Nicalis Reveals Puzzle-Fighting Crossover Game Crystal Crisis

Nicalis has announced Crystal Crisis, a color-matching fighting game.

The new title is in development for the Nintendo Switch, and is set for a release sometime this fall. The game is likened to a one-on-one fighting game whose attack buttons were supplanted with matching falling gems.

Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game. The game has 19 playable characters, including:

  • Quote, Curly Brace and Ballos (from Cave Story)
  • Isaac (from The Binding of Isaac)
  • Atom and Black Jack (from Tezuka Productions)
  • Princess Solange (from Code of Princess EX and Blade Strangers)
  • Aban, Tina and Jim Hawkins (from 1001 Spikes)
  • President Thompson and a Zombie (from The Tempura of the Dead)
  • Akuji (from Akuji the Demon)
  • Knight (from Hydra Castle Labyrinth)
  • Johnny Turbo (notorious TurboDuo spokesman)

There’s also four newly-created characters from other Nicalis games:

  • Helen – a noble warrior inspired by Greek mythology (also appearing in Blade Strangers)
  • Hunter – a whip-wielding vampire killer
  • Elise – a bat-winged gothic vampire girl
  • Ninja – a mysterious and acrobatic shinobi

Here’s a look at the game’s box art:

Here’s a rundown on the game:


An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling gems into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throw down!

Key Features:

  • 19 unique playable characters, including Quote and Curly Brace from Cave Story, Isaac from The Binding of Isaac, Atom and Black Jack from Tezuka Productions and many more.
  • Build up your “Burst” Gauge with repeated combos to unleash more powerful attacks.
  • Multiple single-player game modes, including Arcade, Survival Mode, Tag Team and Training Mode.
  • Local and online multiplayer options to play against friends, family members, or challengers worldwide.
  • Innovative new “wrap-around” feature allows you to move falling pieces beyond the edge of the wall to reappear on the other side.
  • Each character has his or her own stage, musical theme, unique special attacks, and voice-acted exclamations.
  • Optional “Colorblind mode” makes gems easier to distinguish for players with color blindness.
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