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Although The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny is an excellent little thing, one must keep in mind that it is still a 2001 handheld fighting game, and very much of its time. On its original hardware, it was heaven-sent, but on your Switch you might be somewhat disappointed if you're going in blind. For SNK aficionados and Last Blade fans, it will delight purely on historical value, but those with no experience of the Neo Geo Pocket or the SNK library will likely feel better served buying the actual arcade ports of Last Blade 1 and 2, which are also available on the eShop. To that end, this is a better bet for fans, collectors, and those enamoured by gaming curios. It's dinky, it's charming, and it's a testament to the craftsmanship of old SNK. And, while imperfect, it plays like The Last Blade should. For certain gamers, that will be more than enough.
Although I still get a kick out of seeing these Neo Geo Pocket Color games on the Nintendo Switch, some fare better than others. THE LAST BLADE: Beyond the Destiny is my last choice. The combat's a little too sluggish, the presentation a little too uneven, and the overall package a little too dated. I'd check out one of the prior NGPC releases instead.
This action packed fighter will surprise fighting game fans and retro fans alike. The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny jumps from the year 2000 on the Neo Geo Pocket Color all the way to the year 2020 on Nintendo Switch. Originally only available on SNK's short lived handheld game console, Beyond the Destiny is a port of the arcade's The Last Blade and The Last Blade 2. This is an awesome fighter that deserves to be played.
undefined.The usual bells and whistles are here, including a digitized manual, different NGPC skins, and a rewind feature. As in the previous games, there's a distinct lack of a moves list, so you'll have to resort to repeatedly opening the manual, writing things down, or going to GameFAQs. Being able to play with a friend on a single system is nice, though, although The Last Blade won't give you the multiplayer mileage than Smash Bros. does. The Last Blade is fun, and another good NGPC game to add to your list.
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