It is a rule of gaming, when one game is a hit, there must be a sequel to capitalize and cannabalize sales. SNK was no different in this regard as their unstopped rampage through fighting games on the Neo Geo system attested- as the system went on, fewer and fewer original games were released as sequel fever took over. King of the Monsters was popular enough to spawn one sequel, King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing. King of the Monsters 2 was not perfect, neither was the original. What it set out to do though, it did well.
Unlike the first game that restricted you to a smaller playfield, King of the Monsters 2 allowed a bit more freedom in the carnage. This came at the price of having a ton of stuff to destroy in the game levels though which put the focus on your opponent. King of the Monsters 2 is more like a brawling game similar to Final Fight where you run around and destroy a city while fighting. While no Street Fighter II, King of the Monsters 2 is still interesting considering Godzilla just got another movie recently and you can play as a monster that resembles him quite a lot.
The Super Nintendo version is pretty much like the arcade game so grabbing that one as a cheaper option for fans is alright. The Sega Genesis version though goes more the route of the first game and less like the arcade title it is supposed to be based on. The Genesis version of King of the Monsters 2 is closer to what you would expect from a Street Fighter 2 clone with standard fighting game controller motions for moves.
King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing has yet to make an appearance in any digital re-release. The original has been released on SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 which got a Playstation 2, Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation release. The Neo Geo CD did also see a release of King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing adding to the MVS (arcade) and AES (home) cartridge versions on the Neo Geo platform.
Head over to Ebay for a copy of King of the Monsters 2: The Next Thing if you are wanting to play with giant monsters.
Issue three of our magazine, Retro Gaming Magazine, will feature giant monsters in gaming along with other great columns such as Post Mortem Gaming, Bandit Gaming and more.