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Asuka 120%
あすか120%
(1994)

 



X68000 version (1994)
 
The Asuka 120% Series debuted in 1994, developed and released by small-timer developers Fill-In-Cafe as a direct tribute to the booming popularity of the VS fighting game genre, as triggered by the likes of Street Fighter and Garou Densetsu.
Making its first appearance on home computers, Asuka 120% presented a surprisingly intense and fast-paced take on the genre, simultaneously implementing numerous interesting features like double jumps, dashing, air juggles, and the easy 'canceling' of special moves.
The cast is almost entirely composed of 'high school gals': the main character, 'Asuka' is your average anime-style sailor-outfit heroine, while the 120% of the title refers to the maximum charge amount of the 'Super Bar', which enables the player to unleash a number of outrageous 'Super Moves'.
At first the game comes across as a passionately made 'dōjinshi' (self-published) release. Yet it benefits from a surprisingly solid game engine, that could easily be tweaked and improved upon. Following its initial release on FM Towns and X68000 in 1994 the game made a surprisingly good appearance in 1995 on the PC Engine (a machine that was almost completely devoid of decent fighting games) and by 1996 it made its first appearance on PlayStation, where it was met with reasonable success despite facing much sterner competition.
It proved popular both with animation and fighting game fans, providing its own kind of Anime-style multi-hit mayhem. The Sega Saturn Asuka 120% Limited (1997) is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the series, since the original development team spilt up shortly after its release. Some would go on to work on TGL's similar Variable Geo series.
Part Sailor Moon, part Marvel Super Heroes (1995), Asuka 120%'s madcap gameplay style may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it has definitely made its own contribution to the genre as a whole. Its anime designs, multi-hit chains and gravity-defying air combos make it an interesting forerunner to the likes of Guilty Gear (1998), Melty Blood Act Cadenza (2005) and Arcana Heart (2006).
 

 
Asuka 120% Burning Fest.
あすか120% BURNING Fest.
FM TOWNS
DETAILS
Format FM Towns
Released 11 Mar 1994
Publisher Fill In Cafe
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
The very first version of Fill In Cafe's madcap fighting game appeared on FM Towns floppy disk, and produced in very small quantities.
Widely bootlegged in its day, original prints of this are now very sought after.

Large PC-style packaging, 3 x 3.5' disks, instructions manual.

Asuka 120% Burning Fest.
あすか120% BURNING Fest.
X68000
DETAILS
Format X68000
Released 22 Apr 1994
Publisher Fill In Cafe
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Direct conversion of the original FM Towns game for the Sharp X68000 / X68030 series.
Very hard to find complete - we are knee-deep in computer collector land here.

Large PC-stlye packaging, 2 x 5' floppies, manual.

Asuka 120% Excellent
あすか120% エクセレント
FM TOWNS
DETAILS
Format FM Towns
Released 22 Dec 1994
Publisher Family Soft
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
The first Asuka 120% upgrade benefits from an improved 'Adventure' mode and enhanced sound and presentation thanks in great part to the FM Towns' CD-Rom medium.

Large PC case, FM Towns CD-ROM in CD case, instructions manual.

Asuka 120% Maxima
あすか120% マキシマ
PC ENGINE SUPER CD-ROM²
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 28 July 1995
Publisher NEC Avenue
Product ID NAPR-1049
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Asuka 120% hits the PC Engine in the excellent Asuka 120% Maxima, ending up as one of the best 2D fighting games on the machine - if only for lack of competition.
Features improved collisions, 4 extra characters and Arcade Card compatibility for faster loading times and sharper PCM sound effects.

CD case, PC Engine Super CD-ROM² disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Asuka 120% Special
あすか120% スペシャル
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 29 March 1996
Publisher Family Soft
Product ID SLPS-00231
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Fill In Cafe's crazy fighting game series comes to the PlayStation featuring all the extras from the PC Engine version, a new secret character and even more outrageous moves & combos. This is where the series really starts to come into its own.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 12-page colour booklet, spine card.

Asuka 120% Excellent
あすか120% エクセレント

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 9 May 1997
Publisher Family Soft
Product ID SLPS-00849
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
One year after the PlayStation 'Special' edition comes the 'Excellent' upgrade, long-awaited by Asuka players but a bit of a let down in the end - it only offers a few minor adjustments.
It's still great fun though!

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Asuka 120% Excellent Comic Anthology
あすか120% エクセレント
コミックアンソロジー
GAMEST COMICS 117
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Aug 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-368-2
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1(A5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
Comic book 'Anthology' collection of short stories and tributes featuring the Asuka 120% girls, from a selection of different manga artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

146 pages (black & white), Japanese.

Asuka 120% Limited
あすか120% リミテッド
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 9 Oct 1997
Publisher Ask Kodansha
Product ID T-16708G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The Sega Saturn 'Limited' version is widely considered to be the last 'real' Asuka 120% release - the original Fill In Cafe development team disbanded after this production.
It's also one of the best: the game remains similar to the PS version(s) but with larger characters and a vastly improved game system.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

LimitOver Burning Fest.
LimitOver BURNING Fest.
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released Sep 1998
Publisher Fill In Cafe
Product ID n/a
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.09
PRICE
STATUS

Following the release of 'Limited' on Sega Saturn in 1997, members of the original development team got together to create this unofficial CD-R patch disc.
The gameplay is tweaked even further, and the 'Story Mode' is removed, replaced by an all-new 'Death Match Mode'.
Now a very, very rare item, very sought after by collectors.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-R disc, inlay.


Asuka 120% Final
あすか120% ファイナル
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 27 May 1999
Publisher Family Soft
Product ID SLPS-02074
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Asuka 120% returns for one last outing on PS, implementing all of the features of the SS 'Limited'.
The original Fill In Cafe staff had little to do with the production of this one... It is widely regarded to be nowhere near as good as the SS version, but it's still worth a try if you're into your zany 2D fighting games.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Asuka 120% Return
あすか120% リターン
PC CD-ROM
DETAILS
Format PC CD-ROM
Released 24 Sep 1999
Publisher Family Soft
Product ID FSW-012
Size (cm) 22 x 15.2 x 4.7
Weight (kg) 0.36
PRICE
STATUS
The Asuka 120% series slowly fades away back into PC territory with 'Return', a nicely presented but comparatively minor upgrade of the PS 'Final'.
Package includes a bonus 'Soundtrack CD'.

Cardboard packaging, PC CD-ROM in CD case with manual, soundtrack CD in CD case, large fold-out 'Family Soft Game Catalog' [image].

 

'Asuka 120% Burning Fest' and 'Fill In Cafe' are registered trademarks of Fill In Cafe Co., Ltd.
'FM Towns' and 'Fujitsu' are registered trademarks of Fujitsu Corporation
'X68000' and 'Sharp' are registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation
'PC Engine' and 'NEC' are registered trademarks of NEC Corporation
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