The Rumble Fish 2/FAQ

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How do I play this game?

A modern** console version has never been released for this game so the main method of playing it (without arcade hardware and boards) is to use an emulator such as Demul or MAME. It is also playable through Fightcade.

(**It has recently been ported to dreamcast https://twitter.com/SmokeMonsterTWI/status/1330676311438675968?s=20)

What is this game's story about?

All of the game's lore is available on the website. Is it also being translated into English by @wikipe__tan.

What is the difference between the Atomiswave and Nesica versions?

There are 3 versions of this game.

  • Atomiswave (Oldest version and easiest to obtain and run using Demul)
  • Nesica 1.0 (Version that introduced new balance changes and mechanics)
  • Nesica 1.1 (Bug Fixes and minor balance changes. Version currently in JP Arcades)

The Nesica version is the most recent version of the game with balance changes and new additional mechanics. Any major changes to characters will be noted in their individual character pages or you can reference them here.

Atomiswave Specifics

Notable bugs/Mechanics not present in Nesica Versions:

  • Hazama/Sheryl/Garnet cannot immediately block after Ground Recovery.
  • Air Dodge Special Move Lockout bug is present.
  • Beatrice High Air Dodge has ridiculous amounts of invincibility compared to everyone else making it very abusable.
  • Some characters retain some invincibility after a ground roll (upper or lower body).

Nesica Specifics

All characters are unlocked and available on the character select. The time attack and survival modes are also easily selectable when you insert coin. Graphics are repolished and UI cleaned up. Command lists are viewable on the sidebars.

V1.0

  • Addition of Double Impact Break

V1.1

  • CPU Difficulty revised
  • Increased window where Impact Break is accepted
  • Reversal window increased
  • Damage after impact blow fixed.

Which version is better?

The Nesica version offers better gameplay balance but is unfortunately difficult to obtain and emulate due to the nature of Nesica software. The Atomiswave version is easy to find on the internet and is the version usually played outside of Japan because of this.

How do I play the boss characters?

These characters must be unlocked for the Atomiswave version of the game.

Unlock Greed and Hazama

  • Access Test Mode.
  • Enter "Configuration".
  • Select "Game Settings".
  • Go to "Other Setting".
  • Set "Password 1" to "MACROSTOMA" ("Password 1" option is changed to "Password 1 OK").
  • Greed and Hazama are now available on character selection screen.

Unlock Beatrice

  • Above password must be set.
  • Place your cursor on Hazama on character selection screen.
  • Press: 4x ↑, 2x →, 4x ↓, 2x ←, 1x ↓.
  • Beatrice appears in place of the "Random" icon.

Are the boss characters legal?

Yes they are legal for tournament play in every version of the game.

How do I play Time Attack and Survival?

Time Attack and Survival modes (Atomiswave)

  • Access Test Mode.
  • Enter "Configuration".
  • Select "Game Settings".
  • Go to "Other Setting".
  • Set "Password 2" to "SMARAGDINA" ("Password 2" option is changed to "Password 2 OK").

At title screen:

  • Hold both "Punch" buttons and press "Start" for Survival mode.
  • Hold both "Kick" buttons and press "Start" for Time Attack mode.

Does this game use twitter hashtags?

It sure does!

Twitter Hashtags:
#TRF2 #RF2 #RumbleFish2
#TRF2_AR (ARAN)
#TRF2_BA (BAZOO)
#TRF2_BE (BEATRICE)
#TRF2_BO (BOYD)
#TRF2_GA (GARNET)
#TRF2_GR (GREED)
#TRF2_HA (HAZAMA)
#TRF2_HI (HIKARI)
#TRF2_KA (KAYA)
#TRF2_LU (LUD)
#TRF2_MI (MITO)
#TRF2_OR (ORVILLE)
#TRF2_SH (SHERYL)
#TRF2_TY (TYPHON)
#TRF2_VI (VIREN)
#TRF2_ZE (ZEN)


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Viren
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