Women. Bikinis. Zombies. Blood. Gore. The end.
Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers. The title really does say it all. In the game, you play as a bikini-clad woman and kill zombies. See, it's not just a clever name.
Like the cult hit Earth Defense Force 2017, Onechanbara was originally released a few years ago on the Xbox 360 in Japan as part of publisher D3's "simple series." According to the developer, the version that's slated to come to the Wii isn't exactly the same, but we weren't able to spot a whole lot of differences between the Wii and 360 incarnations in our brief time with the Wii game.
The game's not yet translated to English, but the introductory cutscene makes the situation pretty clear. Two sisters, Aya and Saki, are in their apartment. One is watching television and the other is very naked, taking a very steamy shower. She must be really into hygiene, too, because she doesn't miss a spot. A breaking news story flashes onto the screen: Zombies have overrun the city. Concerned about the safety of humanity, the duo gets into their skimpiest bikini-schoolgirl-cowboy-type outfits, grab some swords, and head out to save the day.
Gameplay is pretty standard for a third-person Wii brawler. You move with the Nunchuk's analog stick and attack by waving the Wii Remote. Apparently, different movements will result in different attacks, but the person who showed us the demo of the game stuck with an up and down motion. You can play as either sister, each of whom plays a bit differently. Aya is all about chopping dudes to bits with her katana(s), while Saki prefers a more hands-on approach.
Regardless of the character you choose, there will be lots of violence. Once you enter a new area, zombies appear, and you can't leave until you've killed them. Given the sheer amount of undead and the many ways you can dismember them, there's a lot of blood. Some of this blood splashes onto the camera (a cool effect), but much of it ends up on the sisters, too. As more and more blood gets on them, their rage meter fills. Once it's full, you can activate Rage mode and unleash some ultrapowerful attacks. Be warned, however; your energy goes down while you're raging, so you'll want to pick your spots wisely.
In addition to the single-player story mode, there's offline co-op play, Free Play, Survival, and Quest Modes available. Based on our short time watching Onechanbara on the Wii in action (and our experience playing the Japanese Xbox 360 a few years ago), the game's not going to add any fuel to the "games as art" debate--and it makes no apologies for it. If you're looking for mindless hack-and-slash action featuring girls in bikinis and you own a Wii, put Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers on your radar for early 2009.
i have the japanese version for wii called Onechanbara Revolution. Got it a while ago but havent beaten it. its pretty fun at first, but it gets a bit stale if you play it for too long. one cool thing about it is your sword acquires blood as you slash zombies and you have to hold B (i think) and slash down to fling the blood off your sword. if not, your attacks become slower and not as powerful.
I already have a japanese port of this on my PS2..... come to think of it..... i cant remember where i found it......
shtinky everyone posting is aware that this zombie slayer game is not a wii exclusive, but it is in north America. Also I just need to say why do you need to be so condescending, wii owners are trying to diversify their gaming experience. Many of my friends own a wii and a 360 and are just as happy to play halo 3 as super smash bros brawl. Great at parties, goes well with jello shooters in university. Man its time for you to grow up and get a wii.
While I'm excited that D3 finally decided to bring this State-side, and a game like this could diversify the Wii, I think I'd prefer the XBox360 version because it has red blood and I prefer regular controllers for this type of game.
WOW! This is the greatest idea ever. And now, anyone who **** about the wii can Eat My Futuristic Candy bar! Even if this game plays like NinjaBread Man, it will be the greatest thing in the universe of awesomeness!
Seriously,... why were they too damn lazy as to not release the X360 version. ALWAYS wanted this game.. but never got it coz it didnt exist over here for X360 and the asian version isnt even regon free. i'm sure it would have been a fine seller judging how DoA and Resident Evil sells. we could have had this a loooong time ago but they waited for this one to release anything. and i dont have a wii to play this.
D'oh! I just know I'll buy this game no matter how crap it'll be. I just can't resist scantly clad digital babes.
lol, i dont ask for anything more but good graphics, and the pictures show them really good, keep up the good work!
Sexy japanese girls in schoolgirl-cowgirl-bikini suits slaying zombies with katanas by weaving the Wiimote??? What else can one ask for? Maybe a decent gameplay and a bit of replay value.
I have played Japanese version(Onechanbara Revolution) and control scheme graphics very good. This game good for NTSC-U owners.
Dead or alive meets resident evil in a brothel! .......and you get this! Except this game will get a 8 out of 10!
Ok, usually girls wearing something like this only passes when it's a Dead or Alive or a Soul Calibur game, but I have no idea if this will be as good as those I mentioned before.
being a guy i know i shouldnt complain about this stuff, but isnt this bordering between good tastes and sexism?! bikini slayers? so now they are aiming at erotically-charged adolescents? can we actually have a game where the hero/heroine isnt some sexy piece of meat?