Ex-SNK Devs Develop New Fighting Game for… Super Nintendo

Ex-SNK Devs Develop New Fighting Game for… Super Nintendo

Unholy Night is a new fighter for Super Famicom. Yep.

At this weekend's Retro.HK, the Hong Kong Vintage Game Expo, a small team of developers showed off their new fighting game, Unholy Night. The twist? Unholy Night is a fighting game developed for Super Famicom. Not on Virtual Console or an emulator, the developer intends to release the game on a physical cartridge.

Image via Men Logic.

Information on the game has popped up a few places. NeoGAF user Hayama Akito pointed to a Facebook post made by a person who played Unholy Night and Hong Kong site Men Logic did an entire article on the game. Unholy Night was shown off at the Expo on a Super Famicom Naizou TV SF1, which is a Sharp CRT with a Super Famicom built-in, and a pair of Capcom Fighter Power Sticks.

The developers, known as Foxbat, previously worked on games like Kizuna Encounter, Art of Fighting, King of Fighters 98, King of Fighters 2001, and King of Fighters 2002. While most Super Famicom/Super Nintendo titles topped out around 16 Megabit (4 Megabytes), Unholy Night is planned as a 32 Megabit cartridge. The game seems reminiscent of Darkstalkers, with half of the roster of six being monster hunters, while the other half are monsters themselves. The developer hopes to have the game done in Winter, but it's unclear if that's early in 2017, or next year.

Unholy Night isn't the first game to be released new on an older system. Pier Solar found a home on the Dreamcast in 2015, in addition to more modern platform versions. That title's publisher also funded another Dreamcast game, Elysian Shadows. There's also a ton of indie titles that emulate the 8-bit or 16-bit experiences. That said, Unholy Night is the first time in a long time where I've seen a new game on Super Famicom itself.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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