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KING OF THE MONSTERS
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キング・オブ・ザ・モンスターズ
TM 1991, SNK
©Takara Amusement co.Ltd 1992
©Takara co.Ltd 1992.
Release: 1992-07-31 (¥8800)
Cartridge SHVC-KM
Fighting game

American Version
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Released in America as
THE KING OF MONSTERS
( SNS-KM-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as THE KING OF MONSTERS
( SNS-KM-XXX )
King of the Monsters is the conversion of the unusual fighting game released by SNK for their Neo Geo Arcade system in 1991. Four giant monster beasts, highly inspired by those classic Toho Japanese TV shows aired in the 70s, battle to decide who will finally take over the world. Each monster has, of course, its own set of special attacks and moves. Geon is a big lezard (somehow Godzilla like), Astro guy is a human shaped hero (an interesting mix of Ultra Man and Captain America), Beetle Mania is a humanoid insect and finally Rocky is a sort of stone-like monster. Each battle is a one-on-one fight against another giant monster controlled by the system. And each one of them take place in a different location in Japan. Various ground elements such as cars, buildings and other famous Japanese landmarks can of course be destroyed. Some broken pieces of the background can even be used against the other opponent. Each area is also surrounded by an electric field that can be used as a weapon, without forgetting the human army trying to stop the monsters with the help of tanks and other weapons. Each monster has a list of regular attacks (including punches, kicks and jumps), a projectile attack (like fireballs or rocks) and also feature an interesting selection of traditional wrestling moves that can be upgraded using hidden power-ups. A two simultaneous player mode is also available.
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This Super Famicom version of King of the Monsters is quite close to the original Neo geo title... However, two playable monsters are sadly missing - the slimy Poison Ghost and the giant King Kong like monkey named Woo are nowhere to be seen. The other missing option is the ability for two players to fight two monsters at the same time.


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King of the Monsters is definitively an unusual title. This Super Famicom conversion is more than correct - graphics are colored and detailed and the animation is very smooth. Music and sound effects also fit the game well. My only complaint would go for the controls, they feel a bit stiff and moves can be tricky to achieve. Also, the single player mode gets you to only fight the four monsters twice. Other non-playable monsters would have been somewhat welcome. Despite these, King of the Monsters is a fun title, even if dated compared to today's standards.




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