Waku Waku 7
Another offering from SNK, Waku Waku 7 differs from most fighting games in one very simple aspect: the color palette. Gone are some of the darker shades of colors and atmospheres, and they’re replaced with a bright selection of colors and a generally cheery atmosphere. The game is simply fun to look at and watch, making it fun to play. In one of the moves that I’m more excited to see in a fighting game, Waku Waku 7 actually lists characters moves on the character select screen, giving newcomers some guidance as to what each characters special moves are. It makes the game feel a lot more accessible to newcomers, but that doesn’t mean that the game still isn’t amazing. With a diverse roster of characters that feature a robot maid, a robot tank, and a boy with a giant forest animal fighting as a team, the game certainly doesn’t lack for style.
Rival Schools: Project Justice
This game and I go way back. In fact, this game never would have been acknowledged by me if it wasn’t for former Destructoid editor Topher Cantler’s well deserved obsession with this game. Developed by Capcom, and originally for the arcade, Project Justice is a team based 2.5D fighting game that was eventually ported over to the Dreamcast like many other arcade fighting games of the time. It features a surprisingly interesting story mode where you can choose a pre-built team that has a branching story, or make your own team out of three random characters from the game. Characters and teams range from the stereotypical gang of would-be badasses, the captain of the swimming club (complete with flippers), the school nurse, the school photographer, and a ton more. Each character is quirky and fun enough so that even if you’re losing horribly, you can appreciate just how much fun this game is. Find a copy for your Dreamcast, grab a friend to play with, and be prepared to lose complete track of your time.
Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!