A common cross-promotional marketing tactic with Japanese social games is to have limited time events where characters and settings from a given franchise are featured. Here’s some major ones Shinra Bansho has been featured in.
Puzzle & Dragons
Extremely popular in Japan, its successful combination of puzzle, RPG, and social game elements has led to a range of merchandise, right up to its own line of trading cards packed with wafers by Bandai. Between that and how a number of its character design elements recall Bikkuriman, the Shinra Bansho tie-in made a lot of sense. Dungeons featuring Saiga, Apollo, Izuna, Masterion, and Wafer Man himself appeared in the Japanese version in 2013 and 2014, matching the release of Kuja Senran no Shou.
In October 2014, the Shinra Bansho dungeons were made available in the North American version of Puzzle & Dragons, marking the franchises first official appearance outside of Japan.
Another collaboration hit Japan in March 2015, this time featuring all the Shinra Bansho protagonists thanks to their appearances in Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 4. Rather than everyone consisting of recycled art, however, also introduced were versions of characters using original art by regular Puzzle & Dragons artists, Yosuke Adachi and Ikeya. Saiga, Asmodeus, and Kiriko (from ZX Factor) got this treatment.
This collaboration also hit the North American version in July 2015.
Thanks to Shinra Bansho Choco’s introduction of collaboration cards featuring guest artists in Ikki-Kasei no Shou Volume 1, four of these even got a physical card release. Saiga’s art is by Ikeya, Asmodeus by Yosuke Adachi.
|IK C003||Kouryuu’ou Saiga|
|IK C004||Shinra Seiryuushin Saiga|
|IK C005||Genmaou Asmo Deus|
|IK C006||Masenki Asmodeus|
Puzzle & Dragons Z is a Nintendo 3DS version of the game, so far only available in Japan. With the special Shinra Bansho Choco Top Characters Selection boxes released in February 2014, each wafer backing card included a special code to get Shinra Bansho characters in the game.
These codes unfortunately do not work with the North American version of the game.
A Japanese mobile game developed by Cyber Connect 2 and Drecom, combining top-down shooting and social collectible game elements. In September and October of 2014, to go along with the release of Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 3, Fullbokko Heroes X featured Moebius, Ryuga, Izuna, and once again (to a lesser extent), Wafer Man.