Good things come to those who wait, as they say, and Dimp’s classic fighting game’s enhanced mode fits the bill completely. The Rumble Fish+ will be the series 4th appearance on console. Back in 2004, the first game was created by Dimps Corporation – developers of several fighting game titles, including Soulcalibur VI, Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball Z Budokai.
A cult hit in its’ own right, the Rumble Fish+ adds onto the well-established fighter better than it ever has. This time, matchmaking rollback and CPU-recorded fights are being added to the original game. The training mode features were not even seen in the updated console version of Rumble Fish 2, which released last year. This port will attempt to right the wrongs for the sequel game’s port by even including “DLC” characters as secret controller unlocks. This is being done instead of attempting to go the modern route as the former port has done, having to buy them separately.
Here’s the story trailer:
And 3goo’s synopsis for The Rumble Fish+:
It is the end of the 20th century… A large-scale natural disaster struck the eastern area of a nation. It wiped out the financial sector and resulted in a staggering loss of life.
At the dawn of the 21st century, the conglomerate PROBE-NEXUS, commonly known as Probe, began reconstruction efforts in that eastern area. Colossal capital and cutting-edge technology was poured into rebuilding it. Skyscrapers that put the old high-rises to shame along with the world’s biggest shopping mall and recreational facilities. This was the dazzling birth of a symbol for the new century. It was christened Zone Prime.
Love the way they move
The Rumble Fish used an animation technique called Smooth Move Animation, S.M.A., that layered several sprites on top of each other. Next to other fighting games at the time, which attempted to be different, The Rumble Fish stuck out with even just this one feature. Lay this on top of the 3D backgrounds for the 2D fighters trend that Marvel Vs Capcom 2 and Capcom vs SNK 2 have built on, and the feel itself is innovative. The Rumble Fish’s technique feels as if it’s on the prowess of Street Fighter III, Guilty Gear Xrd, and King of Fighters XIII, in terms of stellar animation techniques used in fighting games.
The Rumble Fish+ is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam on December 20th, 2023.