Trivia: Virtua Fighter

  • Defictionalization: Wolf Hawkfield became a "real" wrestler in All Japan Pro Wrestling from 1997 to 2000, being portrayed by wrestler Jim Steele.
  • Fan Nickname: The two long rectangular stages with walls on two sides in Final Showdown (Lion and Lei-Fei's stages) have been dubbed the "taco" stages. Because Lion's is colored blue, it's also called the "Cool Ranch" stage.
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  • Name's the Same: Kage shares the same name with characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Samurai Champloo.
  • No Export for You: Virtua Fighter 5 R (for arcade goers, anyway). This was later mitigated with the international release of Final Showdown, two years after the initial release.
    • The final revision of 4, Final Tuned, was exclusive to arcades in Japan.
  • What Could Have Been: The Arab character of Siba was removed from the first game due to the creation of Akira and the game only having space for 8 characters at the time. The addition of Akira meant a Japanese character was represented and they avoided the potential risk of offending Arab fans. His sword also meant he was unbalanced. The official statement is that he ranked low on playtests, but this is probably not totally true. He was a feature of many early screenshots, too. Had the game been made a few years later, it might have included both. It's interesting to note that they haven't tried to implement Siba again in any game apart from Fighters Megamix. You would think the fan demand for him would give them a clue, although it's possible that post-9/11, the idea of including any Arab characters in a fighting game would be likely to encourage controversy.
    • Shenmue was originally planned as a spin-off of Virtua Fighter featuring Akira going to China to train. Characters from the anime even resemble some of the cast from Shenmue.
    • Virtua Fighter 4 was originally planned to be ported to the Dreamcast. Similarly, a port of Virtua Fighter 3 was in development for the Sega Saturn, but never released due to coming so late in the console's lifespan and the fear that it would hurt sales of the Dreamcast version.
  • Word of God: According to an interview with Yu Suzuki by a Russian gaming magazine, Suzuki envisioned Sarah as a smoker and enjoying tequila shots.
  • Write Who You Know: Akira was actually the very last character added to the first game, replacing the Arab fighter Siba. Suzuki had been learning Hakkyoku-ken, and partially based Akira on his sensei.