Breakers is a 2D fighting game released by Visco, on December 17, 1996, for the Neo Geo and Arcades in Japan. It features a roster of eight playable characters, from all over the world, competing against each other in a fierce tournament. A sequel, Breakers Revenge, was released on July 3, 1998, with additional playable characters, balance adjustments and new gameplay elements. Breakers has gained a cult following since its original release in Japan due to its solid gameplay and unique elements.
The special actions are also similar to other fighting games from the same era, although the dashing and back-stepping techniques tend to differ between characters (some of them will roll on the floor for example). Additionally, the player can move while standing up after a fall. The game system emphasizes balance between characters by featuring an elaborate damage adjustment feature.
The player also can perform super moves by accumulating enough energy in their power gauge and performing the command (the power gauge can be filled up to three levels). To accumulate energy for the Power Gauge, the player must perform special actions such as taunting, dashing, back-stepping, rolling, etc. Like most fighting games, the player can cancel a regular move into a special move or special move into a super move, but the player can also connect one super move to another until their Power Gauge runs out, allowing the player to perform acrobatic combos. Because of its emphasis on damage adjustment, it is hard to spam the same attacks for great damage.