Video Game: Fighting Layer

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Fighting Layer was developed in 1998 by game company Arika and published by both Arika and Namco as an attempt to create a similar game to Arika and Capcom's modest-success, Street Fighter EX, without having it tie in with the game's Excuse Plot or the Capcom-owned characters. The game includes Allen Snider and Blair Dame, both characters from the first EX game. Debuting with this series:
  • Tetsuo Kato, Spirited Competitor
  • George Jensent, police officer
  • Hong Gillson, Tae Kwon Do specialist
  • Lan Yinghua, high school student
  • Janis Luciani, weapon-toting assassin
  • Exodus, hardcore heel pro-wrestler
  • Shang Fenghuang, thief and self-taught fighter
  • Jig Jid Bartol, Mongolian sumo wrestler
  • Sessyu Tsukikage, ninja
  • Cappricio, tribal Witch Doctor

Along with them are three unlockable bosses:
  • Joe Fendi, boxer and ex-prize fighter
  • Clemence Keliber, legendary power wrestler
  • Preston Ajax, shell shocked cyborg

As well as unplayable characters:

The game played similar to Street Fighter EX but with the addition of multiple ways of getting to the Final Boss (the stage progression is mapped out with multiple routes converging at several areas).

The game was only released in Japanese arcades and none of the characters were ever featured in another Arika or Namco property. It's rare for someone (even in Japan) to know about the game, let alone have played it. So yeah, it's a little bit obscure.


This game provides examples of: