Finding the best anime games on the PSP can be a draining challenge, especially since the system is a nest of laughably forgettable experiences. Contrary to anime games on the PS2, the PSP enjoyed a brief amount of anime games that attempted to emulate the source material. And let me tell you, many didn’t succeed at that.
The list will tackle the best anime games on PSP, including underrated anime games and hidden gems. Beware that a lot of the titles showcased were released exclusively in Japan. So, you’ll be obliged to hunt down a Fan English Patch to play them. Additionally, if you like to game on your emulator, the games work fine on the PPSSPP emulator. Eventually, the site will breach into more platforms so that you can discover what you may not have even heard of before.
If you’re a die-hard fan of anime and manga, you are also welcome to check other lists made on the site. These are the following:
Table of Contents
- 1 Persona 3 Portable
- 2 Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
- 3 Fate/Unlimited Codes
- 4 Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress
- 5 Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive
- 6 Best Japan-exclusive Anime PSP Games
Persona 3 Portable may not be considered an anime game by many, but since there exists a movie of Persona 3, I thought it deserves a spot on the list. P3P is actually a port of the original PS2 release, and unlike the latter, the port has some pretty noticeable changes.
Instead of 3D environments, P3P opts for a social interaction a la style of visual novel titles. This simple approach distinguishes the PSP port apart from its PS2 counterpart. Additionally, the game features two main characters: a female and a male, and both follow almost the same plotline with a few changes. It’s safe to recommend Persona 3 to any newcomer out there as the games don’t follow each other plot-wise. JRPG fans will also enjoy this one.
Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Tag Team is part of the Tenkaichi franchise and is the first Tenkaichi game to land on the PSP. The name may give you the impression that Tag Team is nothing but a cheap copy-paste of the original Tenkaichi trilogy, however, surprisingly the game offers some interesting changes that make the game highly recommended.
While the gameplay is pretty much similar to the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Tag Team offers different battle experiences. For instance, players can fight enemies one-on-one, and if they feel confident, they could opt for 1 versus 2 opponents, or 2 versus 2. The gameplay is smooth and engaging, featuring destructive combos, deadly blasts and many modes for you to explore. Players can choose from 70 deeply customizable characters, each with their own destructive attacks and charm. Granted, every Dragon Ball Z fan should try this game before the planet blows up.
Fate/Unlimited Codes is another 2D fighting game that was originally released on the Namco Arcade 246 system, only to be later ported to the PS2 and PSP. Like other games developed by Eighting, Fate/Unlimited Codes is a one-on-one fighting game. Players use a combination of combos, dash, block the opponent’s attack, and perform a devastating attack.
Based on the visual novel Fate/Stay, the game features several beloved characters to choose from. Each with its own destructive movements and style. For a fighting anime game, Eighting has done a great job at treating the source material with care. The music, aesthetics and overall execution are well-executed. Every attack animation feels unique than others, and it kind of makes one want to re-watch the series once again.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 is essentially a scaled-down version of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 for the PSP with a few changes. Based on the original Naruto anime, Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 follows Naruto’s ambition to become Hokage by raising to the top. Plot-wise the game contains a game-exclusive arc titled Mugen Castle Arc that is after the events of past arcs.
Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 retains the core elements of Ultimate Ninja 3 such as the same combat system, aesthetics and characters. And yes, while the game includes the same characters from its predecessors, some playable characters have had their attacks altered. In my opinion, the only reason to try this one is the original storyline, and the fact that it’s on PSP. Sure, the aesthetics are still delightful to this day, but the Naruto Ninja Storm franchise is better in that perspective.
Naruto Shippuden Kizuna Drive is yet another entry that was released on the PSP, but this time this isn’t a fighting game, but rather an action beat’em up. Focusing yet on another original filler story, Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive is a game that Naruto aficionados should check an eye out.
Despite previous games focusing on delivering a solo experience in which players control Naruto individually without the help of his teammates, Kizuna Drive takes a different approach. Perhaps what makes Kizuna Drive appealing is its emphasis on teamwork, strong strategies, and the way players have to manage their resources.
The game is mostly a linear brawler. You are thrown into a small arena, beat the crap out of anyone that comes your way, reach a checkpoint, rinse and repeat. It can get repetitive, and it certainly is most of the time, but the game tries to keep a fresh impression throughout the course of the game. Kizuna Drive features several characters you can take with you on missions, and instead of having the same attacks, Naruto and his friends can pull off some diverse combos here and there. It kind of breaks the tedium of just mashing the same attacks over and over till death.
Best Japan-exclusive Anime PSP Games
Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen is a crossover fighting game that is rarely mentioned. Similar to Jump Super Stars, the game feature a slew of beloved characters from both the Weekly Shônen Magazine and Weekly Sunday Magazine. Such characters are Inuyasha, Ippo, Recca, Joe Shimamura, and more that you seriously need to check out. Honestly, the game introduced me to many Shônen shows that I wasn’t aware of.
Similar to the fighting games mentioned above, Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen is a 2D anime fighting in which players have to defeat several opponents in order to proceed. You can attack, block, dash and execute a devastating attack that obliterates your adversaries. While the game was released exclusively in Japan, you can enjoy it without knowing Japanese.
If you’re a fan of crossover anime games like Jump Force, J Stars Victory VS, and Jump Super Stars, there’s no reason you won’t be interested in Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen.
K-ON! Houkago Live! is a rhythm game in which you sing like a maniac with the lyrics. K-ON! may not be as popular as it is in Japan, but fans of Hatsume Miku will feel right at home with this one. There exists an HD remastered version for the PlayStation 3 if you want to give it a try as well.
While the game was released exclusively in Japan, you can play the game from start to finish without understanding Japanese. The purpose of the game is to pay attention to the songs while mashing the corresponding buttons shown on the screen.
Kuroko no Basket: Game of Miracles (Kuroko no Basuke Kiseki no Shiai) is a basketball sports game based on the Kuroko no Basuke anime. This is another obscure anime game that was released exclusively in Japan. And the bad news is, there is no fan English patch game on-sight at the moment.
However, is the game worth it? Well, for those who aren’t familiar with the series, this game won’t interest them at all. However, if you’re a die-hard fan of the series you may want to give this one a shot. The gameplay is pretty similar to another basketball anime-based game titled Slam Dunk on Android and iOS phones.
Digimon Adventure is a turn-based JRPG which faithfully emulates the anime series of the same name, but here’s the bad news, it was also released exclusively in Japan. Lucky for you, a fan English patch exists out there to let you play from beginning to end without any problems.
Battles are conducted through a traditional turn-based system. Your own Digimon monsters fight other monsters, and as you progress your Digimon will level up and power up to become stronger. Aside from the rewards you obtain upon defeating enemies and bosses, Digimon Adventure features a relationship mechanic. Basically, the relationship between you and your Digimon can be improved if you follow certain conditions. High relationship levels are crucial since they give several advantages which are undoubtedly helpful to tackling enemies in the game.
Fans of the anime, and also Pokémon fans will seriously like this one. The music is top-notch too. I’m impressed with how Prope handled the making of Digimon Adventure.
Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 is yet another fighting anime game. It is based on the Heat the Soul series that was initially released back in 2005. And here’s the bad news again, every entry in the franchise was released exclusively in Japan. But, if you’re familiar with the anime or manga, you won’t have any difficulties going through this one.
Heat the Soul 7 is a 3D cel-shading fighting game. The story is mostly based on the Arrancar arc, including some beloved Espadas like Grimmjow, Ulquiorra, Starrk and more. Additionally, the game also features some side characters from filler arcs as well. The gameplay sees you accomplishing missions by either defeating enemies or following certain conditions. Some opponents can be pretty brutal and unfair, forcing you to restart missions over and over again until you’re done with it.
My only gripe with Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 is that it’s not newcomer friendly at all. Add to that the fact that the game can quickly become repetitive at times if one doesn’t perform combos every now and then. There is no fan English patch for the game yet, but once it exists, we’ll let you know.
Hunter x Hunter: Wonder Adventure is an action-adventure adaptation of the critically acclaimed Hunter x Hunter manga by Yoshihiro Togashi. It may sadden you to learn that this one too was released exclusively to Japan. There’s no fan English patch on sight for the time being, but it’s only a matter of time before someone makes it.
Wonder Adventure is clearly a low-budget adaptation of the game, and it’s obvious at first glance. However, the game is surprisingly entertaining if you can manage to lower your expectations. The game sees you controlling Gon and Killua as they take the Hunter Exam. Both can be switched using what’s called Tag Shift System. There are two extra playable characters; Kurapika and Leorio, and they two can be switched at any time.
The game sees you confronting foes of different sizes and jumping from one platform to another. As you progress, you get to fight renowned villains such as the notoriously ruthless Hisoka, Netero, Hanzo, Zoldyck and more. Personally, after the playing game for a couple of hours, I believe the game is quite similar to Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles 2. So, if you liked that one, you’ll find no issues with this.
Black Rock Shooter: The Game is a hidden gem anime JRPG that is rarely talked about, and that’s tragic. You take on the role of a black-haired girl with glimmering blue eyes in her quest to defend the last humans remaining on earth from the alien invasion.
The gameplay is a turn-based action RPG in which players go through a series of missions, battling foes and accomplishing objectives. While you can explore the surroundings, and look for hidden items, the game isn’t an open world. The best thing about BRS is the gameplay. You are equipped with several weapons under your belt, and as you progress in the game, you get to earn new tools that you can use in battle. You can shoot, dodge enemy attacks or block them. The gameplay quickly shifts into a fast-paced experience when dealing with faster enemies, and that’s where the fun begins. My only gripe with the game is how ruthless the boss fights are. The only way to amend that is by going back to previous missions and grinding until you’ve reached a certain level. Other than that, this is a great hidden gem.
Black Rock Shooter: The Game is also a video game title that was released exclusively in Japan. Thankfully, fans have made a fan English patch for the game so you can play it from start to end.
Soul Eater: Battle Resonance is a one-versus-one fighting game which is actually based on the manga. The game is nothing mind-blowing, but fans of the show will undoubtedly want to give this one a shot. Sure it may not have done the anime the justice it deserves, but Battle Resonance is far from being called a cash-grab game.
Like other 2D fighting games, players go through a series of matches that they have to win to proceed. There are 4 game modes to choose from, and each mode is unique from the other. Aesthetically, the game’s cel-shading art style is fantastic, as well as the voice acting which is by the same voice cast of the anime. Matches can get challenging at times, especially when fierce opponents like Medusa.
The game was released exclusively in Japan back in 2009. But thanks to the hardworking community, a fan English Patch has been released which will help you play the game from start to finish.
That’s it for the list. Thank you for reading.