December 1, 2023

The first Godzilla/Ultraman/Evangelion/Kamen Rider Crossover is… an arcade? Kind of?

Four of the biggest, most popular Japanese pop culture icons – Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman, and Kamen Rider – have joined forces to entertain you a little if you happen to be in Yokohama, Osaka, and Hakata for very specific days this summer. Because the first mega-crossover event for Hideaki Anno’s Shin Japan Heroes Universe is the Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World, which is not an amusement park, there isn’t much crossing either, to be honest.

Image: TTITk/Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.

There will be an assortment of new arcade games in a handful of Bandai Namco stores in the cities mentioned above. Of the games announced, only one sounds like an actual crossover, and there’s nothing but a logo and this summary, courtesy of Game Watch and Google Translate:

Shin 765 operation

“A mission-progressing attraction that captures crises as a member of the World Unknown Event Observatory / GUEK. The player receives an emergency call from the secretary of GUEK and deals with the incidents and crises caused by Godzilla, the apostles [i.e., Evangelion’s Angels], the beasts [kaiju], and SHOCKER [the evil organization Kamen Rider fights]†

Image: TTITk/Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.

What is GUEK? I’m so glad you ask!

“Abbreviation for Global Unknown Event Keepers. An organization that monitors paranormal phenomena and alien life forms that occur worldwide. In addition to monitoring and analysis, it also plays a dynamic role in preventing life-threatening danger.”

There are several other games, but they seem to focus on individual traits. At least there are some images of two of them:

Godzilla VR

“An attraction that fights Godzilla as a member of the attacking helicopter unit.”

Evangelion VR The Soul Seat: Runaway

“An attraction where you can experience how Eva works as a pilot.”

Shin Ultraman: Operation to Repel the Evil Beast No. 8

“An experience-based mystery-solving attraction that confronts the threat of the evil beast who suddenly appears as a new analyst for the evil special.”

As you can see from the videos, the Godzilla and Evangelion games are the same – they sure look nice, but they run on the same gameplay engine – but the Shin Ultraman game sounds unique, especially because it’s based on Hideaki Anno’s recently released Shin Ultraman movie as opposed to the classic TV series. Speaking of which, there’s one last game available at Shin Japan Heroes Amusement World…

Shin Ultra Roulette

“A roulette-type mini-game with beta capsules. Depending on what is displayed on the monitor, you will receive one random original prize related to Shin Ultraman.

The SJHAW begins July 7 at the Bandai Namco Cross Store Yokohama and will run through August 24. According to Crunchyroll, it will move to Osaka’s HEP FIVE (specifically the ninth floor) from September 3 to October 2, followed by the Bandai Namco Cross Store in Hakata from October 12 to November 6.

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Editor’s Note: The release dates in this article are based in the US but will be updated with local Australian dates as we learn more.

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