A series of fighting games developed for the Neo Geo
by ADK. Imagine Hattori Hanzo, Kotaro Fuma, Rasputin, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Bruce Lee, Hulk Hogan, and a Nazi super-cyborg coming together and battling each other for the right to fight an alien shapeshifter bent on taking over the world. That's World Heroes
in a nutshell; a one-on-one fighter built around No Celebrities Were Harmed
versions of historically famous people beating the snot out of each other.
While initially largely derivative of Street Fighter
, which explains its complete lack of longevity, it developed some interesting gimmicks later on by Jet
. There was also a slew of Rule of Cool
involved in the character selection; the sequels added even more thinly-veiled historical personages, including characters based on Captain Kidd, Erik The Red, Joe Montana, Lu Bu
and Jack The Ripper, as well as generic witch-doctor Mudman for some reason.
Unfortunately, cool characters and gimmicks weren't enough to make the series stand out, and it languished into obscurity. The only appearance it made ever since was in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
, where Hanzo, Fuuma, and Mudman were playable characters and 2
and Perfect Big Bad
Dio was one of the bosses (in his form from Perfect
, Neo Dio.)
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