Revisit the early days for King of Fighters’ Athena in Psycho Soldier
Hamster’s retro launch for this week affords us the chance to have a look at the early days of one in all SNK’s most well-known heroines – King of Fighters hero, pop starlet and all-around cutie-pie Athena Asamiya – as old-school arcade sport Psycho Soldier returns on PS4 and Nintendo Change.
Initially launched again in 1986, Psycho Soldier is a wierd mix of platformer and shmup, as gamers management Athena – and in co-op mode her buddy and fellow KoF star Sie Kensou – battle via waves on enemies in an auto-scrolling platform journey. Athena and Kensou can launch spheres of Psycho Energy (not the type M. Bison makes use of, thoughts), to defeat the baddies, whereas avoiding hazards and amassing power-ups for stronger assaults.
Psycho Soldier is legendary for its superb title music, sung by pop idol Kaori Shimizu, which was even translated for the western market. When the arcade was ported to quite a lot of house platforms, a cassette that includes the monitor was bundled with Famicom copies in Japan. Man, I want we nonetheless acquired cool bonuses like that. Give it a pay attention.
Psycho Soldier would even see launch on house computer systems such because the Spectrum and the Commodore 64, with very metallic cowl artwork that was not fairly reflective of the sport’s origins. Right this moment, it is form of a primary sport, however nonetheless a blast for retro followers in co-op. No matter the place it stands within the trendy gaming world, Psycho Soldier has lots of neat historical past embedded in its story, proving that, if nothing else, Athena’s identify remains to be magic…
Psycho Soldier is accessible to obtain now on PS4 in Japan and Nintendo Change worldwide. It is usually out there on the SNK 40th Anniversary Assortment.