Clay Fighter 63 1/3

An underrated gem on the N64
October 20, 2015
When you think of one on one fighting games, what comes to mind?
Most people say Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel VS Capcom and Darkstalkers when they think of the most popular one on one fighters.
However, there is one game series that is never talked about anymore and that is the Clay Fighter series. Before I talk about 63 1/3 though, I'd like to give some information on the series as a whole.

The original Clay Fighter was released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo and was ported over to the Sega Genesis one year later in 1994. It was developed by Interplay (the same game company behind Earthworm Jim)and featured a very interesting set of fighters including a blob who could transform into various objects and an evil version of Frosty the Snowman called Bad Mr. Frosty.

Anyways, after Clay Fighter 2: Judgement Clay was released, Interplay released Clay Fighter 63 1/3 on October 23rd, 1997. Now this is a game that I NEVER knew about until 2011. So I didn't actually play this game when it first came out. The first time I heard about Clay Fighter 63 1/3 was in a video I was watching on YouTube which was a guy going through his collection of N64 games.

After I saw that video, I decided to see what information I could find on the Clay Fighter series and I eventually got a Nintendo points card to get some points in order to download the Genesis port of the first game.

Anyways, the cool thing about Clay Fighter 63 1/3 is the fact that there are cheat codes to unlock 3 additional characters. Here are the codes:
First of all, you must hold down the L button before entering the codes.
Sumo Santa: A, Down C, Right C, Up C, Left C, B
Dr. Kiln: B, Left C, Up C, Right C, Down C, A
Boogerman: Up, Right, Down, Left, Right, Left

Aside from the characters that you can unlock with the cheats, there are also 9 other awesome fighters. These include Bad Mr. Frosty, The Blob, Ickybod Clay, Kung Pow,T-Hoppy, Bonker, Taffy, Hougan and Earthworm Jim.

As far as the gameplay goes, the game relies on using mainly the C buttons for attacks and the D-pad for moving your character (you can use the control stick as well but the D-pad is much better for a game like Clay Fighter)

One of the coolest things about Clay Fighter 63 1/3 is the voice cast. I know it's completely strange to talk about voice casts in the days of the N64, but for the time, this was the greatest voice cast since Star Fox 64. Just to give you an idea here is a list of the characters and who they are voiced by:
Bonker- Rob Paulsen
Kung Pow- Jess Harnell
Dr. Klin/T-Hoppy- Charlie Adler
Taffy- Tress MacNeillie
Announcer- Michael Buffer
Earthworm Jim/Boogerman- Dan Castellaneta
Sumo Santa/Hougan/Bad Mr. Frosty- Jim Cummings
The Blob/Ickybod Clay- Frank Welker
With a voice cast like that, you might think that the game sold well. To tell the truth, it didn't really sell that well but in 1998, A special edition was made exclusively for rental at Blockbuster called Clay Fighter Sculptor's Cut and it is one of the rarest and most expensive N64 games out there.

All in all, Clay Fighter 63 1/3 is one of the most underrated games on the N64. If you can find it for a good deal, I would buy it and give it a go. It's a lot of fun.
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