Fighting Layer (ファイティングレイヤー, Faitingu Reiyā) is a 3D fighting game developed by Arika and published by Namco. It was released exclusively in Japan in December 1998 and has never been released overseas or ported to any home consoles or PC. A spiritual sequel, Fighting EX Layer, was released in 2018.
The gameplay system is similar to that of the Street Fighter EX series (also developed by Arika), such as canceling supers into other supers, and universal guard-break attacks. Unlike in the Street Fighter EX series, fighters can now dash forward or backward by tapping the directions twice and fighters can now also side step with a specific button combination. This game also introduces two new mechanics. One where players can preform safe falls to keep from hitting the ground and the other making their fighter dodge and charge up their super gauge to its maximum.
Two of the game's characters, Allen Snider and Blair Dame, previously appeared in the arcade games Street Fighter EX, Street Fighter EX Plus, and the PlayStation version of Street Fighter EX Plus, titled Street Fighter EX Plus α.
- Allen Snider
- Blair Dame
- George Jensent
- Hong Gillson
- Janis Luciani
- Jig Jid Bartol
- Lan Yinghua
- Sessyu Tsukikage
- Shang Fenghuang
- Tetsuo Kato
Secret characters (can be unlocked through time release):
- Clemence Kleiber
- Joe Fendi
- Preston Ajax
Boss characters (cannot be unlocked):
- Vold Ignitio (final boss)
- Shin Knight (hidden boss)
In Japan, Game Machine listed Fighting Layer on their February 1, 1999 issue as being the eleventh most-successful arcade game of the year.
- Official website (in English)
- Official website (in Japanese)
- Fighting Layer at the Killer List of Videogames