New additions to this week’s Wii Shop Channel update sees three NEOGEO fighting games available to the gaming public. Here’s the deal:
FATAL FURY (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Joe Higashi. Select one of the three and visit many locations as your chosen fighter engages in numerous street fights around the fictional city of South Town. If you’re good enough, you’ll eventually take on Billy Kane and then his boss, the notorious crime lord Geese Howard. Use each fighter’s own finishing maneuver and battle in two different planes on the screen, one in the foreground and the other farther away in the background. The game also features a two-player mode that is well known for its unique setup, which allows fighters to both fight and help each other. Do you have what it takes to win the King of Fighters tournament?
WORLD HEROES (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Animated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points): A fighting game released in 1992 featuring eight characters, including Hanzo, Janne and Rasputin, modeled on historical figures from throughout the ages. The fighters compete against each other to become the world’s toughest combatant, with players using a setup consisting of only three buttons (one each for punching, kicking and throwing). Adding to this unique system is the fact that the strength of your offensive blow depends on how long the button is pressed and held. Along with regular match styles, Death Match mode is also available and features mines, electrified ropes and other dangerous objects in the battle arena that can change conditions during the fight or damage players. Enjoy the wide range of combat forms as you take on history’s best!
ART OF FIGHTING (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Animated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points): This fighting game, released in 1992, began the story of the Sakazaki family and Robert Garcia, further developed in two later sequels. Yuri Sakazaki has been abducted by Mr. Big to punish her father, Takuma, and her brother, Ryo. To rescue her, Ryo and Robert must take on numerous enemies around South Town, eventually reaching the mysterious Mr. Karate. The passion of the game’s creators is evident in the unique game-play elements introduced. These include an energy gauge that is depleted every time a fighter uses a special maneuver, Desperation Attacks that are usable only when a fighter’s health is low and camera zooming that adjusts on the fly as fighters move around the stage. All these features ensure that players use strategy and tactics, rather than simply mash buttons. Adding to the mix are little touches such as characters showing cuts when they are injured and voice-over samples during cut scenes. Can you perfect the art of fighting and save Yuri?
The Wii is getting NeoGeo games via its Virtual Console service, according to an announcement by SNK. The publisher has announced that it will release Fatal Fury, World Heroes and Art of Fighting on the service, each costing 900 Wii points. More titles will follow in the coming months.
SNK and Ignition Entertainment have announced that King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 will be released in Europe for the PS2 this Autumn.
The new game in the fighting franchise will feature 24 initially selectable characters, with many more unlockable during the course of the game; new and improved fighting system; lots of extras; four modes of play, including Story, Versus, Challenge and Practice; and even more.
Meanwhile, Koei has sent word that it plans on releasing Disgaea 2 and Atelier Iris 2 on PS2 in Europe the same season. Here’s a bit on Disgaea 2:
Disgaea’s wickedly dark sense of humour has always been one of its most popular features and this has been taken to a whole new level of evil enjoyment with the new Dark Court system. Now the player is positively encouraged to be bad with the game rewarding your darkest most devious actions. But be careful, there are positive and negative results for everything you do within the game. Think you’re badder than you really are and you might just get summoned to court and suffer the shame of being found innocent.
As a direct response to calls from fans of the original, Disgaea 2 will now take place within a brand new 3D environment with animated sprites and anime cut scenes. Players will also be able to stack their characters on top of each other in order to combine their powers and unleash special combos and attacks.
Disgaea 2 is the latest RPG spectacular from Nippon Ichi and follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular titles Makai Kingdom, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle: tactics and of course the massive original Disgaea. With a whole new cast of characters along with many of the gang fondly remembered from the first game all turning up to do battle, Disgaea 2 is already looking like being one of the RPG events of the year.
As for the other title, Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny will ship in September and will feature new characters, two different worlds to explore, a new “Active Time Battle System”, and more new stuff. The UK release of the game will also see more powerful monsters, allowing for “even more thrilling battles.”
SNK has sent over its E3 2006 lineup, revealing five new games for the Wii, PS2, PSP, DS and GBA. The following titles will be showcased at suite #153A in the Concourse.
THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2006 (PlayStation 2 – Fall 2006): THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2006 is an original 3D fighting game designed specifically for home consoles, and produced by noted artist and designer, Falcoon. Currently celebrating its twelfth year as one of the most popular fighting video game franchises in the history of gaming, THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2006 will continue to build on the series’ rich history with several new characters, as well as many returning favorites. KOF 2006 will feature characters from THE KING OF FIGHTERS: MAXIMUM IMPACT and a number of hidden characters. A special gift with purchase will be offered featuring the first Anime series for THE KING OF FIGHTERS.
METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY (Wii, PSP System – Fall 2006): In celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest action arcade franchises of all time, SNK PLAYMORE will release METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY. METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY will feature six great METAL SLUG titles from the arcade. Included in the collection will be METAL SLUG, METAL SLUG 2, METAL SLUG X, METAL SLUG 3, METAL SLUG 4, and METAL SLUG 5. Bonus materials will be announced closer to launch.
SNK VS CAPCOM CARD FIGHTERS DS (Nintendo DS – Fall 2006): SNK brings its card battling series to a new generation of gamers. SNK VS CAPCOM CARD FIGHTERS DS is the first new game in the series since 2000. Players build decks of characters pulled from the annals of SNK and Capcom gaming history for the ultimate strategic battle.
METAL SLUG (Game Boy Advance – Fall 2006): The original arcade classic that started the series comes to the Game Boy Advance. METAL SLUG for the Game Boy Advance features non-stop action packed 2D missions and classic over-the-top boss characters to challenge gamers’ skills. Battle General Morden and his evil forces with a huge array of weapons at your disposal.
The Wii announcements keep coming in – SNK has announced that its Metal Slug franchise is headed for the Nintendo console as well as the DS.
As usual, no other details were disclosed, but more is expected at E3.
As Gamespot points out correctly, it has to be “bittersweet” news for fans of the King of Fighters series, as SNK has announced that KOF2006 (for the PS2) isn’t a sequel to KOF2003, but a follow-up to the spin-off 3D game King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, which focused more on one-on-one fights.
This doesn’t mean that the 2D is doomed – NeoWave is scheduled to hit North America next month, and it already has a sequel in Japan. King of Fighters 2006 will see the return of the entire Maximum Impact roster, as well as a couple of hidden characters.
SNK has announced at GDC that it will be releasing a Metal Slug compilation on the PSP. The collection will consist of Metal Slug 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as Metal Slug X. All titles will feature co-op play via local wi-fi.
The compilation is slated for release this November.