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One Piece: Grand Battle! 3 is a fighting game based on the One Piece manga and anime, released on the Sony Playstation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube. The direct sequel to Grand Battle! 2, it primarily adapts the events of the Sky Island Saga. The game was developed by Ganbarion and published by Bandai. It was released on December 11, 2003 in Japan.

A sequel, One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!, was released on March 17, 2005.

GameplayEdit

This game includes sixteen playable characters and seven stages all based on the One Piece story up to the Skypiea arc. Each character contains over two special attacks, and can use the environment as a weapon.

The special moves are now closer to the actual characters moves throughout the series. In Grand Battle! 2, they appeared more loosely based on the characters and only noted a few important moves to each character. Overall the fighting styles of each character are more developed then previous games. Some of the arenas reappear in One Piece Grand Battle! Rush! as well as many of the special/secret moves. The gameplay plays similar to the Power Stone series.

GraphicsEdit

The stages are now in full 3D, as oppose to them being a platform type style of fighting game like in One Piece Grand Battle! 2. All support characters are now in 3D and have a specific style of fighting. Overall, there is a sharp improvement in graphics over Grand Battle! 2 with the change over to a new console.

CharactersEdit

There are a total of sixteen player characters - a marked decrease from Grand Battle! 2, accompanied by an even sharper decrease in support characters. Each "set" of support characters is now treated as a single unit tied to a single attack, rather than individuals that must be chosen before battle.

Character Support Character(s)
Monkey D. Luffy
Roronoa Zoro
Nami
Usopp
Sanji
Tony Tony Chopper Gan Fall (and Pierre)
Nico Robin
Smoker Tashigi
Sir Crocodile
Wiper
Ohm Gedatsu, Shura, and Satori
Portgas D. Ace
Enel
Hina Jango and Fullbody
Mr. 2 Bon Clay
Shanks Lucky Roo, Benn Beckman, Yasopp, and Rockstar

All player characters can access an "A" and a "B" costume, usually consisting of their default canon outfits and a recolor. Each of the Straw Hat Pirates - as well as Shanks - can access up to four costumes with more elaborate themes.

ItemsEdit

Combatants may be helped or hindered by a variety of items around the battlefield. Items fall under three general categories.

  • Food: Fills portions of the Food Charge Gauge. Activated on contact.
  • Power-Up: Raises various combat abilities (usually while reducing others) for 15 seconds. Activated on contact.
  • Attack: Inflicts damage and/or varying status effects. Activated by impact of attacks or throws.

Below is a table of items and their respective effects.

Item Type Effect
Fruit Food Fills a fraction of one Food Charge.
Drumstick Food Fills one Food Charge and restores a small amount of health.
Sword Power-Up Raises attack power, but disables blocking.
Shield Power-Up Raises defense power - enough to negate most knockback effects - but reduces speed.
Shoes Power-Up Raises speed - enough to give dashing a knockback effect - but reduces defense.
Eternal Pose Attack Depending on its needle direction, either fills (needle up) or empties (needle down) food charges.
Bomb Attack Explodes to inflict damage. If left alone, usually explodes after five seconds.
Buggy Ball Attack Explodes to inflict higher damage than regular bombs. If left alone, usually explodes after five seconds.
Lamp Attack Releases a flame that inflicts burn damage.
Poison Mushroom Attack Releases spores that inflict poison damage for approximately ten seconds.[1]
Beehive Attack Releases bees that disorient while inflicting minor damage; these can be transferred to the opponent through close-quarters attacks.
Impact Dial Attack Absorbs attacks for five seconds, then explodes to inflict proportional damage. Exclusive to Jaya and Skypiea stages.
Conache Attack Releases several pieces of fruit. Exclusive to Skypiea stage.

Items are generally found by breaking the containers - barrels, crates, and treasure chests - positioned around each stage. Once broken, a container will always release several pieces of fruit and one other item, which will usually fade if left alone for 15 seconds. Barrels and crates can only release Attack items, while treasure chests can only release Power-Ups or drumsticks.

Containers can also be thrown for damage. Dashing against a container will send it a shorter distance, but allow it to stun on impact.

Battle StagesEdit

There are a total of seven stages, each with unique music, features, hazards, and background spectators.[2]

List of Stages
Drum Castle: Consists of a snow-covered roof occupied by Wapol, bounded on all sides by sheer drops; Chess and Kuromarimo dominate the battlements. Spectators include Snow Birds, a Lapahn, Tony Tony Chopper, Dr. Kureha, and Dalton.[3]
Features
  • The snow will instantly end any burn effect.
    • In large enough drifts, it can be picked up as a snowball and thrown, inflicting a brief freezing effect.
  • Wapol can be picked up and thrown, eating everything in his way. If he eats a combatant, he will spit them high into the air, inflicting minor damage.
  • The Lapahn will periodically throw snowballs at the combatants.
Alabasta: Consists of the half-withered gardens atop the royal palace, bounded on three sides by sheer drops; Cobra stands on the remaining side, while Pell will periodically fly overhead. Spectators include Vivi, Igaram, Chaka, the Tsumegeri Guard, Mr. 7, and Miss Father's Day.[4]
Features
  • Vivi will periodically ride Karoo onto the battlefield and deliver a treasure chest; if touched or attacked, Karoo will immediately panic and flee.
  • Cobra will fly into a rage if attacked, and karate-chop any nearby items or characters.
  • A gust will periodically blow across the stage, pushing everything to one side.
Jaya: Consists of the road directly outside the Tropical Hotel, leading towards a half-broken pier where Mont Blanc Noland, Masira, and Shoujou are salvaging treasure. Spectators include various Bellamy Pirates, Spector, and Blackbeard.[5]
Features
  • The shallows around the pier will instantly end any burn effect.
  • The Saruyama Alliance will periodically throw treasure chests into the center of the stage.
  • Bellamy will unleash his Spring Hopper if attacked, rocketing around the stage and eventually zeroing in on one of the combatants for massive damage.[6]
  • Item containers may release an Apple Basket item, unique to this stage, that will either explode (inflicting the damage of a regular bomb) or do nothing.
Skypiea: Consists of a section of Shandora just beyond Giant Jack, enclosed on all sides by either ruins or Ohm's barbed wire. Spectators include Nola, Conis (with Su), Pagaya, Braham, Raki, Satori, and various Divine Soldiers.[7]
Features
  • Nola will periodically fling chunks of rubble across the battlefield. These, in addition to standard damage, will stun on impact.
  • A tuft of cloud will periodically drift around. If attacked, it will release a Divine Soldier that retaliates with an Axe Dial.
  • Item containers may release (alternatively, Satori may attack with) a Surprise Ball item, unique to this stage, that deploys one of the following:
    • A flower, inflicting nothing.
    • An explosion, inflicting standard damage.
    • Spears, inflicting standard damage (these, unlike the others, deploy on contact).
    • A flame, inflicting fire damage.
    • A snake, inflicting poison damage.
Maxim: Consists of the airborne ark's foredeck, dominated by two large gears and bounded on three sides by sheer drops. Spectators include Aisa (riding atop Pierre), Zoro (being carried by a South Bird), Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji.[8]
Features
  • If attacked, the hourglass turbine will spin the gears, causing a massive gust to blow both combatants to one side.
  • An electric current will periodically run across the stage, inflicting damage on contact.
Mary Geoise: Consists of a two-level courtyard covered in miniature waterfalls, enclosed on two sides by stone pillars, on one side by soldiers, and on the remaining side by Mihawk, Kuma, and Doflamingo. Spectators include the Five Elders, Sengoku, Tsuru, and Laffitte.[9]
Features
  • The waterfalls will instantly end any burn effect.
Foosha Village: Consists of grassland and a stone bridge, enclosed on one end by a cow and the other by a creek powering a windmill. Spectators include Makino, Woop Slap, and Higuma's gang.[10]
Features
  • Higuma will periodically throw bombs at the combatants.
  • The cow will rampage across the stage and back if attacked.[11]
  • The creek will instantly end any burn effect.

Note that damage from stage hazards cannot be blocked.

Game ModesEdit

Four modes may be accessed from the Top Menu.

Event BattleEdit

Event Battle (イベントバトル Ibento batoru?) mode puts the player character through five 60-second battles, each against a different CPU-selected opponent. Each battle is begun and ended by a cutscene, many scripted after (or extrapolated from) canon events. In contrast, the stage for each battle is chosen almost wholly at random; Smoker may be fought on Drum Castle, Mr. 2 Bon Clay may be fought on Jaya, and so on.

Once all five battles are cleared, a character-specific cinematic is played, followed by the game's development credits. If any battle is lost, the player will be presented with a continue option. Five continues - in total - are allowed before Event Battle automatically ends.

Grand BattleEdit

Grand Battle (グランドバトル Gurando batoru?) mode allows players to participate in classic arcade-style battles against each other, or against a CPU opponent; unlike Event Battle, this mode allows characters to (through alternate costumes) fight duplicates of themselves. The battle stage may be freely chosen, or left to one of three "custom" options:

  • Order (じゅんばん Junban?), which defaults to the Whisky Peak stage and proceeds along the in-game ordering for every subsequent battle
  • Toss-Up (おまかせ O-makase?), which selects a stage at random
  • Various (いろいろ Iroiro?), which - for multi-round battles - selects every stage at random

In addition, players may adjust the following:

  • Time Limit (制限時間 Seigen jikan?) between 60 seconds, 99 seconds, or total deactivation
  • Win Count (何本勝負 Nanhon shōbu?) between first-to-one, first-to-two, or first-to-three rounds
  • Handicap (ハンディ Handi?) on each combatant's standard Attack and Defense along a five-point scale
  • Food Charge (メシチャージ Meshichāji?) defaults between empty or full
  • Item (アイテム Aitemu?) containers between three different re-spawn rates

Grand ToursEdit

Grand Tours (グランドツアーズ Gurando tsuāzu?) mode allows up to 16 different characters to participate in a bracketed tournament.

TrainingEdit

Training (トレーニング Torēningu?) mode allows the player to test a character's controls and capabilities on the hazard-free Mary Geoise stage. Here, food charges and health regenerate automatically, and all damage output is visibly recorded.

In addition to standard difficulty settings, the player may program the opponent character to do nothing, run away, give chase (without attacking), or focus exclusively on one type of attack.

CastEdit

Despite its smaller roster, Grand Battle! 3 possesses an even larger cast than its predecessor, as it casts most of its background spectators in addition to the player and support characters. While it generally remains faithful to the TV anime's castings, a few minor characters (such as Higuma) are completely recast.

The game is also notable for casting Yasunori Masutani (who also stands in for all of the Five Elders) as Attach, nearly four years before the character's "official" casting in Episode 321.

Role Voice Actor
Monkey D. Luffy Mayumi Tanaka
Nami Akemi Okamura
Roronoa Zoro Kazuya Nakai
Usopp Kappei Yamaguchi
Sanji Hiroaki Hirata
Tony Tony Chopper
Sanji (young)
Ikue Ōtani
Nico Robin Yuriko Yamaguchi
Wiper Masaki Aizawa
Nefertari Cobra Iemasa Kayumi
Shanks Shūichi Ikeda
Fullbody Hideo Ishikawa
Shura Shinichiro Ohta
Marshall D. Teach Akio Ōtsuka
Sir Crocodile Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
Smoker
Pandaman
Mahito Ōba
Dalton Kenichi Ono
Rockstar Daisuke Gōri
Wapol Bin Shimada
Aisa Masami Suzuki
Karoo "Rude Guy"
Bellamy Wataru Takagi
Gedatsu
Fuza
Masaya Takatsuka
Satori Yasuhiro Takato
Conis Rieko Takahashi
Ohm Eiji Takemoto
Mont Blanc Cricket Takashi Taniguchi
Shoujou Isamu Tanonaka
Benn Beckman
Masira
Aruno Tahara
Buggy
Woop Slap
Shigeru Chiba
Raki Michie Tomizawa
Hina Tomoko Naka
Dr. Kureha Masako Nozawa
Tashigi Junko Noda
Holy
Higuma
Koji Haramaki
Portgas D. Ace Toshio Furukawa
Five Elders
Atachan
Yasunori Masutani
Enel Toshiyuki Morikawa
Jango
Mr. 2 Bon Clay
Kazuki Yao
Gan Fall Jōji Yanami
Nefertari Vivi Misa Watanabe

TriviaEdit

  • Unlike its predecessor, and like the original Grand Battle!, this game's opening cinematic features the original version of We Are!
  • While Pandaman is not playable in this game unlike previous Grand Battle games, Mr. 2 Bon Kurei changes into him for one of his attacks. He is also hidden in all stages and in the game ending.
  • This is the only game in the Grand Battle! series to not include Mihawk as a playable character (though he appears as a background spectator in the Mary Geoise stage, and as a vision in Zoro's Secret Technique cinematic).
  • If Robin wins a fight by throwing her hat, she will do her victory pose without it.
  • The Gamecube version of this game featured a demo file of One Piece: Going Baseball, which could be loaded onto a Game Boy Advance. Only Luffy and Enel were playable.
  • This was the first One Piece game to exclude the traditional From TV Animation... prefix from its title; every subsequent game would follow suit.
  • Though this game was never translated into English, several of its elements were (after being excluded from its direct sequel) adopted by the American-produced One Piece: Grand Adventure.

ReferencesEdit

  1. If picked up, another mushroom will immediately sprout; this may be repeated up to four times.
  2. Some background spectators double as player characters; if used in battle, they will disappear from their background positions.
  3. Pandaman will occasionally appear in one of the smaller windows behind the gate.
  4. Pandaman will occasionally appear in one of the doorways behind Vivi.
  5. Pandaman will occasionally appear behind the Tropical Hotel's arch.
  6. If left alone for 45 seconds, Bellamy will launch a Spring Hopper of his own accord.
  7. Pandaman will occasionally appear behind the ruins.
  8. Pandaman will occasionally appear behind the hourglass turbine.
  9. Pandaman will occasionally appear behind the staircase in one of the adjoining courtyards.
  10. Pandaman will occasionally appear inside the windmill.
  11. If left alone for 45 seconds, the cow will rampage anyways, provoked by the farmer NPC trying to move it.

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Video Games
Japanese Releases: Nintendo
Game Boy Color: Birth of Luffy's Dream Pirate Crew!  •  Grand Line Dream Adventure Log
Game Boy Advance: Big Secret Treasure of the Seven Phantom Islands  •  Aim! The King of Belly  •  Going Baseball  •  Dragon Dream!
GameCube: Treasure Battle!  •  Grand Battle! 3  •  Grand Battle! Rush!  •  Pirates Carnival  •  Battle Stadium D.O.N
DS: Jump Super Stars  •  Jump Ultimate Stars  •  Gear Spirit  •  Gigant Battle  •  Gigant Battle! 2 New World
3DS: Unlimited Cruise SP  •  Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure  •  Unlimited World Red  •  Super Grand Battle! X  •  Great Pirate Colosseum
Wii: Unlimited Adventure  •  Unlimited Cruise
Nintendo Switch: Unlimited World Red  •  Pirate Warriors 3  •  Pirate Warriors 4
Japanese Releases: Sony
PlayStation: Grand Battle!  •  Set Sail Pirate Crew!  •  Grand Battle! 2  •  Ocean's Dream!
PlayStation 2: Grand Battle! 3  •  Round the Land  •  Grand Battle! Rush!  •  Fighting for One Piece  •  Pirates Carnival  •  Battle Stadium D.O.N
PlayStation 3: Pirate Warriors  •  Pirate Warriors 2  •  J-Stars Victory Vs  •  Unlimited World Red  •  Pirate Warriors 3
PlayStation Portable: Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure
PlayStation Vita: Pirate Warriors 2  •  J-Stars Victory Vs  •  Unlimited World Red  •  Pirate Warriors 3  •  Burning Blood
PlayStation 4: Pirate Warriors 3  •  Burning Blood  •  Grand Cruise  •  World Seeker  •  Jump Force  •  Pirate Warriors 4
Japanese Releases: Microsoft
Xbox One: Burning Blood  •  World Seeker  •  Jump Force  •  Pirate Warriors 4
Japanese Releases: Others
Arcade: Miracle Battle Carddass  •  One Py Berry Match! (IC!  •  Treasure World)
WonderSwan: Become the Pirate King!  •  Legend of the Rainbow Island  •  Treasure Wars (Treasure Wars 2 Welcome to Buggyland)  •  Grand Battle! Swan Colosseum  •  Chopper's Big Adventure
Smartphone: One Py Berry Match AR!  •  Grand Collection  •  Dance Battle  •  Adventure Log  •  Running Chopper: Chopper and the Island of Bonds (Run, Chopper, Run!)  •  Treasure Cruise  •  Thousand Storm  •  Bounty Rush
English Releases
Game Boy Advance: One Piece
PlayStation 2: Grand Battle!  •  Grand Adventure  •  Pirates Carnival
PlayStation 3: Pirate Warriors  •  Pirate Warriors 2  •  Unlimited World Red  •  J-Stars Victory Vs+  •  Pirate Warriors 3
PlayStation Vita: Unlimited World Red  •  J-Stars Victory Vs+  •  Pirate Warriors 3  •  Burning Blood
PlayStation 4: J-Stars Victory Vs+  •  Pirate Warriors 3  •  Burning Blood
GameCube: Grand Battle!  •  Grand Adventure  •  Pirates Carnival
Wii: Unlimited Adventure  •  Unlimited Cruise
DS: Gigant Battle
3DS: Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure  •  Unlimited World Red
Wii U: Unlimited World Red
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