Considering the game franchises that are being revived lately, such as Mega Man, Fighting EX Layer (kinda), Soul Calibur, not to mention Killer Instinct, I can’t help but reminisce about a game series I enjoyed when I was a kid…
Battle Arena Toshinden
They weren’t what you would call good fighting games, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and I would love for the franchise to return, most likely rebooted as it hasn’t been alive since the PS1 era.
And yes, I am well aware that a Toshinden game came to the Wii, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the series, so I don’t consider it to be part of the original Toshinden franchise.
No, I’m talking about going back to Eiji, Kayin, Sofia, Ellis, Rungo, Tracy, Chaos, Gaia and the rest from Toshinden 1 and 2 mainly. Toshinden 3 was an odd one where all the main characters got a “rival” each which were more or less just clone characters with one or two different moves, and though some of them had some potential, I’d prefer to avoid that mess. However, I did like Nagisa, Sizuku and David, who joined the main crew.
And then there’s Toshinden 4 which did the “time-skip” trope where most of the main characters were replaced with other characters, and that one kid who was shown in past games, Naru, is now a teenage girl, and made the main hero of the past games, Eiji, the final boss… it was another odd one I’d like to avoid.
Hence why I’d want for the franchise to be rebooted, should it be revived.
But it’s just a dream of a fanboy.
Do you know of this series?
Did you like it?
Who were your favourite characters?
And would you like to see it return as well?
My favourite was Sofia, the Russian, latex-clad, whip-wielding, ex-KGB turned private detective.