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.
Sega's bringing the next version (Final Showdown) home, though it took two years past 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 fromFighters 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.
Virtua Fighter 4 was originally planned to be ported to the Dreamcast. Similarly, a port of Virtua Fighter 3was 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.