Soul Falchion title screen
Li Cheng (China)
|Console||Game Boy Color|
|Engine||Takara King of Fighters engine|
|Sound engine||Capcom (Mega Man V engine)|
|Alternate names/hacks||Capcom Fight 2003|
Soul Falchion (格鬥劍神 Gé dòu jiàn shén) is a Game Boy Color fighting game developed by V.Fame and released in 2002.
Soul Falchion is a weapons based fighting game using Takara's engine from their Game Boy King of Fighters games.
It has 20 characters, most (if not all) of which are based on characters from SNK's Last Blade and Samurai Shodown series, renamed (some with names taken from Mortal Kombat), slightly modified and recoloured. The sprites are smaller versions of the sprites used in the Neo-Geo Pocket Color games.
Its sound engine is stolen from Capcom's Mega Man V but the music itself is original, and is generally considered one of the best pirate/unlicensed game soundtracks.
There are at least two known versions of this game; only one is dumped. The undumped version differs from the dumped version at least the following ways:
- All music is taken from Super Fighter 2001 Alpha, another V.Fame fighting game (although even the dumped version shares some tracks with that game, including the title screen).
- The title screen features the character Kang instead of Saibot and is written in Traditional rather than Simplified Chinese.
- Character portraits in the intro fade out completely, rather than only fading certain colours like the dumped version.
Based on the types of Chinese used on the title screens, the dumped version is probably the Chinese release published by Li Cheng, and the undumped version is probably the original Taiwanese version. The undumped version, however, appears as part of the multicart Silver Version 12 in 1.
* The game's name in the header is "Gals Fighters", which appears to be a leftover from V.Fame's all-female fighting game Queen Fighter 2000. Some graphics from that game, including character portraits, can still be found in the Soul Falchion ROM.
- A title screen hack of this game is called Capcom Fight 2003, despite not featuring any Capcom characters.
- All characters have unique win quotes written in (poorly translated) English, but all share the same ending.
- The dumped version has a "Soul" boot logo which would replace Nintendo's if played using the original cart on a real Game Boy. This is unusual for both V.Fame and Li Cheng, as both usually used their own custom logos (V.Fame's being their own name, and Li Cheng's being "Niutoude")
- The music can sometimes be heard to speed up or slow down at different points in the game, such as between the title screen and the options menu, which seems to suggest Capcom's sound engine does not always interact well with Takara's fighting engine and V.Fame's original code.
- On the intro screen, the character Sonya is portrayed to look very similar to Samurai Shodown 4's Sogetsu, but in game plays more like Mai Shiranui. Ironically, the Soul Falchion character, Kider is the Sogetsu Clone, despite being fasioned after Asura.