Nicalis And Ex-King of Fighters Staff Bringing Yatagarasu To Nintendo 3DS eShop

By Ishaan . August 23, 2012 . 1:00pm


Circle Edge, a three-man development team in Japan, are working with Nicalis on bringing a fighting game to the Nintendo 3DS. Titled Yatagarasu, the game is developed by designers who have previously worked on The King of Fighters series. Art is handled by ex-SNK artist Styleos (Toshiyuki Kotani); game design and balance by Umezono (also ex-SNK); and engine design by Shiza.


Yatagarasu was actually originally released in 2011 in Japan. The game took four years to develop, and has a four-button attack system as well as a parry system. It includes eight playable characters; a single-player and 2-player mode; and Training and Replay modes. It also has one other interesting feature—an optional commentator system that simulates trash talk during fights.


“Yatagarasu” is still only a tentative title for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, and yes, it’s headed to both North America and Europe.


Nicalis haven’t announced a release date yet, but they will be taking the game with them to PAX Prime, where attendees will be able to try it out. You can watch a trailer for the game above.

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  • Katamari Toys

    Looks promising, but the 3ds pad sucks so I will probably skip this game…

  • Luis Camargo

    I’m a big fan of fighting games, but this really didn’t picked my interest.

    Lack of online (yes, I know it’s a indie developer) is a problem to me as I am probably the only one who would be willing to pick this game.

    Also, the 3DS button layout isn’t good for a fighting game. I played SSFIV on it and it felt terrible. Beyond that, that’s too many games already releasing in the genre: P4A, TTT2, DoA5 are the prime examples.
    Regardless of all that, I really wish they get the sucess they deserve it. Depending on the price, I myself might pick this up or after a discount.

  • eilegz

    interesting to see to bring more this kind of games to the 3ds even if its digital affair only

  • Code

    Seems interesting, really nice sprite work/animation, but I think the game could use a speed boost, it’s pretty slow .___.’ Also kind of curious if they are dropping the control scheme down to four buttons, or if it’s just not counting the high/low parries as buttons >o>; But  either way I like the idea of 3DS shop getting some 2D fighters, it’d be really nice >w<;

    Here's the Japanese site, which does have a playable demo o3o; I'm curious though if the 3DS version will go beyond the original indie version, or be a relative straight port o3o;

    • James Beatty

      I just want full screen and 3D support
      edit: i was told full screen is confirmed by the publisher

  • Shane Guidaboni

    This is great! I’ll definitely support this. 

  • Shadowman

    This is a great game, great design, great character I have my eye on this game.

  • $30632660

    I’d grant my full support if there was Online Multiplayer, there’s no excuse as to why a fighting game would not have it.

    No online, no buy.

    • I kinda get it since it’s a 3 man team.  But even JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD as online play and it’s not even a new game…

    • James Beatty

      It’s an eshop title. :/

      • It is an eShop title, yes, but it’s also a fighting game. People have certain expectations of those, eShop or not. For example, someone could to go out and buy SSFIV3D Edition for relatively cheap now, and they’d get a very, very meaty game with all the expected bells and whistles for their money.

        They’d also get a game from a highly-trusted brand. If you aren’t a known brand, you need to try and stand out in different ways. Being an eShop-specific fighting game is certainly one way to do that, but this game doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There are other fighters on 3DS.

        • James Beatty

          I get that to some extent, but it is an eshop title and keeping online servers up costs money and…well it’s an eshop title. I would be mad if it was a retail title, but as long as this isn’t more than 10 bucks it seems pretty solid. Also, has it been confirmed to not have online? 

          • No, it hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if the online was in, you can bet they’d be making a big deal out of it. Maybe they just haven’t decided yet or are still working things out. I guess we’ll find out.

  • kylehyde

    This is the kind of game that I like, I will get it as soon as it get released.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Even in the depths of night, when no other bird dares to take flight, one alone soars to shine the light of righteousness on the world’s blight! 

    And that one is me! For I am the Great Thief, Yatagarasu!

  • Hmm maybe it is just my playstyle but I don’t mind the lack of online probably because I”m not great at fighters anyways.

    I’ll bite for ex-KoF staff.

  • Looks pretty cool. Will probably get it.

  • Istillduno

    Wow always thought this was just soe obscure doujin game that’d never get off the PC, it’s a nice suprise to see it headed to a console and even more of one to see it headed outside of Japan.

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  • Kris

    Hmmm. If I had a 3DS, I’d bite! Sure, there’s no online play, but I like the idea of a doujin fighter hitting a console in the west. 

  • Hinataharem

    Simple and sweet. Not bad.

  • cjeromek

    I’ll get it. Looks pretty awesome plus I’ve always been a fan of SNK so these ex-staffers have got my money in the bank already.

  • Ryan Sinclair

    Looks good! I can’t wait to download it. So thankful more good Japanese titles are coming to the USA! 

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