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Overall, Waku Waku 7 is an almost perfect port, which more than successfully transmits the spirit of the original arcade hit. While it does lack an extra layer of effort, which would elevate this piece of content amongst some of the best on the eShop today, this is still a captivating and unique experience that is well worth checking out regardless of experience with the genre.
Waku Waku 7 is just the tonic for those of you who are disenchanted with the abundance of thematically-similar fighting games on the Neo Geo. While the roster of combatants is admittedly small, this cast is arguably more vibrant and entertaining than any that Street Fighter or King of Fighters can muster, and the gloriously kinetic feel of the action makes it stand apart from other examples of the genre. Even if you're not particularly sold on one-on-one brawlers, Waku Waku 7 is well worth investigating.
What Waku Waku 7 brings is a colourful and fun 2D fighting experience. while its unique cast of characters will feel short, their marvelous animations and anime-inspired environments are certainly an added value. Some technical flaws should be corrected but the overall Waku Waku 7 experience is enjoyable and will fit well with 2D fighting games fans who enjoy some exotic ambiances in their games.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
A beautiful fighting game that falls short in number of characters and game modes. Gamepad configuration and tabletop controls need improvement.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Waku Waku 7 doesn't really stand out from the crowd in my mind, but the only other game with anywhere near as strange a character roster is probably Darkstalkers, so fighting game or SNK aficionados will probably get a kick of this oddball. For everyone else, though, there are better fighting games out there.