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Pocket Fighter / Super Gem Fighter Mini mix
 
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REVIEWPocket Fighter (known in Japan as Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix) is a 2D fighting game featuring Capcom characters from several different franchises... but not exactly how you remember them. Each of the fighters have been transformed into ulta-cute "super deformed" chibi versions, some of which coming straight out of Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo.
 

A charming and catchy art style.

 
Pocket Fighter's gameplay can be summed up as fast, addicting, and simply hilarious at times. There are four buttons: Punch, Kick, Special, and Taunt. In addition to the standard special and super moves, each adorable lil' fighter character can activate "Flash Combos" and "Costume Combos". These special combos are 4-hits long, and most of which have a character to transform into various "costumes" during the length of the combo. Naturally, most of the "costumes" the cast changes into are actually cameos of other characters spanning the Capcom universe. Epic fan service for Capcom fans! Players also collect gems during battle to help fill up their super combo and special move meters.

The "Special" button activates a chargeable, unblockable move and if connected will cause the opponent to drop a significant amount of gems. The longer the Special button is charged, the more gems will be dropped on impact. Players can also cause specific color gems to drop from the enemy depending on which directional button is held when "Special" is pressed. Overall, Pocket Fighter has a deeper gameplay system than some players might expect and can actually be pretty fun. 
 

Felicia somehow learned that from Blanka.

 
Pocket Fighter also shows off some solid graphics for a 2D fighter, and is quite flashy at times. There's always a ton of action going on during battle, with cool projectiles, special effects, and other visual artistry that hasn't been done before in a 2D fighter. Besides the combo costume cameos (say that 5 times), there are also a ton of character cameos that can be seen in the beautiful hand-drawn backgrounds, ranging from some lesser known characters from the likes of Warzard, to a handful of your favorite Street Fighter and Darkstalkers icons.

Don't let the "kiddie" look fool you, Pocket Fighter is a through-and-through Capcom fighter that no 2D fighting game fan should miss. It doesn't have the most technical gameplay system out there, but all of the 2D fighting fundamentals are in place (and why even take it seriously enough to talk about the gameplay that much?)... Pocket Fighter is obviously a "casual" fighting game with entertainment value at the forefront. As you can see, the character roster is pretty small, but it's very easy to get into in play once you learn the movelists. 
 
 

 
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Page Updated: June 18th, 2015
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Artwork by: Shima Maeda
Edayan  
(minor artwork)
L. George  
(secret file cover)
Platform(s): Arcade, Sega Saturn, Wonderswan, Playstation, PS2 (in SF: Anniversary Collection), PSN
Release Date(s): Sept. 1997               ( Arcade)
June 11th, 1998    
( PS1)
July 1st, 1998        
( PS1)
July 9th, 1998
         ( Saturn)
Apr. 6th, 2000       
( Wonderswan)
May 25th, 2006     
( PS2 in SFA: Anthology)
June 13th, 2006     
( PS2 in SFA: Anthology)
July 7th, 2006        
( PS2 in SFA: Anthology)
Feb. 8th, 2011        
(PSN)
Characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sakura, Morrigan, Lei Lei, Felicia, Tessa, Zangief, Ibuki, Dan, Akuma

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Related Games: Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3: New Generation, Street Fighter Alpha, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Match of the Millennium, Darkstalkers, Red Earth
  

Gameplay Engine  8.0 / 10
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.5 / 10
Animation  8.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  8.5 / 10
Art Direction  9.5 / 10
Customization  7.0 / 10
Options / Extras  7.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  8.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  7.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  7.5 / 10
BOTTOM LINE

 8.2 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version

 

Final Words:

Pocket Fighter is an enjoyable game to whip out every now and then for some good laughs and good fun. The gameplay is surprisingly solid overall... but who really cares, Pocket Fighter doesn't take itself too seriously, so why should you? Just play it. It's actually pretty difficult not to have fun playing Pocket Fighter.

Whether or not this little game "suits your style," you should at least give it a try, but be warned... it can become addicting. And if it's your first time, make sure you go to the bathroom before playing... it's possible you may piss yourself laughing. 
~TFG Webmaster
 

 


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