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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy shines in its simplicity

February 10, 2018 2 min read

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is coming later this year to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and it may have a hard time getting noticed. Between Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soulcalibur VI, Fighting EX Layer and all the other games Virtua Kazama wrote about, 2018 is packed for fighters. Judging by the reveal trailer for the game, it kind of looked like Tag Team Frenzy just couldn't compete. But looks can be deceiving.

At the NIS America press event in San Francisco on February 9, I got my first chance to sit down with the game and see what it is all about. The demo was limited to six characters announced so far with a new character reveal promised soon. Though I tried them all, I found myself most comfortable teaming up Fatal Fury's Mai and Samurai Shodown's Nakoruru. Right off the bat, I can choose from one of three costumes for each girl and one of four colors for those costumes. Mai's are predictably skimpy but some of the other costumes are just fun, including a belly dancer getup and a "Swan Lake" outfit. There is a lot of T&A here, but not everything is in-your-face sexuality.

There is something endearing about the graphics to this game. Make no mistake, they're not top quality. This is some early PlayStation 3 stuff we're working with here. And yet, I think the chintzy look of it actually adds to its niche appeal. It's bright, it's colorful, it's silly and it all just works in a way that wouldn't if this were going for top-of-the-line visuals. This choice of art direction will also help people come to terms with just what type of fighter Tag Team Frenzyis. 

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