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In Battle Arena Toshinden eight world renown weapon fighters have been invited to a mysterious tournament. It is one of the first one-on-one beat-em-ups to feature the ability to sidestep a full 360 degrees around the opponent allowing one to strike from any angle. Aside from the 3d movement, Toshinden's game play can be considered similar to Street Fighter, but in 3d and with a little less depth to the moves.

Two versions of Toshinden were released; for the Sony PlayStation and later a lesser known version for DOS PC's. However the PC version is not a straight port of the PlayStation version and plays and looks notably different despite sharing the same characters, attacks and controls.

The U.S and E.U Playstation versions of Toshinden feature redone voices in English and redone music using different instruments.

The lyrics on Sofia's stage music in the Japanese version, which were actually in English, were removed in the process, likely due to their suggestive nature.

Sofia's and Ellis' voices in the English translation are also notably adjusted, for presumably the same reason; while the other characters English voices generally match the tones of the original Japanese voice actors, Sofia is far less suggestive sounding, while Ellis sounds notably older.

The later Dos version of Toshinden however, uses the same audio as the Japanese Playstation version in all regions, albeit recorded at a considerably lower quality than they were on Playstation.

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Battle Arena Toshinden DOS Ellis vs Eiji
Battle Arena Toshinden DOS She fell off the ring, I guess I won again.
Battle Arena Toshinden DOS Sofia win! (No 3D accelerator graphic)
Battle Arena Toshinden DOS Releasing a combo attack.

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Alternate Titles

  • "闘神伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Toh Shin Den" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Could have been a contender PlayStation Alex L (250)
It takes more than a whip-wielding dominatrix to make a successful fighting game DOS Zovni (9307)

Critic Reviews

Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Sep, 1995 9 out of 10 90
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Sep, 1995 8.1 out of 10 81
CD Player PlayStation 1996 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation Jul 29, 2004 6 out of 10 60
MAXIMUM Magazine PlayStation Oct, 1995 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Oct, 1996 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Imperium Gier DOS Oct 10, 2001 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers PlayStation Mar 29, 2013 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Earthworm Jim

The DOS version includes Earthworm Jim as a playable character. This is because of the deal that Playmates (publisher of the first two Earthworm Jim games) and Takara (developer of the Battle Arena Toshinden series) had made: whileTakara would publish the Earthworm Jim games in Japan, Playmates would publish Toshinden 2 & 3 in the US, and also handle the DOS port of the original Battle Arena Toshinden.

Rungo

The character select screen in the Japanese PlayStation version incorrectly spells "Rungo" as "Run Go". Presumably this was a mistake as the manual spells it "Rungo". This was corrected for the US and European releases.

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