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Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo coming to GBA

by Rick Powers - October 9, 2002, 1:59 pm PDT
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 9, 2002 - The console game hailed by industry critics and consumers alike as the best and most addictive game ever played, will soon be available for the Game Boy Advance system. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, the award-winning puzzle game featuring "super deformed" characters from the Street Fighter and Darkstalker series, breaks into the handheld market this winter. In the game, miniature versions of Capcom's fighting game icons battle it out while players attempt to devastate their opponent in a columns-style puzzle game. This irresistible game is rated 'E' for everyone by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is a one or two-player game using the Game Boy Advance Link Cable.

"Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo originally released in 1997 and now more than five years later, the game continues to be popular," said Todd Thorson, director of marketing, Capcom Entertainment. "Just this year alone, the Official PlayStation Magazine named Super Puzzle Fighter as the second best puzzle game for the PlayStation. We have also seen the game selling on popular online auction sites for upwards of $100.00. With an installed base of eight million Game Boy Advance owners, I'm sure Super Puzzle Fighter will be the game to own."

In Super Puzzle Fighter, the player attempts to outwit either the computer or another human opponent in a one-on-one battle of intellect and adrenaline. As a linked pair of gems descends from the top of the screen; the player moves and rotates these gems to form groups and piles of the same color. Groups of gems can be destroyed by either a Crash Gem, which will break all gems of the same color that are touching, or a Rainbow Gem, which when placed on a gem, will destroy all on-screen gems of the same color. When the player breaks their own gems, Counter Gems will fall onto the hapless rival. Counter gems at first appear as blank blocks with a colored number five, which means that the player has to drop five sets of gems before the counter will turn into a normal gem.

To compliment the frenetic pace of Super Puzzle Fighter, the player must choose one of eight familiar characters from the Street Fighter and Darkstalkers series. Among the selectable characters are Ryu and Ken, the karate masters; Sakura, the high-kicking teen; everybody's favorite Chinese detective Chun Li; vampire hunter Donovan; Felicia the cat-woman; Scottish succubus Morrigan, and Hsien-Ko the ghost-girl, as well as three extra hidden characters. Each of the characters is a "super deformed" (a shrunken cartoon parody) version of the familiar fighter, with a Japanese, highly comical look to them. The characters all have unique Drop Patterns which effects individual playing styles, determining how counter gems are sent onto the opposing side. During play, the characters will attack each other with their respective signature moves, resulting in bursts of energy, streaming fireballs, flaming uppercuts, and a host of other on-screen actions to entertain the players. The backgrounds and in-game music are also full of inside jokes and parodies from a number of other Capcom titles. In addition, there are five hidden characters that players can access and the ability to play head-to-head, using the link cable, adding even more appeal to an already great game.

Capcom Entertainment, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capcom Co., Ltd. of Japan. A leading force in the multi-billion dollar interactive entertainment industry, Capcom's legacy spans more than 22 years of entertaining video gamers. Capcom develops, markets, and distributes home video games for the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo® GameCube, and XboxÔ game consoles, Game Boy® Advance and Game Boy® Color video game systems, personal computers, and coin-operated games. Worldwide recognizable product lines include the Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, and Onimusha series. World headquarters in Osaka, Japan, the company also has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Sunnyvale, California. The company is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange code number 9697.

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