Another SNK classic is coming to Nintendo Switch via Hamster’s ACA NEOGEO line. This time, it’s the company’s unique tokusatsu inspired fighting game King of the Monsters.
Released back in 1991, King of the Monsters pays homage to the tokusatsu genre, specifically kaiju films, taking inspiration from their heavy use of pro-wrestling moves and fight choreography, by playing more like a wrestling game than a 2D fighter. The game even had “ring ropes” in the form of an electrified barrier that actually bounced monsters back. Of course, the expanded 3D playing field also allowed for a lot more interactivity, with buildings and structures being destroyed as the monsters moved around, while certain items could also be used as weapons.
In addition to this, the game takes a page from the original Fatal Fury, allowing for some cooperative play. This time however, both players could play until the final boss, unlike in Fatal Fury where they would have to fight it out for the right to continue after beating an opponent.
ACA NEOGEO King of the Monsters was made available for $7.99 on the Nintendo Switch eShop on January 4, 2018. Prior to this, the title was also released as part of the same line on PlayStation 4.