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September 7, 2004

Digimon Rumble Arena 2

The first Digimon Rumble Arena was released on the PlayStation One back in 2001 and the sequel, rightly title Digimon Rumble Arena 2, is sure to be just as fun and action packed. The game is being developed by Bandai and is scheduled for a September 7 release with a price tag of $39.99. It’s still a ways away but that shouldn’t stop any excitement, this game looks like it’s going to be quite a pleaser to fighting game enthusiasts along with, of course, Digimon fans.




Digimon Rumble Arena 2 plays out very similar to the Super Smash Bros. titles; you battle with 3D character in 3D environments while fighting on a 2D plane, but, the game does have its own unique features. Each of the 49 different characters have their own unique (and simplistic) set of moves along with an individual signature move used to devastate your opponents. Every character will also be able to Digivolve (or evolve into a stronger Digimon) up two levels to become more powerful in battle to give you an edge over their opponents. The environments in the game look unique and they can even pose their own threats against battling monsters. Some levels (or all, this information is yet to be released) contain hazards that will harm you and your opponents in battle. An example would be a box of TNT that will explode when struck, so as you fight, you better be careful not only of your opponent but also of the stage itself. There will also be a few multiplayer modes that you will be able to play with up to 3 of your friends. Considering the fast paced action and intense battling in the single player mode, the multiplayer modes are going to be a blast! Overall, the gameplay looks like it could be fun, fast, and exciting, it also looks to be something a little different from other fighting games out there.

Digivolving is a unique and interesting aspect to Digimon Rumble Arena 2. In order to Digivolve, a character must fill up a meter by collecting Digipoints; blue orbs that are scattered about the level as you battle with your friend(s) or against the computer. Once you fill up this meter your Digimon will Digivolve into a stronger form, making your character more powerful and making it easier to defeat your enemy. When you reach the final transformation of a Digimon, you become almost invincible to a lesser level monster, but, you have to be careful, if you don’t pay attention, your monster can also Dedigivolve which can leave you pretty vulnerable. This aspect in the game is pretty cool, but if the “Digievolutions” of monsters contribute to the 49-character line up, this would leave the game with about 16 characters to choose from (including unlockable ones). Still quite a pick, but nothing compared to SSBM or the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games. Lets hope this is not the case, but if it is, it would still be a cool game.

The graphics in Digimon Rumble Arena 2 look to be a notch above average, but nothing too special. The characters and the environments look nicely detailed and are quite colorful. Feathers and other details on certain characters look pretty good and the cracks in unleveled floorboards along with other little environmental details look pleasing enough. Each of the characters are nicely detailed and brightly colored keeping you interested and leaving you wanting to see more (which shouldn’t be a problem considering there’s 49 of them). Some environments in Digimon Rumble Arena 2 look like they can get quite claustrophobic but others look quite spacious, they are also detailed enough to keep you immersed in an exciting battle. Nothing too special here, but if there was a strong point to the graphics it’d was the uniqueness of the characters and the effects of certain moves (I think the signature moves are going to look pretty sweet). Nothing all too exciting about the graphics but they look a fair amount above average, they’re enough to impress in the heat of battle.

word on the street

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is quite popular among Digimon enthusiasts and Super Smash Bros. fans alike. “They look quiet similar in a battling sense” some say “but Rumble Arena 2 has quite a few differences” and they have pointed that out on numerous occasions. There are 49 different characters you can play as and the Digivolving aspect is pretty cool, not to mention the hazards in stages. The graphics are nice and the detail in characters is pretty good. The game looks pretty cool to a lot of people and they are quite excited about it. I recommend it for people who enjoyed the Super Smash Bros. games and Digimon fans.

press release notes

Digimon Rumble Arena leaps onto next generation platforms with a flourish! Play as one of over 40 television characters in this fast and furious fighter! Battle your way through icy glaciers and across fields of fire in this digivolving contest of skills!

  • Featuring more than 40 playable Digimon forms – each with unique moves to master!
  • Featuring popular Digimon from all 4 TV seasons.
  • Single player and multi-player modes! Compete as one of up to 4 players in Multi-Player Brawls.
  • Unlock secret Digimon!
  • Use your signature move to get Digipoints then Digivolve and destroy your opponents.


Digimon Rumble Arena 2 looks like it will create quite a stir among Digimon fans and lovers of the Super Smash Bros. fighting style. It plays out similar to the great Nintendo game yet it has many of its own unique features, such as Digivovling, it also appears to have more environmental hazards. The games graphics are just a step above average but still can be quite entertaining when it comes to fast paced battling. Overall, digimon Rumble Arena 2 looks really fun and the multiplayer battling looks like it could be quite entertaining. I’m looking forward to trying this one out.

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