Video Game: Virtua Fighter
is a long-run Fighting Game
series produced Sega
's AM2 development team that debuted in the arcades in 1993. It is notable for being the first truly successful 3D fighting game franchise, paving the wave for the likes of Tekken
and Dead or Alive
The game's story is about the dealings of the mysterious corporation, Judgment Six (J6) who holds the World Fighting Tournament as a front to create the ultimate fighter. The game's star is Akira Yuki a Hot-Blooded
martial artist seeking to fight worthy opponents and perfect his fighting style. A major recurring storyline in the game is with J6's involvement with some of the other competitors. Kage-Maru's mother, Tsukikage, is turned into Dural, the final boss of the series. Sarah and Vanessa are both kidnapped by J6, the latter used to make the newer version of Dural after Kage saved his mother.
Compared to other fighting game franchises, Virtua Fighter
doesn't have much focus in its storyline. This is partially due to trying to make the combat mechanics more realistic and the depth in the characters' fighting styles as a whole and the moves they use. Virtua Fighter is known for the balance of its characters between each other. The series is also notable for being one of the few fighting game franchises to preserve its character roster throughout every entry, adding new fighters without removing anyone. The sole exception was Taka-Arashi, who was retired in Virtua Fighter 4
due to the difficulty of integrating the sumo wrestling style into the new engine, only to return in Virtua Fighter 5R
The main lineup consists of:
- Virtua Fighter (1993, Model 1) (1994, Saturn) (1995, 32X)
- Virtua Fighter Remix (1995, ST-V/Saturn) - Remake of the first game featuring texture mapped characters.
- Virtua Fighter PC (1996, Windows PC) - Features the original and Remix-style graphics.
- Virtua Fighter 2 (1994, Model 2) (1995, Saturn) (1997, Windows PC) (2004, PS2) (2012, PS3/Xbox 360)
- Virtua Fighter 3 (1996, Model 3)
- Virtua Fighter 3tb (1997, Model 3) (1998, Dreamcast)
- Virtua Fighter 4 (2001, NAOMI 2) (2002, PS2)
- Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (2003, NAOMI 2) (2004, PS2)
- Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned (2004, NAOMI 2)
- Virtua Fighter 5 (2006, Lindbergh) (2007, PS3/Xbox 360)
- Virtua Fighter 5 R (2008, Lindbergh)
- Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (2010, Lindbergh) (2012, PS3/Xbox 360)
Related games in the series include.
- Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series (1995-1996, Saturn) - A series of CGI gallery discs featuring image songs for each character. Ten main volumes (one for each member of the VF2 roster) were sold in Japanese retailer, while the eleventh disc (which covered Dural) was only given away as a mail-order by sending the spine cards for the other ten discs to Sega.
- Virtua Fighter 2 Genesis (1996, Genesis) - An official 2D demake.
- Virtua Fighter Kids (1996, ST-V/Saturn) - A version of VF2 starring chibi versions of the cast.
- Virtua Fighter GG Portrait Series (1996, Game Gear) - Similar to the CG Portrait Series, but features the Kids versions of characters. Only had two volumes: one for Akira and another for Pai.
- Virtua Fighter Animation (1996, Game Gear) - A 2D tie-in to the anime series. A version was released for the Master System in Brazil.
- Fighters Megamix (1996, Saturn) - A crossover with Fighting Vipers. Based on an abandoned Saturn port of VF3.
- Virtua Quest (2004, PS2/GC) - A 3D action RPG spinoff.
- Virtua Fighter: 10th Anniversary Remix (2004, PS2) - A retraux version of VF4 Evolution done in the same graphical style as the first game.
A 35-episode anime
aired in Japan from October 2, 1995 – June 27, 1996. Only the first 24 episodes were dubbed into English, though the entire series has been dubbed in Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. An OVA titled Virtua Fighter Costomize Clip
was also released in 1996, consisting solely of animated music videos set to songs from the Virtua Fighter image song album Dancing Shadows.
The OVA is incredibly obscure, but the music videos can be viewed here.
This series provide example of: