Neo Geo-like Pocket Rumble Announced as Console-Exclusive for Nintendo Switch

Chucklefish has announced a Nintendo Switch version for Pocket Rumble.

The game will be a console exclusive for the Nintendo Switch, alongside its planned release on PC. While the game has been available via Steam Early Access, it’s seemingly ready for launch, as the Nintendo Switch version is set to launch sometime this March. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the fighting game.

The Switch version enables players to battle anywhere, with anyone, and it even has HD rumble. Here’s a brief synopsis, via Chucklefish:

This deep 2D fighter makes players want to throw down, anywhere, anytime. The battles get even more intense with the inclusion of HD rumble: When players get hit by a weak attack, it’ll feel very different from getting rocked by a strong one. The game is scheduled to launch as a console exclusive for Nintendo Switch in March

Here are the game’s key features:

  • Simple, 2-button controls and universal, easy special move inputs with no complex joystick motions
  • Short combos with easy timing and a straightforward cancel system
  • On-screen frame data bar and visual indicators for properties like invulnerability help players understand fighting game mechanics and how individual moves work
  • Simple, unambiguous health and damage system: All characters have 12 HP and all hits do 1 damage
  • Diverse cast of characters each with their own unique meter and mechanics
  • Quickly swap characters after a lost round to counterpick, just like between matches in a tournament, without slowing down the pace of the match
  • Near-flawless online multiplayer with GGPO netcode
  • Full Steam Workshop mod support including the ability to play mods online with friends

You can find the game’s Steam page here.

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  • stobgopper

    soo…chucklefish just rips off better games?

  • Lucky

    Weird! I was just getting into Gal Fighters and SNK vs Capcom as well as the Neo-Geo pocket recently. With emulators of course.

    Sounds fun enough, hopefully there’s an arcade mode at least!

  • Lucky

    We’ve yet to see if the strategy title and this title will be any good, but, pretty much.

  • OldPalpy

    I normally don’t care about this sort of thing but those sprites are so blatantly clones of it’s inspiration that it just makes me roll my eyes, NGP fighting sprites have a obvious unique style to them you can invoke it without copying it’s limitations.

  • Nagato

    Is it hard to blame them for that when fans of ye olde series have been dramatically underserved for ages?

    I mean, we clearly weren’t gonna get a proper Harvest Moon or Advance Wars anymore, so most of us will gladly take improved and somewhat modernized versions of them.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Beats advert for the PC version I’ve seen

  • stobgopper

    I know, but they certainly don’t reach the level of quality from the games they are ripping off (except maybe stardew valley,and even that one looks…off)

    It would be much better if they created new games that “evoke” the feeling of the old ones, instead of just splattering pieces of the old games on something and giving them a really thin coat of paint

  • Sounds like shit.

  • -blank-

    Looks pretty good! Hopefully the online doesn’t die at release, looking to pick this up

  • SiliconNooB

    That’s a way to limit its reach – I hope everybody has their friend codes ready!