Things I Saw in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight or That I Hallucinated Last Night

For the last several weeks, sleep has become an elusive thing for me. After the birth of my first child back in early September, my wife and I have been experiencing the familiar trial of all new parents--figuring out ways to get our daughter to sleep for more than two hours at a stretch...


For the last several weeks, sleep has become an elusive thing for me. After the birth of my first child back in early September, my wife and I have been experiencing the familiar trial of all new parents--figuring out ways to get our daughter to sleep for more than two hours at a stretch. We've had varying degrees of success but last night was particularly bad--the little one refused to sleep much at all, and the result was me standing in the middle of our bedroom for what seemed like a miniature eternity, gently rocking her and trying to get her to snooze while simultaneously trying to prevent myself from falling asleep standing up.

That miniature marathon of enforced insomnia came on the heels of an appointment I had yesterday afternoon with the fine folks at D3, who dropped by to show off Kamen Riders Dragon Knight for Nintendo Wii and DS. The game is based on a long running Japanese sci-fi television series, which seems to be a mix of an amped up version of Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh-style card collecting with a healthy dose of cartoon violence. The game, and its complex backstory, turned out to be a heady mix, especially in my fragile mental state and, as I stood in the middle of my room last night rocking the baby to sleep, visions of the absurd costumes and hyperspeed action of the game came creeping uninvited back into my head.

So, here's a list of things I either noticed in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight or hallucinated in my sleep-deprived state:

Mirror World -- There are two worlds in the universe of Kamen Rider, the "real" earth and an alternate dimension known as Ventara. The evil General Xaviax is preparing to invade the real earth, and your goal in the game's story mode is to prevent that from happening by kicking all sorts of butt. Incidentally, I guessed the correct spelling of "Xaviax" the instant I first heard his name. After all, nothing is more devious than a bad guy with two X's in his name.

Ready… Fight! -- Kamen Rider is a fighting game, pure and simple. In story mode, you'll choose your favorite Rider and then progress through a grid of encounters leading up to a final battle against Xaviax. These fights can either be traditional one-on-one brawls as in games like Tekken or Soul Calibur or taking on multiple opponents in 3D brawls. There's also duel modes in both versions of the game, where you can pit various characters against one another.

Contract Beasts -- Pets in Kamen Rider aren't like your dog, willing to do anything you want even if you treat him like crap. No, in the Kamen Rider universe, your beasts are contractors and, in the game, you can summon them in a fight to attack your enemy. If I was a beast in the Kamen Rider universe, I would demand a signing bonus and the company of many, many female beasts at my beck and call.

All Hands on Deck -- It wouldn't be a kid's show without some sort of collectible card tie-in, right? In Kamen Rider, every combatant has a so-called Advent Deck of cards which offer him or her special powers in a fight. You have to build up energy to use your cards in combat but they do offer some cool powers like…

A Dude Became a Tank -- During one point in the game, one of the Kamen Rider fighters played a card in his deck that allowed him to become a tank. Or interface with a tank he had summoned from thin air. Or transform the front of his body into a tank. Something like that. Then the guy/tank nuked my character into oblivion with a 50-hit combo and explosive effects that would have looked like overkill in Mercenaries 2. It was at this point in the demo that I wearily turned to the friendly D3 representative and said, "I don't understand this game, culturally."

Up Yours! -- At one point, a triumphant Kamen Rider struck a victory pose that looked distinctly like he was telling me to go screw myself. I can only hope the gesture means something else entirely in Japan.

Yodeling Puppies Wearing Mexican Wrestling Masks -- Okay, I'm 95 percent certain this one was a hallucination.

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is coming for the Nintendo Wii and DS on December 22.

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Kapsoulas
Kapsoulas

LALA LA karmen riders LA LA la this is a good song LALALA karmen riders LALALA kill them all LALAla a lot of blood!!

shadeslayer739
shadeslayer739

That is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like to see the Yodeling Puppies Wearing Wrestling Masks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lightning09
Lightning09

I am still a little skeptical about the game itself after making the mistake in buying a Power Rangers (even though Kamen Rider and Super Sentai(Power Rangers) are two different franchises) game years ago. I was actually quite surprised that this game was mentioned in the Ratings Watch of Crosshairs because the show isn't here in Oz (well not on free to air at least).

DimmySumHikyio
DimmySumHikyio

This game seems to have taken the backgrounds from the game Kamen Rider:Climax Heroes. Also most of the character models as well from the PSX version too. It nothing like the American garbage we call Power Rangers, it's much better than that. I was waiting for this game and I'll just play it without the voices on

brad1090
brad1090

i watch the show and it is pretty good the game does not seem too bad i probly get it i like these kind of fighting games

Ponyzoy
Ponyzoy

Well all i can say is you need to stop playing so much video games and start to get out side more...... that is rily sad that you where thinking of a video game with your baby girl....... STOP PLAYING SO MUCH!!

P00per
P00per

The stages are from Climax Heroes! They couldn't come up with original stages?!

Jurica
Jurica

aw, you guys :) No support for Brian? Hang in there buddy! A friend of mine is reliving these same moments of baby induced insomnia, so i'll tell you what i told him: work in pairs, split the awake time, so that both of you get enough sleep. Try to have the toddler run around as much as she can unrestricted, so she gets tired during the day, and not so restless during the night. Feed her at correct intervals, so she doesn't have any other cravings besides sleep - and if this doesn't work,a story : When i was a kid, i was diagnosed with a quite serious illness, and my parents were beside me almost 24/7, when i was at home, and not in hospital, watching over me, so that my seizures don't choke me to death. This rare strain of asthma never plagued me again in my life, and now i'm a 30yr old man that can more than enough take care of myself. I owe my parents all the gratitude for that. So? Keep it up, mate. There will be fruits of your labor in the future, as well as they are now, in the happy loving eyes of your baby girl :) If you need someone to talk to, drop me a line :) Cheers!

AlchemistKirby
AlchemistKirby

The puppies.... ARE GUNNA KILL ME WAAARGH (PS: I drank too much coffee =P)

sonic_900
sonic_900

well, i think it's safe to say that the americans really screwed up kamen rider ryuki

sco-fisticated
sco-fisticated

ok V3. i like Kamen Rider too, but there is such a thing as geeking out too much.

KamenRiderV3
KamenRiderV3

I've got so much to say it won't fit in one box Kamen Rider:Dragon Knight is the second time that someone has tried to bring Kamen Rider to the US. the first was in 1995 with "Saban's Masked Rider" (kamen literly means masked), which was adapted from Kamen Rider Black RX which aired in 1988 and made into a spin off of Power Rangers. Dragon Knight itself is adapted from the 2002 season, Kamen Rider Ryuki (Ryuki litermly means Dragon knight). From what the producers have said, it was picked becuase it had the largest number f riders (13 total). what the reviewer is refering to with the tank bit is Kamen Rider Torque's final attack, where he uses his contract beast Magnugiga, a 8 foot tall robot minotaur, to fire enough rockets and guns to put on a 4th of July show

KamenRiderV3
KamenRiderV3

To answer any and all questions; Kamen Rider was created in 1971 as a live action childrens television series in Japan by Shotaro Ishinomori, who amoung other things gave us "Cyborg009". the show predates the series which functions as source material for power rangers, Super Sentai, by about 4 years. Sentai premeried in 1975 with Hitsumi Sentai Goranger, also created by Ishinomori. Unlike Sentai, which has run continusuly since 1979; Kamen rider has run more sporaticly; 1971-1975,1979-1981,1987-1989, 2000-present. both shows change every year, a common trait in Japanese live action shows, but both had three year premire runs. the orignal Kamen Rider and Goranger both ran for about 90 episodes each. After than, each year brings a new cast, a new story, and a new name to the show. there are very few holdovers on screen. you will ocasionaly have an actor from a pervious show return in a smaller or bigger role a few years later. If you can imagine what Power Rangers has been doing since 2000, bringing in a complety new cast every year, then image doing that 33 times (the current show, Samuria Sentai Shinkenger, is the 33rd season) and you basicly have the general idea..

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I kind of hope the yodeling luchador puppies were real. I'd rent the game just for that.

OF-5
OF-5

I saw this Kamen Rider show on TV the other day! It was like Power Rangers crossed with... well no, it was pretty much just Power Rangers.

thps48
thps48

Needed more magically-sprouting mushrooms overhead dancing pandas...

BulbasaurusRex
BulbasaurusRex

Wait a minute! This was originally a Japanese cartoon? I've been watching a live-action American version of the show for the past year!

immrgoodguy
immrgoodguy

@MontyPython4-r Kamen Rider is a Japanese franchise featuring Insectlike Motorcycle riding heroes who fight various villains. Recent entries in the franchise include Kabuto, Kiva (yayz vampirez!), Decade, and Ryuki (which was adapted into Dragon Knight) Thankfully, only Decade, Ryuki, Dragon Knight, and Blade involve card-based fighting. Unlike Power Rangers, Kamen Riders usually fight alone.

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

I tried watching this show once, that was a waste of a half-hour. It is like Yu-gi-oh! and Power Rangers. The only thing I can remember is "I can't use your card!". That is what happens when writers revolt.

sco-fisticated
sco-fisticated

it does. if u listen closely to the trailer u can hear them speak english when they do a move.

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

u guyz forgot to hope that it will come in ENGLISH too.

sco-fisticated
sco-fisticated

*two hands* at least it keeps to basics. it has everything in there a KR fan would want. all the riders accessible, the advent cards with more unlockable, and it seems the main idea is the fighting, which is the big idea of tokosatsu. i think that is the perfect approach to a KR game. and while i dont expect too much from the hundred missions, at least they put the work to make 100. the thing im reeaally worried about, the voice acting. please, for Zordon's sake, dont be lazy with the voice acting. i dont need great, just good enough. (but good would be admirable) ill at least give it a try.

MontyPython4-r
MontyPython4-r

Okay, anyone who knows what Kamen Rider is, please raise your hand. Anyone???

Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

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Bluegreen17
Bluegreen17

:lol: That was a delightful read! Very funny! I particularly liked the part about the guy/tank.

Leinhartx
Leinhartx

Wow, I'm sleep deprived right now, I think that made this way more funny than I should have found it. Thanks alot, you made my day!

ikkante
ikkante

It looks pretty bad, simple and quite boring, not looking fordward this game.

Nelhew
Nelhew

THiS ROCKS! First time a Kamen Rider game for the DS. Even since my PS2 broke I can't play KR games.

Irikron
Irikron

LIEK OMG! SO WANT!!!

mechberg
mechberg

For the last several weeks, sleep has become an elusive thing for me. After the birth of my first child back in early September, my wife and I have been experiencing the familiar trial of all new parents--figuring out ways to get our daughter to sleep for more than two hours at a stretch. We've had varying degrees of success but last night was particularly bad--the little one refused to sleep much at all, and the result was me standing in the middle of our bedroom for what seemed like a miniature eternity, gently rocking her and trying to get her to snooze while simultaneously trying to prevent myself from falling asleep standing up.

That miniature marathon of enforced insomnia came on the heels of an appointment I had yesterday afternoon with the fine folks at D3, who dropped by to show off Kamen Riders Dragon Knight for Nintendo Wii and DS. The game is based on a long running Japanese sci-fi television series, which seems to be a mix of an amped up version of Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh-style card collecting with a healthy dose of cartoon violence. The game, and its complex backstory, turned out to be a heady mix, especially in my fragile mental state and, as I stood in the middle of my room last night rocking the baby to sleep, visions of the absurd costumes and hyperspeed action of the game came creeping uninvited back into my head.

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So, here's a list of things I either noticed in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight or hallucinated in my sleep-deprived state:

Mirror World -- There are two worlds in the universe of Kamen Rider, the "real" earth and an alternate dimension known as Ventara. The evil General Xaviax is preparing to invade the real earth, and your goal in the game's story mode is to prevent that from happening by kicking all sorts of butt. Incidentally, I guessed the correct spelling of "Xaviax" the instant I first heard his name. After all, nothing is more devious than a bad guy with two X's in his name.

Ready… Fight! -- Kamen Rider is a fighting game, pure and simple. In story mode, you'll choose your favorite Rider and then progress through a grid of encounters leading up to a final battle against Xaviax. These fights can either be traditional one-on-one brawls as in games like Tekken or Soul Calibur or taking on multiple opponents in 3D brawls. There's also duel modes in both versions of the game, where you can pit various characters against one another.

Contract Beasts -- Pets in Kamen Rider aren't like your dog, willing to do anything you want even if you treat him like crap. No, in the Kamen Rider universe, your beasts are contractors and, in the game, you can summon them in a fight to attack your enemy. If I was a beast in the Kamen Rider universe, I would demand a signing bonus and the company of many, many female beasts at my beck and call.

All Hands on Deck -- It wouldn't be a kid's show without some sort of collectible card tie-in, right? In Kamen Rider, every combatant has a so-called Advent Deck of cards which offer him or her special powers in a fight. You have to build up energy to use your cards in combat but they do offer some cool powers like…

A Dude Became a Tank -- During one point in the game, one of the Kamen Rider fighters played a card in his deck that allowed him to become a tank. Or interface with a tank he had summoned from thin air. Or transform the front of his body into a tank. Something like that. Then the guy/tank nuked my character into oblivion with a 50-hit combo and explosive effects that would have looked like overkill in Mercenaries 2. It was at this point in the demo that I wearily turned to the friendly D3 representative and said, "I don't understand this game, culturally."

Up Yours! -- At one point, a triumphant Kamen Rider struck a victory pose that looked distinctly like he was telling me to go screw myself. I can only hope the gesture means something else entirely in Japan.

Yodeling Puppies Wearing Mexican Wrestling Masks -- Okay, I'm 95 percent certain this one was a hallucination.

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is coming for the Nintendo Wii and DS on December 22.