Obscure Fighting Games That Are Worth Some Attention

The mid-1990s were a pretty special time in gaming. The PlayStation was everywhere, and mod chips were becoming common. This opened me up to a world of crazy-ass import games. Since I happened to have something of a budget that I could put toward acquiring and reviewing imports, I went out of my way to just buy stuff that looked interesting to me... like 2D fighting games starring anime high-school girls. 
 
These days, import games are rarely this cool, I guess because the Japanese market isn't what it used to be, and anything that has half a chance of being appealing to the US audience makes it over here in some form, usually simultaneously.

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Posted by kerikxi

Sweet, somebody else actually remembers Robo Pit!

Edited by ahoodedfigure

*newly educated*

Posted by BagManForHire

man i remember wishing for tobal 2 to come out in the us and playing the hell out of tobal 1

Posted by MasturbatingBear

I was wondering if you would include Asuka 120% special burning fest. But its your number 1. Nice. Id like to try it out.

Posted by BlainN

Is this only for imports?  If not, is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure worth some attention?

Edited by blackhrt86

Heh forgot about Waku Waku 7. Every time my friend suggested we play it I couldn't help think about Fozzy Bear. "Waka waka waka!"
 
Mauru FTW
 
But yeah my friends and I have been on some Akatsuki Blitzkampf and Big Bang Beat lately!

Posted by DoctorSensei

To this day, I'm amazed at just how much of a step forward Tobal 2 was to Tobal No. 1. Not only was it a great fighting game, but it had that insane dungeon/adventure mode where you could unlock even weirder playable characters. Fighting as a Chocobo was pretty crazy.

Posted by leecanread

Daraku Tenshi: Fallen Angels needs to be mentioned. Probably the darkest and grimiest 2d fighter, more so than Groove On Fight. Really high production values and good animation with large well rendered sprites. A couple of characters from it were used as the basis for K' and Maxima in KoF '99, I think because there was some exodus of employees to SNK from Psykio, the company that made it. Released only in arcades.

Posted by Eder

Waku waku 7 rocks

Edited by TobyD81

Waku Waku 7! That game is awesome. Don't know much about Groove on Fight, but what I like even more than the title is military uniforms with underboob.

Edited by Linkyshinks
@leecanread:  
 
I agree entirely, (Battle K -Road too), but I think he's going the console route, and the game was never brought to console.  
 
 Astra Superstars is another arcade game that did come to console though.  Rabbit on Saturn could also be included. And definitely Sonic Council: 
 
  
  
 
Waku Waku 7 is one of my favourites, I've got it on both Neo Geo and Saturn. 
Posted by Winternet

Waku Waku isn't obscure. Unless you are only referring to Waku Waku 7. I can't say which is which in the Waku Waku series.

Posted by MistaSparkle

Where's the Def Jam: Icon ! lol
Posted by Mezmero

You're probably not a fan but what were your feelings on Psychic Force?  I actually liked those games because when throwing a fireball gave you a great feeling in most classic fighters, those games encouraged you to throw big ass energy blasts often.  I imagine that sounds like a DBZ philosophy but sometimes a lot of flash is fun.

Posted by moomoofarm7

Add Eternal Champions

Posted by Aureoloss

anyone heard of rival schools?

Posted by The_Infamous_C4

no jackie chan, id assume you no longer consider it obscure.

Posted by Azzystyle

@kerikxi said:

Sweet, somebody else actually remembers Robo Pit!

I spent hours and hours as a kid playing to finally get that crown icon next to my robot.

All hail Robo King master.

Posted by BLKZOMBIE

You forgot Eternal Champions, duh!

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Always needs more Last Blade 2, and possibly Matrimelee, Rage of the Dragons, and Rumble Fish. But those sort of have a link to popular games at this point.