While fighting games have been around for quite some time, and in many iterations, as a whole I’d say my experience with them (prior to Switch) in handheld mode was always dodgy to say the least. Limitations in the numbers of buttons and processing power always made them a bit of a desperate measure for entertainment, mildly filling but rarely providing any kind of satisfaction. That said the Neo-Geo Pocket SNK Gals’ Fighters really caughts me off guard, and is a pretty fine demonstration of what that platform was capable of when matched with a smart development team. For it having 2-button controls I was pleasantly surprised to find a fighter of reasonable depth, one that would even match up well against some weaker indie fighters I’ve played on the platform. Make no mistake, this is a mobile-friendly fighter and still has a limited roster and a scaled down screen to keep it looking like blocky hell on a big screen. That said, if you appreciate solid workmanship and are an SNK fighting fan in particular it may be well worth a look.
Justin Nation, Score: