Here's a headline no one expected to see today: A brand new fighting game is in the works and is set to release next year - for the Super Nintendo. That's right, Unholy Night is a new fighting game IP in development from some former SNK devs, and their little game is going to end up on an actual SNES cartridge. I'm not kidding, you can see some character designs and screen shots in the gallery below! You can't make this stuff up.
We know very little about the game itself. It was brought to my attention by NeoGAF user "Hayama Akito," who directs us to a Facebook post announcing and describing the game. Apparently it was shown off yesterday during the Hong Kong Retro Game Expo. The game was actually playable on the show floor, as you can see from this image.
Everything about this picture is gnarly. Both players are using old-school Capcom fight sticks, and the game running on an old CRT TV that Sharp released in the 90s that had a Super Famicom built-in (you can see that the controllers are plugged directly into the TV). Everything else we've gathered so far has come from rough translations of Chinese.
We do know that the game is being developed be a team of developers who used to work at SNK together. They worked on games like The King of Fighters 98, 2001, and 2002 together, and now they've reunited to produce Unholy Night, which will be crammed onto a 32MB cartridge. 32 megs may sound laughable, but that's huge compared to classic SNES games, the largest of which topped out at 6MB.
A little more info can be gleaned from the project's official site here. Apparently this will be a darker game based on the lore surrounding vampires, werewolves, and a group of hunters known as the "Dark Family." While we do expect this game to play a bit simpler than modern fighting games, it is noted that each character has eight unique special moves to master and exploit.
To get a look at these characters, as well as a few in-game screen-shots, check out our gallery below! Will we ever see this game in the West? Not likely, but for retro console collectors, this is going to be necessary import.