FIGHTCRAB is a game about CRABS that FIGHT, okay?


FIGHTCRAB! You really can’t beat that title, both for accuracy and sheer satisfaction value in shouting it aloud, hence why I insist it be capitalized. The latest from oceanically obsessed Japanese indie outfit Nussoft (they of the quite bonkers Neo Aquarium: The King Of Crustaceans and its sequel, Ace of Seafood), FIGHTCRAB has been in the works for a while now, but yesterday they released their best chunk of gameplay footage yet.

Within, CRABS. And they FIGHT. Really, what more could you ask for?


Possibly a little less daft than their earlier games, but still charming in its aquatic oddness, FIGHTCRAB looks to be primarily a game of physics-driven underwater wrestling. Two crustaceans enter, one leaves, their foe embarrassingly up-ended and wobbling around on their back. Oh, and sometimes the crabs have bloody great medieval swords, making for a spectacular display of armored violence.

It appears that as with Smash Bros and its many imitators, damage to the enemy causes them to become lighter and easier to flip, with crabs at full health staying stubbornly attached to the sand below. Stabbing or bashing with weapons definitely causes damage, but you can also gradually wear your rival down by grabbing onto them with your big scary pincers. There are a variety of shelled warriors to play as, and it seems that there’s multiple weapons too, though I do question the viability of a spiked ball on a chain at the bottom of the ocean.

FIGHTCRAB will apparently be making its debut at independent trade-show Comiket this summer, August 11th, but my inability to read Japanese means that most of the juicy, meaty details remain trapped behind a shell of linguistic incompatibility. If any of you fine sea-faring folk are able to decipher the text in the video above, by all means share your wisdom in the comments below.

You can keep up with development on this and other such silliness on Nussoft’s official site here, and their Twitter feed here.


  1. Orchids says:

    What are the rules of FIGHT CRAB?

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      1: Two Crab Enter
      2: One Crab Leaves
      3: Spin To Win

    • gwop_the_derailer says:

      No touching of the hair or carapace.

    • Captain Narol says:

      The first rule of Fight Crab is: You do not talk about Fight Crab.

      The second rule of Fight Crab is: You DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CRAB!

      Third rule of Fight Crab: Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.

      Fourth rule: only two crabs to a fight.

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      I’m assuming that targeting the weak point for massive damage is considered unsporting.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      The first rule of fight crab is: LEGGSSSS!!!!!111!

    • Freud says:

      No pincer attacks.

    • Mongward says:


  2. Kollega says:

    Say it with me: CRAB BATTLE!

    • falcon2001 says:

      I will forever remember this dumb, glorious video.


    • Blad the impaler says:

      Oh my gosh, thank you.

  3. Sleepymatt says:


    Oops, sorry for bringing that back up again…

  4. chrishads says:

    You mess with crabbo, you get stabboed

  5. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    I’m still not sure what it’s about. Is it a citybuilding game?

  6. Spacewalk says:

    I had no idea that the mating ritual of the crab involved swords.

  7. Dave L. says:


  8. eatsomeshit says:

    Came to comments for Oblivion references, left so fucking disappointed.

  9. Ghostwise says:

    And no reference to the Mass Effect end theme either.

    I tell you – the world is going down into the drain. THE DRAIN.

  10. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    I’m going to give this one 12/10 for realism on the grounds that any discrepancies between it and reality are bugs that the reality dev team needs to fix.

  11. A_Rude_gesture says:

    It looks like they finally solved the clunky swordplay, jerky animations an unengaging story! And not a single game breaking bug or misogynist codex anywhere to be seen! =D
    Wait…what?! This ISN’T the new patch for Kingdom Come?

    • April March says:

      Hey, Misogynist Codex were pretty good up to their third album or so.

  12. Benratha says:

    Seems a bit fishy….

  13. fish99 says:

    Does it feature historically accurate battles?

  14. April March says:

    Hmm, I think I saw a crab moving forwards for a moment in the video. Can’t abide that. If you’re making a game about crabs you need to only move sideways.

  15. Vasily R says:

    The “spiked ball on a chain” is called a flail ;)