After 17 years, The Rumble Fish 2, which has long languished on Japanese arcades since 2005, is now releasing in the West this winter. While it might not be as big of a deal as Arcade1Up releasing the X-Men 4-player cabinet or Clockwork Aquario being released after 27 years, The Rumble Fish 2's release should still make arcade fans sit up and take notice. Why? Well, it's made by Dimps, and the game is still being played in arcades and tournaments in Japan, which is a very promising sign. Let's take a closer look at it, shall we?
Why should I get excited over The Rumble Fish 2?
The Rumble Fish 2 is an old game, and as such, this new re-release is bringing some new enhancements and features. These range from a widescreen 16:9 mode to a brand new Practice Mode that players can train in before getting beat up by other players all around the world. Before the beatings commence, the Practice Mode should help players prepare for their eventual beatdown by allowing the AI to be customized, which will hopefully give even experienced players a challenge. The game will also have rollback netcode, which is rapidly becoming a requirement (if it wasn't already) for any fighting title that wants to be taken seriously.
And if you're a hardcore player, you'll be pleased to know that you'll find The Rumble Fish 2 character art, music, behind-the-scenes production materials, and more in the new Gallery mode, which lets you take in this old-school fighter's unique aesthetic at your leisure. Nice.
The Rumble Fish 2 will release in the West on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, and PC this winter.
Want to see what The Rumble Fish 2 is all about? Check out the story trailer below!
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