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Arcana Heart is the first entry in the Arcana Heart series. It was originally released in September 23rd, 2005 for the Arcade, then later ported to the PlayStation 2 on October 12th, 2006 in Japan. It was later released outside of Japan on April 11th, 2007.
The game would receive an manga adaptation from 2008 to 2009.
Story[edit | edit source]
In ancient time, the Elemental world and our world were joined. No one knows why or when, but at some point in the past, they split. Now we live in our world, and the Arcana live in theirs. Behind the scenes, the Ministry of Elemental Affairs (MEA) has been working to protect the boundary between the worlds, for they know if the worlds ever merged into one again, the results would be disastrous for humanity.
Now, in the skies over Tokyo, a dimensional rift is beginning to form, and the boundary between the worlds is in danger. Humanity's only hope rests with the Maidens, young girls who can communicate with the Arcana. What awaits these Maidens in the skies above...?
Characters[edit | edit source]
The game features a cast of colorful girls representing various moe archetypes. Upon starting the game, the player(s) is given 30 seconds to choose one, along with 20 seconds to choose an elemental Arcana.
Playable Characters[edit | edit source]
Boss[edit | edit source]
† - Final Boss in Arcade Mode
Features[edit | edit source]
Main Menu[edit | edit source]
- Story Mode
- Arcade Mode
- Versus Mode
- Training Mode
- Gallery Mode
Options Menu[edit | edit source]
- 1-8 (1 = Lowest, 8 = Highest)
- VS Matches
- CPU Matches
- Time Limit
- Auto Save
Updates and Patches[edit | edit source]
Arcana Heart FULL![edit | edit source]
A patch introduced early on for the Arcade version on March 9th, 2006. It fixed a variety of issues, including toning down overly-powered characters, increasing the strength of the weaker, etc. However, controversially, the Patch had been priced in comparison to other games, which released patch updates for free.
Console[edit | edit source]
The PlayStation 2 released version of the game was affected by this patch. It allowed players the option of playing characters in the 'original' or 'full' format of the Arcade version. Voice acting was also presented in the story-mode segments.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- When the game was released outside of Japan, the Japanese voices were kept for gameplay but removed from the victory screens and story segments. Due to Atlus during Sony Computer Entertainment America's policy against games without English dubs.
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