It can be pretty easy to forget all the titles that emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s that drew inspiration from the immense success of Pokémon by tasking gamers with collecting and battling various things. Medabots was one of those properties that faded into this blur of similar games so one can be forgiven if they forgot that it was something that existed and that the franchise has actually continued on in Japan to the point where it will soon be getting the 3DS treatment.
Medabots: Dual will be coming out in Japan later this year, and while it might be leaving behind JRPG trappings for more action oriented gameplay, it is still showing the Pokémon influence by being divided into two titles– Kabuto, which focuses on ranged combat, and Kuwagata, which is more about melee combat. Some core ideas remain the same though as the game features a plethora of robots, including 100 brand new ones, which you will be free to customize with interchangeable parts. Dual also takes advantage of online connectivity by allowing multiplayer for up to four players as well as online parts trading.
Nothing has been said about a North American release as of yet, which I don’t find all that surprising because I honestly don’t remember even hearing the word “Medabot” for the better part of a decade. That being said, I must admit I am intrigued by how these two titles are trying to differentiate themselves by gameplay styles rather than just each having a list of exclusive characters.