For those of you that are not too familiar with it, I found a great explanation on Squidoo.com:
"Bakugan Battle Brawler strategic game was created by the joint efforts of Sega Toys and Spin Master. It is based on the Japanese animation TV series that is similar to that of Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh. The story begins when the main characters, Dan Kuso and his five online friends begin playing Bakugan when cards suddenly start falling out of the sky. They learn that these battling monsters exist in another dimension called Vestoria. They have to do battle with other Bakugan in order to save Vestroia and Earth from total destruction." I couldn't explain it any better!
I was fortunate enough to get to battle in the all new, official Mechtanium Surge Ball Arena.
This Bakugan Battle Arena is based on the fourth season of the Bakugan series. This game was really a lot of fun to play. Luke and I battled several times and I won once and he won three times. All you have to do to play is roll your Bakugan onto special metal Gate cards. The Bakugan will pop open when it successfully lands on a Gate card! This was tricky, but this new Battle Arena makes it even more fun since you can use the bumpers for shots. Once you successfully roll the Bakugan, it will auto transform. Luke explained that each Bakugan has powers and there is a number that corresponds, letting the players know who wins the battle. If you win the battle, you get to collect Gate Cards and you gain abilities and powers that will help you win the game.
This official battle arena has with card placement and shot spot indicators. You can play against up to 3 other players. This set is a lot of fun to play. Luke was thrilled to try this new arena. He has the original arena and he made sure to tell me that this one was SO much better. He loved that it was not only bigger, but he LOVES that it has the bumpers that you can use for trick shots. Another nice thing about this new Battle Arena is that you can remove the center board for a portable battle arena.
This games also comes with a DNA code for your Bakugan, letting you unlock a whole new online world. You have to firmly rub the Bakugan to reveal the hidden code, enter the code online, and "unleash the monster!"
Here a a few of the new Bakugan and accessories, which are also new.
Bakugan (Mechtogan) Miserak - Swipe and Battle
"Dominate in battle with Mechtogan, Bakugan's autotransforming action figures fused with die cast metal. Transforms with swipe of Mechtogan Activator to reveal hidden G-Powers. This package includes 1 Mechtogan and 1 Mechtogan activator."
Bakugan BakuSolo (Taylean)
"Feel the weight and roll with authority. Grow you collection with all new Bakugan now with die cast metal. Included in this package is 1 Bakugan, 1 Metal Gate Card, 1 Ability Card."
"This pack is a great way to add to your Bakugan collection. You get 3 all new die cast metal Bakugan and 6 total cards. This set includes 3 Bakugan, 3 Metal Gate Cards, and 3 Ability Cards."
Mobile Assault Vehicle
"Ride into battle with die cast Bakugan Mobile Assault vehicles. Transport Bakugan into Battle and give your Bakugan a G-power boost. Included in this package is 1 Bakugan Mobile Assault and 1 Reference Card."
Spin Master provided me with the items above in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.