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The Plot of Story mode, like many fighter games, is mainly a framing device. It serves mostly to explain how such a diverse amount of characters would all be brought together. The basic, plot follows, though the specifics differ depending on which character you choose to play through, though all tell essentially the same story, if from different points of view. Every millennia, in order to maintain the cosmic balance of magic amongst the multiverse a tournament is held in order to find the greatest, most powerful mage. The participants in this tournament are all kidnapped from their world of origin and transported to a separate dimension. All are told they must fight and win in order to return home. Along the way one competitor the character comes across is their friend (and/or companion). They first must fight, and when the character succeeds in defeating them, they join forces. Once the character and their companion have faced and defeated all the other competitors, they face the apparent host of this tournament, and are told the truth of the fighting. In order to maintain the cosmic balance of magic among the multiverse, the strongest and most powerful mage must be made a teosu - sacrificed to run the "magical tuning system Kyrios". The last duty of a teosu is to select the next one, and the tournament was the most effective way of finding who would become the next. After these characters fight, it is decided that they will all work together to find an alternate solution to maintain the balance, though the plan is never clarified.
- ストーリー : Story Mode
- 対戦 : Vs Mode
- トレーニング : Practice
- ネットワーク : Network Play
- サバイバル : Survival
- ミッション : Missions
- オプション : Options
- 終了 : Exit Game
- Getting the Game
Magical Battle Arena is primarily an arcade-like fighter game. Choose a character, and try and defeat everyone else. To this end, each and every one has basic attacks (both ranged and melee), a defense power, and a sprint. In addition to each of these basic skills each character has their own special attacks, the effects of which differ greatly between characters. The battlefield where this takes place is in the airspace above a given map. Some places are naught but open area, whereas others may provide cover and obstructions, usually in the form of tall buildings or geological formations.
More infos on controls, types of Characters/Skills found here.
The characters of Magical Battle Arena all share a common control scheme. MBA also makes frequent use of 'charging' attacks. To charge an attack, hold down the key (or finished sequence of keys) for an amount of time before releasing. There will usually be indications when the charge is finished.
- The Arrow Keys: Menu and Character navigation.
- The navigation in MBA battles is target relativistic. Rather than moving about in a defined direction (i.e. up, down, left, right) the arrow keys will move the character in a direction relative to the current target.
- Up: Moves directly towards the target.
- Down: Moves directly away from the target.
- Left: Circles the target at the current distance, moving to the left.
- Right: Circles the target at the current distance, moving to the right.
- A: Basic Meele Attack. Can be charged on some characters for Stun.
- Z: Basic Ranged Attack. Can be charged on some characters for Stun.
- Also used for menu item selection.
- X: Basic Defensive Power.
- C: Hold down while moving to sprint, increasing your movement speed.
- S: Special function key.
- Hold down S while remaining still, and making no attacks, to rapidly recharge stamina.
- Holding down S and then one of A,Z or X will activate your characters special attacks. See individual Character pages for their effects.
- Pressing S and then C when your Burst meter is full will activate Burst Mode for your character.
- While in burst mode pressing S, C, and A or Z (in that order)will activate your characters ultimate attacks. Once you use an Ultimate Attack, Burst Mode will end. If you do not use an ultimate attack, Burst Mode will end after a short interval.
- In addition to Burst Mode, the second ultimate attack (SCZ) can only be used when your character has one bar of Health left.
- See individual character pages for specific ultimate attacks.
- Takamachi Nanoha
- Fate Testarossa
- Kinomoto Sakura
- Hoshizora Kirara
- Hoshizora Sarara
- Lina Inverse
- Lord of Nightmares
- Naga the Serpant
- Ruru Gelad
- Nowel Diastasis
- Yagami Hayate
- Takamachi Nanoha StS
- Fate Testarossa StS
- Hikaru Shidou
- Umi Ryuuzaki
- Fuu Hououji
- Gadget Drone
Tier list can be accessed here.
- June 17, 2010: Ver 1.70+ released, Magical Knights of Rayearth released.
- April 2, 2010: Ver 1.62a+ released. Minor error caused: Some players unable to play LAN.
- March 5, 2010: Ver 1.62+ released as an .exe, Fly System Network changes; additional character balance adjustment and bug fixes.
- January 10, 2010: Ver 1.61+ released, character adjustment patch for Fate StS along with minor bug fixes.
- December 30, 2009: Ver 1.60+ released, fixing lack of Lina Inverse, Kukuri, and Naga the Serpant.
- December 30, 2009: Ver 1.60 released by a AreaZERO, Fate Testarossa StS released, along with Fly Network System.
- September 12, 2009: Ver 1.54+ released.
- April 1st, 2009: Ver 1.53+ released, along with Lord of Nightmares Lina and the Old Man that Kukuri summons.
- January 20th, 2009: Ver 1.52+ released, spark limit bar added.
- December 30th, 2008: Lyrical Pack released, along with patch 1.51+.
- October 26th, 2008: Ver 1.05+ released.
- September 8th, 2008: Ver 1.04+ released.
- August 23rd, 2008: Ver 1.03+ released.
- August 22nd, 2008: Ver 1.02+ released.
- August 18th, 2008: Ver 1.01+ released: Kukuri, Lina Inverse (Re-added), and Naga the Serpant added.
- August 17th, 2008: Official release of Magical Battle Arena.
- December 29th, 2007: Magical Battle Arena Demo (v0.11) released.