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THE BUZZ: Looking for some fighting action outside of the big names like Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat? A little something called Phantom Breaker might be right up your alley.

Set for publishing here in North America by 7Sixty (a division of Southpeak), Phantom Breaker is a 2D fighter which was released in Japan last year by Japanese developer 5pb. So far, only a special edition version of the game has been announced for our shores, but Siliconera reports that for the $39.99 price of the SE, you’ll get the game, a limited-edition box, a mini strategy guide, a desk calendar, and two double-sided posters.

EGM’s TAKE: While here in the West most of the 2D fighting games we see are the big-name titles from companies like Capcom, SNK, or Aksys, in Japan there’s a huge market not only for lesser-know games such as Phantom Breaker, but also doujin fighters—basically, indie-produced games based around original concepts and character rosters.

One of the most recent examples of such games was Arcana Heart 3, which Aksys Games brought over here as a digital-only release via the PlayStation Network. To see Phantom Breaker as an Xbox 360 title is a little surprising, but it’s nice that the console is also getting games such as this.

While Phantom Breaker probably won’t be on the same level as, say, a BlazBlue or The King of Fighters XIII, it could still provide a lot of fun for fighting fans hoping to find something new and different.

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Eric got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights.

American Xbox 360 Owners Soon to Get Japanese 2D Fighter Phantom Breaker

Looking for some fighting action outside of the big names like Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat? A little something called Phantom Breaker might be right up your alley.

By Eric Patterson | 01/5/2012 05:59 PM PT

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THE BUZZ: Looking for some fighting action outside of the big names like Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat? A little something called Phantom Breaker might be right up your alley.

Set for publishing here in North America by 7Sixty (a division of Southpeak), Phantom Breaker is a 2D fighter which was released in Japan last year by Japanese developer 5pb. So far, only a special edition version of the game has been announced for our shores, but Siliconera reports that for the $39.99 price of the SE, you’ll get the game, a limited-edition box, a mini strategy guide, a desk calendar, and two double-sided posters.

EGM’s TAKE: While here in the West most of the 2D fighting games we see are the big-name titles from companies like Capcom, SNK, or Aksys, in Japan there’s a huge market not only for lesser-know games such as Phantom Breaker, but also doujin fighters—basically, indie-produced games based around original concepts and character rosters.

One of the most recent examples of such games was Arcana Heart 3, which Aksys Games brought over here as a digital-only release via the PlayStation Network. To see Phantom Breaker as an Xbox 360 title is a little surprising, but it’s nice that the console is also getting games such as this.

While Phantom Breaker probably won’t be on the same level as, say, a BlazBlue or The King of Fighters XIII, it could still provide a lot of fun for fighting fans hoping to find something new and different.

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About Eric Patterson

view all posts

Eric got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights.