Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation

Last updated
Ultimate Muscle:
Legends vs. New Generation
Ultimate Muscle Legends vs New Generation Cover.png
North American GameCube cover art
Developer(s) AKI Corporation
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) GameCube
Release
  • JP: November 22, 2002
  • NA: June 5, 2003
Genre(s) Fighting

Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation, known in Japan as Kinnikuman Nisei New Generation vs. Legends (キン肉マンII世 新世代超人VS伝説超人), is a wrestling video game based on the anime and manga, Ultimate Muscle. It was developed in Japan by AKI Corporation and released in Japan (in 2002) and North America (in 2003) only on the GameCube. It spawned two new expansions: Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle , released only on PlayStation 2 in 2004, and Kinnikuman Muscle Generations (キン肉マン マッスルジェネレーションズ), released in Japan on February 2, 2006 for the PlayStation Portable. This article contains explanations on the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions as well. In this game, the Choujins from the Kinnikuman (Legends) reappear via 3D Polygon and compete against the Nisei Choujins (New Generation) in their younger bodies.[ citation needed ]

Contents

Series

Kinnikuman Nisei: New Generation vs. Legends / Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation (GameCube; November 22, 2002 (Japan), June 5, 2003 (U.S.); Bandai)

The first in the series. The characters are presented with cel-shaded animation, looking almost identical to their manga counterparts.

Kinnikuman Generations / Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle (PlayStation 2; April 22, 2004 (Japan), June 30, 2004 (U.S.); Bandai)

An expansion of "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". Released on the 25th Anniversary of Kinnikuman. The Story Mode and Choujin Creation Mode from the first game are removed. Features tag matches and additional characters. The slow loading time and Toshio Furukawa's portrayal of Kinnikuman (replacing Akira Kamiya from the first game) caused the game to disappointment many fans.
Advertising Slogan: Stand Up! Kinnikuman Generations!! (立ち上がれ!キン肉マン世代(ジェネレーションズ)よ!!, Tachiagare! Kinnikuman Jenereeshonzu yo!!)

Kinnikuman Muscle Generations (PlayStation Portable; February 23, 2006; Bandai)

An expansion of "Galactic Wrestling". Contains more characters and Story Modes. Akira Kamiya returns as the voice of Kinnikuman. Tag Team names from the Ultimate Choujin Tag Arc are used.

Reception

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. [1] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 27 out of 40. [3]

The editors of GameSpot named Ultimate Muscle the best GameCube game of June 2003, [14] and nominated the title for their 2003 "Best Game No One Played" award, which ultimately went to Amplitude . [15]

Related Research Articles

<i>Kinnikuman</i> Japanese manga series

Kinnikuman is a Japanese manga series created by the duo Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada, known as Yudetamago. It follows Suguru Kinniku, a superhero who must win a wrestling tournament to retain the title of prince of Planet Kinniku. Nakai and Takashi planned the series when they were attending high school originally as a parody to Ultraman.

Daisuke Gōri

Daisuke Gōri was a Japanese actor, voice actor and narrator from Kōtō, Tokyo. Throughout his life, he was attached to TV Talent Center Tokyo, Yoshizawa Theatre School and then Mausu Promotion; he was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. His real name, as well as his former stage name, was Yoshio Nagahori. He was best known for his roles in the Dragon Ball series, the Gundam series, Ninja Scroll, Kinnikuman, Patlabor, Tekken, and Soulcalibur - as well as his distinctive deep, booming voice.

Naoki Tatsuta is a Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production.

Virtual Pro Wrestling is a professional wrestling video game series developed by AKI Corporation and published by Asmik Ace exclusively in Japan. The series started in 1996 with the release of the first Virtual Pro Wrestling for the PlayStation. It was localized in the West as WCW vs. the World. Two other games in the series were released exclusively for the Nintendo 64, Virtual Pro Wrestling 64 and Virtual Pro Wrestling 2.

Yudetamago is the pen name of the Japanese manga artists duo consisting of story writer Takashi Shimada and artist Yoshinori Nakai. They are best known for the popular manga Kinnikuman, Ultimate Muscle, and Tatakae!! Ramenman. Many English speaking fans abbreviate Yudetamago as "Yude" while discussing the different peculiarities of the duo.

Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix is a series of fighting video game developed by AKI Corporation, based on the popular Kinnikuman manga and anime series from Weekly Shonen Jump.

Kinkeshi is an extensive and popular line of collectible erasers, an instance of the modern Japanese popular culture institution of keshi. The keshi it includes are monochromatic and derived from the Kinnikuman (キン肉マン) anime and manga franchise, whose primary motif is professional wrestling.

Akira Kushida

Akira Kushida, is a Japanese vocalist who is well known for his work in the soundtracks for anime and tokusatsu productions, most notably Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, Kinnikuman, and Uchuu Keiji Gavan. His nickname from his fans is Kussy. His real given name is Akira.

<i>Galactic Wrestling</i>

Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle, known in Japan as Kinnikuman Generations, is a PlayStation 2 game produced by Bandai and released in 2004. Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle is an expansion of the GameCube game Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation, which had been released in Japan on November 22, 2002 and in North America on June 5, 2003. The title of Galactic Wrestling, in Japan, is often abbreviated as Niku Gene (肉ジェネ). The game itself has an expansion called Kinnikuman Muscle Generations, released in Japan on February 2, 2006 for the PlayStation Portable.

Kinnikuman (キン肉マン), also known as Kinnikuman: Stolen Championship Belt, is the first theatrical film of the anime series Kinnikuman. It was released in Japan on July 14, 1984 along with Choudenshi Bioman, Uchuu Keiji Shaider, and The Kabocha Wine. It is set after the 21st Choujin Olympics.

Great Riot! Seigi Choujin is a 1984 Japanese animated film. It is the second theatrical film based on the anime series Kinnikuman. It was released in Japan on December 22, 1984 alongside Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Treasure of Nanaba Castle and Uchuu Keiji Shaider: Follow the Shigishigi Kidnapping Gang!. It is set after the Seven Akuma Choujin Arc.

Seigi Choujin vs. Ancient Choujin is the third theatrical film based on the anime series Kinnikuman. It was released in Japan on March 16, 1985 alongside Gu-Gu Ganmo, Dengeki Sentai Changeman, and Tongari Boushi no Memoru. It is set after the Golden Mask Arc.

<i>Animetal Marathon V</i> 2003 studio album by Animetal

Animetal Marathon V is the fifth full-length album by Japanese heavy metal band Animetal. Prior to the release of this album, guitarist She-Ja left the band. He was replaced by Syu, who has worked with metal bands Galneryus and Aushvitz. Animetal Marathon V marks the band's first release under their final label VAP. Tracks 2-17 cover anime themes from the 1960s to the 1980s. Tracks 18-34 cover tokusatsu themes also from that same era, including Super Sentai and Kamen Rider titles. Tracks 35-39 are covers of themes from Tatsunoko's Time Bokan series.

<i>Tag Team Match: MUSCLE</i>

Tag Team Match: M.U.S.C.L.E. is a fighting game based on characters from Yudetamago's manga and anime series Kinnikuman.

Mahito Ohba is a Japanese voice actor and narrator. He is a graduate of Tamagawa University and is affiliated with Aoni Production.

References

  1. 1 2 "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs New Generation for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic . CBS Interactive . Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  2. EGM staff (July 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". Electronic Gaming Monthly . No. 168. Ziff Davis. p. 112. Archived from the original on January 23, 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "キン肉マンII世 新世代超人VS伝説超人 [ゲームキューブ]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain . Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  4. Leeper, Justin (July 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". Game Informer . No. 123. GameStop. p. 110. Archived from the original on November 18, 2005. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. Star Dingo (June 4, 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro . IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 22, 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  6. Navarro, Alex (June 2, 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation Review". GameSpot . CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  7. Padilla, Raymond (June 20, 2003). "GameSpy: Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". GameSpy . IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 2, 2005. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  8. McElfish, Carlos (June 17, 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman – Legends vs. New Generation [sic] – GC – Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  9. Casamassina, Matt (June 5, 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". IGN . Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  10. "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". Nintendo Power . Vol. 170. Nintendo of America. July–August 2003. p. 145.
  11. Speer, Justin (August 19, 2003). "'Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation' (GCN) Review". X-Play . TechTV. Archived from the original on August 20, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  12. Steinberg, Scott (June 4, 2003). "Ultimate Muscle: Legends vs. New Generation". Maxim . Biglari Holdings. Archived from the original on August 13, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  13. Catucci, Nick (June 17, 2003). "Macho Men". The Village Voice . Village Voice, LLC. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  14. The Editors of GameSpot (July 2, 2003). "GameSpot's Month in Review: June 2003". GameSpot . Archived from the original on February 6, 2004.
  15. GameSpot staff. "Best and Worst of 2003: Best Game No One Played". GameSpot. CNET. Archived from the original on July 18, 2004. Retrieved February 23, 2020.