Let's start off my toy reviews by reviewing a game!
I first learned of Kettou Beast Wars (Kettou from now on) when I was in a High School computer class. One student had found a website that hosted ROMs and Emulators for older consoles. This is also the time when I learned of Japanese games and the drive to play them. So one day I decided to see if there were any Transformers games that I didn't know about. There were two: Convoy no Nazo and Kettou Beast Wars. So I downloaded and played both. At the time, I didn't know anything about "Japanese only" games and importing, so I thought that the games would come to America, which they didn't. So about eight years later I managed to find only one copy on eBay. Needless to say, I was ecstatic. For those reading, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and GBA are region free, as is the games. So if you have an American GameBoy, then Japanese games should play on it.
Story 7/10: As I don't read or speak a lot of Japanese, I had to look up what the game's story was. Apparently there's a giant Energon crystal that was discovered and you pick one of the characters and play through to aquire it. Each character has their own ending.
Gameplay 8/10: The main portion of the game is a standard fighting game and a pretty decent one for the Gameboy Color. Each character has their own move sets as well as super combos when a "BP" bar is charged. Pressing select when in battle allows the characters to transform. Extra modes can be unlocked via a "Omake" mode which uses passwords strewn throughout the game. One is a "boulder smashing" game in which you repeatably push the A button to smash out Energon crystals. Another is kinda like a top-down shooter. The last is one where you avoid enemies and pits. Secret characters are also unlocked via the "Omake" mode. One can also hook up a Gameboy Printer and print out the profile pictures of the characters, I have been unable to test this as I do not have the printer. I did, however look into purchasing one, but from the reviews, I learned that the printer kinda sucks. I had to find a guide to find the passwords. A lot of the bonus material becomes locked again when you shut off the Gameboy, so when you want to unlock stuff, you'll need the passwords handy. Also, when you go to the Options then Sound-test, when you hold the Left button down and push A, you unlock a cheats mode where you can unlock two of the characters for fighting and mess with the main portion of the game's settings. Kettou is also compatible with the Super Gameboy on the SNES. There are multiplayer modes as well, but since I do not have a second copy of this game, I cannot play them.
Characters 10/10: In the main mode, there are ten playable characters, which I guess is okay for a Gameboy fighting game. including the two secret characters. Familar Beast Wars characters such as Optimus Primal, Cheetor, and Megatron, are available. Other characters are: Megastorm (looks like G2 Megatron), Galvatron (Pink dragon), Scuba (squid), Star Upper (kangaroo), Lio Convoy (lion), Guiledart (Triceratops), and Artemis & Moon (Some girl and rabbit). There are some mini game only characters like Starscream and BB.
Graphics 7/10: The graphics in Kettou look very nice especially when the game is played in a Gameboy Color. The characters are "chibified", but not to the point of total annoyance. The chibi-formers look works for this game as it is portable, rather than on a stationary console. When played on a Gameboy color, the character sprites are single colored. Stages nicely detailed, ranging from a beach side, jungle, stone henge, and a few others. They are also spacious enough for the game.
Music 7/10: The music in Kettou is pretty nice. Nothing ear grating or annoying.
Re-playability 9/10: I have been playing Kettou almost non-stop since it came in the mail. Playing the extra modes, playing as the different characters, changing the difficulty settings, and messing around in the cheats option, gives this game a decent amount of re-playability.
Overall Thoughts and Score 8/10: Out of the three Beast Wars games I have, this is my favorite. It is portable, so I can take it with me where ever I happen to go. There isn't much problem with the language barrier. Pretty much everything is in Japanese, but through a portion of trial and error, it can be playable. Since Kettou is not a adventure or RPG there isn't much hassle playing. Well that's all I have to say about Kettou. Very fun game and decently priced.