Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
“Little Battlers eXperience,” a popular video game and animated TV franchise, will be made into the Data Carddass collectible card game series in late November, its joint developers, toymaker Bandai Co. and game maker Level-5 Inc., said.
Intended for boys aged 10 to 12, the game will be playable at toy shops, mass retailers, amusement facilities and elsewhere, the companies said.
To play the game, players need to pay 100 yen ($1.30) to draw a card, and 200 yen for two cards.
The new game was introduced at the Level 5 World 2011 consumer exhibition held Oct. 15-16 at Tokyo Big Sight.
“Little Battlers eXperience” is a videogame developed and sold by Level-5 for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) game console.
It spawned an animated TV series in March, in addition to a manga adaptation that is currently running in Shogakukan Inc.’s CoroCoro Comic monthly magazine.
The series features a wide variety of LBX robots, and more than 1.5 million units of plastic models of the robots have been sold after they were released in February this year.
The Data Carddass game is the latest addition to the franchise.
The game combines digital data and cards. At least 1.04 billion cards have been sold after the hobby was introduced in 2005.
Popular titles such as “Dragon Ball Z,” “Precure,” “One Piece” and the “Kamen Rider” franchises have been adapted into the card game series.
For the much-anticipated “Little Battlers eXperience” card game, Level-5 provided data on the characters from the original video game to jointly develop the card game version with Bandai. The two companies will collaborate in the marketing of the title.
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