Bison and Geese Howard join forces to hold the "Battle Tournament of
Evil", and fighters from around the world enter for the chance to earn the
title of "The World's Mightiest" and a massive purse of prize money.
During this event, M. Bison and Geese Howard intend on capturing contestants in
the tournament and enslaving them as the elite initiates of an unstoppable
force known as the "Immortal Military". When the fighters find out
about this plan, they strike back against M. Bison, Geese, and their evil
8 unlockable characters!
The Match of the Millennium was hands down the best fighting game to come out
for the Neo Geo Pocket, and if you ask me... one of the best handheld fighting
all time!!! A grand total of 26 characters
from SNK and Capcom have been redrawn in the charming "chibi" art style, and make
up the first ever SNK/Capcom cross-over fighting game. There's also an
impressive variety of modes and match-up options for a portable fighter,
including: 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and
even a solid tag team mode!
The first ever SNK &
Capcom cross-over fighting game!!!
Match of the Millennium's
art and animation is
beautiful, clean, and looks superb for a
handheld... no doubt one of the best looking Neo Geo Pocket Color games, by far!
The gameplay is intuitive, fun, and actually quite deep. Once you learn the
ropes, you'll be performing awesome (and fun) combos with ease, thanks to the
NeoGeo Pocket's excellent D-pad!
The game's story mode presents each character with a "short & sweet"
storyline. There's actually quite
a lot of dialogue to read through in Story Mode, some of which is rather
hilarious (in a good way). In fact, there is more dialogue in this handheld
fighter than in most arcade fighting games at the time of its release...
pretty impressive, SNK.
Some epic extra
mini-games! Sup Miss Kanzuki? <3
Also included in this colorful package are some extra mini-games
that are downright awesome, including a Dance Dance Revolution style
game featuring Felecia, a Ghost & Goblins mini game, a Metal Slug shoot'em up,
and a Samurai Shodown sword-cutting mini game. There's also a ton of entertaining
character cameos thrown into various backgrounds, endings, and story mode
artwork, making Match of the Millennium a must have title for SNK and
Capcom fans alike.
Overall, Match of the Millennium is just a solid package all around. MOTM offers a presentation
and gameplay experience unlike any other fighting game out there, and manages to
be a solid "stand-alone" fighting game. Since the graphical
capabilities are limited,
it seems like the artists behind the game really gave that "extra" effort to
make the game stand out... and it worked.
Match of the Millennium set out to be, it accomplished with flying
colors. SNK VS Capcom: MOTM is an amazing little package. The gameplay is rock solid,
and no doubt complimented by the Neo Geo Pocket Color's superb and enjoyably
"clicky" D-pad. The character roster is surprisingly diverse, and no
doubt impressive for a handheld fighting game (especially in 1999). In fact, MOTM was one of
the best handheld fighters to date, and one of the main reasons to own a NeoGeo
Pocket Color (besides Card Fighters Clash)!
One of my favorite qualities about the game is how every character has his or
original (yet remixed) background music. I also love the artwork in
this game... it's seriously some of the best "chibi" artwork
I've ever seen. If for some reason you think the art style is too "kiddie"
for you, you'll be surprised when it grows on you after playing the game. At the end of the day, The Match
of the Millennium is a badass and "epic" fighting game in
its own right... contrary to its cutesy appearance. ~TFG