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''Capcom Fighting Evolution'' (a.k.a. ''Capcom Fighting Jam'' in Japan and Europe), released in 2004, is a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover between some of Creator/{{Capcom}}'s popular fighting game series, including ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' and ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. Of special note is that this game represents the second chance North American players have had to play as characters from the arcade-only ''VideoGame/RedEarth'' (Tessa the Witch was playable in ''VideoGame/SuperGemFighter'').

''Evolution'' is a standard one-on-one fighting game with a semi-tag function allowing players to change their current character after a round, with four characters each from their respective games, along with [[OriginalGeneration newcomer]] Ingrid (who was to appear in a 3D fighting game called ''Capcom Fighting All-Stars'', which was eventually cancelled) and FinalBoss Pyron from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. All characters fight using the rules from the games they came from - the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' characters use the single [[LimitBreak Super Move]] meter from ''Super Street Fighter II'', the ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' characters have the stacking Super Move meters, etc. Like most Capcom crossover games, there is no overarching storyline (although each character does have their own ending cutscene) - fight several opponents, then the final boss, and then watch the end credits.

!! Roster
* Representing ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'': Ryu, Guile, Zangief and M. Bison
* Representing ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'': Alex, Chun-Li, Urien, and Yun
* Representing ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'': Rose, Sakura, Karin, and Guy
* Representing ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': Demitri, Felicia, Anakaris, and Jedah
* Representing ''VideoGame/RedEarth'': Leo, Hauzer, Hydron (Nool) and Kenji (Mukuro)
* [[OriginalGeneration Original character]]: Ingrid, sorta. she was [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros meant to debut]] in the now-cancelled ''Capcom Fighting All-Stars.''
* Bosses: [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Pyron]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Shin Akuma]]
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!Tropes used in this game:
* AllJustADream: Zangief's ending.
* TheCameo: Many Capcom classic characters appear in the game, in both the backgrounds and endings, such as:
** [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Jon Talbain]] in Ryu's ending.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] in Alex's ending.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Gill]] (who gets beaten down) [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Sagat, Vega, Balrog]] and the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Bison dolls]] in M. Bison's ending.
** [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan]] in Demitri's ending.
** A lot of Capcom's girls in Felicia's ending.
** [[{{Beat}} *breath*]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Ken, Dhalsim]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Charlie]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Dudley, Sean]], [[VideoGame/RedEarth Mai Ling]], [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} LeiLei, B.B.Hood, Rikuo and Victor]] in Pyron's ending.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Dan]] (who gets beaten down) and [[Comicbook/StreetFighter Kei]] in Sakura's ending.
** [[VideoGame/RedEarth Tessa, Blade and Mai Ling]] in Leo's ending.
** [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Dante]] in Jedah's ending.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Yang]] in Yun's ending.
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Makoto]] in one of the backgrounds.
* LazyArtist: The Darkstalkers characters, sans Demitri, are STILL using their 1994 sprites.
** Not to mention the low-res backgrounds with very little animation.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover[=/=]DreamMatchGame: What this is supposed to be, given the characters are imported into the game complete with mechanics and attributes that are also pulled from their respective games (so ''Alpha'' characters can use Custom Combos and Alpha Counters while ''III'' characters can Parry attacks). The back of the box even promises the characters will play just like they did in the games they were imported from. However the underbelly is wholly based on the engine of ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'' so the actual hit detection and combo physics reside entirely within that game's gameplay (plus characters like Ryu and Guile use their ''[=CvS2=]'' sprites, which basically ensures they can't play precisely as they did in ''Street Fighter II'').
* NoPlotNoProblem: ''Capcom Fighting All-Stars'' actually was supposed to have a plot but when that game got scrapped and ''Capcom Fighting Evolution'' was conceived to replace it, they didn't write a story to go with that.
* ShoutOut: Rose's ending has her imprisoning [[spoiler:Pyron]] in a card, pretty much like [[Manga/CardCaptorSakura Sakura]] (well, not the Street Fighter by that name, though).
** Ryu's Midnight Bliss is the little Indian girl with the milk jug he bumped into in the SF2 anime movie.
* TheWorfEffect: [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Gill]] gets beaten down in M. Bison's ending.
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