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Namco × Capcom
Namco x Capcom cover
Developer(s) Monolith Soft
Publisher(s) Namco
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date JP May 26, 2005
Genre(s) Crossover, Action RPG / Tactical RPG
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: 12+
Media DVD-ROM
Input methods Gamepad

Namco × Capcom (Namuko Kurosu Kapukon?), also referred to as Namco Cross Capcom, is an action RPG / tactical RPG hybrid game for the PlayStation 2 developed by Monolith Soft and featuring characters from games produced by companies Namco and Capcom.

StorylineEdit

The year is 20XX (sometime in the twenty-first century, and also a subtle reference to how the settings of the Mega Man games are dated), and the game is driven by the characters Arisu Reiji and Xiaomu (original characters created specifically for this game). The two of them work for a special unit called Shinra and they are tasked with investigating spirit and otherworldly disturbances. They are initially investigating a strange "sleeping sickness" in the Shibuya, Tokyo area of Japan, when it becomes apparent that something much larger is at stake. Characters, both good and evil, from other times and other worlds begin appearing in Japan in the year 20XX.

GameplayEdit

The game is a hybrid of an action-RPG and a strategy-RPG. Movement is done on a square grid with turns being determined by figuring out which character has the highest AP. On the player's turn, he or she can move his character into position and choose to attack an enemy.

At this point the game switches into the action-RPG portion. The player's character has a number of "Branches" they can use. Each direction on the directional pad combined with the circle button will perform an attack. Each attack uses up 1 branch. If the player perform a certain number of Aerial Chains (hitting the enemy in mid-air), they will gain bonuses, such as items, super meter, extra damage, more branches to use in this turn. Bonuses other than items are converted into extra Experience Points at the end of an attack sequence. Upon filling up the character's Special Gauge they can use the Triangle button to perform a special attack. They will also be able to select a Multiple Assault attack if their units on the board meet the conditions. Defense also puts the player in the action-RPG mode, this time blocking to reduce the enemy's damage. Successfully blocking attacks will also increase the amount of AP the player's unit has.

There are 50 levels total (45 normal and 5 prologue) and the game should take from around 70-100 hours to complete.

Original charactersEdit

ProtagonistsEdit

Reiji Arisu (有栖零児, Arisu Reiji)

The main protagonist of the game. His father was killed 10 years ago in one of the many ongoing fights between Shinra and Ouma. Reiji is, often described by his partner Xiaomu, "a sullen tight-ass", which prompts Reiji to shoot a jokingly made comeback. While he may not show it, he cares deeply for Xiaomu, even if he shoots down several of her comments, jokes or not. He carries a case containing 2 swords and a shotgun; each of the swords has an element associated with it. He also has a handgun holstered on his waist.

Xiaomu (小牟, Shaomu)

Fellow protagonist as well, Xiaomu is known as a "mystic fox" with an age of 765 years. She was partners in the Shinra organization with Reiji's father, Shougo Arisu, 10 years ago, until his death. Xiaomu often portrays a bit of a flirty nature towards Reiji, though he often ignores it. Aside from poking Reiji's buttons, she can become a little protective of Reiji when the subject of his father's death comes around, or Saya. She wields an ice elemental cane sword styled after a Shakujo staff, as well as a handgun. She is also able to use magic attacks, such as energy rays from her finger, with which she provides most of the duo's ranged attacks.

AntagonistsEdit

Saya (沙夜 Saya)

Like Xiaomu, Saya is a werefox, however, she is born in Japan and not China. She was involved with the incident that happened with Arisu Shougo and Xiaomu 10 years ago, which is why Xiaomu holds a grudge against her. Opposite to Xiaomu, Saya is with the rival organization of Shinra: Ouma. Saya upholds a rather odd personality; she can never seem to become upset and usually remains calm and overly flirty in contrast to that of her Chinese werefox counterpart. Her pet names for Reiji and Xiaomu are 'boy' and 'little one'.

99 (九十九 Kyū jū Kyū)

An enemy sealed in the Abyss of Time 10 years ago; the Ouma Project culminates with its release. It has deep ties with the Arisu clan.

Katana (片那 Katana)

A supposedly made complete clone of Saya, though physical resemblance is questionable. Saya says it is part of the Ouma Project.

Character listEdit

This is a list of significant characters that make an appearance in Namco x Capcom. This list is under construction, as many of the characters first appeared from lesser known titles or older games, and therefore a bit hard to identify or pin down a correct spelling.

NamcoEdit

Name First Appearance Year Role Voice Actor
Amazona Wonder Momo 1987 Enemy Kumiko Watanabe
Andaba Genpei Tōma Den 1986 NPC Ally/Shopkeeper Not Voiced
Armor King Tekken 1994 Both Not Voiced
Black Bravo Bravoman 1988 Enemy Tomokazu Seki
Black Valkyrie The Legend of Valkyrie 1989 Enemy Kikuko Inoue
Bravoman Bravoman 1988 Ally Tetsu Inada
Charade Soul Calibur II 2002 Enemy Not Voiced
Devil Tekken 1994 Enemy Masanori Shinohara
Devil Jin (no horns and no wings) Tekken 3 (NPC) / Tekken 5 (Playable) 1997 / 2004 Both Isshin Chiba
Druaga The Tower of Druaga 1984 Enemy Fumihiko Tachiki
Enma Shadow Land 1987 NPC Ally Not Voiced
Gilgamesh The Tower of Druaga 1984 Ally Akira Ishida
Guntz Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament 2002 Ally Takahiro Sakurai
Heihachi Mishima Tekken 1994 Ally Daisuke Gōri
Hiromi Tengenji Burning Force 1989 Ally Chisa Yokoyama
Ishtar The Tower of Druaga 1984 NPC Ally Not Voiced
Janga Klonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star Medal 2002 Enemy Nobuyuki Hiyama
Jin Kazama Tekken 3 1997 Ally Isshin Chiba
Joka (Joker) Klonoa: Door to Phantomile 1997 Enemy Toshio Furukawa
Judas (AKA Leon Magnus) Tales of Destiny 2 2002 Both Hikaru Midorikawa
Kamooz The Legend of Valkyrie 1989 Enemy ???
Ki (pronounced "Kai") The Tower of Druaga 1984 Ally Rie Tanaka
King II Tekken 3 1997 Ally Not Voiced
Kiso Yoshinaka Genpei Tōma Den 1986 Enemy ???
Klonoa Klonoa: Door to Phantomile 1997 Ally Kumiko Watanabe
KOS-MOS Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht 2002 Ally Mariko Suzuki
Kurino Sandra (Whirlo) The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key 1986 Ally Yuuji Ueda
Lolo Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil 2001 NPC Ally Not Voiced
Masuyo Tobi Baraduke 1985 Ally Yuko Mizutani
Minamoto no Yoritomo Genpei Tōma Den 1986 Enemy ???
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Genpei Tōma Den 1986 Enemy Isshin Chiba
Mitsurugi Heishirō Soul Edge 1995 Ally Toshiyuki Morikawa
Mokujin Tekken 3 1997 Enemy Not Voiced
MOMO Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht 2002 Ally Rumi Shishido
Musashibō Benkei Genpei Tōma Den 1986 Enemy Daisuke Gōri
Ninety Nine Original 2005 Enemy Ai Orikasa
Ogre Tekken 3 1996 Enemy Not Voiced
Reiji Arisu Original 2005 Ally Kazuhiko Inoue
Rutee Kartret (Rutee Katrea) Tales of Destiny 1997 Ally Yuka Imai
Sabine The Legend of Valkyrie 1989 Ally Ayako Kawasumi
Saya Original 2005 Both Ai Orikasa
Shion Uzuki Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht 2002 Ally Ai Maeda
Stahn Aileron Tales of Destiny 1997 Ally Tomokazu Seki
Taira no Kagekiyo Genpei Tōma Den 1986 Ally Ryotaro Okiayu
Taizo Hori Dig Dug 1982 Ally Toshio Furukawa
Taki Soul Edge 1995 Ally Fujiko Takimoto
Tarosuke Shadow Land 1987 Ally Fujiko Takimoto
Valkyrie The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key 1986 Ally Kikuko Inoue
Waya Hime Bravoman 1988 Both Mariko Suzuki
Wonder Momo Wonder Momo 1987 Ally Ayako Kawasumi
Xiaomu Original 2005 Ally Omi Minami
Zouna The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key 1986 Enemy Mayumi Tanaka
Zul The Legend of Valkyrie 1989 Shopkeeper Kenichi Mochizuki

CapcomEdit

Name First Appearance Year Role Voice Actor
Arthur Ghosts 'n Goblins 1985 Ally Fumihiko Tachiki
Astaroth Ghosts 'n Goblins 1985 Enemy Hideaki Nonaka
Bruce McGivern Resident Evil: Dead Aim 2003 Ally Hiroaki Hirata
Cammy Super Street Fighter II 1993 Both Akiko Komoto
Captain Commando Captain Commando 1991 Ally Ryotaro Okiayu
Chun-Li Street Fighter II 1991 Ally Atsuko Tanaka
Demitri Maximoff Vampire: The Night Warriors 1994 Ally Nobuyuki Hiyama
Druk Captain Commando 1991 Enemy ???
Evil Ryu Street Fighter Alpha 2 1996 Enemy Toshiyuki Morikawa
Felicia Vampire: The Night Warriors 1994 Ally Kae Araki
Fong Ling Resident Evil: Dead Aim 2003 Ally Kae Araki
Gouki (Akuma) Super Street Fighter II Turbo 1994 Enemy Tomomichi Nishimura
Grandmaster Meio Strider 1989 Enemy Tetsuo Mizutori
Guy Final Fight 1989 Ally Tetsuya Iwanaga
Hideo Shimazu Rival Schools: United By Fate 1998 Ally Tetsuo Mizutori
Hoover (Baby Head) Captain Commando 1991 Ally Yuko Sasamoto
Jennety (Mack the Knife) Captain Commando 1991 Ally Not Voiced
Juli Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998 Enemy Akiko Kōmoto
Juni Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998 Enemy Akiko Kōmoto
Karin Kanzuki Street Fighter Alpha 3 1998 Ally Miho Yamada
Ken Masters Street Fighter 1987 Ally Tetsuya Iwanaga
Kobun (Servbot) Rockman DASH 1997 Ally Chisa Yokoyama
Kyoko Minazuki Rival Schools: United By Fate 1998 Ally Kotono Mitsuishi
Lei-Lei (Hsien-Ko) Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers Revenge 1995 Ally Michiko Neya
Lilith Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire 1997 Both Yuka Imai
Mike Haggar Final Fight 1989 Ally Tesshō Genda
Morrigan Aensland Vampire: The Night Warriors 1994 Ally Yayoi Jinguji
Nebiroth Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts 1991 Enemy ???
Phobos (Huitzil) Vampire: The Night Warriors 1994 Enemy Not Voiced
Red Arremer Joker Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (GBA) 2002 Enemy Takahiro Sakurai
Regina Dino Crisis 1999 Ally Atsuko Tanaka
Rock Volnutt (Mega Man Volnutt) Rockman DASH 1997 Ally Mayumi Tanaka
Rockman Juno (Mega Man Juno) Rockman DASH 1997 Enemy Akira Ishida
Roll Caskett Rockman DASH 1997 Ally Keiko Yokozawa
Rose Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams 1995 Both Michiko Neya
Ryu Street Fighter 1987 Ally Toshiyuki Morikawa
Sakura Kasugano Street Fighter Alpha 2 1996 Ally Yuko Sasamoto
Sho (Ginzu the Ninja) Captain Commando 1991 Ally Hideyuki Hori
Shturm Captain Commando 1991 Enemy ???
Shturm Jr. Captain Commando 1991 Enemy ???
Solo Strider 1989 Enemy Hideo Watanabe
Strider Hien Strider 2 1999 Enemy Kousuke Toriumi
Strider Hiryu Strider 1989 Ally Kousuke Toriumi
Sylphie Forgotten Worlds 1988 Ally/Shopkeeper Rie Tanaka
Tong Pooh Strider 1989 Enemy Miho Yamada
Tron Bonne Rockman DASH 1997 Ally Mayumi Iizuka
Unknown Soldier 1P Forgotten Worlds 1988 Ally Akio Otsuka
Unknown Soldier 2P Forgotten Worlds 1988 Ally Tesshō Genda
Vega (M. Bison) Street Fighter II 1991 Enemy Tomomichi Nishimura
Zabel Zarock (Lord Raptor) Vampire: The Night Warriors 1997 Enemy Yuuji Ueda

AudioEdit

The Namco × Capcom Special Sound Track promotional demo sound track was released on May 5, 2005. It featured a the short version of the theme song and a few character themes that would make their way into the final release. The Namco × Capcom Original Soundtrack (ナムコ クロス カプコン オリジナル・サウンドトラック Namuko Kurosu Kapukon Orijinaru Saundotorakku?) was released on July 7, 2005 in Japan. Both albums feature work by composer Yuzo Koshiro. The game's theme song Subarashiki Shin Sekai was performed by Flair.

MangaEdit

A manga anthology was also published for the game.

TriviaEdit

Gallery Edit

External linksEdit

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