Cult fighting series The Rumble Fish is coming to consoles this winter

No sign of Matt Dillon though

Well, I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming, even with the current resurgence of obscure fighting titles. Publisher 3goo has announced that it is preparing to re-release an obscure arcade fighting franchise The growling fish on modern console platforms. Specific platforms have not been announced.

The growling fish, which was released in Japanese arcades in 2004, is a 2D fighter developed by Dimps using the then-popular Atomiswave hardware. The heavily anime-infused storyline tells the tale of a city crushed by capitalism and opportunity, and warriors who emerge from the rubble to take on a shiny corporate-owned metropolis, with each fighter carrying their own agenda for or against the new world.

The growling fish would receive a home port in the form of a PS2 version. But it would never officially see the light of day outside of Japan, which will make this re-release the first real opportunity for the series to make a name for itself in the global legacy of fighting games. The niche title would be followed by a sequel in 2005, The growling fish 2which is also on the way this year.

Despite its relative obscurity, The growling fish has developed a cult following thanks to its wild premise, interesting and diverse cast of characters, and trademark “SMA” (Smooth Model Animation) visual style. The series found its honor in a post-Garou: Mark of the Wolves world, when superb, highly technical 2D fighters had a last gasp of fury, before the genre receded into fringe interest.

The growling fish is a very memorable game for us at Dimps,” writes Dimps President Takashi Nishiyama. “It may have a classic feel to current fighting games, but it was an ambitious project that employed a variety of visual expressions within the confines of a system board that is now nearly 20 years old. I’m proud of what we have accomplished. And now 3goo is once again shining the spotlight on The growling fish series and I’m excited about the series’ renewed potential for growth.

The growling fish The series is currently in development for undisclosed platforms.

Chris Moise

Editor – Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former master of Saturday night slam. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse

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