Top 5 Strangest Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat Clones
In a genre filled with cheap imitators and horrible controls, it was difficult to narrow down the top strangest fighting games to just five. But after hours of debate and decades of painful memories of these games, somehow, we made it. The following are the top five strangest Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat clones.
5. 3D Ballz: The Battle of the Balls (Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, 3DO, 1994)
As you can guess, the game didn't sell all too well. However, that can be blamed on the poor marketing that was given to the game. One ad even had a Christmas tree made up of balls that are similar to the ones in the game, which read: "Tell your mom you want Ballz for Christmas." Now that's awkward.
4. Kasumi Ninja (Atari Jaguar, 1994)
However, the greatest thing that came out of Kasumi Ninja is the "kilt guy," Angus MacGreggor. The character is stylishly violent. One of his moves involves him rapidly punching his opponent's head, decapitating him with a kick, and headbutting his head while it's airborne. However, the most impressive move of his involves him shooting a fireball from beneath his kilt. That's right. He can perform a crotch fireball, making Ken and Ryu's Hadouken look lame in comparison.
3. Strip Fighter II (Turbo Grafix 16)
2. Way of the Warrior (3DO, 1995)
Friends played the roles of the fighters, costumes were made with whatever they could find, and all the character footage was filmed in Rubin's apartment. It's amazing to see that Naughty Dog has gone such a long way, and is now one of the greatest modern-day game development studios. It's also funny that Way of the Warrior is nowhere to be seen on Naughty Dog's official site.
1. Tattoo Assassins (unreleased, 1994)
Tattoo Assassins is the now-defunct Data East's answer to Mortal Kombat. Spearheaded by Bob Gale (who you may know as the screenwriter for Back to the Future) and partner Joe Kaminkow. In order to topple Mortal Kombat off of its throne, Tattoo Assassins tired to 1-up its competition in any way conceivable. Heck, the title screen for the game claimed that it had over 2,196 fatalities. And believe me, some of these fatalities are ridiculous. Heck, ridiculous is an understatement here. For example, you can morph your enemies into geishas or cats, drop a Delorean on top of your opponent's head, burn your opponent with a stream of fire coming from your ass, nudalities, and even shit out plates of roasted turkey that'll knock out your opponent. Yeah, seriously.
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