With the rising popularity of anime fighters, more and more games are being developed and released in hopes of becoming the next big tournament fighter. These games sometimes end up taking themselves too seriously and sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all the seriousness and just be goofy. Waku Waku 7 fills in that role nicely.
Released in arcades on November 1996, Sunsoft’s Waku Waku 7 takes several anime tropes and creates an entire game from parodies of said tropes. From the character’s to the plot, Waku Waku 7 makes it clear that it doesn’t take itself too seriously while still showing they care in the gameplay department.
The story of the game is essentially a parody of Dragon Ball with 7 legendary Waku Waku balls taking the place of the Dragon Balls. The character’s are all parody of typical anime tropes such as a over enthusiastic young hero character, a robot maid, and even a knock off of a character from a certain Hayao Miyazaki film. All the characters each have their own ridiculous reasons for wanting the Waku Waku balls which makes for some amusing character interaction and ending sequences.
Waku Waku 7 is a game filled with personality and is available on the Neo Geo, Sega Saturn, Playstation 2, and Wii Virtual Console.