Rumble Fish
Image: Dimps

Update - Thu 4th Aug, 2022 14:00 BST: We can now reveal that The Rumble Fish 2 will be coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). We've also enquired about the status of the original game, and if it too will see a release for these platforms this Winter, but have heard nothing back as of yet.

Original Article - Thu 14th Jul, 2022 14:25 GMT:

Diehard fighting game fans got some great news recently, as Japanese developer Dimps and the international publisher 3goo announced they were partnering to bring the Rumble Fish series to consoles.

This marks the first time the fighting games have ever been made available outside of Japan (at least officially), and the first time The Rumble Fish 2 has ever been ported to console.

The Rumble Fish was originally released on the Atomiswave arcade platform all the way back in 2004 in Japanese arcades, the product of a team of former SNK and Capcom employees. A port of the game came out on PlayStation 2 in 2005, the same year as its sequel The Rumble Fish 2 entered the arcades.

One of the unique features of the series was its two gauge system, for offence and defence. This allowed fighters to perform special offensive and defensive moves. When both gauges maxed out, you could then perform a critical art. This was a special super that deals a significant amount of damage compared to regular attacks.

In a press statement, Takashi Nishiyama, Dimps President, says the following about this new release:

The Rumble Fish is a very memorable game for us at Dimps. We developed it as a 2D fighting game compatible with the Atomiswave arcade system board developed by Sammy Corporation. It may have a classic feel compared to current fighting games, but it was an ambitious project that employed a variety of visual expressions within the limitations of a system board that is now almost 20 years old. I'm proud of what we accomplished. And now, 3goo is once again shining the spotlight on The Rumble Fish series and I'm excited for the renewed potential for the series to grow.

For those unfamiliar, The Rumble Fish games take place at the dawn of the 21st century after a large-scale natural disaster strikes the eastern part of an unnamed country. A wealthy company named PROBE-NEXUS enters the area and begins to rebuild, creating a wealthy city named Zone Prime. However, in the underground of Zone Prime, PROBE-NEXUS is up-to-no good, gathering contestants from the nearby slums to compete in a deadly tournament for sport.

As things currently stand, we still don't know exactly what consoles these new rereleases will come out on, but we will strive to keep you updated as we learn more.