If you fancy stepping outside for a little old-school ultraviolence, then perhaps this week’s Arcade Archives release will be right up your back-alley. Hamster’s latest coin-op classic, now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, is Seibu Kaihatsu’s obscure brawler Zero Team.
Released back in 1993, amidst a slew of scrolling beat ’em ups, Zero Team has one-to-four players don the personalities of a squad of superhero-type crime fighters, including a duo of ninja-warriors, a firearm-obsessed old boy, and a gal who showed up without any pants. While Zero Team features typical face-mashing mayhem, it has a surprisingly deep combo system, neatly-designed stages, an unashamed love of procured weaponry, setting it apart from your average Final Fight knock-offs.
Check out the destructive action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Martinoz.
Zero Team was not only a rarity in the arcade market, but also took an extraordinarily long time to arrive on the emulation scene. As such, this release represents the underplayed brawler is first ever official home port, and is a welcome addition to Hamster’s expansive range of classic and forgotten quarter-munchers.
Zero Team is available to download now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced at around $8.