Gaming 30 Years On, The Fan-Made 'Final Fight Ultimate' Is Set To Reignite The 16-bit Console War

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Final Fight is one of the definitive games of the side-scrolling beat 'em up genre, no doubt about it. Released in arcades in 1989, the game was ported to the SNES the following year, with multiple things missing such as Level 4, an entire character, and no two-player mode. Despite being something of a flawed conversion, the fact that Nintendo had one of the hottest arcade titles as a home console exclusive was a real coup at the time.

That's not the only port the game got, of course, but for envious Genesis / Mega Drive owners, Streets of Rage had to substitute, and many Sega fans missed out entirely on Final Fight unless they had a Mega / Sega CD, which got its own port a short time later that had much of what was missing from the SNES version.

Still, time can be a great healer, and if you've been holding out for a brand new release of your favourite beat 'em up for your retro Sega console, then Final Fight Ultimate is for you.

This upcoming homebrew port of Final Fight has been the passion project of retro developer Mauro Xavier for a while now, and together with Edmo Caldas, on music, and Master Linkuei, who is working on ripping, tricks & tech support, they are looking at bringing a definitive version of the game to the Genesis. Xavier posted the very first video of the project to YouTube (above), and it looks absolutely brilliant.

 
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