Worthplaying writes: "Bakugan Battle Brawlers was an anime in Japan that managed to pick up enough of a following to merit a localized U.S. release in 2008. Along with that came a tabletop game, a hybrid of card games like Pokémon and miniatures like HeroClix. It's a fairly unique game, but I used those two as examples purely to illustrate the title's use of cards and miniatures, not because they play in an identical fashion. The toys and game have gained quite a bit of popularity lately. I've seen the local toy aisles packed to the brim with Bakugan merchandise, from card packs to figures, and there have even been little carrying accessories and shooters to propel the ball-shaped Bakugan figures around the playing field."