With the general low abt the lack of good new fighters atm, I thought I’d do a quick round up of some of the less well known old fighters that are currently available. There are established neiche scenes for Breakers, Fatal Fury Special and Karnovs Revenge, but this is another level of obscurity. You may know some, but prolly not all. So (with an open mind) see what catches Ur eye, and try some out, U may get a pleasant surprise:)
*Ignore the ‘emustatus’ on some of the info pages linked (they are out of date), all games here are available and ‘fully’ playable.
*I tried not to make value judgements as we all emphasise different things (I mean I love Mutant Fighter and KnuckleHeads FFS!), but I have placed the games I imagined would have wider appeal toward the top.
Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty / Suikoenbu
Wild Samurai fighter from the late great Data East. Very combo friendly, with an openended juggle system. This game still has a loyal scene in Japan, and thats the best possible recomendation you can get. Many vids available here:
Surprisingly little known SF2 clone, has some slick graphical effects and gameplay features. Notable for its destructable background stages! Sequel (more of a champion edition act, playable bosses, recolored bg’s etc…) to Taito’s Kaiser Knuckle/ Global Champion fighter.
Groove On Fight
3rd in the surreal Power Instinct series. Kind of a wierd, tag based proto GGX.
ASURA BLADE: SWORD OF DYNASTY
Cute, fantasy themed fighter, ala ‘Kabuki Klash Far East Of Eden’ or ‘Waku Waku 7’. Heard good things abt this from evry1 who’s played it.
Very Sam Sho inspired Konami fantasy fighter.
Daraku Tenshi - The Fallen Angels
Very stylised psyko fighter, feating lots of KOF style androgynous tight leather goth posturing.
A Warzard style 1p fantasy fighter, with a mix of scifi and mythological characters.
A definite Warzard wanna be featuring a killer shed!
Smash TV meets Samurai Showdown fighter from Namco with an extremely unusual control system and capacity for 4player matches. I really like this game aestheticaly, tho I’d be pushed to pinpoint why.
Mutant Fighter/ Death Brade
Another personal fave. More of a wrestling game than a pure fighter (but this is my thread so neeer). This was the first game to feature Supermoves and a Supermeter (predating SNK & Capcom). Features Ray Harryhausen style mythological characters battling in World Heroes ‘deathmatch’ style Arenas.
Konami’s first SF2 clone. Features some nice settings and quirky characters.
Power Instinct 2
Wacky videogame universe refrencing fighter. Lots of injokes, surreal locations and characters. Where else can u pit a dominatrix against a baby in a shinto monk disco!
Quite well known (tho perhaps not to younger members) and well crafted stop motion dinosaur fighter.
Early Sega entry into the field.
Top Ranking Stars/ Prime Time Fighter
Very SF2 inspired boxing game.
Both Bloodstorm and Time Killers are grotsquely camp, ott ‘gore fighters’. Features Monty Pithon style limbless combat!
Mobile Suit Gundam
Dont know if this has any relation to the much loved snes title?
Golden Axe: The Duel
There was a time when every series started to get a SF2 version. Here is Golden Axe in fighter form. Some nice locations and familiar characters. More cartoony and not nearly as beautiful as GA2: ROTD.
Sword and Sandal classical fighter with an interesting ‘Armor’ system.
More swords, more sandals. First fighter to feature a Celtic (or is that Iceni) character.
Interesting fighter with naturalistic graphics and realistic looking fighting styles.
Karate Tournament, The
Karate Champ style knockdown karate fighter.
Motion capture dinosaur fighter.
Very KI looking fighter.
Hugely dissapinting entry into vs fighters by the mighty Irem.
Very snes like sf2 clone.
more of the same.
*NOT EMU’D YET:(
Fight Fever 2 - The Eye of the Typhoon / Kyoku Cho Gou Ken
Very SNK circa93 looking fighter (my fave era). I really hope this surfaces one day. Manual with commands and some nice pics here: http://emustatus.rainemu.com/protos/games/ffever2/ffever2-manual.zip
Tenrin No Syo Chicago
An unreleased Proto, foundation for ‘Breakers’ series. I really hope this gets leaked too. Presumably a more oldschool, less frenetic combo based fighter than Breakers.
Shinryu Senki: The Warlocks of the Fates
Hope you find something that catches Ur eye.