So there are lots of fighting games with heinous unfair and difficult bosses. One of my favorite videos pits pro fighting game players against some of the most notoriously BS final bosses in the genre. the results are… well, fascinating.
One of the bosses seen here is General from a Taito game called Kaiser Knuckle. Kaiser Knuckle is a mildly interesting little fighter released by Taito in 1994. It’s got some Nobuteru Yuki illustrations (don’t know if he did the actual designs beyond promo art), a good-but-not-superlative Zuntata soundtrack, and an odd system where you press two buttons to execute command normals. The animation and sprite art is pretty nice for the era, too. It had a planned upgrade called Dan-Ku-Ga that hit location test, and was later dumped to MAME despite never seeing official release. A full-fledged sequel morphed into the fan favorite Psychic Force.
But we’re not here to mull over the game’s history, I’m afraid! We’re here to witness just how phenomenally cheap General is. He’s the true final boss of the game who you get to through flawless play, and he has a deserved reputation as possibly the worst fighting game boss of all time. Yes, MUCH worse than whatever SNK boss you’re going to trot out as an example.
How bad is he? The famous Mikado arcade in Japan recently held a challenge: 50 yen a pop to see if *you* have the chops to beat General. They livestreamed the whole thing: almost two and a half hours of repeated attempts to take down fearless leader. The carnage starts at about 14:45, and the trainwreck continues from there on until the stream shuts off. No doubt Mikado reaped a nice pile of coinage from this one.
So next time you’re complaining about Seth or whoever, just look at this and think about how much worse it could have been.
Impressive! I still feel the cheapest boss of all time was Dio in World Heroes 2 (technically an ADK character, Heidi!) but this General looks like a real bastard. Those crazy self-projectiles look like the kind of thing I used to draw in my notebook in high school. Seth is a jerk*, but he’s nothing compared to what quarter-munchers put us through in the 90s.
Is this General-fest livestream archived online somewhere?
*the boss of Street Fighter IV, not Seth Killian who is nice