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In a different dimension from this world there exists another world, where every thousand years a legendary tournament is held

Magical Battle Arena is a 3D mid-air Massive Multiplayer Crossover doujin Fighting Game made by Fly System featuring the Magical Girls and female mages of different franchises.

Its plot is as follows: Every one thousand years, a legendary tournament called Magical Battle Arena is held, summoning several powerful female mages from different magical worlds against their will. A mysterious voice tells each one of them that they will need to win the tournament if they wish to return to their home, and that should they win, they will be granted one wish.

Eventually it's revealed that [1]. In addition to the management of Nowel, the maintenance of "Kyrios" requires the sacrifice of "Telos", a person who possesses strong control of magical abilities. The body of Telos shall rot inside "Kyrios" until they fall into a long sleep. The final duty of "Telos" is to select a new "Telos".

And the lucky tournament winner is the one who will become the new "Telos" (unless if they're ineligible due to various reasons then their friend becomes the prime candidate). It's a fate that has been repeated since far off ancient times.

Naturally, the tournament winner is quite against that plan, so after a huge Final Battle, Nowel's defeat despite the backing of "Kyrios" makes her realize that maybe "Kyrios" isn't the ultimate solution that she believes it is, and after the victor makes her realize that with all the other worlds out there, surely everyone can think of a better alternative together that won't require sacrificing anyone, the victor invites her to become friends (Or tries to get her to spill the principles of this world's magic. Depends on the character really)]].

Aside from the Story Mode, the game also includes a Multiplayer Mode that can be played for up to four players online, and also has a 2-player split-screen mode for those who wish to fight it out locally. The Lyrical Pack also includes a Survival Mode and Mission Mode that you can access after completing Story Mode on Normal without using continues.

The following are the characters included in the game, grouped by where they're obtained:

Default:

  • Takamachi Nanoha (Nanoha Original)
  • Fate Testarossa (Nanoha Original)
  • Kinomoto Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Hoshizora Kirara (Magical Girl Kirara & Sarara ~Dioskroi Of Starlit Sky~, a related Eroge by the circle)
  • Hoshizora Sarara (Magical Girl Kirara & Sarara ~Dioskroi Of Starlit Sky~)

Downloadable (patches v1.01 and up):

Unlockable:

Lyrical Pack:

Complete:

  • Adult Fate

Version 1.70+:

The game's website can be found here, with demo movies found here.

Patches (which include the Slayers character and Kukuri) can be obtained here. To use the patches, extract the zip file and paste them over the files of the game folder. (Note, v1.04+ first, and then v1.05+. The latter only contains fixes for v1.04)

Some basic tutorials on how to play the game can be found here.

Some translations can be found in the following links: Option menu, Lyrical Pack related stuff, Nanoha, Fate, Lina, Ruru.

Under construction Fan Translation patch can be found here.

A new version named Magical Battle Arena: Complete Form was released during the 2009 Winter Comiket, and it features engine changes and the addition of Fate T. Harlaown.

Tropes used in Magical Battle Arena include:


Notes

  1. all of that was a ruse, and that the true reason for the tournament was something far less trivial. A long time ago, researchers on an advanced world discovered that every dimension was connected to a single source, and that magical resources move back and forth between the source and the various worlds in an eternal cycle. However, whenever a major magical event occurs, the balance of magic in all dimensions will shift a bit, and when all of these little shifts pile up, larger dimension quakes will occur and, in the worst case scenario, lead to the destruction of all dimensions. To counter this, the ancient researchers devised a dimensional magic tuning system called "Kyrios", which is managed by an Artificial Human named Nowel
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