Whether by way of deliberate tribute or lack of originality, the visual similarities between Mega Man Battle Network and 2007's Zettai Onkan Otoda Master by Hudson Software have not escaped the keen eyes of PRC contributor Mega Rock. Otoda Master, an obscure little RPG for the Nintendo DS released only in Japan, is home to a rather familiar overworld and sprite style.
Beyond uncanny aesthetics, the game shares little in common with the tried and true Battle Network formula (and Star Force, for that matter). Actually, it's fairly unique in its own right: the game is all about training and battling "Otodamas", little creatures you discover based on the different kinds of sounds your DS picks up. The bark of a dog, the honk of a horn, and even a bloodcurdling scream all produce some kind of Otodama to be used in battle.
Pokémon seems to be the big inspiration here; however, the Battle Network inspired art direction truly sticks out like a sore thumb. But as they, "imitation is the highest form of flattery" -- perhaps more so in other cases. Nonetheless, Hudson has done an admirably job at capturing MMBN's trademark style, maybe even a little too good.
For more Zettai Onkan Otoda Master gameplay, swing on over to YouTube.