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ClayFighter 63⅓ is a 2D fighting game developed and published by Interplay for the Nintendo 64 on October 27, 1997. The third game in the ClayFighter series (and the sequel to ClayFighter 2: Judgement Clay), ClayFighter 63⅓ continues the stop-motion clay-based sprite style of the previous games (with higher quality for the next-generation system) while adding a combo system, Super Combos, Claytalities, Parries and multi-layered arenas.
Along with several characters from the first two installments, the game introduces four new characters: Kung Pow (a Chinese chef/martial artist and a racist Asian stereotype), Houngan (an evil Jamaican witch doctor), Sumo Santa (a clone of Santa Claus who happens to be a sumo wrestler), and Dr. Generic Kiln (a mad scientist and the game's main villain). Two other Interplay characters, Earthworm Jim and Boogerman guest star as playable fighters. Michael Buffer voices the game's announcer.
The game started life under the title Clayfighters 3 for the ill fated M2 console. After the cancellation of M2 the game was separated into two versions: One, 63 1/3 for the N64 and another titled Clayfighter Extreme for the Playstation. The Playstation version was canceled for unknown reasons, however given the dismal review scores of 63 1/3 PS gamers may have dodged a bullet.
During development a host of characters and some stages were dropped from the game. Specifically Nintendo had a problem with one character named Hobocop who was a booze drinking crime fighting hobo. Nintendo adamantly refused to allow the character in the game and so he was cut. The reason for the other fighters being cut is unknown, although it was probably done to save time.
An enhanced version of the game, with the removed character (minus the aforementioned Hobocop), titled ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut, was released on May 1, 1998 as a rental-only exclusive for Blockbuster Video shops. Its limited distribution made it one of the rarest North America Nintendo 64 games of all time.