me and a couple other locals have been playing this game a little. It’s pretty stupid, but pretty entertaining at times. We’ve even got some match videos!
I used to think Mariko (cheerleader) was the best character in the game, but now I think she’s #2 to female Ranma. Female Ranma can do ridiculously silly combos off her crouching LK’s, and if they block she can just walk up and do f+LP for an easy throw (a jump kick animation), which can be followed up with a crouching HK sweep everytime. Plus she has incredible mobility with her fast walking speed and double jump (plus divekick), which can cause problems for a lot of the slower characters. She just seems like an absolute nightmare, but it’s possible she’s not AS good as I’m thinking.
Mariko is still really solid. Poke poke poke poke poke poke into split kick. Air fireball is really good if you can get the motion off, it has an annoying arc. I think she can beat some slower characters for free if she can run away to full-screen distance and just keep repeating her super pom-pom throw over and over - as far as I can tell, some characters have no way to get through this other than blocking it and hoping they can close the distance. Although she owns the shit out of most of the cast, Kuno counters her for free.
Kuno’s probably #3. Really good normal moves, especially his standing HP which can be buffered into his lunging swipe thing. His LP+LK backhop attack has an obnoxious hitbox and instantly gets him out of any situation should they get close. His uppercut thing is great anti-air, but the part where it hits on the way down isn’t all that good against people already on the ground, since they can just duck the attack.
after that I’m not really sure where everyone else ranks
Shampoo has really good mobility like female Ranma, also having a double jump and divekick and what seems like the fastest walking speed in the game. She would be really fucking good if all the combos involving her HP+HK double kick would actually get both hits of the double kick, so many times I’ve seen the second kick blockable.
Ryoga is solid, but head butt into “power geyser” isn’t completely safe - characters like Kuno and Mousse can still poke him after being pushed back. Against most characters it’s really really good though.
Mousse has some good normals, some have some weird hitboxes that make them a real pain in the ass to get around. Only problem is that some of his moves leave him at frame disadvantage even on hit, so it gets him killed eventually.
Akane seems good, but whenever I play her I usually just make it a point to keep going for her rapid bag spin thing lol. If you keep tapping the punches it actually does more block damage. She doesn’t have much else in the way of combos but she does have an easy throw command at least (b+HP when close).
Kodachi’s super is insanely good, but I can’t find much else to do with her, most of the rest of her special moves suck.
Ukyo has a ghetto no-damage infinite, lol. LP+LK stuns the opponent if they’re not blocking, and you can keep doing it infinitely to push them into the corner or whatever. If you’re a real dick you could just keep doing it until time runs out. She seems okay otherwise, some of her moves are kinda strange though and I’m not used to her
Genma has one really good combo (repeated standing LP’s into shoulder charge), but he’s so slow and has shitty range on a lot of his attacks. His uppercut isn’t bad though since it stays out so long in the air and will often hit people that think the move has already finished.
Male Ranma… none of us ever play him but he doesn’t really seem to have anything good. Why bother when the Female version is far better?
Hinako is garbage. She’s obviously a little better if you can get the transformation off I think. She’s also got some weird high/low mixup with her dash moves, but ehhh.
I could probably go into more detail on some of these characters but I don’t feel like typing any more right now