Iím currently working on an article about 2-D fighting games from titles like Karate Champ (1984) up to 1995. Iím only concerned with one-on-one games (or 2-on-2, 3-on-3, etc., SNK-style), so this excludes the whole beat-em-up genre (Double Dragon, Final Fight, etc.). I have four questions for gamers who are familiar with the fighting game genre. If you only want to answer one or two of them, feel free to do so Ė any info will be appreciated!
1) HIDDEN MOVES. The revolutionary Street Fighter II (1991) clearly marked the beginning of a new era for fighting games Ė among other things, button-mashing was no longer sufficient, with the importance awarded to special moves and an intricate combo system. Was the original Street Fighter (1987) the truly first fighting game featuring "hidden moves" (thatís how they were called at the time) performed with a specific joystick motion and button tapping?
2) WEAPONS. Was Samurai Showdown (1993) the first fighting game awarding a key role to a characterís weapon? Are weapons important in other 1993-1995 fighting game series by SNK (I'm not as familiar with them as I should be)? WeaponLord (1995) would make weapons even more crucial (with thrust blocking and many other techniques) a few years later...
3) FATALITIES. The Mortal Kombat series obviously influenced a slew of fighting games. Which pre-1996 fighting games other than MK I-II-III incorporated fatalities/finishing moves in their gameplay? Iím thinking of TimeKillers, Eternal Champions, BloodStorm, Killer Instinct, Primal Rage and WeaponLord; are there others? Do some pre-1996 SNK fighting games have fatalities also?
4) COMBOS REGISTERED ON SCREEN. Combos became more and more important in post-SF II fighting games. Was Super Street Fighter II (1993) the very first game which the combos were registered on screen (i.e. with 4-hit combo flashing briefly)? Which other pre-1996 fighting games also had this feature? I know about Primal Rage, most of Capcomís titles (X-Men: Children of the Atom, Darkstalkers, etc.), Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat III, WeaponLord...
Thanks in advance!