History VideoGame / DarkStalkers

9th Dec '16 3:32:41 PM Goukenimaru
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* LighterAndSofter: Demitri and Morriganís interaction in most of their crossover and guest appearances has been brought down to a much lighter note than originally portrayed in their home series; Demitri wants Morrigan to be his mistress, he hasnít been shown to be really in love with her, he admires her beauty and strength but all Demitri wants to have is the Aensland household under his thumb, getting Morrigan with it is just an welcome bonus to his harem; Morrigan on the other hand is a free spirit and isnít particularly interested in Demitri nor does she want to become a submissive mistress, to the point she would rather let herself turn into stone than become Demitriís mistress in his ending for Vampire Savior. Come their later appearances and in some of them Demitri and Morrigan seem quite close, with Morrigan teasing Demitri and calling him by nicknames and the guy actually getting embarrassed, being composed in her presence, not wanting to make her his plaything.
6th Dec '16 8:07:53 AM Chris
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Despite ''Darkstalkers'' being one of their most underrated and underutilized [=IPs=], it's notable that Capcom still hasn't really "forgotten" about it, since it otherwise wouldn't keep getting representation in crossover games such as ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone 2'' (which features Morrigan and Demitri as a pair unit, and Felicia as a solo unit) and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite'' (in which Morrigan is a playable character). Yoshinori Ono is [[https://www.destructoid.com/there-s-still-hope-for-a-new-darkstalkers-347008.phtml still very adamant about reviving the series]], and a ray of hope has spawned from a recent [[http://www.capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e161205b.html press release]] from Capcom stating that, after the release of ''Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite'', they'll be interested in potentially reviving some of their dormant [=IPs=].




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* ''Street Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers'' - An 8-issue comic series from UDON Entertainment (the company behind the ''ComicBook/StreetFighter'' comics) pitting the ''Darkstalkers'' characters up against their more popular fighting game siblings.
4th Dec '16 8:09:33 PM Xtifr
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'''''Darkstalkers''''', [[MarketBasedTitle known as]] '''''Vampire''''' in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, is a [[FightingGame fighting game]] series produced by Creator/{{Capcom}}; its first entry was produced during the fighting game craze of the 1990s. In contrast to the martial arts-themed fighting games of the time, the game's characters are (mostly) based on classic literary or film monsters -- including FrankensteinsMonster, the WolfMan, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon -- and boast zany combos and attacks to help set the game apart from others.

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'''''Darkstalkers''''', ''Darkstalkers'', [[MarketBasedTitle known as]] '''''Vampire''''' ''Vampire'' in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, is a [[FightingGame fighting game]] series produced by Creator/{{Capcom}}; its first entry was produced during the fighting game craze of the 1990s. In contrast to the martial arts-themed fighting games of the time, the game's characters are (mostly) based on classic literary or film monsters -- including FrankensteinsMonster, the WolfMan, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon -- and boast zany combos and attacks to help set the game apart from others.
22nd Nov '16 7:20:57 AM crazysamaritan
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* HitodamaLight: The demonic samurai Bishamon is accompanied by balls of flames; not only do they symbolize his own possession by cursed armor, he can dispatch them as an attack to temporarily "possess" (paralyze) an opponent.
24th Sep '16 11:29:54 AM nombretomado
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This was Capcom's second fighting game franchise after ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', which means it shares many similarities with its sibling series (''[=GamePro=]'' infamously referred to it as "''Street Fighter'' [[RecycledInSpace in a Halloween costume]]"): Numerous characters have similar fighting styles to the ''Street Fighter'' cast, and the game features a six-button control scheme. ''Darkstalkers'' was one of the first fighting games to introduce the concept of Super Moves, bring air blocking into the mix, and expand basic combos into lengthy streams before any of the CapcomVsWhatever games were created.

The ''Darkstalkers'' series is also notable for having quite a bit of {{fanservice}}, specifically due to Morrigan and Felicia (whose designs are unashamedly provocative -- in particular, Felicia doesn't even wear clothes). Morrigan is likely best known for her appearances in the various [[CapcomVsWhatever Vs. fighting games]] -- including ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' and ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom Capcom vs. SNK]]'' -- and even more notorious for having ''the same sprites recycled for over seven years'' (which caused her to clash in sprite style with just about everyone else). She received new sprites for ''[[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Namco × Capcom]]'' and ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' (which both used a slightly SuperDeformed battle sprite style akin to the preceding ''[[VideoGame/SuperGemFighter Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix]]''/''Pocket Fighter''), ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'' (and ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'') used 3D graphics, and with another new sprite set in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Morrigan's original sprites (and those of the other nine Darkstalkers to grace one or more of these crossovers) [[note]]Felicia, Demitri, Hsien-Ko, Lilith, Jedah, Anakaris, B.B. Hood, Lord Raptor, and Q-Bee[[/note]] appear to be dead for good.

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This was Capcom's second fighting game franchise after ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', which means it shares many similarities with its sibling series (''[=GamePro=]'' infamously referred to it as "''Street Fighter'' [[RecycledInSpace in a Halloween costume]]"): Numerous characters have similar fighting styles to the ''Street Fighter'' cast, and the game features a six-button control scheme. ''Darkstalkers'' was one of the first fighting games to introduce the concept of Super Moves, bring air blocking into the mix, and expand basic combos into lengthy streams before any of the CapcomVsWhatever VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever games were created.

The ''Darkstalkers'' series is also notable for having quite a bit of {{fanservice}}, specifically due to Morrigan and Felicia (whose designs are unashamedly provocative -- in particular, Felicia doesn't even wear clothes). Morrigan is likely best known for her appearances in the various [[CapcomVsWhatever [[VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever Vs. fighting games]] -- including ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' and ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom Capcom vs. SNK]]'' -- and even more notorious for having ''the same sprites recycled for over seven years'' (which caused her to clash in sprite style with just about everyone else). She received new sprites for ''[[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Namco × Capcom]]'' and ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' (which both used a slightly SuperDeformed battle sprite style akin to the preceding ''[[VideoGame/SuperGemFighter Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix]]''/''Pocket Fighter''), ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'' (and ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'') used 3D graphics, and with another new sprite set in ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Morrigan's original sprites (and those of the other nine Darkstalkers to grace one or more of these crossovers) [[note]]Felicia, Demitri, Hsien-Ko, Lilith, Jedah, Anakaris, B.B. Hood, Lord Raptor, and Q-Bee[[/note]] appear to be dead for good.



* CapcomVsWhatever: Been a mainstay since Anita's appearance in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' as a SecretCharacter and Morrigan's appearance in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel vs. Capcom]]''; all the way up to Morrigan in ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'' and she, Hsien-Ko and Felicia in ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]''. ''[[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Namco × Capcom]]'' in fact amounts as practically WordOfGod that ''yes'', Demitri and Morrigan ''are'' heroes since they're on your side.
28th May '16 10:50:13 AM nombretomado
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* ''Vampire'' / ''Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors'' (1994, Arcade / {{PlayStation}})

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* ''Vampire'' / ''Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors'' (1994, Arcade / {{PlayStation}})UsefulNotes/PlayStation)



* ''Darkstalkers Collection'' (2005, UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}) - Compilation of all five arcade games, with secret arranged versions of the three ''Savior'' games.
* ''Darkstalkers Resurrection'' / ''Vampire Resurrection'' (2013, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}) - Downloadable re-release of ''Vampire Hunter'' and ''Vampire Savior'' with online play added.

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* ''Darkstalkers Collection'' (2005, UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 2}}) UsefulNotes/PlayStation2) - Compilation of all five arcade games, with secret arranged versions of the three ''Savior'' games.
* ''Darkstalkers Resurrection'' / ''Vampire Resurrection'' (2013, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}) UsefulNotes/PlayStation3) - Downloadable re-release of ''Vampire Hunter'' and ''Vampire Savior'' with online play added.
11th May '16 4:00:21 AM AndyLA
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* ArtificialHuman: Emily is a biological version of this.

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* ArtificialHuman: Emily is a biological version of this. Victor is more on the biomechanical side.
5th May '16 1:15:57 PM morenohijazo
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* DominantSpeciesGenes: It is mentioned that an offspring of a CatGirl and a normal human is always a cat girl.
8th Apr '16 4:25:21 AM PF
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'''''Darkstalkers''''', [[MarketBasedTitle known as]] '''''Vampire''''' in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, is a [[FightingGame fighting game]] series produced by Creator/{{Capcom}}; its first entry was produced during the fighting game craze of the 1990's. In contrast to the martial arts-themed fighting games of the time, the game's characters are (mostly) based on classic literary or film monsters -- including FrankensteinsMonster, the WolfMan, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon -- and boast zany combos and attacks to help set the game apart from others.

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'''''Darkstalkers''''', [[MarketBasedTitle known as]] '''''Vampire''''' in UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, is a [[FightingGame fighting game]] series produced by Creator/{{Capcom}}; its first entry was produced during the fighting game craze of the 1990's.1990s. In contrast to the martial arts-themed fighting games of the time, the game's characters are (mostly) based on classic literary or film monsters -- including FrankensteinsMonster, the WolfMan, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon -- and boast zany combos and attacks to help set the game apart from others.
8th Apr '16 4:23:03 AM PF
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* AmbidextrousSprite: Obvious, as it is a 2D fighter.

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* AmbidextrousSprite: Obvious, as it is a 2D [=2D=] fighter.



* DemotedToExtra: To date, the only characters of this game which have made playable appearances in other Capcom-produced games[[note]]that is, ''[[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Namco × Capcom]]'', ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' and the SNK-developed crossovers don't count[[/note]] are Morrigan[[labelnote:*]]''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Marvel vs. Capcom]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2]]'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000 Capcom vs. SNK]]'', ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]''[[/labelnote]], Felicia[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'', ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''[[/labelnote]], Anakaris[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'', ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], B.B. Hood[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2''[[/labelnote]], Demitri[[labelnote:*]]''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], Donovan[[labelnote:*]]''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo''[[/labelnote]], Hsien-Ko[[labelnote:*]]''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''[[/labelnote]], Anita[[labelnote:*]]SecretCharacter in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', AssistCharacter in ''Marvel vs. Capcom'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo''[[/labelnote]], Jedah[[labelnote:*]]''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], and Pyron[[labelnote:*]]unlockable character and FinalBoss in ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], with the other characters appearing in cameos at best.
** One could argue that the whole franchise itself has been DemotedToExtra, seeing as after 1997, it's been nothing but crossover appearances.

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* DemotedToExtra: DemotedToExtra:
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To date, the only characters of this game which have made playable appearances in other Capcom-produced games[[note]]that is, ''[[VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom Namco × Capcom]]'', ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' and the SNK-developed crossovers don't count[[/note]] are Morrigan[[labelnote:*]]''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Marvel vs. Capcom]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2]]'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000 Capcom vs. SNK]]'', ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom Tatsunoko vs. Capcom]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]''[[/labelnote]], Felicia[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'', ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''[[/labelnote]], Anakaris[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2'', ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], B.B. Hood[[labelnote:*]]''Marvel vs. Capcom 2''[[/labelnote]], Demitri[[labelnote:*]]''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos]]'', ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], Donovan[[labelnote:*]]''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo''[[/labelnote]], Hsien-Ko[[labelnote:*]]''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo'', ''Pocket Fighter'', ''Marvel vs. Capcom 3''[[/labelnote]], Anita[[labelnote:*]]SecretCharacter in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'', AssistCharacter in ''Marvel vs. Capcom'', ''Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo''[[/labelnote]], Jedah[[labelnote:*]]''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], and Pyron[[labelnote:*]]unlockable character and FinalBoss in ''Capcom Fighting Evolution''[[/labelnote]], with the other characters appearing in cameos at best.
** One could argue that the The whole franchise itself has been DemotedToExtra, seeing as after 1997, it's been nothing but crossover appearances.



** ''Vampire Hunter 2'' was made using ''Vampire Savior'''s engine, but with the ''Night Warriors'' cast. However, the new characters from ''VS'' remain as residual data, only their portraits remain except Lilith's, whose sprites and animations are all still present and functional. She can be selected by hacking and the game can be completed just fine if you use her, the only drawback being her lack of voice, victory BGM and that there's a chance the game might pit you against another DummiedOut VS character in arcade mode.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The very first game had quite a few quirks compared to every game that followed. Upon filling the super meter, a temporary "power up" mode was activated which boosted attack power by 25%. Performing a special move (which would automatically come out as its ES version), an EX move, or allowing the time limit to expire would end the power up state and empty the super meter. Most special moves had separate light, medium, and hard ES versions. Although air blocking existed, it didn't work against most special moves. Many moves which were originally multi-hit would become single hit in the subsequent games. Nearly any special move that could be performed in midair could be used as a midair guard cancel. Some of the iconic voice clips such as [[CallingYourAttacks Demitri's "Demon Cradle!" and Bishamon's "Kienzan!"]] were not yet present.

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** ''Vampire Hunter 2'' was made using ''Vampire Savior'''s engine, but with the ''Night Warriors'' cast. However, the new characters from ''VS'' remain as residual data, only their portraits remain except Lilith's, whose sprites and animations are all still present and functional. She can be selected by hacking and the game can be completed just fine if you use her, the only drawback being her lack of voice, victory BGM and that there's a chance the game might pit you against another DummiedOut VS vs. character in arcade mode.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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The very first game had quite a few quirks compared to every game that followed. Upon filling the super meter, a temporary "power up" mode was activated which boosted attack power by 25%. Performing a special move (which would automatically come out as its ES version), an EX move, or allowing the time limit to expire would end the power up state and empty the super meter. Most special moves had separate light, medium, and hard ES versions. Although air blocking existed, it didn't work against most special moves. Many moves which were originally multi-hit would become single hit in the subsequent games. Nearly any special move that could be performed in midair could be used as a midair guard cancel. Some of the iconic voice clips such as [[CallingYourAttacks Demitri's "Demon Cradle!" and Bishamon's "Kienzan!"]] were not yet present.



* FriendlyEnemy: In some of their later appearances in games like "VideoGame/ProjectXZone", Demitri and Morrigan get along fairly well (in the sense that Morrigan teasingly refers to him as [[EmbarrassingNickname "Demi-Demi"]] and acts her normal flirty self around him while he grumbles a lot). Morrigan is also genuinely pleased to see Felicia.

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* FriendlyEnemy: In some of their later appearances in games like "VideoGame/ProjectXZone", ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Demitri and Morrigan get along fairly well (in the sense that Morrigan teasingly refers to him as [[EmbarrassingNickname "Demi-Demi"]] and acts her normal flirty self around him while he grumbles a lot). Morrigan is also genuinely pleased to see Felicia.



** Of course, Capcom doesn't take anything not in its games as canon. It ''is'' pointed out that Morrigan doesn't need to take souls, but any contact with her body fluids will kill lesser men. She does need certain fluids produced with stimulation to survive, otherwise she'll literally die from boredom. This could take the form of battle, or taking it from people who are dreaming.



* KillerRabbit: Pico and Alto, two of Felicia's four {{catgirl}} companions that come out during her super, are both children, but still more than capable of wrecking you. Alto also comes out to help Felicia during her Kitty Helper special.
** Also, Sasquatch's exploding penguin friends.
* KungShui: Much like its predecessor VideoGame/StreetFighterII, certain stages in the first two Darkstalkers games feature background objects that can be broken when a character is knocked into them. Examples include wine barrels and windows in Talbain's stage, light posts in Felicia's stage, and sarcophagi in Anakaris's stage.

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* KillerRabbit: KillerRabbit:
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Pico and Alto, two of Felicia's four {{catgirl}} companions that come out during her super, are both children, but still more than capable of wrecking you. Alto also comes out to help Felicia during her Kitty Helper special.
** Also, Sasquatch's exploding penguin friends.
* KungShui: Much like its predecessor VideoGame/StreetFighterII, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', certain stages in the first two Darkstalkers ''Darkstalkers'' games feature background objects that can be broken when a character is knocked into them. Examples include wine barrels and windows in Talbain's stage, light posts in Felicia's stage, and sarcophagi in Anakaris's stage.



** [[HornyDevils Morrigan]] fused with Lilith, who was originally a part of her soul SplitAtBirth and henceforth exists as a SplitPersonality capable of [[LiteralSplitPersonality manifesting in an independent body]], as can be seen in ''Marvel vs. Capcom.''
** Also, this is the basis of [[DarkMessiah Jedah's]] AssimilationPlot in the third game. He plans on absorbing all of Makai's souls into his body, creating a perfect being (the Shintai) and then resetting all of reality [[WellIntentionedExtremist so that he can save his world.]]

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** [[HornyDevils Morrigan]] fused with Lilith, who was originally a part of her soul SplitAtBirth and henceforth exists as a SplitPersonality capable of [[LiteralSplitPersonality manifesting in an independent body]], as can be seen in ''Marvel vs. Capcom.''
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** Also, this This is the basis of [[DarkMessiah Jedah's]] AssimilationPlot in the third game. He plans on absorbing all of Makai's souls into his body, creating a perfect being (the Shintai) and then resetting all of reality [[WellIntentionedExtremist so that he can save his world.]]
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