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The Combatribes [Model SHVC-CR]

Nintendo Super Famicom cart. published 32 years ago by Technos Japan Corp.

Listed in MAME

The Combatribes [Model SHVC-CR] screenshot

The Combatribes © 1992 Technos Japan Corp.

Combatribes is a side-scrolling fighting game by Technos, conversion of an arcade game. A group of three fighters, the 'Combatribes', decide to challenge the local gangs of New York City and to eliminate their most wanted leaders. The Cyborg Martha Splatterhead, the worst of all, has united the gangs and must be stopped. Berserk, the blond of the group, is average with moderate speed and strength, Bullova is the slowest but features more health and power and Blitz is the most agile and trades off a reduced health and power for greater speed. Our trio uses traditional fighting moves such as Punches, Kicks and Throws. They can also hit enemies on the ground, jump in the air and fall on their backs or smash their heads together. Flying Throws can also be triggered by grabbing opponents from the ground and spinning them around by the legs - the stronger the fighter is, the more spins he does and the more damage he can inflict on the surrounding foes. Combatribes features six stages, called 'acts' and each one of them takes place in a different location. Each area is rather short (a couple of screens long) and the stage's boss usually shows up when all his minions have being taken care of. At the end of each level, a password is given to the player to unlock new fighters (mainly game's enemies) from the versus mode. Unlike the original arcade version, Technos threw an extra Versus fighting mode in this conversion. Controls are also slightly different in this mode - shoulder buttons can block and fighters can throw fireballs at each other.


Cartridge ID: SHVC-CR


The Combatribes was released on December 23, 1992 in Japan for 9300 Yen.

It was first released in the arcades in 1990. Unlike the Super Famicom version, the original features large items (such as bikes and pinball machines) that can be picked up and thrown at enemies. Surprisingly, Berserk is called Berserker and the trio displays different stats. Another interesting feature from the original arcade game is the health counter displayed at the top of the screen - inserting more coins simply buys more health. This feature was replaced by a standard health bar in the Super Famicom version. Stages also have a different structure - for instance in the Clown area the boss fight happens at the top of a scaffolding tower and the club in the third stage features two floors. As a side note, a special cabinet was also available where three players could play at the same time.

Export releases:
[US] "The Combatribes [Model SNS-CR-USA]"

Goodies for The Combatribes [Model SHVC-CR]
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Thirty credits
Hold L + R + Select on controller two and reset the game. Release the buttons at the title screen. The credits may now be set to a maximum of thirty from the options screen.

Ten credits
Hold X + A + L on controller two and reset the game. Release the buttons at the title screen. The game will default to ten credits instead of three.

One round match
Hold A + B on controller two and reset the game. Release the buttons at the title screen. Each match will consist of one round instead of three.

Five round match
Hold X + Y on controller two and reset the game. Release the buttons at the title screen. Vs. mode matches will now consist of five rounds instead of three.

Super hard difficulty level
Hold A + B + L + R on controller two and reset the game. Release the buttons at the title screen. The difficulty level may now be set to "Super" from the options screen.

Extra energy
Hold Up + L + R one controller two and reset the game. Keep those buttons held as the game restarts. Use controller one to begin the game, then release the buttons on controller two.

Play as Bosses
Enter 9207 as a password.

Vs. mode passwords
Enter one of the following passwords to access different fighters:


Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel;