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Battle Arena NiToshinden is a spin off of the main Toshinden series.

Set in a high school, NiToshinden is, like its parents, a versus fighting game. It features four fighters and a fifth hidden character from the first two Toshinden Playstation games; Eiji, Sofia, Ellis and Tracy along with four exclusive characters based off school stereotypes; Ryuji, Rika, Baifu and Shu.

As in the main series, the arenas are 3D and a sidestep manoeuvre exists for moving around them, but otherwise the gameplay is different from its parent series.

Each character has the same six attacks; hard, medium, light, low, special attack and desperation; the differences between the fighters are in the range, speed of and what the attacks do for each fighter. For instance, Eiji's special attack is to shoot a carrot from his sword, a play on his classic fireball attack, while Sofia's special attack is a variant on her classic Aurora Revolution attack.

The game features no standard combos or blocking. Instead a parry must be performed to block all non-low attacks. Low attacks are unblockable and have to be sidestepped. The characters also have the ability to dive under any non-low attack.

An unusual element of the game is its "practice mode", which, unlike other fighting games, is a series of short videos hosted by an enthusiastic Japanese lady and a small CGI version of Rika.

The art style heads further into the realms of anime than the other installments of the series, with cell-shaded textures and fighters with huge heads and small bodies.

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Battle Arena NiToshinden PlayStation Sofia vs Rika ... Fight!
Battle Arena NiToshinden PlayStation Ellis vs Eiji.
Battle Arena NiToshinden PlayStation Hi there sweetie, you are going to give me some tips, right?
Battle Arena NiToshinden PlayStation Well, let's watch the other movies. Maybe I will learn something useful.

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Alternate Titles

  • "にとうしんでん" -- Japanese spelling

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Shu

The name for the character "Shu" is spelt as "Syu" in the games introduction movie.
Verm -- (269) added Battle Arena NiToshinden (PlayStation) on Jul 29, 2011