they do in them; for example, both parts of Ryu's and Ken's super can be performed separately in Street Fighter IV.
    • Goes into overdrive when it comes to tidbits in Darkstalkers, including mentioning Emperor Ozomu and that Demitri's Power Aura lets him operate in the sunlight. These are things that are canon and discussed in sourcebooks, but never mentioned once in the games themselves.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Referenced in a couple of XP skills, such as Lindow and Bruno, which involves them smoking. Subverted with Ein, who the party thinks he smokes because of this at first, but he states that he tried to quit but didn't have the willpower. You can actually notice this in his Limit Breaks where he has to take a second to breathe before the final hit and occasionally mutters something about tobacco.
  • SpaceX: In a nod to Space Channel 5's love of this trope, Ulala, Frank and Hsien-Ko after finishing an attack together proclaim themselves to be a space reporter, a space journalist, and a space jiang shi respectively.
  • Spoiler Opening: That Humongous Mecha you see in the opening? He's the Final Boss. Also Juri as part of the group where trailers showed that she was a villain.
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: The game is made up of detailed 3D levels inhabited by intricate 2D sprites.
  • Stealth Sequel: It certainly isn't advertised as a Namco X Capcom sequel. Justified in countries that never actually got that game.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Saya's minions from Namco Capcom now have spoken dialogue, a trait included to them since Endless Frontier.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: Every playable character gets this when they use their stronger attacks.
  • Suplex Finisher: Kogoro Tenzai, the male original character, does this in mid-air.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Late in the game Drei says there definitely isn't anything under Mii's fountain. In fact, that's where the portalstone and Oros phlox's base of operations are located.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Yuri and Estelle and Touma and Cyrille are classic examples. Reiji and Xiaomu and Zero and X have this dynamic too, but they're subversions.
  • Tag Team: The characters are paired off like this. Some are teamed up by series (Ryu and Ken, Jin and Xiaoyu, Akira and Pai) while others make use of the crossover (the aforementioned Dante/Demitri and Frank West/Hsien-Ko team-ups.)
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Most pair units have these when they initiate Limit Break, especially for Reiji & Xiaomu (Including MAP-Attack), Kurt & Riela, Kogoro & Mii, and Haken & Kaguya.
  • Theme Tune: "Wing Wanderer" performed by Yoko Takahashi. Yes, that Yoko Takahashi.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: This is how Sanger's support attack starts.
    • A couple of Frank and Hsien-Ko's attacks, including their Support Attack, also have them juggling a sword between them.
  • Timed Mission: There are stages wherein you have to do a specific objective before you run out of turns otherwise it's Game Over, like in Operation Crackdown where you have to destroy five statues within fifteen turns (though in this game, that's a lot).
    • There's also a universal limit of 99 turns per chapter, although you have to be seriously trying to make that happen.
  • Title Drop: Done a lot throughout the game for the represented canons. Arthur's world is constantly referred to as "the land of ghosts and goblins", Ryu is called a "street fighter", and an entire level is set up with nothing but mechanical enemies seemingly just so somebody - in this case, Haken - can namedrop "Super Robot Wars".
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Dante (with Demitri) versus Jedah is just one example that happens in this game.
  • Underground Monkey: Much like its predecessor, there's plenty of Palette Swaps to go around, coming from all series represented like the "White" Arremer, Red Horokko, multi-colored Zombies, etc.
  • Unexpected Character: It's a bit better about this than Namco Capcom, since most of the characters are from more recent and/or recognizable franchises...but we still get characters from Dynamite Cop, Zombie Revenge, Space Channel 5note , and Yumeria.
  • Verbal Tic: Kogoro's "ka na," Mii's "te ne", Neneko's "na no da", and Ciseaux's "pyon" and "Ussa-ssa-ssa", to name a few.
  • The Verse: At this point, there are four continuities being tied together (Namco Capcom, Endless Frontier, Project X Zone, Super Robot Wars Original Generation), so it might as well exist.
    • One could also include Xenosaga, given that characters from the series appeared in the first three games listed above. It helps they were all made by the same development company.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Riemsianne once again seems to have her sights set on poor Touma.
  • Wall Jump: While X and Zero are known for using this frequently in their source game, it's notable in their Special Attack when they wall jump up thin air.
  • Where It All Began: The game begins at the Koryuujii estate. It also ends there because Oros Prox's headquarters is located underneath the freaking fountain.
  • Wolverine Publicity; As usual, Ryu and Chun-Li. Morrigan and Jin also count.
  • Womb Level: You get to visit "Fetus Of God"/"Creator's Fetus" in this game. It is still as creepy as ever.
  • Worldof Badass: What else would you get with having heros and villains from several franchises fighting each other? Heck, tt's not even just one world anymore; it's six (or technically three).
  • World of Ham: Even characters who usually aren't hammy get to ham it up in this game.
  • World of Snark: Everyone gets to be snark-y in this game.
  • X Meets Y: The gameplay consists of both elements from Namco Capcom (where you have a map and you attack by pressing A plus the directional button or A by itself) and Endless Frontier (where your XP gauge is shared by the entire members on the field plus visual aesthetics).
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Xiaomu's at it again.


Endless FrontierCreator/Monolith SoftSoma Bringer
Pole PositionCreator/Namco BandaiRally X
Panzer DragoonNo Dub for YouRadiant Silvergun
Namco CapcomVideoGame/Capcom vs. WhateverCross Edge
Namco CapcomTurn-Based StrategyNintendo Wars
Magi - Labyrinth of MagicCreator/Studio TriggerRinne no Lagrange
Professor Layton VS Ace AttorneyNintendo 3 DSPushmo
Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyUsefulNotes/The Eighth Generation of Console Video GamesRagnarok Odyssey

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