NeoGeo's obscure fighter featuring Lucifer as the final boss, Ragnagard, is now available for Nintendo Switch and coming to other consoles

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 6, 2019 at 7:19 a.m. PST

SNK's NeoGeo experiment of using the same hardware for the home consoles and arcades produced a giant amount of iconic fighting games like Fatal Fury and Samurai Shodown, so it's not surprising that many titles would get lost to the sands of time.

Ragnagard was originally a fighting game title released for NeoGeo in 1996 developed by a team named System Vision, and now it's making a return to modern consoles over 20 years later.

On a system known best for its great 2D sprites, Ragnagard uses a visual style that looks more like the classic Killer Instinct titles with a more 3D modeled approach that at least makes it stand out a bit compared to SNK's other offerings at the time.

The game's characters are all based around religious and mythological deities from Japanese Shinto gods like Susano'o and even Western figures like Lucifer who happens to be the final boss of the arcade run.

Gameplay appears fairly standard for the 2D fighter genre with Shoryuken-like uppercuts, fireballs, throws and more all present, but it does surprisingly feature air dashes and lets Susano'o actually use his Dragon Punch in the air for unique combos. Reviewers at the time, however, largely criticized the title for fairly sluggish controls among other issues like spelling errors.

Rangagard is now available as an ACA NeoGeo classic on the Nintendo Switch for $7.99 USD and is scheduled to come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 10. You can check out the game's arcade run in action after the jump in a video from World of Longplays.

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