The King of Fighters XIII and DoDonPachi Resurrection heading to Europe from Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games, hell-bent on keeping the 2D gaming flag flying in Europe, have announced their upcoming line-up of games for the rest of the year, and among them are the latest instalments in the DoDonPachi and The King of Fighters series.

Both series should hopefully be familiar to those strange gamers among us who hang around the fighting and shooting game scenes, or who just prefer arcade gaming- in fact, if you're interested in DoDonPachi Resurrection you probably already have a copy from Japan with a JP 360 to go with it- but let's just have a quick gander at both of them, and bring you up to speed.

The King of Fighters XIII

While KOFXIII was announced for a US release by Atlus at E3, European gamers were left in the dark if SNK's latest fighter would show up on their shores until now. Utilising the highly-detailed sprite style from KOF XII (which, if you ask the fighting game community, was a bit wonky), this latest instalment brings back a slew of characters- including fan favourites Mai Shiranui, K' and Takuma Sakazaki (well, he's my favourite)- and will also have characters exclusive to the console version, such as Billy Kane. They've also repeatedly promised that the online play will be improved, so let's hope they keep their promise.

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DoDonPachi Resurrection

DoDonPachi Resurrection (known in Japan as DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu), on the other hand, isn't completely out of the blue- Rising Star said that if Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition sold well, they'd consider more shmup releases from crazy developer Cave, and it reached the top of the Xbox 360 budget charts back in Februray- but since the Japanese release was region-locked, it's great to see a game from this venerable shmup series end up on our shores for once. Or, at least, an instalment that you can play with an arcade stick. If you're vaguely familiar with the DDP series, you know what to expect- lots of chaining, insane bullet patterns, and the hidden boss is a massive bee robot- but it's important to note that this one's supposed to be a smidgen easier than the previous instalment, Dai-Ou-Jou (relatively speaking, of course, as DOJ is brutal). Like Deathsmiles, this one also comes with a bonus soundtrack, and the Black Label version of the game will be DLC from day one.

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The King of Fighters XIII will be out in October for PS3 and 360, while shmup fans will have to wait until November for the 360-exclusive DoDonPachi Resurrection. Unless they've already got the Japanese version, in which case they might buy it anyway, because Cave fans don't do things by halves.

Last Updated ( 31 July 2011 )  

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