Clayfighter 63 1/3 (Nintendo 64)

The Clayfighter series began life on the Super Nintendo where two Clayfighter games were developed, the first of which was also ported to the Sega Genesis. Clayfighter 63 1/3 is the third title in the series and the first released for the Nintendo 64.

Clayfighter 63 1/3 was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997 and, like its predecessors, is a parody of various other fighting games, primarily the Killer Instinct, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat series. Particularly amusing are the “Claytalaties”. Unfortunately, neither the first sequel nor this one lived up to the standards set by the first game. Part of the problem may have been the difficult development this game went through.

Originally titled Clayfighter III, it was originally going to be one of the first releases for 3D0’s M2 console which ended up never seeing the light of day. After that console was cancelled, development was moved to the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation with the PlayStation version being eventually cancelled. While not a terrible game on the Nintendo 64 it doesn’t have quite the charm or playability of the first Clayfighter on the Super Nintendo. While virtual console re-releases occured for the first two titles in the series, Clayfighter 63 1/3 remains exclusive to the Nintendo 64.

A special enhanced version with extra characters among other changes called ClayFighter: Sculptor’s Cut was released exclusively for rental through Blockbuster. It is possibly the rarest Nintendo 64 games ever produced with only about 20,000 made and many of those significantly abused as rentals.

Clayfighter 63 1/3 (Nintendo 64)