is a video game series created by Capcom
. Beginning with the first game in 1999, Power Stone
received only one sequel, Power Stone 2
, the following year. The two games were released for the arcade and ported to the Sega Dreamcast
, and later to the PlayStation Portable
. It also received a 26-episode anime adaptation
Gameplay in the Power Stone
series is unconventional, at least compared to the many other fighting games
itself. For starters, fights take place in 3-D arenas. Items appear throughout the levels, such as weapons and the titular power-ups-slash-MacGuffins
power stones. When a fighter collects three of these, he or she transforms into a powered form for a limited time.
Not to be confused with a certain weapon from Mega Man 5
This series contains examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Rouge's top was re-colored from blue in the games to white in the anime.
- Anime Accent Absence: The characters are all from different nationalities, but yet they only speak Japanese.
- The Anime of the Game: A 26-episode series was aired in 1999.
- Awesome McCoolname: Falcons father is named Pride. 'Falcon' is a surname, meaning the full name is "Pride Falcon".
- Belly Dancer: As if dressing like and being said to be a belly dancer weren't sexy enough, Rouge uses a fighting style that is based on her belly dancing.
- Capcom vs. Whatever: One of only two Capcom franchises to have never appeared in a Capcom vs. Whatever proper (the other being the Breath of Fire series). Made even more bizarre that this is the sole fighting game series by Capcom that has never appeared in a Capcom vs. Whatever involving their own franchise.
- Call to Adventure: Each character in the first game has a reason for searching for the Power Stone:
- Falcon discovered the legend of the Power Stone in an old family legend.
- Wang Tang is searching for the Power Stone as part of his training.
- Ryoma is not actually searching for the Power Stone, but rather, the Power Stone has attracted powerful fighters for Ryoma to test his mettle against.
- Rouge wants to use the Power Stone to make the wishes of others come true and bring happiness to the world.
- Jack likes shiny things. The Power Stone is shiny. That's all the reason he needs. His ending reveals he wants to use it to create a doppleganger to go to prison for him, so he can continue his crime spree unopposed.
- Gunrock wants to use the Power Stone to get rich.
- Galuda is searching for the Power Stone to cure a plague that has ravaged his village.
- Kraken wants to use the Power Stone to revive his old pirate crew and resume his reign of terror on the high seas.
- Valgas wants to Take Over the World, natch.
- Captain Ersatz: Wang Tang is a fairly blatant homage to a certain shonen anime hero.
- Chef of Iron: Wangtang and Gourmand.
- Confusion Fu: Jack.
- Dance Battler: Rouge.
- Death Cry Echo
- Double Jump: Power Stone 2 lets you do this if you're playing a lightweight character.
- Dub Name Change: His name is "Fokker" (like the airplane manufacturer) in Japanese and "Falcon" in English. Guess why.
- It's averted in the anime, but they gave him an excuse: Fokker is his family name. His real name is Edward.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Julia from PS2 is a brightly-colored variant
- Excuse Plot/Left Hanging: The second game has a plot that's All There in the Manual about how each character is looking into their own personal quest/mystery. None of them are ever alluded to in the actual game, let alone resolved.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: One of Rouge's Power Drive attacks.
- And Gourmand is a Fire Breathing chef. Go figure.
- Four Man Band
- Free Floor Fighting
- Gang Up on the Human: Power Stone 2's adventure mode. Interestingly, other modes involving multiple coms do NOT engage in this behavior, suggesting the devs put it in adventure mode on purpose.
- Gosh Hornet: The beehive item.
- High-Altitude Battle
- Humongous Mecha: The Pharaoh Walker boss in the second game.
- Interesting Situation Duel
- Istanbul Not Constantinople: Not only old place names, but misspelled names as well ("Londo", "Mahdad"). Either that or it's just a twisted case of Bland-Name Product.
- Item Crafting: In Power Stone 2, combining weapons and items unlocks new ones. Some require in-game guides and/or sheer luck.
- Joke Character: In Power Stone 2, it is possible to play as Mel the shopkeeper. Why you would want to, however...
- Kame Hame Hadouken: Wangtang.
- Lighter and Softer: The tone of the game is humorous and comical, as opposed to Capcom's other fighting games.
- Magical Native American: Galuda, who transforms into some sort of totem-pole robot.
- Macross Missile Massacre: One of Falcon's transformed-state attacks fits this to a tee.
- Monster Clown: Jack, apparently.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rouge, in case you hadn't figured that out already.
- National Stereotypes: Almost every single character in this game is a walking, talking, fighting stereotype. Not even justified, it makes early 90's Street Fighter games look culturally sensitive.
- Ninja: Ayame
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Kraken the cyborg pirate.
- And Accel the shapeshifting robot cowboy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A knife-wielding maniac named 'Jack' who likes to rip things? Nah, me neither...
- Power Makeover
- Retraux: The intro.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: In Power Stone 2, if the players take too long to kill each other, meteors rain down and reduces everyone's health to 1 and sudden death starts. Taking too long to kill each other in sudden death will have even more meteors rain down and finish everyone off, ending in a draw.
- Samurai: Ryoma.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Plot!: You need three power stones to transform. Not in the anime, apparently.
- Shamu Fu: The Frozen Tuna weapon.
- Shout-Out: Some of the transformations look awfully familiar, like Wang-Tang's, Ryoma's, Galuda's, and Gunrock's.
- SNK Boss: Valgas. Aside from the fact that beating him may require several tries with difficulty set to 1 (with a maximum of eight), what makes him so cheap is that not only his grab can make you lose two Power Stones at once, but said stones also tend to bounce out of your reach and right next to him, with him usually entering his Super Mode while you're still getting back up. The fact his One-Winged Angel is actually weaker than him (with obvious results: "Final Valgas" can be easily beaten at the first try) shouldn't surprise anyone.
- Squashed Flat: Players can get flattened by mallets or other certain objects.
- Stripperiffic: If you thought Rouge's default Belly Dancer outfit was cute, wait until you see her transformed.
- Sword Beam: Powered-up Ryoma has several variants of this.
- Transformation Sequence
- Transformation Trinket: The power stones.
- Two-Fisted Tales: Basically set in the anime version of this, with ace pilots, exotic belly dancers, a few light Steam Punk elements, a MacGuffin being sought by a crew of national stereotypes in a 1930's-esque age of adventure and exploration.
- Winged Humanoid: Mel's powered-up form is one of these.
- And so does Galuda, during his power drive and his power fusions.