Ex-SNK Developers Are Working on a New Fighting Game–for the Super Famicom

By on December 13, 2016 at 10:00 am
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At the recent Hong Kong Retro Game Expo ’16, an interesting new fighting game was on display. Called Unholy Night, the game was developed by former SNK staff who previously worked on games such as Kizuna Encounter, The King of Fighters ’98, The King of Fighters 2001, and The King of Fighters 2002. While this may sound somewhat intriguing already, the really interesting thing is that Unholy Night is being developed for the Super Famicom.

Now for those who may not know or recall, the Super Famicom was the Japanese version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. With the system being the first to see a home port of Street Fighter II, the SNES was arguably the first console where many players got to experience fighting games at home.

Now, Unholy Night isn’t the first example of a new game being developed on an older “dead” console. Many hobbyists and retro gaming enthusiasts do go out of their way to create games on these older consoles. Additionally, Hong Kong based console peripheral company Blazepro also seems to have some involvement in Unholy Night.

As for Unholy Night itself, the game features 6 playable characters and 3 attack buttons mapped to B, A, and X. Meanwhile the Y, L and R buttons are tied to a mystery feature (the movecard labels it with a “?”). The game itself is set to release in February of 2016 using a 32 MB cartridge.

In the meantime, check out these photos of the game at the event from Richard Wan.

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Sources: Vincent Wan; SRK Forums

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