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Last Bronx
Last Bronx
Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega AM3 PCs H.I.C.

System(s): Sega Model 2B CRX, Sega Saturn, Windows PC

Genre: Action















Number of Players: 1-2

Release Date RRP Code
Arcade World 1996-06  ?
Sega Saturn JP 1997-01-08 ¥6,800 GS-9152
Sega Saturn US 1997-10-17 $? 81078
Sega Saturn EU 1997-10 £44.99 MK81078-50
Sega Saturn BR 199x $? 191x38
PCs JP 1998-02-27 ¥8,800 (9,240) HCJ-0130
PCs US 1998 $?  ?
PCs EU 1998 £?  ?



Last Bronx, subtitled Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi (ラストブロンクス -東京番外地-) in Japan, is a 3D versus fighting game developed by Sega AM3 for Sega Model 2B CRX arcade hardware.

History

Development

Last Bronx is the third in a set of games released during the mid-1990s by Sega's AM teams to capitalise on the success on a genre kickstarted by Sega's own Virtua Fighter. At the time, Sega AM2's Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers were proving to be profitable ventures - Last Bronx stands as Sega AM3's (sole) attempt at taking some of the market for themselves. While Virtua Fighter 2 is seen as the technical fighter and Fighting Vipers a more intense experience, Last Bronx was envisioned as a story-led fighting game with motion-captured weapons, one of the first games to do so (the other being Namco's Soul Edge).

Release

Model 2 Version

Last Bronx proved to be another big success for Sega, despite AM3's lack of experience with the genre.

Sega Saturn Version

Last Bronx was brought to the Sega Saturn in early 1997, and was considered at the time to be a big technical achievement for home console fighting games, the key feature being polygonal backgrounds, which although present in plenty of arcade games prior to Last Bronx's release, were non-existent on home consoles due to a perceived lack of processing power. Usually, as was the case in Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, backgrounds would be replaced with unrealistic 2D variants, and were a common source of complaint at the time.

Last Bronx was the first fighting game to break this trend, although the level of detail in the background still pales in comparison to the Model 2 version. It is also notable as at the time, no PlayStation fighting games were achieving this feat either (although they became more common towards the end of 1998). Of note is that Last Bronx was also is also AM3's first Saturn game, with previous conversions behind handled by CS Team.

As was customary, the Saturn version contains more gameplay modes so as to satisfy a console audience.

PC Version

Following the Saturn release, a PC version of Last Bronx was released in 1998. The PC version retains the Saturn's extra modes but with visuals more comparable to the Model 2 version.

Legacy

Following the release of Last Bronx, AM3 largely abandoned the 3D fighting game genre so no direct sequels have ever been produced. The popularity of Last Bronx however led to comics, radio dramas and a V-Cinema film.

The game was souped up and brought to the PlayStation 2 as Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 24: Last Bronx -Tokyo Bangaichi- in 2006.

Production Credits

Arcade Version

Director: Akinobu Abe
Assistant Director: Nobuyuki Yamashita
Chief Programmer: Seiji Fujiwara
Programmer: Masanobu Yanagisako, Kenichi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kataoka, Yoshio Hirasawa
Chief Designer: Shinichi Nakagawa
Designer: Takeshi Sano, Mitsuhiko Kakita, Jun Uriu, Masamitsu Hoshino, Koji Ono, Go Kikuchi, Yasuhito Tanaka, Kenji Shimizu, Kuniharu Takeuchi
Motion Editor: Tomosuke Tsuda, Mari Tsuruzoe, Isao Matsumoto
Character Designer: Yoshitsugu Sato
Model Designer: Tomoko Yemura
Sound Director: Tomoyuki Kawamura
Publicity: Noriaki Yatsuzuka
Special Thanks: Attractive Action Club, Sega Digital Media Studio, Bose (SDP), Shinsuke Takizawa, Jun Uehara (Hakuhodo Inc.), Mitsuko Akata,
Staff of

  • "Ikebukuro Gigo"
  • "Hi-Tech Sega Shibuya"

Technical Research Section, To All Members of AM R&D Dept. #3
Producer: Yoshiro Akata
General Manager: Hisao Oguchi
Produced by: Sega
© 1996 Sega

Saturn Version

Director: Akinobu Abe
Programmers: Seiji Fujiwara, Hirofumi Okamoto, Mitsuyoshi Ono, Bungo Ishida
Designers: Seiichi Yamagata, Kiyohiko Yamashita, Masaki Takahashi, Minori Hisamatsu, Sayaka Ishiyama
Character Design: Yoshitsugu Sato
Sound: Tomoyuki Kawamura
Computer Graphic: Koji Ono
Movie Convert: Yuji Sawairi
Coordinator: Noriaki Yatsuzuka, Nobuhiko Shimizu
SOJ Text Coordination: Ryoichi Hasegawa
SEGA of America: Steve Hutchins, Michael Jablonn
SEGA of Europe: Mark Maslowicz

LAST BRONX Opening Movie and Ending Movie

Director: Hiroyuki Aoyama
Producer: Teruhisa Yamaji
Art Director: Makoto Shiraishi
Color Key: Tomoko Yamamoto
Computer Staff: Yukihiko Ichikawa

" Jaggy Love " (iNOKS Records)
  • Artist: D'Secrets
  • Lyrics: Minoru Ohta
  • Music & Arrangement: Woora

Special Thanks: Hiroya Tanaka, Tetsu Saito (iNOKS Records), Masaaki Hori (iNOKS Records), W.Tang (APJ), Kouyousha, Sega Digital Studio, & All the Testers
Executive Producer: Hisao Oguchi
Producer: Akinobu Abe

PC Version

Voices
  • Yusaku: Kazuki Yao
  • Joe: Kaneto Shiozawa
  • Lisa: Mina Tominaga
  • Tommy: Nobuyuki Hiyama
  • Yoko: Megumi Ogata
  • Kurosawa: Norio Wakamoto
  • Nagi: Kikuko Inoue
  • Zaimoku: Tessho Genda
  • Redeye: Nobutoshi Hayashi

Director: Akinobu Abe
Programmers: Seiji Fujiwara, Hirofumi Okamoto, Mitsuyoshi Ono, Bungo Ishida
Designers: Seiichi Yamagata, Kiyohiko Yamashita, Masaki Takahashi, Minori Hisamatsu, Sayaka Ishiyama
Character Design: Yoshitsugu Sato
CG Design: Koji Ono
Sound: Tomoyuki Kawamura
Coordinators: Noriaki Yatsuzuka, Nobuhiko Shimizu
Executive Producer: Hisao Oguchi
Producer: Akinobu Abe

PC Edition Staff

Programmers: Tatsuya Satoh (HIC), Takashi Yonemori (HIC), Tenshi Ueda (HIC), Hiroki Kawashima (HIC), Kunihide Izawa (HIC)
Graphic Designers: Katsufumi Yoshimori, Takeo Kimata, Ryuhei Arai (HIC)
Producer: Toshinori Asai
Assistant Producer: Shun Arai
Director: Tadashi Kuroi
Special Thanks: Original Last Bronx Staff, AM#2 Dept. Sound Team, Sega Digital media Studio

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Model 2 Version

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Sega Saturn 80 Sega Retro Average
Based on 5 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer & Video Games 60 №191, p60/61
EDGE 80 №49, p78/79
Joypad 84 №68, p100/101
Saturn Power 85 №5, p72/73/74/75
Sega Saturn Magazine 92 №24, p68/69
Saturn, US
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Manual
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Saturn, JP
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PCs 80 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
EDGE 80 №56, p104
PC, US
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Cover

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Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
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Jewel Case
PC, EU
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PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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PC, UK (Fair Game)
PC, FR
PC, ES (Xplosiv)
PC, RU
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PC, IL
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External Links

Games in the Last Bronx Series
Last Bronx (1996) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 24: Last Bronx -Tokyo Bangaichi- (2006)
Last Bronx related media
Albums Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi Sound Battle (1997) | Last Bronx Radio Drama Vol. 1 (1997) | Last Bronx Radio Drama Vol. 2 (1997) | Last Bronx Radio Drama Vol. 3 (1997) | Last Bronx Radio Drama Vol. 4 (1997) | Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi Soundtracks vs Club Remix (1998)
Books Last Bronx Official Art Works (1997) | Last Bronx Official Guide (1997) | some others
Film Sega Official Video Library Vol. 4: Last Bronx (1996) | Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi (1997)