My first exposure to fighting games began with the initial purchase of my famiclone console. “Yie Ar Kung- Fu” was probably what introduced me to the genre, although I didn’t really thought about the game as much at that time. It had an interesting concept, although for how minor and limited the content is, the game was as fun as to just clear one loop every now and then. Then the Hummer hit shortly thereafter!
My dear brother brought one day a cartridge with “Mortal Kombat II” on it, which he borrowed from a friend. I really fell for that game! It had a small roaster of interesting characters to pick from, few, but simple combos and a pretty catchy music. When we didn’t knew any better, that game did seem like a masterpiece and I even went to record my own playthought of it on a VHS. The recording was lost however, once we had to return the tape to the person we borrowed it from. It had Disney’s Robin Hood on it and my recording starts shortly after the movie ends. I wonder if that person found it and enjoyed my Scorpion playthrough, with the bonus of a three minute pause for toilet break at Sonya’s stage.
Thinking back about it, the game had a pretty interesting feature – Projectile spam was handled by limiting that type of attack to only two at a time, after which you have to wait a bit for it to recharge. This is probably the only fighting game that I have played with such an implement and I wonder how would modern games of this genre feel like if they did something similar.
My brother brought another bootleg Mortal Kombat game shortly thereafter from some other friend of his, but I don’t remember much about it. It wasn’t as good as the Hummer Team one, what with way more sloppy controls and… the character roaster sucked? I think what contributed to that thought process more than anything was the fact that the sprites were pretty bad. Hmm… I don’t know… I should really try to track down and find this game at some point…
Then I bought my very own cartridge that had “Dragon Ball Z – Super Butoden 2”. Another bootleg classic from Hummer Team alright! This is a game that I learned to beat by just spamming Goku’s dash attack and I’ve never changed my style of play ever since, no matter how many times I go back to it. Projectile spam was not limited and I remember one of my cousins beating it by just crouch- kicking. Like any other Hummer Team fighting game, the hit detection was pretty awful and you could easily pin down an opponent by just timing your attacks well with their recovering animation.
“AV Bishoujo Senshi Girl Fighting” is another game by Hummer Team, but I never had the pleasure of finding it on the market. Man, I wonder how would I have reacted as a kid to it back then… For one thing, it features Hentai Images, which were taken from another game that was on the PC- 98, but I have to be honest, the FC transition makes the images look pretty good nevertheless. As for the game itself, it has the classic Hummer Team fighting necessities that I mentioned earlier. The only difference here is that the A.I. on higher difficulty can quite easily lock you down with combos and prevent you from recovering. Ah, so it’s not so fun when the tides have turned around… Well, that’s easily preventable as long as you avoid direct approach in fights. But really, this game is way harder than other Hummer fighting games when set on highest difficulty. Well, by other I mean that ones that I’ve played so far. I’m looking at you “Kart Fighter”!
This game features all female roaster, with the names of the girls being twisted around by a professional bootleg Chinese flute master. One of Ranma’s attacks remind of of Quan Chi from “Mortal Kombat 4”, which is another game that I really adored back in the days.
I guess it was a “It’s all cute girls and they fight” selling point. Were there any other games like that before this one? Did they fancy cat fight gamesoft during the age of dinosaurs? Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did…