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“Secret Ultimate Combat ‘seize’ tech resurfaces a long time after authentic launch”
As among the common Destructoid clan might know, Ultimate Combat is my favourite sport of all time. I’m not gonna roll out why another time, who cares, yo? Simply know that I’ve plunged hours upon hours (upon hours) into Capcom’s legendary brawler, and throughout myriad platforms — thus, I used to be left reeling by some just lately rediscovered tech, which is hidden away deep contained in the grindhouse gutter fighter.
— ★ヒジヤン★愛好会グッズ新発売 (@hijiyan_jp) June 22, 2022
As famous by Japanese arcade aficionado @hijiyan_jp, (with the nice phrase unfold by devoted brawler historian Belt Motion Central), it’s doable for the participant to “break away” from the dying grip imposed by a few of Metro Metropolis’s meanest villains, equivalent to Andore and Abigail. This motion is activated by way of a button command that was unimaginable to carry out on the unique arcade cupboard, however stays constructed into the code of the unique ROM, in addition to Ultimate Combat‘s many dwelling ports.
Right here’s the science: Ultimate Combat is a two-button sport (A/B), although the ROM comprises a placeholder for a seemingly unused third button (C). This button, designed for developer utilization solely, lets Messrs Haggar, Cody, and Man, break freed from Andore’s grabs by urgent Up + C, dodging an energy-sapping chokehold or brutal tombstone piledriver. Provided that the devoted cupboard solely had two buttons, this escape was unimaginable for quarter-dropping children within the arcade.
Confirmed for Ultimate Combat SNES. Additionally Up+Assault. pic.twitter.com/MKwuoeKGaG
— Belt Motion Central (@BeltAction) June 22, 2022
Via emulation, nevertheless, it’s doable to remap Button C, and thus acquire entry to the key escape. Weirder nonetheless, it appears that evidently this transfer was straight integrated into Ultimate Combat‘s dwelling releases. Belt Motion Central has already reported that SNES gamers want solely hit Up + Assault to activate the grab-break, with Recreation Boy Advance launch Ultimate Combat One additionally that includes the identical shifty get-out-clause. Devoted speedrunning group Pace Demos Archives has additionally been lengthy conscious of this secret perform, spotlighting an evidence of the mysterious “Button C” and its use on the positioning’s Ultimate Combat web page.
So there you’ve got it, my fellow vigilantes, no extra piledriver peril… I want this shit labored on Avenue Fighter V‘s Abigail. Anyway… I gotta run… I’ve a private finest to beat.