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The Last Blade 2
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
The Last Blade 2 control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1998
Control
Method
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
73,990,144 bytes (70.56 MiB)
MAME ID lastbld2

About The Game

The Last Blade 2 is an arcade video game.

Much-acclaimed swordplay fighter with 16 selectable characters and one end boss. Another SNK triumph!

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Weak slash, [B] Strong slash, [C] Kick, [D] Repel

Trivia

Released in November 1998.

This game is known in Japan as "Bakumatsu Roman Dai Ni Maku - Gekka no Kenshi : Tsuki ni Saku Hana, Chiri Yuku Hana" (translates from Japanese as 'Bakumatsu Romance Episode II - Swordsman in the Moonlight : The Flower That Blossoms In The Moon, The Flower That Turns To Dust').

Kojiroh Sanada is a homage to an ancient Chinese legend about a girl disguising herself as her father (the same story was also used in the Disney movie Mulan).

Lee Rekka is a homage to the Cantonese hero, Wong Fei Hung.

Akari and Juzoh are the comedic relief characters in the Gekka series : If Akari is fighting someone other than Juzoh, Juzoh can be seen next to the elephant. If Akari is fighting Juzoh, Akari's three friends (Hijiri Nanase, Aoi Yahata and Shizuka Kujou) can be seen next to the elephant. If Juzoh is fighting someone other than Akari, Akari can be seen with her friends.

Pony Canyon released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Bakumatsu Roman The Second Act Gekka no Kenshi - Flowers Blooming on the Moon, Flowers Scattering on the Wind - PCCB-00350) on 18/12/1998.

Updates

In the original (Japanese) version of Last Blade 2, each of the 3 modes is described by one kanji : Chikara (red), Waza (blue) and Kiwame (green). Chikara means 'strength', Waza 'skill' and Kiwame 'extreme'.

These 3 modes were made into 'Power', 'Speed' and 'EX', respectively, for their English release.

However, one case where the modes were literally translated remain.

If you look at the English 'How To Play' intro in Last Blade 2, you will see 'Strength and Skill' where they should have said 'Power and Speed'.

A slight mistake in the English renaming, or a tribute to the Japanese and therefore correct, names.

Tips and tricks

Play As Kaede From Last Blade

Highlight Kaede at the character selection screen, then press C(x9), B, C(x4). You must input the correct button sequence in LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS! - A sound will confirm correct code entry.

Play As Kouryu

Highlight Kaede and press C(x10), B(x5) and C(x5). You must input the correct button sequence in LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS!

Hagure Hitogata Appearance

Highlight Akari at the character selection screen, then press C(x8), B(x9), C(x4). You must input the correct button sequence in LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS! - A sound will confirm correct code entry.

Naoe Kotetsu Appearance

Highlight Shigen at the character selection screen, then press C(x5), B(x10), C(x2). You must input the correct button sequence in LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS! - A sound will confirm correct code entry.

Time Attack Mode

Insert a coin, hold A+B+C+D and press Start.

Unlock EX Mode

At the mode selection screen, highlight Speed and press C(x6), highlight Power and press B(x3), highlight Speed and press C(x4). You must input the correct button sequence in LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS!

Ending Variation

If you get enough fatalities/decapitation kills with Sogetsu before the last boss, his ending will be in full color instead of the usual brown tinted color.

Contest?

If you finish the game in one credit, a password is given to you (The Password is 'Elephant'). This password can be entered in the official LB2 Internet page. This contest was available between 11/1998 and 04/1999.

Series

  1. The Last Blade (1997)
  2. The Last Blade 2 (1998)

Staff

Voice Actors

Hyo Amano
Akio Ohtsuka
Genbu no Okina
Shigehumi Nakai
Akari Ichijou
Mayuko Omimura
Kaede
Kouji Suizu
Shinnosuke Kagami
Makoto Awane
Juzoh Kanzaki
Taison Ohya
Lee Rekka
Jun Hashimoto
Moriya Minakata
Jun Hashimoto
Mukuro
Monster Maetsuka
Shigen Naoe
Enma Ito
Kojiroh Sanada
Satomi Nakatani
Setsuna
Takaya Yamauchi
Hibiki Takane
Kyouko Hikami
Keiichiro Washizuka
Katsuyuki Konishi
Yuki
Hazuki Nishikawa
Zantetsu
Ohtomo Ryuzaburo
Kouryu
Koji Ishii

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1999)
Sega Dreamcast (2000, "The Last Blade 2 - Final Edition")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.2 : Last Blade 1 & 2")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Bakumatsu Roman The Second Act Gekka no Kenshi ~Flowers Blooming on the Moon, Flowers Scattering on the Wind~ PCCB-00350[1] 1998-12-18 Pony Canyon CD version.
Bakumatsu Roman The Second Act Gekka no Kenshi ~Flowers Blooming on the Moon, Flowers Scattering on the Wind~ Arrange Sound Trax PCCB-00353[2] 1999-01-07 Pony Canyon CD version.
Bakumatsu Roman The Second Act Gekka no Kenshi ~Flowers Blooming on the Moon, Flowers Scattering on the Wind~ Drama CD PCCB-00354[3] 1999-01-07 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan Final ~The 20th Century Memorial Best~ SCDC-00061[4] 2001-01-11 Scitron CD version.

References

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.