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SNK Gals Fighters
 

 
STORYThe final year of the millennium, 2000 A.D. A mysterious invitation makes its way to female fighters all over the world. Written therein...  "2000 A.D. The Q.O.F. Tournament opens! This competition's victor shall receive the totally awesome "Reward of K': one wish that is to be granted." 

Yours Truly, The Enigmatic "X"
P.S. "You can only get one wish, so make it count!"
P.S.S. "All who receive this invitation must attend. Or
else! (No guys allowed!)"

What's Q.O.F.? And what is the true identity of "X", sender of the mysterious invitations? At any rate, the excitement is rising! Here now unrolls the greatest (at least scheduled), bare-all (well, not everything) battle of self-interest this country will see!!!
 

"The Enigmatic X"

 
REVIEW
So as the story goes, the "Queen of Fighters Tournament" was organized by Miss X... (whom is actually Iori dressed as a woman). Obviously, the premise of Gals Fighters doesn't take itself seriously at all, and is actually pretty hilarious. Either Iori is just plain weird for dressing as a woman and thinking he could fool the SNK girls, or maybe he's actually an evil genius and has a fetish for watching the SNK ladies fight it out (hey, his plan ended up working, didn't it?) Anyway... onto the review.
 

Too much cute.

 
SNK Gals Fighters
is a 1-on-1 fighting game made exclusively for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. The game features 10 of SNK's most famous female fighters (along with a ton of cameos). Gals Fighters plays most similarly to KOF R-1 & R-2, but features slightly faster gameplay and a friendlier combo system. The gameplay also includes items that players can equip to influence matches, but most of the items actually have no effect on the gameplay. The matches are also 1-on-1, unlike KOF. While the game has an unique premise, Gals Fighters didn't bring a whole lot of justice to the Neo Geo Pocket in terms of innovation, which is unfortunate since the system was already on the decline upon the release of Gals Fighters... 

The NGPC already had a ton of traditional 2D fighting games, all of which based on recognizable SNK franchises like KOF, Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown & Last Blade. Gals Fighters is actually the only "original" fighting franchise to appear on the system (besides SNK VS Capcom: Match of the Millennium, which is more of a crossover than anything else). It would seem that a "girls only" fighting game, with a basic gameplay engine and a silly premise, only has so much mainstream appeal.
 

Iori in drag... too funny. ^o^

 
The simple fact that SNK VS Capcom: Match of the Millennium is a much deeper fighting game and has a significantly bigger, more attractive roster (and came out nearly a year earlier), makes Gals Fighters seem to be more of a joke than anything else. As a big fan of MOTM, I have to say there's not much incentive to play Gals Fighters for any extended period of time.

Visually, Gals Fighters isn't as impressive as some of the older NGPC titles, but what the game lacked in graphics it made up for in personality and humor. No dout hardcore SNK fans will enjoy the funny cut-scenes and all of the "little" extra details they fit into the game. Though Gals Fighters only features female playable fighters, quite a few males actually make cameos in the game, including: Kyo, Ryo, Todo, Takuma, Kensou, Juzo, Goro, & Yashiro. For a die-hard SNK/KOF fan, Gals Fighters is an entertaining title, but as a whole, the game lacks depth and features a pretty small character roster.
 

Well that's one way to do it...

 

  
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Page Updated: September 6th, 2014
Developer(s): Yumekobo
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo Pocket Color
Release Date(s): Jan. 27th, 2000    ()
Feb. 19th, 2000   
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Characters Athena, Akari, Mai, Shermie, Leona, Yuri, Shiki, Nakoruru, Whip, Yuki, Miss X

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Related Games: King of Fighters R-1, King of Fighters R-2, Fatal Fury: 1st ContactMatch of the Millennium, Fatal Fury: 1st Contact, Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny, Samurai Shodown!: Pocket, Samurai Shodown! 2: Pocket, Arcana Heart, Skullgirls
  

Gameplay Engine  6.5 / 10
Story / Theme  6.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  5.5 / 10
Animation  6.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  5.0 / 10
Innovation  6.5 / 10
Art Direction  8.5 / 10
Customization  3.0 / 10
Options / Extras  5.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  5.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.0 / 10
Characters  6.5 / 10
BOTTOM LINE

 6.5 / 10

 

 

Final Words:

SNK Gals Fighters is an interesting little game... and no doubt one of SNK's most obscure fighting games. In my opinion, Gals Fighters doesn't have as much replayability as some others on the system (especially MOTM), but it's possibly a bit more "interesting" than some of the basic ports of SNK's other franchises.

SNK's girls are great and all, but I think Gals Fighters could've been epic if SNK was able to throw in some Capcom gals too! Now that would have made things more interesting. If anything, Gals Fighters definitely should've had a larger character roster. Nonetheless, it's a classic title that any NGPC owner should have in their library.

On that note, SNK Gals Fighters has become somewhat of a collector's item, since it was one of the last games to be released on the system. You'd be lucky to pick up the game for less than $90-$100, still to this day. 
~TFG Webmaster  
 

  
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