I find myself pretty well versed in kids anime shows, and yet I had never heard of LBX before the game graced my 3DS. Seeing LEVEL-5 as the developer then isn't surprising since they seem to have a firm grasp on either adapting more obscure anime titles into video games, or generally produce original titles with gorgeous anime visuals.
The premise around LBX (Little Battlers eXperience) revolves around Van and his friends, and their adventures with their LBX toys that are used to duel one another. Van's father created a powerful LBX prototype, that could either bring hope or despair to the world, depending on who gets their hands on it. Van's father disappears in what looks like a plane crash and then ends up with his prototype while on the run from the evil goons who want to get their hands on it. It's a silly enough story, especially when you consider the fact that these little toys are basically the equivalent of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in this world, and yet they're somehow also powerful tools of destruction. But hey, I saw Small Soldiers, so I get it.
As you progress through the story, you'll continually unlock new LBX parts, of which there are over 130 full sets, that you can then mix and match depending on your playstyle. That's like being able to catch over 130 different Pokemon and then mixing and matching their body parts to create the ultimate supreme being with the perfect stats and skills. That analogy didn't really work, but you get it. You'll also get access to various weaponry that changes how your LBX attacks and functions during battle.
So the question is, do you invest in the new robot-part-collecting crazy that is LBX, even if you haven't ever heard of the show? Let's check it out.
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