7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Games Only Released In Japan
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the ever-popular manga and anime series created by Hirohiko Araki, which has been around since the 1980s. There has been a lot of merchandise based on it, but there are fewer video games based on it than fans realize. think.
This could be because the first anime adaptation was a short-lived series inspired by Stardust Crusaders, and because the second anime adaptation – the one most fans are probably familiar with – only started to to be released until 2012. While the number of games based on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is few, there have still been more in Japan than internationally.
7/7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was released for the Super Famicom in Japan in 1993 and is a turn-based RPG centered around Stardust Crusaders, the third installment in the series. Although the game has the expected HP and MP stats for all characters, there is also a biorhythm system, which determines how hard a character will fight based on their mental state.
Outside of battle, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is similar to point-and-click adventure games in that it’s possible to talk to NPCs and investigate nearby objects. There are also several notable story changes to adapt the arc into a video game, as it would be difficult to include all of the details.
6/7 GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure
GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure was released for PlayStation 2 in 2002. It is an action-adventure game developed by Capcom based on Vento Aureo, the fifth installment in the series. The game primarily consists of one-on-one boss battles, but still features puzzles that must be solved by having characters use their mounts.
Protagonist Giorno Giovanna isn’t the only playable character either, as the entire Bucciarati team is present. Koichi Hirose was also planned as a playable character but went unused, likely due to his minor role in Vento Aureo. An international release of the game was originally planned but possibly canceled due to copyright issues.
5/7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood launched for PlayStation 2 in 2006 to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary. It is based on the first part of the series, which bears the same name. Although created by a different developer, Phantom Blood is similar to GioGio’s Bizarre Adventure in that it mainly consists of one-on-one boss fights with different characters.
Some notable aspects of Phantom Blood include unique dialogue when winning battles that should have been lost, several unique modes – including a Dio mode that shows the story from his perspective – and many playable characters only available in certain modes.
4/7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters
A spin-off from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle fighting game, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Shooters launched in 2014 for Android and iOS mobile devices. It initially focused on the first three parts of the series, while content for parts four and five, Diamond Is Unbreakable and Vento Aureo, was added later.
Stardust Shooters was a medal shooter action game featuring characters taken from the series. Any character obtained could be a member of the five-character party used to fight enemies. Stardust Shooters was shut down in 2021, so it’s no longer available to play officially.
3/7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Discs
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Records launched for Android and iOS mobile devices in 2017 and, like Stardust Shooters, featured content from the first five parts of the series. In Diamond Records, players had to collect statues of different characters using a gashapon system, and put the statues of those characters into a group to fight against enemies in beat-em-up style battles.
Each character had a different element, but those elements weren’t the ones you typically find in most games, like fire and water. Instead, they were Courage, Fighting Spirit, Tactical, Unity, and Solitary, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. Diamond Records was closed at the end of 2019.
2/7 JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop
JoJo’s Pitter Patter Pop was a tile matching puzzle game which was launched for Android and iOS mobile devices in 2018 and used a unique super deformed art style. Instead of controlling one character, players controlled a pair of characters to battle against others as they successfully matched tiles.
Characters could also have their skills activated once their skill meter was full. Rush Time would be activated if an enemy was defeated quickly enough, allowing characters to quickly hit enemies as often as possible before the timer ran out. Like its predecessors, JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop was shut down after a few years, with servers shutting down in 2021.
1/7 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor is a battle royale game up to 20 players which launched in arcades in Japan in 2019. Last Survivor currently features 19 characters from the third part, Stardust Crusaders, to the sixth, Stone Ocean. Each character can attack, use skill moves, summon their stands, and use their ultimate skill.
Last Survivor has all the standard battle royale basics, such as choosing where to spawn on the map, avoiding being out of the map as it shrinks, and aiming to be the last player standing. In true JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fashion, however, onomatopoeia are displayed when characters perform an action, allowing others to spot them.