Kamen Rider Celebrates it’s 40th Year Anniversary with New DS Release
May 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm by rosenqueen
Yes. It has been that long. The franchise has had over 20 productions, many tv specials and adaptations overseas from the USA, Thailand and Taiwan. It has also served as the inspiration of many individuals who grew up with this series and successive forms of entertainment such as tv shows, films, etc. Kamen rider allusions and parodies have also been done in media, even with video games. Allow me to give you some vivid examples such as Skullomania from Street Fighter and Joe from Viewtiful Joe.
‘Henshin a-go-go, baby!’ Heck, even Bayonetta says it!
Even a non-Kamen Rider fan KNOWS who and what a Kamen Rider looks like. It is just THAT well known. However if you’ve been living under a rock since 1971 or so, then a short intro of what and who Kamen Rider is.
Kamen Rider (also known as Masked Rider, then again Kamen does literally translate to Mask or Masked) is one of the tokusatsu stars of the 1970s. The gist of all productions of Kamen Rider is that there are individuals chosen to don the mask, usually insect-themed and quite rarely anything else, get a cool motorcycle and have an extensive array of technological devices to aid them in defeating supervillains, terrestrial or extraterrestrial in nature. Usually, these supervillains are monster-like in appearance. The franchise is also partly responsible for the trend of stylized monsters decked in armor and familiar themes which we see to no end still being applied to this very day in other media. Along with the sentai series of that era, they all made the trend for sentai/masked hero series to come.
So to celebrate the forty years of Kamen Rider, the fandom will be receiving a ‘gift’ in the form of a new Nintendo DS game called ‘All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation’. The game will have up to 25 Riders making an appearance. That’s quite a number! The game will be out in Japan on August 4, 2011.
A limited edition of the game comes with 28 slip on covers (14 slip ons that have prints on both sides) depicting all the Riders present in the game and perhaps some spiffy group photos?
Gameplay will have the player pick two from the wide array of cast in this 2d side scrolling battle adventure. Scenarios, bosses and peons should look especially familiar to fans of the series in this highly nostalgic game. Riders can aid each other and also transform into powered up forms for extra punch.
Check out the preview gameplay footage below. I dare say it’s quite cute and fun!