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Review: Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash – A Solid Street Fighter EX Spin-Off For Connoisseurs

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Back in the mid-1990s, when Capcom was feeling pressure from 3D fighters like Tekken and Virtua Fighter, they published their own 3D version of Street Fighter called Street Fighter EX. It was actually outsourced to a company called Arika, founded by ex-Capcom employee Akira Nishitani, who had previously worked as a designer on Street Fighter II. While the game had plenty of familiar faces like Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li, it also had a roster of new and original characters that expanded over the next few entries in the Street Fighter EX series. However, due to Arika’s involvement, none of these characters ever ended up appearing in any other Street Fighter games. Arika later created a 3D arcade fighter called Fighting Layer, which included even more original characters, though it was left to flounder in obscurity.

Two decades later, Arika — most recently known for partnering with Nintendo on Tetris 99, Super Mario Bros. 35 and Pac-Man 99 — returned to the fighting game arena with Fighting EX Layer, which now arrives on Switch as Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash. Curiously, it doesn’t have any characters from the original Fighting Layer, but it does feature the original characters that they had created for the Street Fighter EX series.

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