At the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable event, fighting game makers shared their favorite titles and characters from other companies.
The event featured the heads behind games such as tekken, street fighter, virtual fighter and Guilty Equipment. When asked to name their favorite games and characters from other companies, each of the directors shared their picks. While there are tons of fighting games to choose from, these stand out from the current Japanese fighting game development leaders.
Break down fighting game champions
The man behind tekkenBandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada, promotes Samurai Shodown 2. His favorite character in the game is Genjuro Kibagami. Harada states that even though it’s been almost 30 years, Genjuro’s presentation still sticks strongly to him. Additionally, Harada also likes the new take on the character from the 2019 reboot.
SEGA’s Seiji Aoki followed by expressing his love for tekken. Although the director behind Virtual Fighter 4 & 5 couldn’t narrow down a favorite character, he admits the similarities to virtual fighter characters. Specifically, Aoki likes Tekken’s familiar 3D presentation.
The director behind Guilty Gear Xrd and aspire Akira Katano says his favorite fighting game is EX Street Fighter. Katano states that when he was a tournament level competitor, EX Street Fighter was primarily responsible for bringing him onto the scene. However, his favorite fighting game character does not come from street fighter. Instead, Katano declares his preference for Samurai Shodown Neinhalt Sieger.
Guilty Equipment creator Daisuke Ishiwatari says his biggest inspiration was Samurai showdown. Similar to Harada, Ishiwatari also has a preference for Genjuro. However, he also mentions Ukyo Tachibana. Ishiwatari states that it was the character that helped him win a first location test tournament.
Yasuyuki Oda, behind SNK King of Fighters 14-15says his favorite fighting game of all time is Street Fighter Alpha 2. Moreover, he names Sagat as his favorite character. Oda also mentions that he likes Darun Mister from the EX Street Fighter series too.
Finally, Capcom’s Shuhei Matsumoto expresses his deepest gratitude for king of fighters and the character Sie Kensou. The man who helped bring us Street Fighter V and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite cites how Kensou’s Kansai dialect made him fall in love with the character.
About the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable
Hosted by Virtua Fighter’s official YouTube channel, the third Japanese Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable brought together the greatest minds behind today’s Japanese fighting games. The livestream took place on March 21, but you can check it out for yourself below!
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