Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Gowcaizer' box art
Cover art by Masami Ōbari
Developer(s) Technos
Publisher(s) SNK (arcade, Neo Geo)

Urban Plant (PS)

Platform(s) MVS, Neo Geo, Neo-Geo CD, PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • JP 18 September 1995 (Arcade)
  • JP October 20, 1995 (Neo Geo cartridge)
  • NA October 20, 1995 (Neo Geo cartridge)
  • JP November 24, 1995 (Neo-Geo CD)
  • NA November 24, 1995 (Neo-Geo CD)
  • JP July 17, 1997 (PS)
Genre(s) 2D Versus fighting
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Neo Geo (186 Mbit cartridge)
Display Raster, 320 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (超人学園ゴウカイザー Chōjin Gakuen Gōkaizā?, "Superhuman Academy Gowcaizer") is a 1995 superhero-themed head-to-head fighting game produced by Technos Japan Corp. for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It was the company's third attempt at a fighting game after the success of Capcom's 1991 arcade-hit Street Fighter II, following the 1992 Family Computer title Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu, and the Neo Geo fighting game version of Double Dragon. It features character designs by artist Masami Ōbari, who previously worked on the anime adaptations of the Fatal Fury series. Ports of the game were released for the Neo-Geo CD and PlayStation (Japan only).


At the start of the game, the player can select from one of ten playable characters, then select an opponent. If the player wins the battle, he or she is given the opportunity to take one special move from the opponent (this is also possible in multiplayer battles). If the player already has a special move gained from another character, the new special move he or she gets will replace the old one. However, if the player loses a match, should he or she ever continue the game, the player will be allowed access to older weapons earned from past enemies. This game mechanic is similar to the possibility to use other characters' special moves in BloodStorm, another arcade fighting game. One key feature is that if one character has little health remaining, he or she will be able to perform a desperation move to turn the tide of battle. It is also found in The King of Fighters series and Fatal Fury games starting with Fatal Fury 2.



  • Platonic Twins (Ryo Asahina & Suzu Asahina) (Sub-boss) Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa and Yūko Nagashima
  • Ohga (Shizuru Osaki) (Final boss) Voiced by: Show Hayami

Related mediaEdit

A three-episode OVA series based on the game was directed by the game's character designer Masami Ōbari. An English adaptation was produced by U.S. Manga Corps and made into an hour-and-a-half film titled Voltage Fighters: Gowcaizer the Movie. Four drama CDs, an image song collection, and a manga were also released. Similarly, Karin Son is re-used in Angel Blade as one of the minor antagonists.

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