ACA NeoGeo: Waku Waku 7
Release Date: 3rd March 2017 (UK Nintendo Switch Release)
The Nintendo Switch didn’t launch with a Virtual Console, but that hasn’t stopped Hamster (the company not the furry critter) from releasing some NeoGeo Arcade oldies for fresh new Switch players to enjoy. You can go for the obvious classics such as Metal Slug 3 and King of Fighters 98, or look into the oddities from the golden era, perhaps Waku Waku 7 for example…
Waku Waku 7, meaning something like ‘I am happy, excited 7, is another NeoGeo fighter of which there are many. What differentiates this compared to say King of Fighters or World Heroes, is simply in how it presents itself. This isn’t a serious fighter, with characters based off all those classic anime tropes we’ve come to learn and groan about, but given the spoof treatment, as robot girl cleaner becomes a genuine all-purpose cleaning device, and Totoro dukes it out as a little girls pet thing. Its fun in a way Blazblue’s representation of anime tropes isn’t, offering innocence and gags over hammy melodrama and ‘booby’ ladies.
As a fighter it offers complex button combos one would expect, plus a fresh charge attack which even comes with a warning screen to freak out the other player. If these attacks hit, it’s a one hit wonder, though only the more experienced players will have much luck in initiating such a thing, for this game doesn’t give up its best moves to button mashers with ease.
Waku Waku 7 is a fighter for those tired of fighter representation, but maybe not in their execution.