Veteran publisher Interplay has announced plans to remaster the amusing 16-bit title ClayFighter - and its sequels - for a new audience.
The original ClayFighter was released on the SNES in 1993 - arguably the height of Street Fighter II's popularity - and gave the one-on-one brawler a humorous slant. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis in 1994.
A sequel - ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay - would arrive on the SNES in 1995, while ClayFighter 63⅓ launched on the N64 two years later. Another edition - called the ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut - was a rental-only release in North America, and is one of the rarest N64 titles. The hook of the series - aside from the jokes - was the fact that the visuals were digitised claymation models.
Interplay has confirmed that all previous titles will be remastered, and that it is working with the entirely unknown Drip Drop Games on the development process. New mechanics are going to be introduced - such as double-jumping, counters and unique super moves - all elements which have become largely commonplace in the genre since ClayFighter's heyday.
The first remaster is expected in 2016 on the PC, and will also boast HD visuals and improved sound. There's an outside chance that the games could also find their way to consoles - it would make sense, seeing as the originals were console-only - but time will tell.
Would you be interested seeing ClayFighter getting a second lease of life? Sound off in the comments and be sure to remind yourself of what this game looked like all the way back in 1993 by watching the video below.
Hope this is not just PC. Later I hope it gets released to some consoles.
What has Kirby started?
So, Celebrity Deatmatch sans the death and celebrities?
Didnt know Interplay was still around, I just remember them from all the Descent games on PC way back when.
Dude, this was always such a fun game. I always liked playing as Ichabod Clay!
Clayfighter was the second SNES game I got iirc. (After bundled SF2 Turbo).
Fingers crossed for Wii U/3DS release!!! (I know i know, probably only Wii U if at all likely)
Didn't play it it then, and I doubt I would now.
You know what that means? The Blob will still be the best character but now in HD.
A couple of years ago Interplay announced it was going to put a remastered Clayfighter on the DSI. This was in Nintendo Power magazine. That never happened. Why should I believe Interplay now.
Anyone remember this Nintendo Power article?
If anything, this led to the new Kirby. Clayfighter predates Kirby's clay style by about two decades.
I thought this franchise was, essentially, "lost," so I'm interested to see it return again.
Found what Interplay said in 2009 about a DSI game http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/09/16/interplay-to-update-clayfighter-for-wii-nintendo-dsi I am not blaming Damien but I am really taking this with a grain of salt.
I never played Clayfighter, so I don't really know what to think about this - except that I think it's uncool to not confirm a release on its' original home territory. Or were any of the Clayfighter games released on non-Nintendo consoles?
Wait didn't they say they were going to remake this game a long time ago, why did they finally started now?
@Eisenbolan I was waiting to see if any news at all would surface about anything on that Clayfighter remake and the only remake that I got for DSi was that Earthworm Jim remake (by Gameloft, which was good). Once the 3DS and Wii U was on their way I was for sure they cancelled the Clayfighter remake, but now they say it's still coming. I guess the limitation of Wii Ware and DSiWare may be the cause of them not possible back then. Also sad that I can't transfer that Earthworm Jim remake to the 3DS like Zenonia and The Four Swords: Anniversary Edition, damn you Nintendo and Gameloft.
Whoa, that came out of nowhere. I used to have tons of fun with this game at my cousin's house, before I got my own SNES. Will certainly be interested to check this out if it comes to Wii U.
Could be interesting. I always found the actual gameplay the earlier games featured to be somewhat underwhelming but I think I'll still keep my eye on this one.
I stood up at my desk at work and screamed. Yeah, I'm a fan.
Woah, Interplay still exists? They were THE publisher of the 90s.
I rented the main ones for their respective consoles back in the day and they never lived up to MK2 or SF2. I'm not good enough at any of my other current fighting games to warrant buying another one yet!
I wonder if we get a Rise of the Robots or Tuff E Nuff remake next!
or perhaps Amiga classic: Body Blows
I would definitely play the N64 games remastered again. I always liked 63 1/3, and have pretty fun memories of Sculptors Cut. The SNES original was really frustrating to me though. Never got the hang of it.
Please come to Wii U. It only makes sense to come to a Nintendo console!
@Shiryu Are you kidding me? Earthworm Jim for the win. Clay Fighters 63&1/3 was the bomb. Hope it comes to Wii U!
Loved these when I was a kid. I wouldn't be interested now, but there are probably a lot of people that would be on board.
Clayfighter 64 was the subject of one of the funniest reviews in the UK's N64 Magazine, if anyone remembers?
Or were any of the Clayfighter games released on non-Nintendo consoles?
Only the Genesis.
I remember loving the SNES versions, but not liking the N64 version nearly as much. I think the clay visuals were great on SNES, but on N64 I remember them looking grainy and ugly, and the characters feeling too large for the screen. But that's a pretty vague memory. It might just be that the novelty of the original was lost in the N64 version.
I hope not, clay fighter sucked big time.
why do you assume that a game that once sucked (in your opinion) can't be improved enough to make it an actual good game? and surely a game that does suck is more in need of a remake than a game that was originally good?
While the series gets an "A" in presentation, the gameplay was rather bland. I had the original game, but never really played it that much.
I believe I rented this game at some point when I was a kid but seeing as I am not too big on fighters other than Smash I doubt I will purchase it today despite having relatively good memories with it.
They should bring back Claymates while they're at it.
Woah, do they still have higher-res assets for these games? That would be amazing, especially if it comes to WiiU
I played 63 1/3 quite a bit back in the day. I even remember making a comic of the Blob and the Taffy guy. Sumo Santa always made me laugh - Santa's going to sit on your lap!
I never really liked the Clayfighter games. I know they're not meant to be taken seriously but if you're gonna do a fighting game you really need to have solid mechanics.
I never really liked the series. I was a SF2 fan and I also really liked the Neo-geo fighters (Samurai Showdown, World Heroes, King of Fighters).
@rjejr game came out way before that show.and yes there was death. clayaities is what they was called
@slim80 - "clayaities"
Now I want to play it just for that. Hopefully the remasters come to consoles.
What about finishing that DSi ware game but making it to a 3DS ware game
I just want more fighters on the 3DS and Wii U...
@Quorthon Who knows, the developers of Rainbow Curse may have been inspired on some level by ClayFighter, but GrailUK's point seems to the that the timing of this announcement suggests that the release of the new Kirby game may be a factor in Interplay making that announcement now. Or, possibly, at all. Of course, given that Interplay has been struggling for years, has managed little in the last decade beyond putting some of its old games on Steam and GOG and their last announced revival of ClayFighter never materialized, it's better not to get too excited about this announcement until Interplay has something concrete to share.
I also liked Claymates.
I owned the original on the Genesis and played it quite a lot, despite not typically enjoying fighters. The humor, characters, and art style really made the game stand out. I never played the N64 games but I spent copious amounts of time drawing detailed sketches of all the characters. If this remake comes to WiiU, I'll almost definitely pick it up.
Heh, everyone always disses ClayFighter whenever it's mentioned in any size, shape or form, often by people who haven't even played any of the games. Oh well. The original game, while a pretty fresh memory from my childhood, is pretty floaty and dull. Dunno if I'll even bother, even with my nostalgia.
The N64 version (not the butchered Blockbuster rental version), however, is still pretty slick and action-packed to this day, with an awesome combo system that was pretty much the last hurrah for that kind of combo gameplay. I'd pick up a remastered version of that in a snap. Let's hope that it'll appear somewhere down the road.
Also hope Interplay (or, Interclay?) have got some plans to re-release the platformer Claymates for the SNES, because that was a pretty sweet and original platformr that nobody ever seems to talk about these days.
@GrailUK What do you mean by that? Kirby hasn't started anything.
I remember liking these games, but can't remember how good they actually were. Super Smash Bros is my fighting game of choice these days anyway.
so many good memories staying up late playing this on snes- day one buy for me just for nostalgia purposes
Bad Mr. Frosty! The coolest snowman around.
@Captain_Gonru - All the nostalgia is making me nostalgic for Daria.
This gif would probably work better in the gold Mario amiibo thread but oh well:
Best remaster news since a Zelda remaster
I'd be most excited for the Clayfighter 63 1/3 remaster, 'cuz that one had Earthworm Jim!
Had a laugh with mates playing this on snes back in the day
Gamed it way back when on the snes, not sure if it'd hold out today.. For the right price? Definitely under $5 or that's a no go for this guy.
If Interplay is smart, they'll port Tournament Edition as well as the original. It says "all previous titles" so hopefully that includes TE.
The same applies to Sculptor's Cut, moreso in fact, due to its rarity.
I'd prefer to see a VC re-release but o well...
Oh man, I loved this game on SNES and was just thinking about how much I'd love to play it again the other day.
The first one on the SNES wasn't that good.
I'm not trusting anything Interplay says until they actually do something that proves they don't just exist in some kind of weird broken-down limbo begging for cash these days. It's really unprofessional that Clayfighter for DSiWare and Descent for WiiWare were never officially cancelled and are in fact still listed as coming soon on their website, the same website that now all of a sudden claims they're remaking the Clayfighter trilogy for PC.
It would be great to see this come back in 1080p but without any changes to the gameplay. I'd like to think that they've still got all the original photography hanging around which would make a truly HD version possible.
This clay style always looks ace, just like with that new brawler coming out this year, Raging Justice, which has a similar look.
I doubt Kirby had anything to do with this announcement. It's far more likely to be just coincidental timing and nothing else.
Frankly, I didn't even realize Interplay was still around, but if they've been putting stuff on GOG, for instance, it was probably natural that they'd get around to Clay Fighter at some point where talk of revisiting old franchises is concerned. This talk was probably happening for months behind the scenes and there's also Armikrog to consider concerning clay-centric games.
My point was more that to jump to the conclusion of "New Kirby inspired" is just not supportable beyond simple coincidence. Revivals seem to be a growing part of modern gaming, with titles like Grim Fandango, Punch-Out, Killer Instinct, and the like all making recent come-backs.
For Clay Fighter, it was probably just a matter of time.
Anddddddd... it never happened.
So when is this happening? You said this was confirmed, and it's been several years now
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