Virtua Fighter 2 Coming to Mobile Phones (Hopefully in playable form)
I'll skip the Chop Chop Master Onion reference.
Abare, LTE, sabaki, these terms mean anything to you? If so, then you might be interested in this next bit of news.
The other day, I mentioned how Action Hero 3D was pushing the limits of cell phone gaming technology; well, Kotaku reports that SEGA's coming out with a game that maybe isn't quite as technically impressive but definitely has a lot more brand power behind it. If nothing else, it's a sign that there's one more publisher out there who's taking the mobile realm seriously.
Screens released on Game Watch and SEGA's official site show that it's not really up to par with the Saturn version of the game, but at the very least, looks better than the ill-advised and barely functional Genesis version that was released in late '97. Virtua Fighter, if you don't know, is probably the most technical 3D fighter around. It's one of those rare games where it's not uncommon for even the top players to only be proficient with a single character just because there's so much to know for each individual one. It's the game that inspired Team Ninja leader, Tomonobu Itagaki, to create the popular Dead or Alive series -- which, ironically, prides itself on its casual appeal. Known for his somewhat controversial stance on the Tekken series (among other things), he's had nothing but good things to say about Virtua Fighter since its inception, and if you can get on this guy's good side, you've gotta be doing something right.
If mobile gaming really wants to progress though, it's going to have to introduce some better controls. There's no way this thing's going to be playable on a level any greater than button mashing on a conventional keypad.