Pair Pair Wars was a puzzle game designed by Sunsoft in 1996 for the NEOGEO system.
Gameplay consists of manipulating your on screen character to clear tiles by pairing
them up, very similar to memory match type games such as Concentration or Shanghai.
The game is themed around Sunsoft's mascot character, Hebereke, who has been featured
in many of their other games such as Ufouria for the NES. You can select Hebereke
himself, or choose from 7 of his friends from previous adventures.
Sunsoft released 2 titles for the NEOGEO; Galaxy Fight in 1995 & Waku Waku Seven in
1996. Hebereke was most likely intended to be released around 1996, but was canceled.
An arcade operator here in the United States had a sample MVS cartridge of this game.
Sadly, it was damaged along with alot of other equipment in a severe flood back in 1998.
Several years ago we both tried to track down another one from his original source, an
old coin-op distributor, but we had no luck.
-- January 1996 -- the original arcade flyer was printed as promotional advertisement for distributors & operators in the arcade industry.
-- 1996 -- the unreleased title list document states that a proto Hebereke game cartridge was location tested.
-- May 1996 -- the Japan magazine NEOGEO FREAK publishes a 3 page spread on the game with a huge write up & dozens of screen shots.
-- 1996 -- SNK publishes a small catalog of 6 new games that are coming soon for the NEOGEO with information & screenshots of Hebereke.
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