Video Game Reviews Kizuna Encounter Arcade

In the latter half of the 1990s, Capcom had the serious upper hand in the world of 2D fighting games. Around 1996, Capcom did something that was both inevitable and unthinkable. In the early 1990s, Capcom released a series of 2D fighting games. Around 1995, Capcom had decided to reboot to the popular “Street Fighter” series. It would start the creation of the “Street Fighter Alpha” series.

At the same time, Capcom created and published the game called “X-Men: Children of the Atom.” The X-Men: COTA game was similar to Street Fighter Alpha. But, the game had notable characters from the Marvel Comics series called “X-Men.” Afterwards, Capcom would release “Street Fighter Alpha 2” around 1997. Before that, Capcom did release “Marvel Super Heroes.” Marvel Super Heroes was like X-Men: COTA. But, it had characters from the Marvel Universe present.

And then, there was the unthinkable: X-Men and Street Fighter came together. X-Men vs. Street-Fighter was made. That game had brought forth much popularity. However, the rival video game company called SNK was paying very close attention. For the longest time, Capcom and SNK were rivals in the world of 2D fighting games. SNK made several decent fighting games; but, the rest could not really compete with the might of Capcom.

This is where “Kizuna Encounter” comes in. SNK had taken note of the popularity of X-Men vs. Street Fighter. It would be SNK’s answer to Capcom’s X-Men vs. Street Fighter. However, the game was not that popular. It seemed that SNK thought more about quantity rather than quality.

• Storyline: B-

The storyline of Kizuna Encounter had somewhat of an all right base. However, the storyline seemed to be an upgrade of its predecessor “Savage Reign.” So far, the nation of Jipang is under oppression by a person named King Lion. A bunch of fighters come together in order to free Jipang from Lion’s oppressive rule. Also, this story seems to take place many years in the future after where “Fatal Fury” has left off. It is revealed that the game takes place after the Battle of the Beast God Tournament.

• Characters: C

From what I have seen, the characters were all right but not great. There seemed to be nothing really special about the characters at all. It would seem that the characters had come from a martial arts B-movie.

The characters are: Sho Hayate, Max Eagle, Gozu, Mezu, King Lion, Gordon, Chung, Joker, Rosa, Kim Sue Il, and Jyazu. Kim is a newcomer who uses a combination of Tae Kwon Do and bojutsu. He seems to be a descendant of Kim Kaphwan from King of Fighters.

• Graphics: C-

The graphics of the game were not really that great. It would be one of the reasons that Capcom has always had somewhat of an upper hand on SNK when it comes to 2D fighting games for the most part.

• Game Play: C

The game play of Kizuna Encounter was fairly mediocre for the most part. Like X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Kizuna Encounter uses a tag-team style method of combat. However, there is a catch. Even if one person on the team is knocked out, the match is over. In short, there is really nothing interesting about Kizuna Encounter’s game play.

• Overall: C

Kizuna Encounters is not much appealing at all. SNK’s answer to X-Men vs. Street Fighter did not deliver at all. There is nothing special about the game. It is hard to find a copy with the decline of arcades across North America. If you have an arcade emulator, you can always download the game ROM.