‘Super Crush KO’ Manhandles Your Heart with a Special Release

Super Crush KO gets physical—literally. Indie publisher Super Rare Games is collaborating with Vertox Pop to release physical copies of this vibrant and vivacious side-scrolling brawler on the Nintendo Switch. Originally released digitally in 2020, Super Rare is offering 4,000 physical copies (with 2,000 of those being SteelBook) copies from tomorrow, 22nd July at 6pm BST! Whether you’re a collector hankering to fill your shelf with something rare, a frugal investor that wants to sell something valuable in the future, or a sentimental sort that would like to hug a physical copy of a great game and kiss it goodnight before you retire to your humble boudoir to attend to your evening affairs, there’s a lot to love in this limited edition release.

It’s gorgeous

More than just a case and a cartridge, the physical edition comes with a full colour manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker and a selection of 3 trading cards from a 5 card set. In addition, the game will come with a delightful sticker sheet unique to these copies. These beautiful bonuses all leverage the game’s endearing vintage art style, reminiscent of anime from the 80s and 90s.

Simple Character Action Fo’Sho

Super Crush KO has you play as Karen, a young lady who finds her cat Chubbz stolen by an alien called Ann, and must pursue her pet while battling killer robots all over the city. Ann might have been better off stealing John Wick’s dog, though. The main character doesn’t fit the internet’s conventional description of a ‘Karen’: she rocks a neon, bubblegum-coloured jacket, the spunk and appearance of Sailor Moon’s Makato Kino, with the fighting skills and super strength to match. And she has a giant laser gun. Also, she won’t call the cops on your cook out.

The story is a bit of a trip

The game is from the same team who made Graceful Explosion Machine. Like that game, it’s a side-scroller, though instead of being a shoot’em up in the vein of Gradius, it’s a beat’em up possessing similar simple combat mechanics to Drink Box Studio’s Guacameleee, along with an emphasis on combo-execution that you’d expect to see in games like Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. You are assessed during each battle on how well you dispatch the robots sent your way, i.e. how quickly you do it, how little you get hit and the variety of moves you use in one fluid sequence. In short, it’s about how stylishly you finish the level.

You’ve got a pretty sweet selection of moves to increase your score with. In addition to basic punches and her standard projectiles, Karen can uppercut, divekick, ground pound and fire an obligatory room-clearing energy beam through a menagerie of mechas. There’s also leaderboards, so you can compare the results of your labour with Super Crush KO players worldwide. With this new, tangible, corporeal incarnation of the game, you also have the opportunity to compare and trade cards. Whether you’re competing for high scores, discussing how lovely the cutscenes look, or debating the ethics of stealing cats from other planets, there’s never a shortage of ways to reach out with someone and become Super Crush K Bros.

You can follow Super Rare Games on Twitter for frequent updates, and purchase their games on their website at www.superraregames.com. If you don’t manage to get a Super Rare copy in time, you can download digital copies of Super Crush KO on the Nintendo eShop or Steam.


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