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Developed by Ganbarion and published by Namco Bandai, Unlimited Adventure was the first seventh-generation One Piece game, as well as the first to be localized in North America after FUNimation acquired the series license. It went on to launch a small (and mostly Nintendo-exclusive) series, starting with the direct sequel Unlimited Cruise.
The game was released in Japan on April 26, 2007, and in North America on January 22, 2008.
One day, while fishing for provisions (the Sunny's stores having been emptied by an ill-considered eating contest), Luffy pulls a strange blue orb from the ocean depths. As the other Straw Hat Pirates express disinterest, Luffy wishes aloud for an island to explore. Seconds later, the orb spontaneously summons one, beaching the Sunny and scattering the crew.
Though stunned, the Straw Hats quickly recover and regroup, making camp by the island coast. In doing so, they find a number of wildly different environments, from dense jungles to frozen mountainsides - as well as endless hordes of hostile pirates and Marines. Throughout, Luffy's orb exhibits several more powers, chief among them a psychic link to the memories of each Straw Hat. This link activates whenever they near one of the ancient stone seals hidden throughout the island, summoning phantasms of many past enemies.
Unconcerned, the Straw Hats fight their way through these phantasms, shattering a seal with every victory. All the while, a strange rabbit-like creature named Popora tries to attack them, apparently determined to protect the seals. At first dismissive (and thinking the creature was set to guard some hidden treasure), the Straw Hats reconsider when Robin finds a set of ruins detailing the island's history.
One thousand years ago, the island held a small but fertile civilization, supported by an elderly sage and his magical orb. This sage had molded Popora from clay and imbued him with life, as a guardian for his people. In time, however, more and more outsiders began to take interest in the island - and his people grew suspicious and hostile, demanding that Popora be refashioned into something that could destroy the outsiders.
When the sage refused, his orb was stolen and - despite his warnings - used to animate an idol of island's old guardian god. Corrupted by the islanders' hatred, the orb's magic created a rampaging beast that decimated the island. Even the sage found this monster too powerful to fight; in desperation, he committed his entire soul to a spell that sealed it deep beneath the island. Heartbroken, but dutiful, Popora was left to maintain the spell until the monster was no more.
Touched by his devotion, the Straw Hats resolve to befriend Popora and free him from his lonely vigil. Though at first too embittered to accept their help, Popora eventually comes to trust them, and leads them to the remaining seals. Upon besting these seals and their phantasms, the Straw Hats storm an underground chamber to confront the guardian beast head-on.
At first, the ancient monster attacks with little more than physical blows and dark magic. As the battle wears on, however, it transforms into a dragon-like creature with the power to mimic all the deadliest abilities the Straw Hats have witnessed, from Don Krieg's poison gas to Portgas D. Ace's fire-fists. Only by attacking - as a group - from every possible angle are the Straw Hats able to overcome such raw power, and defeat the beast.
Subsequently, the beast's chamber collapses, threatening to bury the Straw Hats and Popora until Luffy shatters the bedrock with a Gear Third attack. As the group climbs back to the island's surface, the orb - its purpose now fulfilled - turns to plain stone and shatters. From its shards rises the spirit of the sage, who thanks Popora for his thousand-year vigil and apologizes for the loneliness it imposed; knowing his spirit has only moments before passing on, he gathers the shards for one final spell.
Unable (apart from Luffy) to see or hear the spirit, the Straw Hats return to the Sunny to refresh and resupply. Soon, they cast off, watching Popora bid farewells from the island's shore. To their surprise, several similar creatures join in - friends and family, raised from the last of the orb's magic, that Popora can finally call his own.
The game features fully three-dimensional character models and environments, allowing considerable freedom of movement in both exploration and combat. At the most basic level, player characters can walk, run, dash, jump, and access many different attacks of varying size, range, and power.
During combat, the player character will be periodically be given a set of specific attacks. Completing this set (in any order) will enable a Break Shot, giving the set's last attack considerably higher damage and knockback power. However, if the player character is at any point knocked down, the set will reshuffle itself, erasing all progress.
In addition to standard health (HP) gauges, all player characters carry Special Power (SP) gauges, which dashes—as well as finisher (必殺 Hissatsu?) attacks—must be paid out of. Both gauges may be refilled by a number of different means, the most common being the small "recovery balls" occasionally produced from striking enemies or environmental features.
There are a total of 44 playable characters, broadly organized among three classes:
- Class A characters, comprising the Straw Hat Pirates, are playable in all modes by default.
- Class B characters, comprising—along with Popora—all of the bosses encountered throughout Adventure Mode, are playable only in VS Mode.
- Class C characters, comprising all of the "generic" enemies encountered throughout Adventure Mode, are playable only in the "Team Battle" subsection of VS Mode.
(All name spellings here are taken from the English spellings in the Japanese version's Vs Mode screens. They may not necessarily match the spellings currently accepted as canon.)
|Class A||Class B||Class C|
|Monkey D. Luffy||Smoker||Normal Marine|
|Roronoa Zoro||Dracule Mihawk||Agent|
|Nami||Don Krieg||Bazooka Marine|
|Tony Tony Chopper||Enel||Pistol Pirate|
|Nico Robin||Arlong||Knuckle Pirate|
|Portgas D. Ace||Knuckle Soldier|
|Rob Lucci||Golem Soldier|
|Rob Lucci: Human-Beast Form||Green General|
|Mr. 2 Bon Kurei||Violet General|
|Evil Master Beast|
The Adventure Mode (冒険モード Bōken mōdo?) contains the game's main storyline, setting the Straw Hat Pirates to explore and battle their way through Popora's island.
While this mode begins with Luffy as the only playable character, it reunites him with his crewmates as the story progresses, in time gathering all eight Straw Hats into a single adventuring party. The player may switch between party members at any given time, except those who have lost all HP; if HP reaches zero for every party member, a Game Over will be declared, resetting progress to the last save point.
Initially, each Straw Hat is limited to only a few attacks of minimal power. However, enough usage in combat will unlock new attacks, as well as upgrade existing ones via a numbered level system; all attacks reach maximum power at the tenth level.
Players can also build things for the crew-members to use, such as a kitchen for Sanji (which improves his cooking range), or compounding tools for Chopper. The player can collect ingredients to make food to increase the stats of the characters, or medicine to heal them during battle. As a side-quest, Usopp can build and improve catching net and fishing rods so that players can catch different creatures on the island. All of the items may be key resources in making bombs, components for ultimate attacks or entire weapons such as the Perfect Clima-Tact.
The Straw Hats gain access to a total of eight areas in the game, six which are explorable while the other two serve as a hub and an area for the final boss battle. The areas are as follows:
Plain Zone/ Plains to Adventure (U.S) - The central area of the game, connecting six of the main areas. It is where the camp is set up and serves as the "hub" for the game. There is a total of two fishing spots, along with a small wading pool where small fish are available to catch. Explosive rocks are also plentiful, but over the course of the game, they are replaced with treasure chests. Plain Zone also has many flowers, where one can gather honey, as well as large trees rich with fruit. Large rocks can also be found in this area. There are no enemies or bosses.
Seaside Zone/ Fossil Beach (U.S) - The first, large explorable area of the game, where Luffy re-unites with his crew-members and meets Popora. There is a total of three fishing spots, one in which Golden Whales can be found. There are also many bare trees, and like the name of the area implies, an ocean. It also has a small cave which connects the sandy area to the rest of the zone. A large scale of a dinosaur can also be found in this area, along with many lakes. The bosses of this area are Smoker and Dracule Mihawk. The optional boss is Mr. 2 Bon Kurei.
Jungle Zone/ Mysterious Jungle (U.S) - The second area of the game, lush with trees, vines, insects, and ponds. There is one fishing spot and a large, sunken ship serves as the main land-mark of this area. This zone is rich with butterflies, grass, and plants. There are also many poisonous flowers and this is the first area that the Straw Hats encounter rogue pirates. The bosses of this area are Don Krieg and Kaku. The optional boss is Kalgara.
Ruins Zone/ Autumn Colored Ruins (U.S) - The third area of the game, containing ruins of a past civilization. The temperature is notably chillier and the leaves are autumn-colored all year round. There is a total of three fishing spots, and this is the only place where Red Fruit can be found on trees. The area also has many burning trees as well as some ancient artifacts that were not destroyed by the guardian beast. This is also the place where the Straw Hat discover that there is an evil on the island. The bosses of this area are Spandam and Enel. The optional boss is Nefertari Vivi.
Cave Zone/ Caves of Darkness (U.S) - The fourth area of the game is filled with rocks and waterfalls of lava. There are tunnels connecting Cave Zone with all the other zones in the game. There are a total of two fishing spots, one of which contains lava fish. Different types of moths and frogs can be found here, as well as a lone tree that produces Brown Fruit. The bosses of this area are Arlong and Crocodile. The optional boss is Paulie.
Mountain Zone/ Silver Mountains (U.S) - The fifth area of the game is on the snowy, ice-capped peaks of the island's mountains. The whole area is frozen in an icy layer, and there are strong winds blowing throughout the zone. Ice fish and insects can be found here. There are also special kinds of trees here, some that explode, and some that produce the rare Golden Fruit. Frozen rocks and icy walls bar the path of those who explore it. This zone contains one fishing spot. The bosses of this area are Portgas D. Ace and Shanks. The optional boss is Overlimit Chopper.
Dimension Zone/ Land To Heaven (U.S) - The sixth area of the game is a large maze and is very confusing to navigate. One progresses through the area by jumping through a series of holes. This is the largest area in the game, and contains strange things, such as Mysterious Vegetables. A possible hazard are the yellow trees in this area that shock any who come near it. Dimension Zone is full of rare insects and fish, and contains many streams, lakes, and waterfalls. There are a total of four fishing spots in this area. The bosses of this area are Rob Lucci and Aokiji. The optional boss is Whitebeard.
Abyss Zone/ Beginning and End (U.S) - The final area of the game, as well as the smallest. Unlike all the other zones, there are no items to be found, or any insects and fish to be caught. The only thing that happens here is the final boss fight.
- Orb: used to unlock seals on the island
- Pickaxe: used to dig and to break rocks
- Net: used to catch various creatures on the island
- Fishing Rod: used to catch fish on the island
The Versus Mode (対戦モード Taisen mōdo?) allows the Straw Hats - and every enemy character encountered in Adventure Mode - to participate in two forms of story-free combat.
- Team Battle (チームバトル Chīmubatoru?), which arranges arcade-style battles against either CPU opponents or another player. As the name suggests, each side may build a team of up to seven different characters, which must fight in sequential order. A point-buy ceiling of either 8 or 15 points governs team composition, stronger characters (such as Aokiji or Whitebeard) "costing" more points than weaker ones.
- Survival (サバイバル Sabaibaru?), which tasks a single player character with defeating 200 generic enemies (comprising Marines, pirates, and the Evil Guardian's minions) without any HP or SP replenishment. Effectively no time limit exists, though all completion times are recorded.
Note that Versus Mode features all eight Straw Hats from the beginning, with all attacks (except higher-tier Finishers) accessible at maximum power. All other characters must be defeated at least once in Adventure Mode to be made available.
The original Japanese version of the game follows the the TV anime's castings without any divergence. The English localization, as the first (and to date, only) One Piece game dubbed by FUNimation, is somewhat less faithful to the dubbed anime; while all of the Straw Hat Pirates are reprised, many of the others predate their anime castings, with a few (e.g. Jerry Jewell as Kaku) being altogether different.
Translation and Alterations
The game's North American localization, overseen by FUNimation Entertainment, features significantly fewer changes and omissions than earlier, 4Kids-localized games. Notably, no in-game elements are excluded for "spoiling" material beyond the English-dubbed anime (at the time only partly finished with the Skypiea Arc), and almost all naming conventions follow the Japanese originals, such as Zoro and Smoker. The script translation also leaves references to violence and death uncensored, in some cases even using mild profanity.
Nevertheless, due to Namco Bandai's marketing toward a "family" audience (and, possibly, holdovers from a planned 4Kids localization), the North American version of the game includes several content edits:
- The Marines' uniforms are all (per 4Kids convention) edited to display the word "NAVY".
- The guards on both of Mihawk's blades are shortened to appear less cross-like.
- All tobacco products - i.e. Sanji's cigarette and Smoker and Paulie's cigars - are removed, with the exception of the cigar bandoleers on Smoker's jacket.
- The cutscene recreating Franky's joining the Straw Hat Pirates is redrawn to cover Franky's naked buttocks with a wooden board (though the accompanying dialogue still openly mentions his nudity).
|Original Japanese Name||English Name Change|
|Plain Zone||Plains to Adventure|
|Seaside Zone||The Fossil Beach|
|Jungle Zone||Mystery Jungle|
|Ruins Zone||Autumn Colored Ruins|
|Cave Zone||Caves of Darkness|
|Mountain Zone||Silver Mountains|
|Dimension Zone||Land to Heaven|
|Abyss Zone||Beginning and End|
|Overlimit Chopper||Rampaging Chopper|
- In Japan, preordered copies of the game were bundled with a bonus Going Merry Wii Remote Holder.
- The game is renowned for becoming slow when loading once four characters are available to play.
- Aside from Shanks, Whitebeard and several other characters are featured despite actually lacking a fighting style being shown for those characters (at this point Shanks and Whitebeard both have only thrown one strike each). This is not the first time in the series this has happened. For example, Grand Battle! and its sequels also featured characters which had not actually fought during the series. i.e Shanks (who at that point had not fought at all).
- Luffy uses Gear Second and Gear Third simultaneously, as his special attack while using Gear Second is Gomu Gomu no Gigant Pistol. The main difference is that unlike the manga, anime and Unlimited Cruise, he does not lose health after doing it and simply shrinks. This is likely because when the game was released, Luffy had not yet used Gomu Gomu no Gigant Jet Pistol in the manga.
- Within the VS mode, each character has a level similar to a tier list where the higher the number, the stronger the character, however it should be noted that this is non-canon and not an accurate measure of the character's actual strength. Also, as with other in-game tier lists, it is subject to matchups and how the game is played (meaning a Level 5 may be disadvantaged against a particular Level 3).
- If the player fight a boss which has a real part in the game and is complusory for completing the story (such as Portgas D. Ace, Red Haired Shanks, Mihawk and many others) before the little introduction the boss has a flashback including the character that will show up. However, if the player battle an optional boss, (such as Vivi, Kalgara, or Whitebeard) no flashback appears, but they still have their presentation and the little conversation before the battle. In Whitebeard's case, he had a full motion cutscene with Luffy challenging Whitebeard without initially realizing who he is.
- How the island could summon phantasms of Kalgara and Whitebeard - two figures the Straw Hats could not possibly have memories of - is not explained. However, it is possible that the island absorbed the memories from prior visitors.
- Zoro is clearly shown using Yubashiri even though the storyline takes place after the Enies Lobby Arc and Shu had already destroyed it. This is because while the game is after the Enies Lobby Arc, it is still before the Thriller Bark Arc, therefore, Zoro had not yet taken Shusui from Ryuma.
- Nami's Clima-Tact is shown hanging from a bracelet on her waist, even when she uses it. This only applies to her normal outfit in the game.
- This game marked the first time Franky, Aokiji, Paulie, Lucci, and Kaku were legally shown in North America.
- Though Kaku is seen briefly in his human form, he is only playable in his Human-Beast Form.
- Due to the game's rarity, a new copy can be sold for as much as $100.
- This is the only game to date in the series to be dubbed by FUNimation. It is also the "last" game to date overall to be dubbed in English.
- Official Bandai site (Japanese)
- Official Bandai site (English)
- Ganbarion mini-site (Japanese)
- Nintendo mini-site (Japanese)
- Musekinin-dō (Japanese fan-site, with extensive tips and notations)
- Jeux-france preview gallery (French)
- Note that (voluntarily) switching party members is treated as an in-game action, and may be interrupted by enemy attacks.
- See here and here for Namco Bandai exchanges with a member of the Arlong Park fan community.
- Namco Bandai's promotional gallery for the game labels Smoker's in-game model with the 4Kids-exclusive name "Chaser". Not until November 2007 did an IGN preview video confirm that Smoker would, in fact, retain his original name.
- See here.
- While this edit is near-universal to the 4Kids-dubbed anime and games, it is completely absent from even the censored TV broadcast of the FUNimation anime.
- Note that, unlike the cigars, Sanji's cigarette is not part of his in-game model and is exclusive to cutscenes even in the Japanese original.