Titled Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers, the Tamsoft-developed title has players swinging, slashing and thrusting the Wii Remote to battle hordes of zombie enemies. Sisters Aya and Saki each have their own unique set of moves, with the game offering two-person co-op play.
This marks the first North America release of the series, which debuted in Japan as a Simple 2000 budget title on the PlayStation 2 and was later brought to the Xbox 360 and Wii. A live-action film based on the franchise was released in Japan last month.
Following its PlayStation 2 release, Onechanbara gained a cult following similar to that of Sandlot's giant monster-killing Earth Defense Force series, which likewise debuted as a Simple 2000 PS2 title before making its way to North America in Xbox 360 form.
Alongside the announcement, D3Publisher unveiled its E3 lineup, which will be on display at next week's conference:
Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers (Wii)
Onechanbara is the ultimate evolution in a third-person blood-splattering hack-and-slash videogame. Players take on the role of the beautiful but deadly Aya or her little sister Saki, both of whom will need to put their legendary samurai skills to the test in order to battle legions of zombies terrorizing their city. Every person met and enemy battled gets the sisters closer to understanding who or what is behind the zombie outbreak and putting an end to it. Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers is anticipated for release in Q1 2009 on Wii.
NARUTO: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 (Wii)
TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher's highly anticipated NARUTO: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 offers an all-new original storyline created for the North American audience and features the largest character roster yet for the Clash of Ninja series. The latest iteration of the hit fighting game represents a huge progression from the previous game, including never-before-seen modes, improved visual presentation, and polished gameplay mechanics. The only four-player NARUTO fighting game series available, NARUTO: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 for the Wii home video game console is anticipated for release this fall 2008.
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (PC, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS)
A rich new addition to the beloved Puzzle Quest universe, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix incorporates a powerful blend of puzzle, strategy and RPG gameplay elements, into an all-new futuristic, science-fiction setting. Offering an innovative new hexagonal puzzle board for a wide range of strategic depth, a rich storyline and fresh gameplay elements, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is a captivating new adventure to explore and conquer in Q1 2009 on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Nintendo DS and Windows PC.
BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE The Game (PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP)
Based on Cartoon Network's hit series, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE The Game is the only console videogame allowing players to command and experience the adventures of the ALIEN FORCE team. Gamers will help Ben take the DNA-scrambling Omnitrix out of retirement and become the hero as they transform into eight different playable characters--including cousin Gwen, enemy-turned-ally Kevin and five of Ben's brand new alien forms to utilize their all-new super powers and defeat the intergalactic invaders! BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE The Game is a fast-paced, 3D, action adventure offering an unlimited combo system and engaging puzzles and challenges, coming to Wii, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, PSP system and Nintendo DS this fall 2008.
NARUTO: Path of the Ninja 2 (Nintendo DS)
TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher's NARUTO: Path of the Ninja 2 is the latest in the popular RPG videogame series offering a completely original storyline, expanded character roster featuring 30 playable characters and improvements to the battle system that will give players more options than ever before as they make use of the newly-added Squad Leader and Ninja Tag systems. For those who want to test their mettle against fellow ninja across North America, NARUTO: Path of the Ninja 2 will also provide the opportunity to earn points and special ninja cards as players prove their strength over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. NARUTO: Path of the Ninja 2 is anticipated for release on Nintendo DS this September 2008.
Created by revered Japanese developer TREASURE, Bangai-O Spirits is a re-imagination of their hit 90s DreamCast game Bangai-O. The twitch-fest shooter gameplay includes more than 160 levels, punishing supermoves, exclusive content for the Western version, and a sensory overload of fireworks onscreen. Bangai-O Spirits boasts a powerful level editor tool, local wireless multiplayer for up to four players and the pioneering new Sound Load technology. Bangai-O Spirits blasts into retail stores August 12, 2008 exclusively for Nintendo DS.
Shaun the Sheep (Nintendo DS)
The only handheld videogame based on the award-winning TV show from Aardman Animation, Shaun the Sheep allows players to assume the role of the lovable sheep, Shaun, as he tries to find the rest of the flock before the Farmer arrives home. Designed exclusively for the Nintendo DS, Shaun the Sheep will feature the fan-favorite characters, items, and locations from the popular stop-motion animated series on the Disney Channel, as well as original content for all new experiences with Shaun. Shaun the Sheep flocks to retail stores on September 23, 2008.
I understand this means that the slayers will be in bikinis, but all I can see when I hear the title are zombies in bikinis :(.