WARLOCKS OF FATES / SHINRYU SENKI

by ASTEC-21 / SNK

NEO GEO MVS NGM-077

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

The Warlocks of the Fates is a 1995 one-on-one fighting game designed by Astec-21 (Amusement Soft & Technology 21). It would have been their first NEOGEO title for the system, but was ultimately cancled. One very unique characteristic about this game is that most fighting games have the ROUND TIMER and LIFE BARS for the players located at the top of the screen, yet this game has them located on the bottom. In fact, the only other arcade fighting game which I can think of that has this unique layout is Konami's 1993 Martial Champion.

It appears that SNK may have assisted with the development of the game, as they are actually co-credited on the title screen, but to what extent is completely unknown.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- March 1995 -- the Japan magazine NEOGEO FREAK publishes a 2 page spread on the game with a huge write up & dozens of screen shots.

-- June 1995 -- the unreleased title list document states that Warlocks is shown at the Tokyo Omocha Show in Japan.

-- June 1995 -- the Japan magazine NEOGEO FREAK publishes a 4 page spread on the game with a huge write up & dozens of screen shots.

-- August 1995 -- a French video game magazine publishes a short article with screenshots of Warlocks.

-- 1995 -- the Japan magazine Neo Geo World publishes a 2 page spread with screenshots of Warlocks.

-- January 2005 -- emulated screen shots are provided and shown which proves the games' rom data has been dumped and is functional on an emulator.

-- March 2012 -- a sample cartridge is found and put on display in a Japanese video game store.

-- October 2013 -- a video is posted on a Japan web site which proves a complete & fully functional dev cart exists.

CURRENT STATUS: SAFEGUARDED


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