Mr. Miyagi to feature in Reality Fighters
Man who catch fly with chopsticks accomplish anything.
There are plenty of people I know who grew up watched The Karate Kid. No, I’m not talking about that ridiculous reboot film, I’m referring to the original films from the 80s. Nothing was more adorable than seeing the underdog fight his way to victory and master the ‘dancing crane meets peacock’ or whatever it was that kid was trying to learn.
So in a superb wave of nostalgia, Sony announced today that Mr Miyagi will feature in the upcoming PS Vita title, Reality Fighters.
Commenting on why Miyagi was chosen for the game, Mitsuo Hirakawa of SCE XDev Studio said “We needed someone who was a true fighting master who could easily take on the best fighters from around the world, but was also wise, and capable of teaching the player. We needed someone who was tough, but also had a softer, more humorous side.”
Miyagi’s role in the game will be to guide the player through the basics of the game such as character customization and how to master the combos. He will also feature as the game’s final boss character, and will apparently test the mettle of any fighters who dare to challenge him.
Though Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, the actor who played Mr. Miyagi, passed away in 2005, this did not deter the studio from selecting a seasoned voice actor for the task of voicing Miyagi in the game.
“We went through an extensive casting process and after meeting dozens of applicants we unanimously agreed that American voice actor Jim Ward was the most suited to this role,” comments Hirakawa. “We weren’t aware of Jim’s previous voice acting background when we decided to go with him, but his knowledge of how the voice files are played in game (when, where, how) really made a positive impact on the recording sessions. Jim’s been one of the best voice-over talents I’ve worked with and he has great experience having worked on Call of Duty, Metal Gear Solid, Ratchet & Clank and many more great titles.
From the moment we briefed Jim, he instantly ‘got’ the role so recording went really well allowing us to capture over 500 lines. Jim has also undertaken several roles that involve Japanese accents and this really helped with Mr. Miyagi so we couldn’t have asked for a better talent.”