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Kizuna Encounter. What do you think of it?
The $$$s! Gotta catch 'em all!! The $$$s! Gotta catch 'em all!! 0%[0 Votes]
Never played before, so why not giving it a try? Never played before, so why not giving it a try? 0%[0 Votes]
Horrible fighting game (although Rosa is quite hot, isn't she?). Horrible fighting game (although Rosa is quite hot, isn't she?). 0%[0 Votes]
Mediocre game, there's worse and better stuff. Mediocre game, there's worse and better stuff. 13%[1 Vote]
A great fighting title by SNK, an overlooked gem! A great fighting title by SNK, an overlooked gem! 63%[5 Votes]
Are you kidding? It's one of the Neo Geo's best!! Are you kidding? It's one of the Neo Geo's best!! 25%[2 Votes]
Total Votes : 8
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Kizuna Encounter - Game of the Week
Welcome to the Game of the Week!

Let's turn our attention to a more popular title this week, a Neo Geo game most aficionados should know because of the value of the legendary EURO/PAL AES cartridge. It is said that only about 12 EURO cartridges were ever made, making it horrendously expensive. Value estimations among Neo Geo fans range between $15,000 and $25'000, making Kizuna Encounter somehow a holy grail for AES collectors. It's also kinda ironic to see that the Japanese AES version, which is technically absolutely identical, is only worth around $700.

The price drama aside, SNK brought out with Kizuna Encounter a rock-solid fighting game and a worthy successor to Savage Reign. Most people tend to forget how good the actual game is because of the turmoil with the legendary value. In fact it was ported to many other consoles like the PS2 or Wii (Virtual Console), making it accessible for gamers with a not so big wallet like certain AES collectors...

So, and how about a High Score Challenge, fellow readers and members? *wink*

Kizuna Encounter - Super Tag Battle

Genre: Fighting
Players: 1-2
Size: 242 MEGS
Released on: MVS, AES, NGCD, PS2, Wii (Virtual Console)

Brief Description:

Kizuna Encounter is a 1996 competitive fighting game produced by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platform, it is the direct sequel to Savage Reign. The Kizuna Encounter system is similar to Real Bout system, notable additions include the tag system. Players have the ability to switch characters in game by pressing a special button while standing in a special zone. If a player is to lose one character, regardless of their other character's hit point, he or she loses the match. A roll system similar to the one used in The King of Fighters is also present in Kizuna Encounter.



Kizuna Encounter review by Kazuya_UK
Kizuna Encounter review by GregN


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High Score Challenge:

Anyone interested? If yes, leave a post with a remark or contact Priest to ask for a HSC.

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Great game! I bought an AES conversion about a year ago and it quickly grew on me to become one of my very favorite fighters outside of SNK's bigger, better known franchises. Plays a lot like a tag-team version of the Real Bout games, minus the plane-shifting elements. Impressive graphics, as well. Though the number of backgrounds is limited, each has at least two variations portraying different times of day or weather conditions. This one in particular,

along with the first stage of Last Resort,

could only have been inspired by the city skyline from "Akira".

The characters are pretty eccentric, though thankfully two of the lamest fighters from Savage Reign, Nicola and Carol have been switched out in favor of two new faces: Kim and Rosa. There two are just badass and their serious, all-business look helps to balance out some of the stranger character designs like Joker's (who I can't stand) and Gordon's. The music is average- nothing memorable really, but it gets the job done. The sound effects and voices are of SNK's typical, high-quality standards. Very fun game, I highly recommend playing it. Haven't picked up it's prequel, Savage Reign yet but I've set my expectations a lot lower for that one and don't see it being likely to measure up to Kizuna Encounter! Thumbs Up
Kizuna is a great and very fun game to play. The graphics are quite impressive. The music is decent but doesn't really stand out and doesn't have anything memorable. The character designs range from very good (Rosa) to pretty awful (Joker). The thing I love most about this game is that if one of the characters in your team loses, it's really keeps you on edge. But that's also it's biggest problem for me...the matches can be over extremely quickly and it makes this game pretty short if you don't count all the time you spend trying to beat Jyazu (he's not that extremely difficult if you know how to beat him).
I highly recommend this game and I'm very glad I bought the AES version on a trip to Japan.
My arcade stuff

"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!"
My vote was at mediocre ... but, it is actually better than just mediocre I just don't think it's a great game either. This is one that I'd like to own a physical copy of. That being said, a couple months back I drew a picture of Rosa for the my card fighter project that was based off of the art on the DS game. I guess I figured this would be a good time to share it.
@DarakuTenshi: Excellent work! Thumbs Up What medium did you use to draw this?
Yeah, that's cool, lol. :3

OT: Kizuna is a good tag fighter in a sense, even with that rare 4 player mode that's in it somehow (kinda like MVC 1's Cross Fever mode, lol.)

Oh, and Muri, for the 150th GotW, make it special, probably a return of a certain "Legendary Hungry Wolf" perhaps. Wink
Chiba3010 wrote:
This one in particular,
along with the first stage of Last Resort,
could only have been inspired by the city skyline from "Akira".

Akira, no other masterpiece influenced so many games in the late 80's and early '90s. Not to forget the Japan stage from '94, just look at the roadsign in particular:

DarakuTenshi wrote:
That being said, a couple months back I drew a picture of Rosa for the my card fighter project that was based off of the art on the DS game. I guess I figured this would be a good time to share it.

^Sweet artwork, chap! Hats off! Headbang

Concerning the game itself, I voted 'Great' as it aged pretty well over the years. Some character designs are utterly disastrous, agree, but even then Rosa, Kim and Sho save the day.

The Savage Reign series may not been as influential or popluar as SNK's other flagships Fatal Fury and King of Fighters, but in any case both Savage Reign and Kizuna Encounter remain two absolutely enjoyable fighting games.
Chiba3010 wrote:

@DarakuTenshi: Excellent work! Thumbs Up What medium did you use to draw this?

I use GIMP... it's an open source program that works like Photoshop/Illustrator
Edited by DarakuTenshi on 15. May 2013 02:01
@Murikov: Hey, I never even noticed the Akira road sign likeness in KOF '94. Good catch! Wink

@DarakuTenshi: Hmm. Never used GIMP before but I must say your results are very impressive!
Thanks! Yeah, GIMP is a really good piece of software.
It can do everything that CS3 can do... they are going to have to play some catch up if they want to do some of the CS4 stuff.
Here is another drawing I made. I figured I'd show this to you because many people have told me they thought it was a 3D mock... but it's all done with paint brushes.
Wow, that GameBoy looks pretty damn authentic. Nice job! Thumbs Up
Heh! Yeah with a minor detail missing that was pointed out to me just a couple months ago (and I drew this years ago). Stereo sound is spelled "Stero Sound"
Anyone interested in a HSC for Kizuna? Unless I unwittingly overlooked one, it seems I'm the first to request one for Kizuna Encounter! Who else wants to join the campaign? Pray
I´ll put together a HSC for Kizuna if there´s interest in one...

Used with the kind permission from their creator "Shiny"
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