Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
|Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer|
Cover art by Masami Ōbari
|Publisher(s)||SNK (arcade, Neo Geo)
Urban Plant (PS)
|Genre(s)||2D Versus fighting|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players simultaneously|
|Arcade system||Neo Geo (186 Mbit cartridge)|
|Display||Raster, 320 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors|
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (超人学園ゴウカイザー Chōjin Gakuen Gōkaizā?, "Superhuman Academy Gowcaizer") is a 1995 superhero-themed head-to-head fighting game produced by Technos Japan Corp. for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It was the company 's second attempt at a fighting game, following the Neo Geo fighting game version of Double Dragon. It features character designs by artist Masami Ōbari, who previously worked on the anime adaptations of the Fatal Fury series. Ports of the game were released for the Neo-Geo CD and PlayStation (Japan only).
At the start of the game, the player can select from one of ten playable characters, then select an opponent. If the player wins the battle, he or she is given the opportunity to take one special move from the opponent (this is also possible in multiplayer battles). If the player already has a special move gained from another character, the new special move he or she gets will replace the old one. However, if the player loses a match, should he or she ever continue the game, the player will be allowed access to older weapons earned from past enemies. This game mechanic is similar to the possibility to use other characters' special moves in BloodStorm, another arcade fighting game. One key feature is that if one character has little health remaining, he or she will be able to perform a desperation move to turn the tide of battle. It is also found in The King of Fighters series and Fatal Fury games starting with Fatal Fury 2.
- Gowcaizer (Isato Kaiza) Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
- Hellstinger (Kash Gyustan) Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
- Karin Son (Sun Hualing) Voiced by: Tomo Sakurai
- Kyosuke Shigure Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu
- Shaia Hishizaki (Shaia Shu Silveianu) Voiced by: Yumi Tōma
- Brider (Ikki Tachibana) Voiced by: Masami Ōbari
- Fudohmaru (Ranpou Fudoh) Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu
- Captain Atlantis (Randy Riggs) Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
- Marion (DES/CO-P IV "Marionette") Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono
- Sheng-Long (Gouichirou Kaiza) Voiced by: Yusaku Yara
- Ball Boy Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono
- Platonic Twins (Ryo Asahina & Suzu Asahina) (Sub-boss) Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa and Yūko Nagashima
- Ohga (Shizuru Osaki) (Final boss) Voiced by: Show Hayami
A three-episode OVA series based on the game was directed by the game's character designer Masami Ōbari. An English adaptation was produced by U.S. Manga Corps and made into an hour-and-a-half film titled Voltage Fighters: Gowcaizer the Movie. Four drama CDs, an image song collection, and a manga were also released. Similarly, Karin Son and Shaia Hishizaki were re-used in Angel Blade as minor antagonists.
- Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer at GameFAQs
- Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer at the Killer List of Videogames
- Review at Kazuya's
- Information about the anime version.
- Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- J-pop.com review