Best of the Best is not based on the cheesy straight-to-VHS series of films of the same name, though it does achieve similar levels of quality.
The game begins on a standard screen showcasing Player 1 and Player 2 ready to duke it out. Menu options include changing your player’s name, training, selecting different hitting styles, or looking at the rankings for each of the fighters. Get yourself into a bout, and your attacks will only connect if the person isn’t blocking the area you hit (supposedly).
To Electro Brain’s credit, the game tries to be a realistic karate simulator, but the NES just can’t handle it. Needless to say, button mashing isn’t what Best of the Best is, er, best at. Patience and correct timing are key, and even then, the inputs are questionable. Controlling your character is about as easy as wading through a vat of syrup, and not nearly as tasty. Even after you press ‘A’ or ‘B’ to attack, your actions take a considerable amount of time before they connect; Eric Roberts help you if you and your opponent clash at the same time. Sometimes you won’t even be able to tell if your opponent took a hit or not.
Bottom line, the NES is not the console for fighting games, traditional or otherwise. Best of the Best deserves just a little bit better.
PUBLISHER: Electro Brain DEVELOPER: Loricels
GENRE: Sports/Simulation RELEASE DATE: 12/1992 – (US), 1993 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Amiga, GB, Genesis, SNES