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Over the years, ACS has published several games based around the Kessenju franchise, mostly ranging from digitized conversions of the card game, to role-playing games featuring characters from the various Kessenju manga and anime series.

Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card series

The Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card series is a series of digital collectible card games developed and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released for Bandai WonderSwan Color as an exclusive title. The first game in the series, Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card, released in 2001, was the first Kessenju video game to be released.

The Ganbatte! Battle Card series translates the gameplay of the Kessenju card game into a more interactive environment. Players duel against the characters of Kessenju, each with their own decks, in order to win cards to expand their own decks.

As the WonderSwan Color never recieved an overseas release, none of the Ganbatte! Battle Card games have been released outside Japan, though Ganbatte! Battle Card 2 was ported to the Game Boy Advance under the name Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card Advance: Portable Deck.

Titles

  • Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card (2001; WonderSwan Color)
  • Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card 2 (2002; WonderSwan Color)

Kessenju: Portable Deck/Dueling Decks series

The Kessenju: Portable Deck series is a series of digital collectible card games developed and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Originally a Game Boy Advance port of the WonderSwan title Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card 2, Portable Deck ended up superceding Ganbatte! Battle Card and became its own series later on.

Much like its predecessor, the Ganbatte! Battle Card series, the Portable Deck series translates the gameplay of the Kessenju card game into a more interactive environment. Players duel against the characters of Kessenju, each with their own decks, in order to win booster packs to expand their own decks and get more powerful cards. Players can also duel against or trade with each other via link cable (in the GBA titles) or Nintendo WFC (in the DS titles).

Out of all the games in the Portable Deck series, only 1st Expand, 2nd Expand, 3rd Expand and DS were released overseas, under the title Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Dueling Decks. These versions of the game include various alterations from their Japanese counterparts, such as renaming the characters into their localized names from the English dub of the anime series, as well as omitting cards that weren't released in the North American TCG.

Titles

  • Kessenju!: Ganbatte! Battle Card Advance: Portable Deck (2002; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck: 1st Expand / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Dueling Decks (2003; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck: 2nd Expand / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Dueling Decks 2 (2004; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck: 3rd Expand / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Dueling Decks 3 (2005; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck DS / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Dueling Decks DS (2006; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck DS 1st Expand (2007; Nintendo DS)
  • Kessenju!: Portable Deck DS 2nd Expand (2008; Nintendo DS)
  • Kessenju: Portable Deck DS 3rd Expand (2009; Nintendo DS)
  • Kessenju: Portable Deck DS 4th Expand (2010; Nintendo DS)

Kessenju RPG trilogy

The Kessenju RPG trilogy is a series of role-playing/digital collectible card games developed and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released for Game Boy Advance as an exclusive title.

Whereas the Portable Deck series is a direct translation of the card game to interactive software, with little-to-none in the way of story. the RPG trilogy, as its name indicates incorporates several RPG elements such as top-down exploration, a levelling system, card shops, random encounters (until they were removed in the second game), and a heavier focus on the game's story. Battles are still contested using the card game, meaning deck buliding still plays a heavy role in the gameplay.

Titles

  • Kessenju! RPG: Shori no Michi / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Showdown of the Duelists (2003; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju! RPG 2: Duelist no Tamashi / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Spirit of the Master Duelist (2004; Game Boy Advance)
  • Kessenju! RPG 3: Sousen no Kakusei / Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Rise of the Primordials (2005; Game Boy Advance)

Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Duels of Destiny

Kessenju!: Ultimate Battle Beasts: Duels of Destiny, known in Japan as Kessenju! GC: Shin Battle Card: Burning Ketto Retsuden!, is a digital collectible card game developed and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released in 2003 in Japan, and in 2004 in the USA, for Nintendo Gamecube as an exclusive title. It is the first and only Kessenju game to be released exclusively for a home console.

The game's story is an alternate retelling of the Great Duelist Tournament arc, which spans the majoroty of the anime's first season, with the players taking the role of a friend of Sendo Tenryu, who joins his group as they enter the Great Duelist Tournament. Players choose between a male or female avatar, and battle against other duelists, earning DP (Duel Points) to buy more booster packs to strengthen their deck.

Dialogue in the game is presented in a visual novel style, with the player making choices every now and then. As the game is released for a console, it was able to include features that weren't possible in the portable games at the time, such as a fully 3D playing field, cinematic battles between the monsters and full voice acting from the anime's voice cast.

The game includes 2-player duels, as well as card trading using memory cards. The game also supports Game Boy Advance link connectivity, which allows players to transfer their cards from the Portable Deck/Dueling Decks games into Duels of Destiny.

Kessenju: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen series

The Kessenju: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen series is a series of digital collectible card games developed and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released for PlayStation Portable as an exclusive title.

Unlike the other games based on Kessenju (besides the later Portable Deck DS titles), the Saikyo Duelist no Chousen series is based on the sequel series, Kessenju! REVOLUTION and Kessenju VICTORY.

The game is a spiritual successor to Duels of Destiny, and borrows most of its gameplay elements, including its focus on story, the visual novel-style dialogue, the 3D playing field, cinematic monster battles and full voice acting. The games also feature multiplayer duels and card trading via Ad-Hoc.

So far, none of the Saikyo Duelist no Chousen games have been released outside Japan.

Titles

  • Kessenju! REVOLUTION: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen (2006; Playstation Portable)
  • Kessenju! REVOLUTION: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen 2 (2007; Playstation Portable)
  • Kessenju VICTORY: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen 3 (2008; Playstation Portable)
  • Kessenju VICTORY: Saikyo Duelist no Chousen 4 (2009; Playstation Portable)

Kessenju SPIRITS

Kessenju SPIRITS is a digital collectible card game developed by Cygames and published by ACS. It is based on the Kessenju franchise. Released in 2017 for iOS and Android. It is the first Kessenju video game to be released in 8 years.

The game features a campaign mode, where players can duel against characters from the Kessenju franchise, including the original Kessenju series and its various sequel series: REVOLUTION, VICTORY, BRAVECLASH, DD and ACES, as well as a multiplayer mode where players can duel with other players across the country.

The game includes "gacha" elements in form of booster packs, which unlock nine random cards per pack. The booster packs in the game are all based on actual expansion sets in the Kessenju OCG. Because of the games' multiplayer and gacha elements, the game can only be played online.

As of this writing, Kessenju SPIRITS is only available in the Japanese App Store and Play Store. ACS has announced that there are currently no plans for an official English release of the game.

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