Review by Bountytissue

"Marvel vs. Capcom + Super Smash Brothers + Shonen Jump = Best. DS. Game. (for 2005)"

...that's what this game basically is. If you haven't played Marvel vs. Capcom, it's basically character switching withing the game. If you haven't played Super Smash Brothers, it's 4 characters fighting it out. Usually in different series of the same company. Both games were excellent ideas that brought in millions. Now take these two games and throw in the japanese Shonen Jump chracters (from Dragon Ball Z to Naruto, and even One Piece). That's what this game is all about.

Story
Ermm, honestly, I have no idea what the story is about. Apparently, all the characters in Jump (Shonen Jump in America) had their worlds brought together (for some evil reason) and it's up to you to bring these worlds back to normal. But that's what I see.

Gameplay
Like I said, two great fighting games merged together. The Super Smash Brothers like gameplay is from characters from different series thrown together. There can be a range from 2-4 players in the same round fighting each other. There is also an option for teams or free for all (in Battle mode or multi-cart multiplayer).

There is also a Marvel vs. Capcom like style in the game. If you have more than one battle character in your deck (a section in the bottom of your screen where you select your support, help, or battle komas/characters, not a Yu-gi-oh deck) you can switch to the other character in mid-battle and have your switched out character regain his/her health. You can also send out your support characters to help you in battle. Of course, you would have to find a new way to get around using the DS's buttons and switching to the touch screen and back.

Graphics
Since when do graphics have an important role in gameplay? The graphics in this game are simple 2d. Not bad at all, but not jaw droppingly amazing. It's like Gameboy Advance only better. The stages are made for each comic series (like Yu-gi-oh and Ruroni Kenshin). However there has been one certain stage a lot of guys enjoy choosing.

Controls
You need to use the touch screen. Believe it, if you don't use the touch screen, you are most likely going to get nowhere in the game. The touch screen is what you need to switch characters, have help and support characters do their thing, and have an easier time getting through the extensive koma (character panels) list.

The button controls (A, B, X, Y, L, R) are also used, so there aren't certain buttons that you won't end up pressing (although I do forget to block with the shoulder buttons). All the buttons have some sort of use. A for juming, B, Y, for attacking, X for special attack. Simple to learn, not so simple to master. There are missions in the game however that require you not to press certain buttons or do a certain amount of jumps.

Replayability
This game will keep you going for quite a while. With a lot of komas to unlock, you will keep on playing over and over again. It can get very fun, but you might have to work a lot to unlock komas that you have no idea who fits in what (taking single panel komas and putting them in unfinished 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 panel komas). But in the end, it's all worth the work.

Multiplayer
You have the choice to do Single cart multiplay or multi-cart multiplayer. Single cart is limited to one stage and a random premade deck. However, it still gives those without a copy to taste the beautiful fruit that is Jump Super Stars.

Multi-cart multiplayer is like battle mode only with people. You have an option to use your deck or how much time you want or whatever. Excellent if you have one more person who has this game. Excellent indeed.

Sound
The sound effects are the only things you hear from the characters (which is good considering there can be so many people on the same screen). The music is something you can tolerate in the game. Nothing that makes you want to destroy your DS.

Overall:

Pros:
Fun Gameplay
Great use of controls
Enough replayability
Single Cart multiplayer gives people the general gameplay of the game

Cons:
Single cart is limited
Unfinished komas can become tedious work if you have no idea what's going on

Buy or Rent? Well, if you have a friend who has the game, ask them if you can try the game out because I don't know what store could possible have a rentable Jump Superstars. Buy if you like what you read here and in other reviews.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 01/04/06


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