Tōkidenshō Angel Eyes is coming to Switch and PS4 via Arcade Archives on October 20th. Not only is Angel Eyes coming to home consoles, but that it is finally coming home. Announced on Sept 10th 2020, it has been over two years with no update as to where the release is. This, alongside the similarly-updatedless Complete Edition of Daraku Tenshi, was considered to be possibly dead in the water by some given the radio silence after its initial announcement. But now that we have a date to expect it on; what is Tōkidenshō Angel Eyes and why are people so excited to see a home console port of it show up?
At first blush AVG2 may not seem particularly special; a perfectly good looking PS1 fighter with cute anime girls utilizing a four-button system and a 3 bar super meter, it’s a little stock standard for the genre at this point. But when you dig under the surface of AVG2, you discover a game that is not only incredibly tight to play but features so many unique design decisions that few fighting games have ever followed in. Advanced Variable Geo 2 is packed to the gills with mechanical systems and character designs that are not only off the beaten path compared to its contemporaries, but would also not be seen moving forward.
Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter, developed by fighting game-orbiter Genki, is a bishojo fighting game released on the SNES in 1994. 8 girls dolled up in commonly popular costuming fight it out for [insert reason here]. Shockingly, this is contemporaneous with a lot of the other big names in Bishoujo fighters, Variable Geo and Metal & Lace came out in 1993, Asuka 120% came out in 1994. The difference between Pretty Fighter and those titles is obvious however; Pretty Fighter sucks.
As this article is being written it is July 29th 2022. We are only a handful of days away from Evolution Championship Series 2022, the grand return of the most iconic fighting game tournament of all time, now under new management. Anticipation fills social media spaces as for the first time in years the Vegas strip will host the largest and most internationally-represented event in our community. An event that has, time and time again, proven to be the grounds where history is made. The schedule has come out, pools for the Vortex Gallery side tournaments are being released, and just today the commentators for the event have been announced. But slowly building traction is a common question being repeated through FGC Twitter;
“What the hell is Dino Rex?”
With Combo Breaker this weekend, not only are there 20+ main games happening but Combo Breaker’s All In Together official community tournaments practically doubles the amount of events being ran this year. These tournaments are official side events, being scheduled and supported by Combo Breaker, so they are all going to have their Top 4s streamed. Now, there are some tournament standard games like Super Smash Bros Melee or games with long tournament relevancy like Guilty Gear Xrd that we will not be covering today. Instead we will focus on the more underrepresented games that rarely see a spotlight such as this. A Top 4 might not be enough time to figure out what a game’s jam is, so let’s make sure you know what to expect this weekend from All In Together.
Kusoge and poverty extraordinaires Fraud Krew will begin their second three-day SawCon online event this weekend, April 1st – 3rd. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organizers are back with another weekend full of panels, streams, watch-a-longs, and online tournaments open for the public to enter. As these are some of the most experienced people in under-represented fighting games, we are here to offer a guide to let spectators (or potential players!) know what they should expect from this weekend’s brackets.
On September 20th, 2006, a 3D fighter called Jingi Storm: The Arcade was officially released for the Sega NAOMI arcade board in Japan. Typically the release of a game is the beginning of the story, but for Jingi Storm it might as well be the end, because leading up to that is a tale of a canceled game, asset purchasing, and supposed involvement of the Japan Amusement Machine and Marketing Association. What happened to make Jingi Storm the game it is and who is the developer Atrativa?