Start a game in 'Special Mode' and press Start to access the title screen. Press Up, Down, Left, Right, Down, Up, Right, Left, L2, R2. You will hear a voice by Mizoguchi, and you can now play as him in 2P Battle.
Hold L2 and R2 during the character select screen to display Beginner mode.
On the character select screen, highlight the character you wish to select and choose their outfit color with any button. Hold down the button and then hold any of the 8 directions to change the skin tone of your character.
To choose a bonus eighth color for your character, have your opponent select the character you wish to choose with LK, then press LK to select the character they selected (LP for Kousonshu, Start for Mizoguchi and Chougai). Your character will fight with a golden color scheme.
A character known as Huyan Zhuo in the novel will challenge the player before the final boss fight if they remain undefeated throughout the game at that point. He can only be defeated through special attacks, and if the timer reaches 20, he will unleash an attack that kills the player in a single hit.
In "Special Mode", characters have at least two Desperation Moves that can be performed when a character's lifebar is flashing depending on whether you have your weapon or not. Before listing them all, here's a quick legend:
F = Forward, B = Back, D = Down, U = Up, P = Punch, K = Kick, LP/LK = Light Punch/Kick, MP/MK = Medium Punch/Kick, HP/HK = Heavy Punch/Kick, DF = Down/Foward and so on.
Rising Dragon: F, B, DB, D, DF, F + P (with weapon)
Berserker Rage: D, DB, B, D, DB, B + HP (without weapon)
Spaz Attack: F, DF, D, DB, B + K (with weapon)
Berserker Rage: D, DB, B, F + HP (without weapon)
Vacuum Jasmine Wave: [jump] D, DF, F + P (with weapon)
Berserker Rage: [jump] D, DB, B, F + HP (without weapon)
Shadow Charge: D, DF, F + K (without weapon)
Super Ki Beam: F, DF, D, DB, B, F + HP (with weapon)
Mandarin Death Chop: B, D, DB, F + P (with weapon)
Atomic Earth Splitter: D, DB, B, DB, D + HP (without weapon)
Super Earth Scorcher: [close] B, D, DB + P (with or without weapon)
Manchurian Meteor Fang: F, B, DB, D, DF, F, D, DF + HP (without weapon)
Super Meteor Strike: [jump] D, DF, F + P (without guardian)
Pinball Bounce: D, DB, B, D, DB, B + HP (with guardian)
Tiger Drill: F, D, DF + P (without weapon)
Tiger-fighting Hero: When you lose a round with your weapon, hold down all three Punch buttons as the next rounds begin.
Tsunami Strike: D, DB, B + P (with guardian)
Phoenix Rush: D, DF, F, D, DF, F + HP (without guardian)
Brilliant Storm Drop: D, DB, B + K (with weapon)
Rising Phoenix: B, F, D, DF, F, D, DF + HP (without weapon)
Thunderstorm Arc: F, D, DF + P (with or without weapon)
Yama Phoenix: B, F, DF, D, DB, B, F + HP (without weapon)
Transform: Hold down all three Punch buttons as soon as you are defeated (K.O.’ed) in the round.
Dark Ki Beam: F, DF, D, DB, B, F + P (transformed)
Sheep Curse: F, DF, D, DB, B, F, D, DF + HP and HK simultaneously
See Goodies section.