闘劇.jpg Mainichi News reports that Tougeki '06- Super Battle Opera, the fourth in a line of tournaments held by Enterbrain -- publisher of many magazines like Famitsu, creator of the RPG Maker software, and publisher of titles like Fire Emblem's sister game, Berwick Saga--and their arcade magazine, Arcadia has begun on the 3rd of May. (Rather disingenuously, Arcadia advertises their various Tougeki Soul and tournament-related game strategy guides below the announcement.) Harmony of Kicky Punch, err, Super Battle Opera's preliminary rounds will be held all over Japan in 270 shop and arcade locations, though previously selection rounds have been held in Hong Kong, South Korea and America.

The interesting thing about the Aria of Knuckle -- sorry, Super Battle Opera -- is that it doesn't revolve around a single game, but rather nine different games: Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Virtua Fighter 4: Final Tuned, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Melty Blood Act Cadenza, Guilty Gear XX Slash, The King of Fighters XI, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Samurai Spirits: Tenkaichi Kenkakuden and Fist of the North Star.

Symphony of the Figh--oh, who am I kidding?-- Super Battle Opera's preliminaries will be held from the 3rd to the 5th. Separate tournaments are scheduled for each game, three on each day, to cover the entire nine. Its so easy to tell this is a Japanese tournament by the conspicuous lack of Soul Calibur and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.