This game is the bees knees with my group of friends now. The game is made by Nintendo for the DS, and it is essentially Smash Bros. with Shounen Jump characters.
It's really fun. Pitting Bankai Ichigo against Kyubi Naruto is sweet.
Oh shit I just checked it out on gametrailers that shit looks hot. Is it only in jap, cause that Luffy/Goku/Naruto combo looks sick. WTH why am I praising a nitendo DS game like this........ but damn it looks nice to see different shonen jump characters fight.
No, we had to import it. Since so many different companies own the rights to the anime characters in the US, it's impossible to license. For example, 4kids has One Piece, but another company has Narto, but in Japan, it's all owned by Shounen Jump.
Because of that, it will never see a US release.
luffy, zoro, sanji, kenshin, bobobo, naruto, (neji ?), etc. >> this game looks soo goood
too bad i don't speak japanese ^^... and i don't have a ds...^^"
yer my friend in the comics shop i go to was showing me the version he got. game looks hot!
That's not true. The game is based off the MANGA. This is easy to know because, well first it's called "JUMP Superstars" and second because Deathnote was featured in it and that has not an anime. Furthermore, I'm not sure about this, but I'm guessing some of the featured anime were probably made by different companies. (I don't know this though...)
Originally Posted by Matrias
AND Shueisha, the big company over there running Shounen Jump magazine, is extremely connected to Viz Media the company in the United States that publishes american "Shonen Jump" (no 'u'). In the long run, Shueisha and Viz Media would have to get together and decide to release an american/english version of the game and Viz Media would license and distribute it.
This is just highly unlikely though because manga companies just _don't_ license games and anime-based games are VERY rarely brought over here. (if you look at what we have it's all DBZ, Pokemon, Digimon, Shaman King, Fullmetal Alchemist, etc... stuff that has been on TV and is very popular.)
No, it is true. You may have Vis at the core for manga properties, but it doesn't change the fact that different game companies own the different series as well.
Atari has the rights to make games based on the Dragonball Z anime AND manga. Full exclusivity. Bandai has plans to start releasing Naruto games here as well. Plus you have the companies who own the anime rights to varrying degrees as well on top of it.
It's a licensing nightmare. Perhaps it's possible to get it sorted out, but I doubt Nintendo would go to that effort.
No, that's not true. I'm trying to say that... Okay, there is a hierarchy...
First off, the mangaka owns all no matter what.
Then, Shueisha and Viz have copyrights on the manga, respectively.
*Shueisha* makes a video game, "Jump Superstars".
Then, there are the anime studios which make the respective animes. They do NOT make a game called Jump Superstars and have no rights to it.
Shueisha and Viz are closely bonded companies. We know since Viz publishes Shonen Jump. If Shueisha makes a game, then Viz would more than likely have to license it.
The anime studios have other games, i.e. the Naruto game(I don't know if there's more than one or whatever).
Bandia licenses that Naruto game.
The chances of a video game based on MANGA being released in the US - not very high.
Remember, Jump Superstars is based on MANGA, not anime. The *anime* companies do not own the manga, Shueisha and the respective mangaka do.
(and obviously there are some anime companies that also publish manga, i.e. ADV.)
Actually, there is a chance now that I think of it. The company dubbing Naruto out here is actually ShoPro which has merged with Viz into Viz Media.
Y'know, I think I completely lost track of what this was about exactly. >_>
Often times though the license agreements won't even differentiate from manga or anime, though. Some just license the character and settings, which exist in both manga and anime.
It's not clear cut, which is why it's a licensing headache.