Back in the early days of the Playstation, before Soul Blade was even a speck in the distance, there was a little game called Battle Arena Toshinden. Though it’s all but forgotten now, Toshinden was a big hit at the time, and paved the way for later 3D fighters such as Tekken and the Soul series.
Yes, a 3D fighter on the Playstation received a Game Boy version, of all things. Though fighting games on the Game Boy weren’t unheard of, they were certainly uncommon, and as you could imagine were highly scaled down from their original versions. Let’s see how Toshinden fares.
You’re given three modes: 1P Game (arcade mode), VS. CPU, and VS. HUMAN. As you can see, you could play against a friend using a link cable. Good luck finding someone else with the game, though. You have eight characters to choose from, each having their own vague story.
And there’s the game. It doesn’t look too bad, honestly. The characters have a more chibi-like design, and the game plays more like a 2D fighter, understandably. You’ve got two attack buttons; tapping them quickly will do a weak attack, and pressing down hard will do a special. Characters have unique special moves too, and overall it’s got what you would expect from a fighting game.
Overall, Battle Arena Toshinden is a fairly decent Game Boy fighting game. There’s nothing particularly special about it, but it’s functional, and was a fun enough way to pass the time back in the day. If anything, I’d say it actually holds up better than the Playstation games, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
Though the PC version DID have Earthworm Jim in it.