Pocket Fighter was released in September 1997 in the Japanese arcades. It was known as the 25th video game released for the CPS-II hardware.
It was known outside Japan as Super Gem Fighter. Here is a list of known Export releases:
"Super Gem Fighter - Mini Mix [Blue Board]
"Super Gem Fighter - Mini Mix [Grey Board]
"Super Gem Fighter - Mini Mix [Orange Board]
Many elements of the game come from "Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X" (basically gems and sounds).
When you talk about cameos in fighting games, this game is way packed in this category! Here are some famous ones :
Felicia : Can disguise herself as Megaman ("Mega Man - The Power Battle"), Rikuo / Sasquatch / Huitzil ("Darkstalkers - The Night Warriors"), Gamof & Rimgal ("Star Gladiator - Episode : I Final Crusade
Ibuki : Among her costumes are Rolento (Street Fighter Zero) and Chaka ("Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Chun Li : She disguises herself as Jun May Williams ("Star Gladiator - Episode : I Final Crusade
") & Jill Valentine ("Resident Evil
Gouki : He disguises himself as Leo ("Warzard").
Also when performing his Shun Goku Satsu the old way (Punch, Punch, Towards, Kick, Special) he parodies Guy's Musou Renge Super Combo! ("Street Fighter Zero
Lord Raptor's graveyard makes a cameo in Gouki's ending!
Ken : Some disguises are a soccer player ("Capcom Sports Club") and Hol Horse ("Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Tessa : In one of her costumes she disguises as Midler ("Jojo's Bizarre adventure
Also when she is low on energy and she blocks an attack she summons Pao ("Warzard") and uses her as a living shield!. :(
Morrigan : When performing her 'Darkness Ilussion' she summons her kid sister Lillith ("Vampire Savior - The Lord Of Vampire").
Hauzer : The huge monster who appears on Ryu's ending is a boss character in "Warzard".
Zanglief : His Leaping Bite super combo actually happens to be a parody of Birdie's Murder Chain super combo (However Zangief modifies the second part of the move by biting the opponent instead of slamming them on the ground as Birdie does!).
The 'Capsy' soft drink (seen in Felicia's ending) is a parody of the Pepsi cola!. :)
Additionally you can find lots of famous Capcom characters on the game's backgrounds, some of these are :
Blanka, Dhalsim & his wife Sari, E. Honda, M. Bison, Cammy, Fei Long, Guile, Charlie, Vega, Dee Jay, Birdie, Gen, Sodom, Guy & Rolento (Street Fighter games).
Rikuo & Riki, Victor, Bishamon, Jon Talbain, Hsien Ko (disguised as Santa Claus!), Sasquatch, Demitri, Jedah (as a woman!), Donovan & Anita, Baby Bonnie Hood, Lin lin (in the game's logo!) & Huitzil (Darkstalkers/Vampire Savior games).
Chris Redfield (looking quite pale & angry!), the giant snake boss (that is trying to gobble up Rikuo!) & a few zombies! (Resident Evil games).
Helena ("Street Fighter III - New Generation
Vampire Mistress in Red Dress (seen in Demitri's stage in "Vampire Savior - The Lord Of Vampire").
Demitri's girlfriends (seen in his own stage as well as in his ending in Darkstalkers & Nightwarriors games).
Jun May Williams & Rimgal ("Star Gladiator - Episode : I Final Crusade
Don Tacos ("Pang! 3").
Pao & Leo ("Warzard").
Son Gokuu ("Son Son
All of the death scenes that occur when a character is defeated are taken from famous old games, such as "Son Son
"'s 'splash down the drain' or the famous "Final Fight
" / "Double Dragon
The long-nosed karate character bearing a halo that appears with Dan during certain moves is Dan's father who was killed by Sagat. The long-nosed karate fighter is a hilarious parody of Mr. Karate, aka Takuma Sakazaki of the AOF/KOF series, who wore a long-nosed Tengu mask in the original "Art of Fighting" when disguised as the final boss.