Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Amiga Tribute: Shadow Fighter by LukeTheRipper Amiga Tribute: Shadow Fighter by LukeTheRipper
Manx from Shadow Fighter

Part 2/24 of my Amiga tribute project >3

This month, my favourite kind of games, fighting games, namely Shadow Fighter .
This was one of the more memorable Amiga fighters, it didn't get as much attention as the likes of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, but was actually superior to the Amiga versions of both. For one, while the graphics were obviously lower quality, the animation ran way smoother than any other Amiga Fighter, and nowhere as choppy as the 2 mentioned titles, on the flipside, while other Amiga fighting games like Rise of The Robots or Capital Punishment focused mainly on graphics, they were both unplayable crap, and then there was Shaq-Fu, which had both good graphics and great animation, but had other major flaws (like executing pretty much any move... and actually hitting with it (sprites way too small for a fighting game)), so I'd say one can live with those graphics (which while not as good, aren't too shabby either) and get a great game for this obscure system >3
Also, Shadow Fighter had the biggest roster out of all Amiga fighting games, hell, it had way more charas than many fighting games made nowdays (*cough*anything done by Arc*cough*), and all on only 4, 1,52MB floppy disks (same as SF2 and MK2).

Also, a little known fact, Shadow Fighter actually featured, the first ever Training Mode in a fighting game, THE. FIRST. EVER. It was different from hat we know now, you couldn't check the command data or attack data and such stuff, nor did you get to try out all your special moves on a passive, immortal dummy, instead, that mode made you fight a bonus character, the fighting dummy Pupazz - www.retrogamer.it/amiga/shadow…
But still, it was the first one, so it's only natural it improved throughout the years, eh >3

OK, as for the character itself, I'm pretty sure it's a HUGE shocker that from the 18 character roster I chose a catgirl |D
Yes, she was clearly inspired by Felicia. Though this was pretty common back in the days, most companies, especially ones debuting on the fighting game scene, either used some stereotypical, "token" designs (like a Bruce Lee wannabe (Fei Long, Liu Kang), traditional muay thai kickboxer (Sagat, Adon, Joe Higashi) or a Chinese guy with a staw hat covering the top of his face (Rayden, Sokaku)), or took "inspiration" from other series (lets not forget even the mighty SNK started with a crapload of Capcom-clones), so whenever someone came up with a fresh and original design, a bunch of clones soon followed |3 so it's no wonder that after Felicia appeared, suddenly many fighting games included a similar looking catgirl (like SNK's Cham Cham or Manx here)>
But even though the visual design was Felicia-inspired, her moveset was original enough to make her a solid character.

Other parts of the project - Shadow Of The Beast, Shadow Fighter, Zool, The Chaos Engine, Superfrog, Skeleton Krew, The Speris Legacy, Flashback, Agony, Brutal: Paws of Fury, Fightin' Spirit, Ruff 'N' Tumble, SwitchBlade, Lionheart, The Lost Vikings, Brian The Lion, Wolfchild, Gods, Entity, Franko: The Crazy Revenge, Hired Guns, Turrican, The Killing Game Show, Yo! Joe!


Manx (c) NA.P.S. Team & Gremlin Interactive
Add a Comment:
 
:iconfabiocapone:
FabioCapone Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
I do ! it's my game :D
you can follow us at :


www.facebook.com/naps.team/
www.facebook.com/ShadowFighterofficial/

www.facebook.com/Gekidothegame/
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...wait... what... REALLY?
Holy shit, how awesome is that... I really hope you like my take on the character ^^


As for FB, well, would love to follow you, but I don't have an FB account nor do I ever plan to make one. Still, love to know you guys are still out there.
Reply
:iconbarracudaegg:
barracudaegg Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
These are really good- good memories too!
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to find someone who remembers this title ^^
Reply
:iconxotz:
xotz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Thats very nice !
I am a old "Amigan" myself and have fond memories of the machine.
Never played this game however.
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, certainly glad that you like my piece then ^^
And well, there are various ways to emulate the system nowdays, you can always still give it a try ^^
Reply
:iconnostalgictrip:
NostalgicTrip Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Only played the demo of this but still remember it fondly. Nice work.
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For me, it's still one of my favourite fighting games ^^
And even though my Amiga is long dead, I have this game on my shelf to this day >3
Reply
:iconkai45:
Kai45 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I love her hair!
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, she has a really awesome 80's hairdo, which only makes me like her more >3
Reply
:iconsarrus:
sarrus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never got to play shadow fighter, but I remember the advert in Amiga magazines. I had body blows and body blows galactic, they were quite good for back then.
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the BB series weren't "bad", but were lacking in quite a lot of things, especially the special move commands...
Being a big fighting game fan I tried every such game I could get my claws on, and Shadow Fighter proved itself to be the best around for that system, surpassing even the SF2 port, and the only one to get this good was Fightin' Spirit years after this one, yet while FS used some sprites and animations from other games (mainly the first Art of Fighting and fatal Fury games), Shadow Fighter was completely original.

It might not be the best game around, especially in this day and age, but it certainly is worth to check out, which I really recommend, and you don't need to have an Amiga for it, as you can always just use WinUAE on your PC.
Reply
:iconsarrus:
sarrus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They were a bit shoddy, but fun.
I'll go and check it out at some point, gotta love emulation. :)
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never said it wasn't fun (hey, back in the day we appreciated what we got |3), but still, I'd say it was more than just a bit shoddy.

Even on the old Amiga, there were far better fighting games, not only Shadow Fighter or fightin' Spirit, but also Brutal: Paws of Fury, Primal Rage, Pit Fighter, the SF2 and MK 1/2 ports, or even BB's sequel, Body Blows Galactic (too bad Ultimate Body Blows was never released on the normal Amiga) of course, there were also games fighting games far worse than that (best example being Capital Punishemnt, one of the crappiest fighting games I've ever seen), hence why I said that Body Blows weren't "bad", just not exactly the best that Amiga had to offer.

And yeah, good thing there are any Amiga emulators at all... sadly, as far as I know, it's a pretty difficult system to emulate, and its' not like the AMiga or games for it are easy to come by nowdays...
Reply
:iconcconx:
CCONX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fave^^
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it that much ^^
Reply
:iconcconx:
CCONX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
Reply
:iconmagicull-delesia:
Magicull-Delesia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks soooooo amazing :D. The cat and woman mix is quite a good choice :3. Amazing job once more
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I just have a thing for catgirls and wolfgirls (be it kemonomimi or anthro >3), so for me that was a natural choice >3
Reply
:icongzegzolka:
gzegzolka Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Fajna praca ^^
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dziękuje, miło słyszeć >3
Reply
:iconbaalny:
Baalny Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nie żałuję łocza :> Piękna praca ;>
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, dziękować, dziękować >3
Reply
:iconcathriewarehouse:
CathrieWarehouse Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Manx :heart:
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My my my, a któż to sie u mnie pojawił >3
Heh, nie to żebym akurat pod tym artem sie ciebie nie spodziewał zobaczyć >3
Reply
:iconcathriewarehouse:
CathrieWarehouse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha :D ciekawy tribute tak w ogole
Reply
:iconluketheripper:
LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ciekawy, bo mój >3
A tak na serio, to po prostu uznałem, że biednej Amidze poswięca się stanowczo za mało uwagi, więc nawet założyłem grupę na DA poświęconą temu systemowi - :iconamiga-game-art:
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
February 25, 2013
Image Size
297 KB
Resolution
1388×2319
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
1,870
Favourites
82 (who?)
Comments
27
Downloads
11