Another straggler from last night’s releases has made its way out worldwide. DotEmu and SNK have collaborated to release another classic Neo-Geo fighting game on to iOS, this time bringing Garou: Mark of the Wolves ($3.99) on the go. The really exciting feature here is the inclusion of Game Center online multiplayer for the first time in one of these DotEmu ports. Implementing online multiplayer in an emulated game is far from impossible – GGPO started out as an emulation tool for just this, and turned into a key game development tool for those who make fighting games with online play. However, this is one of the first emulated games to have online multiplayer on iOS. The player base is a bit limited at launch, so our forum thread might be a good spot to hit up some matches.
Otherwise, there’s the standard array of features for a DotEmu SNK port: the entire classic arcade game, with different virtual control options available to use. And if you have an MFi controller, this supports it. Expect challenging and unforgiving gameplay that will likely take a lot of practice to master, especially if you’re not well-versed in SNK fighting games. Still, it’s well-known for pushing the aging Neo-Geo hardware to the limits, and its animations and visuals look great even today.