While there are probably dozens of SNK fighter games, there are really only a few that actually strike a chords with the masses. King of Fighters is up there along with what we have here, Samurai Shodown. Disclaimer: The is the first Samurai Shodown game that I’ve put any decent time into. I’ve played a round or two of the sequels, sure, but not enough to make a judgement. Therefore, no matter how improved they may be, I can’t hold it against the original. This is my unclouded opinion of Samurai Shodown.
When it comes to side scrolling shoot em ups, Last Resort probably isn’t going to be the first game you think of. Most people would go for Pulstar or, my new personal favourite Neo Geo game, Blazing Star. Last Resort was an early attempt to diversify the library of the fighter heavy Neo Geo system and its early release kind of shows in the same sort of way Alpha Mission 2 does. But does that make it a game to dismiss? Let’s find out.
It’s safe to say the Switch is on a complete roll at the minute. Indie games are coming out at a rate of knots and one of the latest is Phantom Trigger, Tiny Build’s second published game after Mr. Shifty. The two games are not dissimilar, either. Phantom Trigger is a hack n slash beat ‘em up that oozes style, with its dark and brooding mysterious atmosphere and its all out action.
Gunbarich is an odd one. Not only in name but gameplay too. It’s a breakout style game with bullet hell shooter elements thrown in. It’s a strange mix but one that surprisingly blends well. Originally an arcade game from Psikyo, it’s now ported to the Switch thanks to Zerodiv.