The Rumble Fish series of fighting games is coming to console platforms later this year.
The announcement comes via publisher 3goo and includes The Rumble Fish and its sequel, The Rumble Fish 2. Both games are being released outside of Japan for the first time, and it marks the second game’s console debut in any region.
The Dimps-developed 2D arcade fighters were first released in the mid-2000s and are notable for their eye-catching visuals created using the studio’s Smooth Model Animation (SMA) system. The series has shown some longevity, with both games still showing up at various fighting game tournaments.
Speaking about the release, Dimps president Takashi Nishiyama says:
“The Rumble Fish is a very memorable game for us at Dimps. We developed it as a 2D fighting game compatible with the Atomiswave arcade system board developed by Sammy Corporation. It may have a classic feel compared to current fighting games, but it was an ambitious project that employed a variety of visual expressions within the limitations of a system board that is now almost 20 years old. I’m proud of what we accomplished. And now, 3goo is once again shining the spotlight on The Rumble Fish series and I’m excited for the renewed potential for the series to grow.”
3goo president Nicolas Di Costanzo adds:
“I, personally, have been a long-time fan of Dimps and I am overjoyed to be able to introduce this hidden gem to the world. We’re deeply honored Dimps allowed us this wonderful opportunity. This series lit arcades on fire with its mix of mechanics inspired by a variety of fighting games, and now we’re bringing it to consoles so everyone will have easy access to it. We hope you’re as excited to get it as we are to release it.”
Immerse yourself in The Rumble Fish Story trailer.
Although platforms are yet to be announced, both games have a confirmed winter 2022 release window.