A team of ex-SNK staffers are working on a one-on-one fighter for the SNES called Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter. Yes, you read that right, the SNES.
The project has passed under the radar somewhat, and only came to light thanks to a recent Facebook post regarding the game's playable debut at the Hong Kong Retro Game Expo. The title was demoed on original hardware complete with Capcom Fighter Power joysticks.
The guys behind this venture - now known as Foxbat Corporation - apparently worked on Kizuna Encounter, King of Fighters 98, King of Fighters 2001 and King of Fighters 2002 during their time at SNK, a company famous for its one-on-one brawlers.
Unholy Night will come on a 32MB cartridge - a tiny amount of storage by modern standards, but massive for a SNES game. You can see more screenshots on the game's official site.
Are you interested in picking this one up? Post a comment to let us know.
[source wwg.com, via facebook.com, post76.com]
Any game released on a retro system interests me, and if the price is right I might pick it up
Consider me interested!
If it comes to pal snes and with a good price i'm absolutely interested
Why are they wasting their time making this when they could be working on a Switch version of SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium? The best handheld beat 'em up game ever released?
I'll buy it
Game looks good and I love when homebrew developers go this route, but in this case I wonder why a team of their caliber couldn't just port the game to a system that people actually play and maybe make a living off it.
Although I'd be tempted to change my tune if this got a print run that wasn't just "the 20 or so people on the game's dedicated forum who pre-ordered it the second they could, but you're welcome to buy it at 5x the price in the secondary market."
Looks cool but why not an E-shop port? It would definitely get better sales and exposure.
Like how Nintendo sort of pioneered "official retro " with the VC I hope they can get guys like these to port their games to the VC as some sort of alternative history virtual console
SF Alpha 3 or Pocket Fighter still my favorite.
King of Fighters 98 is probably my favourite fighting game of all time. That said, the SNES was never capable of handling the best of SNK's 16-bit games, so it seems odd to release it on that machine now. I'd rather have a new Neo-Geo quality fighter on a modern machine personally.
The Super NES never dies, it will live on in the hands of the fans who want it's legacy to continue shining. I will keep my eyes on this and maybe get a copy of it someday.
@DanteSolablood You sir, are asking the right questions.
This is a team of FORMER SNK staffers.
There's a very high chance that they don't have the rights to work on an SNK game, yet a remake of a title someone else will own the rights for. That's why they work on a new ip.
They're also not "wasting their time". If you have pleasure and passion doing something, it's not a waste of time. And if the result makes other people happy, it's more then worth their time.
SNES is still my favorite home console. I don't care what genre the game will have in the end - I'll buy it. Even if it's just to support the SNES and to show developers, that titles for the SNES are still bought!
@Rutana You are right, and yeah, it's cool that they're doing this, it's just that some of use want ports of the SNK games so badly!
SNES is still the best. I'd buy this simply to support the idea that people can still develop for this system. Plus it's SNK!
@Rutana Haha, I wasn't being at all serious when I said "wasting their time", I understand passion projects very well (the hours I've spent editing video to hit under 100 views) & I was more hoping people would recognise the game I mentioned.
I do wish them well though, the fact the game already feels familiar is a good sign.
Snes NTSC / 60hz only! Cart please! i'm in!
This looks cool but I think they would be better served as doing this as a eshop port... perhaps if they get good sales?
Looks like fun and if thats from former SNK people - should be a nice collectors item as well.
Can I preorder this
Sign me up! Especially if they decided to really go back to their roots and release it on MVS as well.
Someone who's getting a cMVS for Christmas
I hope someone had the good sense to make sure there wasn't a Coleco Chameleon(or Atari Jaguar) hidden inside the SNES they were using.
This is pretty cool. It will be interesting to see the result of all that cart space. Looks like six characters, at least right now, which is quite thin for a fighting game roster. That could bother some people. Character designs get me thinking about KOF, Guilty Gear and Darkstalkers. Developing for SNES is a strange choice, but perhaps they think there's a good retro market there of SNES fans wanting to buy new cart games. Hopefully, doing it that way will help them develop a small, but loyal following and they can build from that. I wish them luck and hope to see more as the game progresses.
I love all the new, old school, releases. As long as the price is right, count me in.
Jon Talbain, is that you?
Will it be published by a bunch of former Takara staff, too?
Wait, is that 32 megaBIT or 32 megaBYTE? (256mbit)
Even the biggest official SNES games were only 48 megaBIT. Supposedly 96mbit was the absolute limit (with certain Star Ocean translation bootlegs).
Wow! Ironically I have yet to buy my Neo Geo SNK games via the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console! , I really hope importing won`t be necessary. I`m an ardent aficionado of retro gaming.
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