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ブレイカーズ
17 Dec 1996


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Breakers came as a bit of a surprise to everyone concerned, mainly due to the fact that it's quite good. It's very good in fact.
It almost feels like a third party fighting game like this shouldn't be such a success. Even when compared to the trailblazing King of Fighters series Breakers still holds up as technically tight, choke full of visual flair and gameplay innovation. No mean feat for second-raters Visco.
Indeed, the greatest surprise of all is the fact that such a random company managed to come up with a title of this quality, especially considering their other Neo Geo releases. To be fair Andro Dunos (1992), Puzzle de Pon (1995) and Neo Drift Out (1996) are all perfectly decent productions, but none of them caused that much of a stir.
But then came Breakers - a ridiculously fast, playable and entertaining fighting game. Its phenomenal speed, easy chain combos, and ridiculously over-the-top 'Super Moves' hold together so well it almost seems unfair to be critical.
The game was a reasonable success in the arcades, and following its home release on Neo Geo ROM and CD Visco, seemingly in a panic from the game's unexpected success, almost immediately rushed out a near-identical, arcade-only update known as Breakers Revenge, featuring very few changes besides differently coloured backgrounds, one extra character (Saizo) and a few minor gameplay tweaks.
Go for it - as obscure 2D fighting games go, this up there with the best.

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Breakers
ブレイカーズ

NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 21 Mar 1997
Publisher Visco
Product ID NGH-230
Size (cm) 22 x 16.5 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
Brace yourself, because Breakers had a very limited run on Neo Geo, and has since become one of the priciest cartridges for the machine.

Snap-lock Neo Geo case, 210Mbit cartridge, monochrome manual.

Breakers
ブレイカーズ

NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 25 Apr 1997
Publisher Visco
Product ID NGCD-230
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Direct Neo Geo CD port of Visco's hectic fighting game that, just like the ROM cartridge remains a very popular (and expensive) release.

'Neo Geo' stamped CD case, Neo Geo CD disc, booklet, spine card.

 



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