World Heroes is a 2D fighting game developed in 1992 by ADK
and published by SNK
for the Neo Geo
. Its premise was that a scientist named Dr. Brown created a time machine and used it to organize a martial arts tournament for various historical fighters. Many of the fighters are based on historical figures and fictional characters. The game was mainly dismissed due to its similarities with Street Fighter II
, but received a cult following that spawned three sequels. The game also debuts the two ninjas, Hanzo
(who are similar in terms of Ryu
), who later returned in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
The game was ported to the SNES
in 1993 by SunSoft
, which is considered the best version due to the ability to use a five-button configuration instead of three (Two for punches, two for kicks, and either shoulder button for throwing) while improving button response and retaining everything about the original version. The game was also ported to the Sega Genesis
in 1994 by Sega
, which is considered one of the worst Neo Geo conversions of all time. The original version was released for the Neo Geo CD
with an arranged soundtrack in 1995 and the Wii Virtual Console
on September 28, 2007. The game was also included in the World Heroes Anthology
compilation for the PlayStation 2
and an unlockable game in the SNK Arcade Classics V.1
compilation for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
, and Wii
World Heroes plays like a traditional 2D fighter, using three attack buttons. (one for punches, one for kicks, and one for throws) Holding down the punch or kick button makes the attack stronger while simply tapping the button gives a quick strike.
The game also featured Death Match mode, which significantly changed the arena to include gameplay obstacles. Arenas could have mines or slippery oil covering parts of the arena. The edges of the arenas could even have electric beams or spiked walls.
When released for the SNES Electronic Gaming Monthly Assigned scores of 8,6,6 and 6 with Ed Semrad writing, "...The best part of this game is the death match, where anything goes. It would be nice if there was blood when you hit the spikes though. The play control is good for most of the fighters and the only down point is that it plays slow. Fighting fans who can't afford a Neo will be happy with this one".