The Last Blade (Neo Geo/1997) Guessed by Korppi
Neo Geo might not have supported the best library of games, but fighter fans who owned the system had plenty of great games to keep themselves busy. One of those fighters is The Last Blade, a spiritual sequel to the Samurai Shodown series, which I also love. I guess I'm just a sucker for weapons-based one-on-one fighters :) Anyway, what makes The Last Blade so special, apart from its graphics and music (thanks Player2), is its combo system and its two modes, power and speed mode. Depending on which mode a player chooses at the beginning of each match, his or her character will have access to a unique style of attack. It makes for a very layered, very complex fighting game that allows for a good amount of strategy.