The game consists of between 2 and 4 small robots fighting in tiny arenas called Colosseums. It's a common sport and a way to deal with disagreements similar to how Pokémon is in the Pokémon series. Excluding GX, they are all in 3D arenas and most have computerized look to them. There are many robot models that recur in the series but, the most prolific is the series mascot, Ray. While each game changes its look, it is always a strong balanced model in the Shining Fighter series. In addition, most games take place in a city that hides the dystopian world outside. The main character typically wants to enforce the law too.