Asuka 120% Burning Fest. Special (Japan)

Year: 1996
Platform: PlayStation
Publisher: Family Soft
Developer: Fill In Cafe
Genre: Girl fighting
Rating: **

This is a 2D anime styled fighting game where a group of twelve high school girls compete for a martial arts trophy in the "Mega Fight Tournament." Each girl has a unique fighting technique based on what school club they belong to, giving rise to all sorts of interesting and absurd combat. The game primarily revolves around Asuka Honda, who represents the Chemistry Club, and her specialty is attacking with incendiary bombs. The "120%" of the title refers to a "power level" feature of the game, where the player's potential builds up to 120% over the course of a fight. At 100% certain special attacks are enabled for a short period of time, and at 120% a super devastating special attack is enabled for a short time before the fighter goes back to 0%.

This is the first variation of the original "Asuka 120% Burning Fest." for the PC Engine, and it features story mode, arcade mode, and vs. mode. Story mode offers text and narration between the combatants before and after each fight, but unless you understand Japanese, it's not very interesting. As far as graphics are concerned, the sprites are small and not very colorful. However, the game does feature animated backgrounds, which later incarnations do not have. The sound is also a bit muddy. Overall, unremarkable. Play "Burning Fest. Limited" or "Burning Fest. Final" instead.