Forgotten Old Games – Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen

Hi everyone it´s Friday! Friday!… oops Ok, this week´s review had some delays but here I am with a fresh old game!

Today I´m gonna talk about Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen for Sega Genesis!

Yuu Yuu Hakusho for Sega Genesis is a fighting game, not just a fighting game but a really good fighting game that is based on the anime Yuu Yuu Hakusho. Anime based fighting games are generally bad but this one is fantastic I know lots of people who consider this game one of the best Sega Genesis fighting game.

Yuu Yuu Hakusho was developed by Treasure, released in 1994 and never made out Japan however Tec Toy released this game in Brazil during 1999 as Yu Yu Hakusho: Sunset Fighters with everything translated to portuguese. At that time I already had a Playstation but I remember that this game became very popular between my friends and we played it a lot.

This game story focus on the anime main story and engulf all the anime arcs. Basically the main character is Yusuke Urameshi a college troublemaker who dies trying to save a kid that was almost run over by a car. Even god himself doubted that Yusuke might be good to save anyone so his death wasn´t scheduled. To correct this problem Yusuke had a chance to resurrect and work for heaven as something like a demon hunter.

During his adventures Yusuke makes powerful allies and enemies so this is what this game is about.

You can pick between 11 characters from the anime, good and bad guys to kick some asses.

Yuu Yuu Hakusho gameplay is very similar to Guardian Heroes from Sega Saturn, basically your character can move, dash, guard use heavy attacks and weak attacks. You can also change planes in a system very similar to Fatal Fury, different from other fighting games your character can change it´s direction and give his back for the opponent. I think they did this because it was easier way to handle 4 players on-screen fighting each other, yes this game supports 4 players at the same time!

All character has it´s unique special attacks and abilities with a good balance between each other.

This game also has awesome graphics, characters has lots of animations frames and they´re all heavy detailed. Backgrounds are rich and gave a good sense of perspective because of the different planes.

There´s also a cool day cycle effect during the fights, you can start a fight during the daytime and pass to afternoon and night.

Music and sound are pretty decent, not good and memorable as Street Fighter tunes but they´re pretty good, I really like the character voices, they´re all from the original japanese anime.

In closing comments Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyou Toitsusen is a great fighting game, even if you´re not a fan of the anime, you should try this one, it´s a very obscure but great fighting tittle for Sega Genesis!