When people think of Japanese fighting games, they think of Street Fighter, Tekken, King of Fighters and BlazBlue. But would it surprise you to know that one of Japan's most popular fighting game series hasn't made it out of Japan since the GameCube era?


The Mobile Suit Gundam VS series of games can be found in practically every arcade across Japan—and often without a free seat in sight. The series itself plays somewhat like Sega's Virtual On series-only much faster and more refined. Choosing Gundams from across the various anime, the VS series specializes in two versus two combat. But working as a team is more important here than in most team fighters as both team members share the same life bar.

The PS3 version of Gundam Extreme VS—the latest home port in the series—is by far the most popular fighting game on Japanese consoles. In addition to the online play and arcade modes, it also comes with hundreds of missions, recreating all your favorite battles from every Gundam series.

To see some of these mission battles in all their highspeed action glory, check out the video above. And stay tuned to Kotaku East for the full import preview of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS later this week.