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New NFT ape fighting game won't have anyone going bananas

But they are apparently going for a world record in the genre, so that's something... I guess

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 29, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. PST • Comments: 36

Everyone at this point has likely seen the fringe cases of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) selling online for tens of thousands or even millions of dollars, so why not just dump those digital investments straight into fighting games?

That's what the Nifty Ape Nation is partly trying to achieve with their NFT fighting game aptly named Ape Fight Club, except it just looks really bad in pretty much every regard.

The whole premise appears to be that prospective "players" can mint, sell and exchange among the 888 "unique" apes, which may then be used in a handful of ways.

One such way is of course battling it out against other ape owners in the fight club where people can select their own personal primates in a 2D fighting game.

Upon seeing the apes in action though, the game seems to be a very rough approximation what it takes to make a basic fighter.

Some of the animations don't look too bad, but the movements, jumping and hit detection appear to be quite stiff and not impactful.

What's more is that all of the apes shown look like they have the exact same move list with many of them being ripped straight off of Mortal Kombat's Johnny Cage funnily enough.

They even glow green during their rush and flip kicks.

They do claim that there are different fighting styles and ways to level up after each fight, so maybe there's more we can't see.

Nifty Ape Nation is apparently trying to set a world record for the largest roster ever in a fighting game though we're not exactly sure how that'll work if they all play the same.

So you may be asking at this point, 'alright so how much does one of these apes cost?'

Well, the price of minting a single ape is priced at .0888 Ethereum. This may not sound like much, but given the current conversion rate of the cryptocurrency as of the time of reporting, that equates to around $320 USD.

That's not taking into consideration the potential resell market either for those looking to offload their financially sound investments.

As mentioned above though, the apes can also be used in a Metaverse-like space where owners can chill out together and discuss how much of their savings they've spent on virtual models of monkeys.

Content creators too have the ability to use their doctor, dapper and warrior apes as virtual avatars for videos or streaming.

Apes are big in the crypto and NFT worlds right now with the success of the Bored Ape art NFTs along with being used as a term to describe new crypto buyers — so you could say there's a lot of monkey business going around.

All joking aside now, however, NFTs are already appearing in the video game industry with publishers like Ubisoft minting special in-game items that can be earned, sold or traded.

The ability to store and exchange digital content does have some interesting implications and potential applications for gaming, but it's still in its early experimentation phase currently — where not a lot seems to be wanted by or working for players.

NFTs will almost certainly pop up in a larger fighting game at some point, but we don't foresee people going ape over the apes at the very least.

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