The gameplay is a similar style to that of Super Smash Bros., in that characters will fight on a 2.5 dimensional plain and fight each other by increasing their percentage, thus knocking them back further the next time they are attacked. The game features characters and settings from at least 11 different Cartoon Network shows. It includes twenty one different stages and a single-player story mode said by the developers to stand out on its own. There is also a multiplayer mode that can be played via Wi-Fi. Being made for the 3DS, the game will also include 3D visual effects.
The game will feature 18 playable characters, as well as 19 assist characters, who will show up during battle to assist in fights. Some characters are a tag-team duo who fight together, similar to the Ice Climbers from the Super Smash Bros. series.
The console versions of this game are set to be released on November 15, 2011 (North America).
The Wii version will support Wii Remote & Nunchuk, Wii Remote Sideways, Classic Controller, and Nintendo GameCube Controller.
The game on the console versions will be titled Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL and the cover has Young Ben Tennyson and Johnny Bravo, meaning that they will appear as playable characters in the console versions. The cover also has Dexter, Flapjack, Bloo, Chowder, Blossom and Mojo Jojo from the 3DS on the new cover. Also Him, Kevin Levin, Aku, Hoss Delgaddo, Toiletnator and Scotsman will be playble too.
When you earn points in the game, you can use them for the Unlock Shop to buy unlockable content. You can buy new characters, new costumes, new arenas. What is also available in the game that you can buy are 30 cartoon clips from the original series of the old Cartoon Network. Memorable moments from your favorite shows, for example, you can see a clip of an episode of Samurai Jack where Jack is fighting against Aku.
There are new costumes that the characters will wear like Creepy Aku, Galactic Enforcer Ben 10, Spacesuit Ben 10, Billybot and Mandroid, The Rowdyruff Boys, Captain K'neecaps, Captain Pollution, Shirtless Chowder, Robot Pilot Dexter, Sardine Flapjack, Clown Grim, Aerobics Him, Zombie Hoss Delgado, Caveman Johnny Bravo, Mutant Kevin Levin, Helmetless Mojo Jojo, Lab Pet Monkey, Ninja Samurai Jack, Highlander Scotsman, Award Show Toiletnator, and Original Series Vilgax.
There are new assists in the game like Madame Foster, Major Glory, Mung Daal, Numbuh 4, Panini and Valhallen.
There will be synergy attacks when a playabe character does there special move while summoning an assist which makes the character and the assist meet each other and work together to do big damage to the opponent(s). Some examples for synergy attacks are when Aku and Jack meet Valhallen, Ben 10 meeting Fred Fredburger, Captain K'nuckles meeting Stickybeard, Chowder meeting Madame Foster, Him meeting Cheese, Johnny Bravo meeting Dracula, Kevin Levin meeting Numbuh 4, and the Scotsman meeting Numbuh 2.