It seems to me that there are a lot of obscure fighting game fans on these boards but I have not really seen anything in regards to EA/Aorn’s Rabbit posted. So I thought I would start a discussion:
This game recently has caught my attention and I really enjoy the feeling and gameplay of this title. However, a large part of why this game is probably not talked about is that it has not had a proper emulation (there are some frame rate and sound issues) and the Sega Saturn port is re-sprited and does not seem feature nearly as nice animation. Just when I thought a had exposure to virtually all obscure fighters worth mentioning, it seems this game deserves at the very least some forum attention. The character design is more American cartoon influenced then most fighters and has a really unique cast. The engine is nothing spectacular but I can’t figure out if this game faded into obscurity because of lackluster gameplay, zero exposure or just could not stand – up to the popular stronghold of Capcom at the time.
From the very little I played and read it seems like this game was actually quite good. Rabbit does have a great colour palette and does boast some really great backgrounds. The sprite work is well done and animates nicely. It seems to me that no game aesthetically captures this kind of feeling. Except for maybe Skullgirls, but I highly doubt they cited Rabbit as an influence. The roster is only eight strong but offers some nice variety. The Gameplay has animals/stance feature that can kind of be used similar to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.The game aslo has a counter parry system. I did not really get to try fully to go into specifics.
Fighting Gems has an episode giving a limited insight on the way the game is played and it’s features but the best video I could find on the game:
Here is one with audio (Sega Saturn Version):
How the audio differs from the arcade is beyond me.
and finally a video showing off each characters move. It really gives an idea how this game moves and feels:
It’s a shame that there is no proper MAME emulation for this game and even more of a bummer that there is not a decent port on Sega Saturn. It may be the only time we ever see a game like this come from EA. Who knows though time will tell I guess. What do you guys think?