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Gamers! is an anime about, well, video games and the people that play them. So of course, it’s going to have more than a few parody game titles, and even a few real ones. Check out just a few of the games that appear in the anime:

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Title in the Anime: Legion of the Fantasy
Real Title: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
Publisher: Nihon Falcom
What it is: This RPG is the eighth installment in the long-running Ys franchise, with the first game releasing in 1987. The title celebrates the franchise’s twentieth anniversary, and revolves around Adol Christian, a boy who is attacked by a giant sea creature on his way to the Elesia Continent. He is barely saved when he arrives on the cursed island of Siren. He ends up meeting Dana—a girl who appeared in his dreams—on the island. From there, his real journey begins.

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Title in the Anime: Base Combat
Real Title: Ace Combat
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
What it is: Base Combat is a parody of Bandai Namco Games’ long-running Ace Combat series of flight simulation games. In the games, players can pilot a fighter jet of their choice and shoot down enemies. The series has been running since 1992.

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Title in the Anime: Pocket Pro
Real Title: Power Pro
Publisher: Konami
What it is: This baseball simulation game has little recognition in the West, it is a very popular title in Japan. Pocket Pro over 25 games and 20 years of history under its belt. Beginning on the Super Nintendo in Japan, it now has its very own smartphone game.

Title in the Anime: Golden Hitomi
Real Title: Goldeneye 007
Publisher: Nintendo/Activision
What it is: In Japanese, the word “hitomi” literally means “eye.” While there is no Goldeneye game on the PlayStation 4 like the one on the video game shelf the protagonist looks through (we only see the spine), there was a Wii/PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 remake of the beloved N64 Goldeneye 007.

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Title in the Anime: Guilty Gear
Real Title: Guilty Gear
Publisher: Arc System Works
What it is: It appears that Gamers! had a deal with Guilty Gear and Persona 4 fighting game developer Arc System Works, because not only are the names and likenesses of the games and characters from their games used, but even the footage from the game is used within the anime. Guilty Gear is a two-player fighting game that has been running since 1998. Aside from its game console installments, Guilty Gear is also available to play in arcades.

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Title in the Anime: BlazBlue
Real Title: BlazBlue
Publisher: Arc System Works
What it is: Seen on a poster in the protagonist Keita’s room, Arc System Works gets more advertisement with one of its most popular series. Like Guilty Gear, BlazBlue is a competitive one-on-one fighting game. And, like Guilty Gear, BlazBlue is available in arcade form. BlazBlue also got a television anime series in 2013, and it’s streaming on Crunchyroll now.

Title in the Anime: Call Over Strike: Destruction Warfare
Real Title: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (or Counter-Strike)
Publisher: Activision (or Valve)
What it is: This made-up game is a combination of two of the most popular competitive shooting games on the market: Call of Duty and Counter-Strike. While the cover of the game is clearly Call of Duty, the footage provided for the game in the anime resembles Counter-Strike. This game can be seen being played by upperclassman Gakuto, as well as in a flashback of Keita’s classmate Tasuku in episode two.

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Title in the Anime: (Untitled)
Real Title: Mario
Publisher: Nintendo
What it is: While the title of the game being referenced isn’t mentioned, class idol Karen does say that she gets talked to in a polite manner by everyone, including Bowser. This directly refers to Bowser from the Super Mario series, and his likeness can be seen for a short scene, and his nemesis Mario makes an appearance as well. The graphics appear to be from the earlier titles, as opposed to the newer 3D ones. The newest game in the franchise—Super Mario Odyssey—will be released this October.

Title in the Anime: UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]
Real Title: UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]
Publisher: Arc System Works
What it is: Keita must really, really like Arc System Works games, because he’s got yet another one of their posters in his room. UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] is an updated version of the company’s Under Night In-Birth visual novel and fighting game.

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Title in the Anime: Paradigm of Phantasia
Real Title: Tales of Phantasia
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
What it is: The cover of the parody game Tasuku wins from a a crane game features altered versions of the game’s characters Cress, Arche, and Mint. Tales of Phantasia is the first game in the long-running Tales of RPG series. It revolves around a young man named Cress who travels through time to defeat an evil sorcerer king named Dhaos. Initially released for the Super Nintendo (known as the Super Famicom in Japan) in 1995, the game went on to have many ports, including for the PlayStation, the Game Boy Advance, and the PlayStation Portable.

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Title in the Anime: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Real Title: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Publisher: Arc System Works
What it is: Once again, Arc System Works gets their game put front and center, with footage from the game being used for a long period of time. While the game is avialable for PlayStation 3 in the West, it is also available in arcades for Japanese audiences. The game is the second fighting title based off of Atlus’ Persona 4 game, and also features characters from Persona 3.

Title in the Anime: (Untitled)
Real Title: Taiko no Tatsujin
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
What it is: Also known as Taiko: Drum Master, Taiko no Tatsujin is a drumming game found in Japanese arcades that lets players play a rhythm game to anime, game, and other kinds of music with drum-shaped peripherals and wooden sticks as a controller. The game is usually played with a friend, but can be played alone as well. The game has been ported to many systems, including the Wii and Nintendo DS.

Title in the Anime: (Untitled)
Real Title: Maimai
Publisher: Sega
What it is: The arcade game that Karen hides behind when she’s trying to watch Keita from afar is called Maimai. It’s a rhythm game with a circular touch screen on the front that looks similar to a washing machine door. The player keeps the beat to the music while touching the touch screen with their hands. While it’s a Japan-exclusive arcade game, Sega has been putting some in Dave & Busters and Round One amusement spaces for limited testing in the last year. The game has been available in Japan since 2012.

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Title in the Anime: (Untitled)
Real Title: Puyo Puyo
Publisher: Sega
What it is: A parody of this puzzle game appears in episode 4. This game franchise in which the player moves pudgy balls around to delete them from the screen by matching four of the same color has been around since 1991, and has many copycats, including the USA-only Pokemon Puzzle League. Puyo Puyo’s many installments have been available on arcade machines as well as home consoles for years, and its cute characters even inspired a stage play in 2015.

Gamers! can be seen with subtitles on Crunchyroll and dubbed on FUNimation.

Comments (2)
  1. That Counter-Strike clone is definitely that, and not Call of Duty. If you look at the map they play the first episode it is the map “de_dust2” and the skins and everything looks almost identical to Counter-Strike.

  2. […] point, Arc System Works has been featured the most. Yes, someone actually went out of their way to compile all the games in Gamers! Yes, we think that’s kind of great. CLARITY: CONNECTIONS Enjoy this issue of Clarity? Then […]

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