Seeing the amazing evolution (no pun intended) of the Virtua Fighter series up through the latest incarnation on the PS3 is a sight to behold. Few franchises have such a long and illustrious run. The Virtual Console is shaping up to a money-making machine for Nintendo. No development costs, no marketing--just some licensing and a quick port and it's all profit from there.
Four more titles punching in to Wii's Virtual Console this week; worldwide VC passes 3 million downloads.
Wii owners in Europe will be able to add four more titles to their Virtual Console's virtual cupboard today, including the classic fighting game Virtua Fighter 2. Originally released in the arcades in 1994, and ported to the Sega Saturn, Sega Mega Drive, and PC, Virtua Fighter 2 has nine characters to master, with a range of different move combos to discover, and it can be played in one- or two-player modes.
Next up is Wonder Boy in Monster World, originally released in 1991 on the Sega Mega Drive. It's a cross between a platformer and a role-playing game. Players control Shion, a boy on a quest to save Monster World. Shion runs, jumps, and kills enemies in the game in a traditional platforming style, but gathers clues from townsfolk and can upgrade weapons and armour in an RPG vein.
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle is a pure platform game originally released on the Sega Mega Drive in Japan in 1989. The game features 11 stages, as gamers take on the role of the titular Alex Kidd searching for his father, King Thor. The game features a rock-paper-scissors-style boss-fight system.
The final game this week is the TurboGrafx game Shockman, first released in 1991. The cooperative mode in this platformer features elements such as "shared life" and "team shockbeam" when two players hook up to battle the hordes of robotic adversaries. The game features the choice of multiple routes through its levels.
Virtua Fighter 2, Wonder Boy in Monster World, and Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle all cost 800 Wii points (approx £5.60), while Shockman weighs in at 600 (£4.20).
As of the end of March 2007, Nintendo said that approximately 3.3 million Virtual Console titles had been downloaded worldwide.
I have the genesis Virtua Fighter 2 on my PSP. Just as good as the 3D version. In fact, the game isn't 2D, it's 2.5D as the arena you fight on is amazingly 3D. Anyway the fighting is still top-notch as you get in this series.
i remember virtua fighter for the sega genisis it looks like street fighter but playes like vf i have the r*m to prove it
No it certainly isn't, stop trying to get people to waste their money. The arcade or Saturn ports of VF2, absolutely, the Megadrive one, god no.
Oh wait a minute its not the arcade version LOL!!! This is so laughable. XBLA better get the arcade version!
You guys are going to be sad pandas if you pay 800 Wii points for the Megadrive version of VF2. It's fairly dismal.
Alex Kid....LOL.... who remembers in one of those games the bad guys would shoot sh!t balls at you.....they would literately turn their back to you and sh!t something out.......... games got away with along of things back then.....
Over 3 million downloads equals multi millions for Nintendo, they are going to make a fortune this year!!!
FighterHayabusa > lol, you are such a noob. Can't provide 3d graphics, considering half the games on the Wii are in 3d. And the VC console has a couple other 3d games to boot as well (good ole n64 days), so know what you are talking about before you open your mouth again. 3mil downloads, thats a lot, in a few months too.
Wii sucks it doesnt have a real hard drive thats why they are stuck with suck-boy downloads of bitmapped 2d games instead of 3d cool games like Tekken 5DR. No, it's Nintendo policy to only provide old games. If you don't like them, don't buy them.
Rothgarr, don't believe they made a 2D VF, take a look for yourself... http://tinyurl.com/2xwqo8
Rothgarr, don't believe they made a 2D VF, take a look for yourself... http://www.consoleclassix.com/info_img/Virtua_Fighter_2_GEN_ScreenShot2.jpg
@unbriell: There was a sprite-based version of Virtua Fighter 2? As I recall they were all true 3D. If you've got a link I'd be interested in what you are referring to.
What a tease... you get four games in a week but they all suck. Harsh week for Europe. No complaints in NA though... I got my Mystical Ninja.
What a tease... you get four games in a week but they all suck. Harsh week for Europe. No complaints in NA though... I got my Mystical Ninja. LOL @ shabulia: You DO know that this is Virtua Fighter 2 for Sega MegaDrive/Genesis, right? Pretty much like the Genesis version of Pit Fighter? lol. Before you start waving about some fanboy nonsense, be sure that you can back it up.
Okay, now THIS is more like it. Sony can't get their heads out of their asses but Nintendo brings out Virtua Fighter 2 for Virtual Console. Way to go, Big N! Now, if they can only get it going here in the states and if Microsoft can follow suit and bring it to Xbox Live Arcade....