The Rumble Fish 2
  

  
STORY: 
The PROBE-NEXUS Corporation. It is a big name conglomerate that is not unheard of in advanced countries. PROBE-NEXUS has had substantial economic influence after the reconstruction of a devastated country. But within the corporation, there is a change needed after the first generation of PROBE-NEXUS' initial creation has passed.


Vlad, the founder of the corporation and its chairman, announced his abrupt retirement for unclear reasons. Rumors passed through the population that he sponsored an underground fighting tournament known as the Fight for Survival, or F.F.S. for short., and they speculated this as the reason for his retirement. Even so, the F.F.S., now in its sixth incarnation, would continue to rage on. Who would be behind the sponsorship this time?

  

The Rumble Fish 2 character selection screen.

   
ABOUT:  Like the first title, The Rumble Fish 2 is a 2D fighter released for the Atomiswave arcade platform in 2005. The sequel brings back the entire cast from the first game and introduces several new characters to the roster, including: Bazoo, Sheryl, Mito, Lud, and Beatrice, for a total of 16 playable characters. The visually intriguing "multi-joint-sprites" animation, progressive battle damage appearing on characters and artwork, and compelling character designs made the first game stand out... and Rumble Fish 2 kicks everything up a few more notches!

 

The Rumble Fish 2 is an awesome-looking fighting game!

 

The core gameplay system from the first game is kept in place, but there are some significant changes. The Offense and Defense gauges have been divided into three sections each, allowing for more usage of Offensive and Defensive Arts, as well as techniques tied to each gauge. An addition to the system is the Boost Dive, which puts each character into a powered-up state according to their style. All returning characters offer some new moves, and some commands have changed.
 

Garnet says watch out Chun-Li!

    
In July 2022, it was announced that The Rumble Fish and The Rumble Fish 2 are finally coming to consoles worldwide in Winter 2022. This will be the first ever western release for both titles. Publisher 3goo and Dimps confirmed the upcoming re-releases are coming this Winter but did not yet specify which systems the games will be releasing on.
  

Bazoo, the bizarrely-shaped behemoth.

 
 

 
                          
 

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Page Updated: September 15th, 2022
Developer(s): Dimps
Publisher(s): Sammy
Platform(s): Arcade, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, XB1, Nintendo Switch, PC
Artwork By: YukinariZ
Release Date(s): March 2005                 Arcade
Dec. 8th, 2022         Steam, PS5, PS4, Xbox X|S, XB1, Switch
Characters Zen Yuzuriha, Garnet, Aran, Boyd, Viren, Orville, Typhon, Kaya, Hikari, Greed, Sheryl, Hazama, Bazoo, Mito, Lud, Beatrice
News Links Sept. 2022:  Rumble Fish 2 Collector's Edition, Launches Dec. 8th

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Related Games: The Rumble Fish, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, BlazBlue, The King of Fighters: Neowave, Art of Fighting 3, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 6, Guilty Gear Isuka, Legend of Raven, Groove On Fight, Xuan Dou Zhi Wang, Tekken 5, Blade Strangers, Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter V, Street Fighter TEKKEN, SoulCalibur 6
  

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Final Words:

The mid 2000s were in a bit of a slump regarding new 2D fighting game releases. Even though Capcom wasn't doing anything at the time, Dimps and Sammy were actually killing it with The Rumble Fish series! I enjoyed playing the original Rumble Fish quite a bit... and I'm glad a sequel actually happened, considering how the first game didn't get a widespread release (but definitely deserved one). However, the sequel was arcade only making it even more rare and difficult to play than the first game!

The newcomers of Rumble Fish 2 definitely add something to the game's colorful roster, and are equally if not more interesting than the original cast in terms of looks and movesets. The updated art style of the sequel, new backgrounds, and new moves make for an even greater presentation and feel over the original title. Once again, the progressive battle damage appearing on the characters in-game (and in artwork) along with the "multi-joint-sprites" give The Rumble Fish 2 a truly original flavor and polish that very few other fighting games have!

Here's an idea: How about somebody releases a compilation pack containing The Rumble Fish and The Rumble Fish 2 for current-gen systems? More fighting game fans should be able to experience The Rumble Fish series. [UPDATE] Yeah, it's happening! On that note, I will finally review this game in 2022. Stay tuned!
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen
 
 

 
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