Deadly Arts also know as GASP!! Fighters' NEXTream (in Europe) is a fighting video game for the Nintendo 64 released in 1998. In the first copies of North American version there was character information profiles of the characters but later were removed for unknown reasons.
Deadly Arts is basically the same as the Japan and Europe versions, with slightly changed voice messages, and different character's nameplates. Despite its US title, none of the characters actually die nor bleed, but the use of chokeholds and other animated violence earned it a Teen 13+ rating.
The player can choose from one of the teen fighters in a match or "Duel" after beating the other seven characters and an identical version of themselves, there are two other opponents; Gouriki (a character wearing a cat mask and rope-like fairy wings), and Reiji Ogami (the final boss that wears a large straw hat covering his eyes, and business suit). Reiji while fighting can change into one of two other creatures. Hikari an all-white humanoid with a third eye in his forehead, and Yami a grey-skinned man with a purple beard and long sideburns.
The difficulty of the opponents can be changed from very easy up to expert, while the rounds, and how long they last can also be manipulated. There is a versus mode, for teaming up or one on one, as well as a create your own fighter option. Unlike most 3D fighting games such as Virtua Fighter and Tekken, the player also receives points for how well they do and the combination of moves they use. While creating their own character, the player can choose which type of body, height and such, then practice with the new player in the training area to gain more moves.
The players game progress, scores, and created player can be saved onto Memory Paks, allowing the player to continue to try to improve their skills. There are 12 arenas in all 9 of which are available at the beginning of play and three unlockable ones, the two main boss characters also become playable after unlocking them, with Reiji the two creatures can also be transformed into and used while playing.