The world of fighting games is replete with crossovers of all kinds, and Jump Force is one of the largest in recent years. Now, Bandai Namco’s manga-inspired brawler is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Named after Shonen Jump magazine, one of the oldest institutions in the world of manga, the game offers Super Smash Bros.-like brawling with a large roster of over 50 characters. While there isn’t a firm release date for the Switch version yet, it will feature an exclusive offline 3 vs. 3 mode, which allows six people to fight simultaneously in a tag-style match.
Bandai Namco also announced the game’s second Character Pass for all platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This will feature characters from YuYu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Bleach. There’s no word on a release date for that either.
In our review of Jump Force, critic Jordan Ramée felt that the game offered accessible fun, though he found the game’s story lacking. “Jump Force is a worthy celebration of the legacy of Shonen Jump manga, but it honors its source material a little too well with how filler-heavy the middle of its story arc is. However, even if the game rarely provides a clear motivation for stopping evil other than good must always oppose it, the act of stomping out villains in Jump Force’s frantic bouts of tag-team arena combat is an enjoyable test of strategy.”
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