Namco × Capcom (Namuko Kurosu Kapukon?), also referred to as Namco Cross Capcom, is an action RPG / tactical RPG hybrid game for the PlayStation 2 developed by Monolith Soft and featuring characters from games produced by companies Namco and Capcom exclusively in Japan.
It is the first of the Namco's × (cross) games, as well as the beginning of Namco × Capcom's own continuity, with the latest in said continuity being Project X Zone 2: Brave New World.
The game is a hybrid of an action-RPG and a strategy-RPG. Movement is done on a square grid with turns being determined by figuring out which character has the highest AP. On the player's turn, he or she can move his character into position and choose to attack an enemy.
At this point the game switches into the action-RPG portion. The player's character has a number of "Branches" they can use. Each direction on the directional pad combined with the circle button will perform an attack. Each attack uses up 1 branch. If the player perform a certain number of Aerial Chains (hitting the enemy in mid-air), they will gain bonuses, such as items, super meter, extra damage, more branches to use in this turn. Bonuses other than items are converted into extra Experience Points at the end of an attack sequence.
Upon filling up the character's Special Gauge they can use the Triangle button to perform a special attack. They will also be able to select a Multiple Assault attack if their units on the board meet the conditions. Defense also puts the player in the action-RPG mode, this time blocking to reduce the enemy's damage. Successfully blocking attacks will also increase the amount of AP the player's unit has.
There are 50 chapters total (5 prologues, followed by 45 chapters) The game normally takes around 70-100 hours to complete.
The game centers around two original characters; Arisu Reiji and Xiaomu, agents of a secret organization known as "Shinra", who deals with supernatural occurrences. Before the game's story, Shinra stopped a plan from the "Ouma" organization to create "fluctuations" to open up portals between worlds, albeit at the cost of Reiji's father life. Ten years later, Reiji and Xiaomu are investigating new fluctuations happening in Shibuya, Tokyo; and soon discover that characters and locations from different worlds and times are converging together, and "Ouma" agent Saya, related to the death of Reiji's father, is involved.
The game has a cast of over 200 characters selected from several Namco and Capcom franchises, separated in different home worlds:
- "Material World" (物質界, Busshitsu-kai): The central world in the game, based off real-life Earth but set in the year 20XX (sometime in the twenty-first century). Characters from Bravoman, Dino Crisis, Final Fight, Resident Evil: Dead Aim, Rival Schools, Street Fighter, Tekken and Wonder Momo originate here.
- "Distant Future" (超未来, Chō mirai): The highly advanced future of the Material World. Characters from Baraduke, Burning Force, Captain Commando, Dig Dug, Forgotten Worlds, Mega Man Legends, Strider and Xenosaga originate here.
- "Illusion World" (幻想界, Gensō-kai): A world set around medievial-styled fantasy and magic. Characters from Klonoa, Tales of Destiny, The Tower of Druaga and Valkyrie originate here.
- "Spiritual World" (魍魎界, Mōryō-kai): A world similar to the Material World's past. Characters from Genpei Tōma Den and the Soul Calibur series originate here.
- "Demon World" (魔界, Makai): Otherwise known as the "Makai", the Hell-like world inhabited by demons. Characters from Darkstalkers, Ghosts 'n Goblins and Shadow Land originate here.
Reiji Arisu (有栖零児, Arisu Reiji)
The main protagonist of the game. His father was killed 10 years ago in one of the many ongoing fights between Shinra and Ouma. Reiji is, often described by his partner Xiaomu, "a sullen tight-ass", which prompts Reiji to shoot a jokingly made comeback. While he may not show it, he cares deeply for Xiaomu, even if he shoots down several of her comments, jokes or not. He carries a case containing 2 swords and a shotgun; each of the swords has an element associated with it. He also has a handgun holstered on his waist.
Xiaomu (小牟, Shaomu)
Fellow protagonist as well, Xiaomu is known as a "mystic fox" with an age of 765 years. She was partners in the Shinra organization with Reiji's father, Shogo Arisu, 10 years ago, until his death. Xiaomu often portrays a bit of a flirty nature towards Reiji, though he often ignores it. Aside from poking Reiji's buttons, she can become a little protective of Reiji when the subject of his father's death comes around, or Saya. She wields an ice elemental cane sword styled after a Shakujo staff, as well as a handgun. She is also able to use magic attacks, such as energy rays from her finger, with which she provides most of the duo's ranged attacks.
Saya (沙夜 Saya)
Like Xiaomu, Saya is a werefox, however, she is born in Japan and not China. She was involved with the incident that happened with Arisu Shogo and Xiaomu 10 years ago, which is why Xiaomu holds a grudge against her. Opposite to Xiaomu, Saya is with the rival organization of Shinra: Ouma. Saya upholds a rather odd personality; she can never seem to become upset and usually remains calm and overly flirty in contrast to that of her Chinese werefox counterpart. Her pet names for Reiji and Xiaomu are 'boy' and 'little one'.
99 (九十九 Kyū jū Kyū)
An enemy sealed in the Abyss of Time 10 years ago; the Ouma Project culminates with its release. It has deep ties with the Arisu clan.
Katana (片那 Katana)
A supposedly made complete clone of Saya, though physical resemblance is questionable. Saya says it is part of the Ouma Project.
This is a list of significant Namco and Capcom characters that make an appearance in Namco x Capcom. This list is under construction, as many of the characters first appeared from lesser known titles or older games, and therefore a bit hard to identify or pin down a correct spelling.
|Name||First Appearance||Year||Role||Voice Actor|
|Amazona||Wonder Momo||1987||Enemy||Kumiko Watanabe|
|Andaba||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||NPC Ally/Shopkeeper||Not Voiced|
|Armor King||Tekken||1994||Both||Not Voiced|
|Black Bravo||Bravoman||1988||Enemy||Tomokazu Seki|
|Black Valkyrie||The Legend of Valkyrie||1989||Enemy||Kikuko Inoue|
|Charade||Soul Calibur II||2002||Enemy||Not Voiced|
|Devil Kazuya||Tekken||1994||Enemy||Masanori Shinohara|
|Devil Jin (no horns and no wings)||Tekken 3 (NPC) / Tekken 5(Playable)||1997 / 2004||Both||Isshin Chiba|
|Druaga||The Tower of Druaga||1984||Enemy||Fumihiko Tachiki|
|Enma||Shadow Land||1987||NPC Ally||Not Voiced|
|Gilgamesh||The Tower of Druaga||1984||Ally||Akira Ishida|
|Guntz||Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament||2002||Ally||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Heihachi Mishima||Tekken||1994||Ally||Daisuke Gōri|
|Hiromi Tengenji||Burning Force||1989||Ally||Chisa Yokoyama|
|Ishtar||The Tower of Druaga||1984||NPC Ally||Not Voiced|
|Janga||Klonoa Heroes: Densetsu no Star Medal||2002||Enemy||Nobuyuki Hiyama|
|Jin Kazama||Tekken 3||1997||Ally||Isshin Chiba|
|Joka (Joker)||Klonoa: Door to Phantomile||1997||Enemy||Toshio Furukawa|
|Judas (AKA Leon Magnus)||Tales of Destiny 2||2002||Both||Hikaru Midorikawa|
|Kamuz||The Legend of Valkyrie||1989||Enemy||Kenta Miyake|
|Ki (pronounced "Kai")||The Tower of Druaga||1984||Ally||Rie Tanaka|
|King II||Tekken 3||1997||Ally||Not Voiced|
|Kiso Yoshinaka||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||Enemy||???|
|Klonoa||Klonoa: Door to Phantomile||1997||Ally||Kumiko Watanabe|
|KOS-MOS||Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht||2002||Ally||Mariko Suzuki|
|Kurino Sandra (Whirlo)||The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key||1986||Ally||Yuuji Ueda|
|Lolo||Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil||2001||NPC Ally||Not Voiced|
|Masuyo Tobi||Baraduke||1985||Ally||Yuko Mizutani|
|Minamoto no Yoritomo||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||Enemy||???|
|Minamoto no Yoshitsune||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||Enemy||Isshin Chiba|
|Mitsurugi Heishirō||Soul Edge||1995||Ally||Toshiyuki Morikawa|
|Mokujin||Tekken 3||1997||Enemy||Not Voiced|
|MOMO||Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht||2002||Ally||Rumi Shishido|
|Musashibō Benkei||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||Enemy||Daisuke Gōri|
|Kyuju Kyu (99)||(original)||2005||Enemy||Ai Orikasa|
|Ogre||Tekken 3||1996||Enemy||Not Voiced|
|Reiji Arisu||(original)||2005||Ally||Kazuhiko Inoue|
|Rutee Katrea||Tales of Destiny||1997||Ally||Yuka Imai|
|Sabine||The Legend of Valkyrie||1989||Ally||Ayako Kawasumi|
|Shion Uzuki||Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht||2002||Ally||Ai Maeda|
|Stahn Aileron||Tales of Destiny||1997||Ally||Tomokazu Seki|
|Taira no Kagekiyo||Genpei Tōma Den||1986||Ally||Ryotaro Okiayu|
|Taizo Hori||Dig Dug||1982||Ally||Toshio Furukawa|
|Taki||Soul Edge||1995||Ally||Fujiko Takimoto|
|Tarosuke||Shadow Land||1987||Ally||Fujiko Takimoto|
|Valkyrie||The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key||1986||Ally||Kikuko Inoue|
|Waya Hime||Bravoman||1988||Both||Mariko Suzuki|
|Wonder Momo||Wonder Momo||1987||Ally||Ayako Kawasumi|
|Zouna||The Adventure of Valkyrie: Legend of the Time Key||1986||Enemy||Mayumi Tanaka|
|Zuhl||The Legend of Valkyrie||1989||Shopkeeper||Kenichi Mochizuki|
|Name||First Appearance||Year||Role||Voice Actor|
|Arthur||Ghosts 'n Goblins||1985||Ally||Fumihiko Tachiki|
|Astaroth||Ghosts 'n Goblins||1985||Enemy||Hideaki Nonaka|
|Bruce McGivern||Resident Evil: Dead Aim||2003||Ally||Hiroaki Hirata|
|Cammy White||Super Street Fighter II||1993||Both||Akiko Komoto|
|Captain Commando||Captain Commando||1991||Ally||Ryotaro Okiayu|
|Chun-Li||Street Fighter II||1991||Ally||Atsuko Tanaka|
|Demitri Maximoff||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1994||Ally||Nobuyuki Hiyama|
|Evil Ryu||Street Fighter Alpha 2||1996||Enemy||Toshiyuki Morikawa|
|Felicia||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1994||Ally||Kae Araki|
|Fong Ling||Resident Evil: Dead Aim||2003||Ally||Kae Araki|
|Gouki (Akuma)||Super Street Fighter II Turbo||1994||Enemy||Tomomichi Nishimura|
|Grandmaster Meio||Strider||1989||Enemy||Tetsuo Mizutori|
|Guy||Final Fight||1989||Ally||Tetsuya Iwanaga|
|Hideo Shimazu||Rival Schools: United By Fate||1998||Ally||Tetsuo Mizutori|
|Hoover (Baby Head)||Captain Commando||1991||Ally||Yuko Sasamoto|
|Jennety (Mack the Knife)||Captain Commando||1991||Ally||Not Voiced|
|Juli||Street Fighter Alpha 3||1998||Enemy||Akiko Kōmoto|
|Juni||Street Fighter Alpha 3||1998||Enemy||Akiko Kōmoto|
|Karin Kanzuki||Street Fighter Alpha 3||1998||Ally||Miho Yamada|
|Ken Masters||Street Fighter||1987||Ally||Tetsuya Iwanaga|
|Servbot||Rockman DASH||1997||Ally||Chisa Yokoyama|
|Kyoko Minazuki||Rival Schools: United By Fate||1998||Ally||Kotono Mitsuishi|
|Hsien-Ko||Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers Revenge||1995||Ally||Michiko Neya|
|Lilith Aensland||Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire||1997||Both||Yuka Imai|
|Mike Haggar||Final Fight||1989||Ally||Tesshō Genda|
|Morrigan Aensland||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1994||Ally||Yayoi Jinguji|
|Nebiroth||Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts||1991||Enemy||???|
|Phobos (Huitzil)||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1994||Enemy||Not Voiced|
|Red Arremer Joker||Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (GBA)||2002||Enemy||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Regina||Dino Crisis||1999||Ally||Atsuko Tanaka|
|Mega Man Volnutt||Rockman DASH||1997||Ally||Mayumi Tanaka|
|MegaMan Juno||Rockman DASH||1997||Enemy||Akira Ishida|
|Roll Caskett||Rockman DASH||1997||Ally||Keiko Yokozawa|
|Rose||Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams||1995||Both||Michiko Neya|
|Ryu||Street Fighter||1987||Ally||Toshiyuki Morikawa|
|Sakura Kasugano||Street Fighter Alpha 2||1996||Ally||Yuko Sasamoto|
|Sho (Ginzu the Ninja)||Captain Commando||1991||Ally||Hideyuki Hori|
|Shtrom Jr.||Captain Commando||1991||Enemy||???|
|Strider Hien||Strider 2||1999||Enemy||Kousuke Toriumi|
|Strider Hiryu||Strider||1989||Ally||Kousuke Toriumi|
|Sylphie||Forgotten Worlds||1988||Ally/Shopkeeper||Rie Tanaka|
|Tong Pooh||Strider||1989||Enemy||Miho Yamada|
|Tron Bonne||Rockman DASH||1997||Ally||Mayumi Iizuka|
|Unknown Soldier 1P||Forgotten Worlds||1988||Ally||Akio Otsuka|
|Unknown Soldier 2P||Forgotten Worlds||1988||Ally||Tesshō Genda|
|M. Bison||Street Fighter II||1991||Enemy||Tomomichi Nishimura|
|Lord Raptor||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1997||Enemy||Yuuji Ueda|
The Namco × Capcom Special Sound Track promotional demo sound track was released on May 5,2005. It featured a the short version of the theme song and a few character themes that would make their way into the final release. The Namco × Capcom Original Soundtrack (ナムコ クロス カプコン オリジナル・サウンドトラック Namuko Kurosu Kapukon Orijinaru Saundotorakku?) was released on July 7, 2005 in Japan. Both albums feature work by composer Yuzo Koshiro. The game's theme songSubarashiki Shin Sekai was performed by Flair.
A manga anthology was also published for the game.
- The title, Namco X Capcom, made a cameo in the Street Fighter X Tekken Comic Con 2011 Trailer, except this time the title was reversed to Capcom X Namco.
Promotional Art and Packaging
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- To view all official character artwork, see: Official Art.
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