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Yes, you are not seeing things. Truly, this indeed is a most ambitious crossover.
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Sega's own Massive Multiplayer Intercontinuity Crossover, originally developed by Sega's AM2 development team as a Crossover mostly between Virtua Fighter 2 and the first Fighting Vipers, with a bunch of other miscellaneous crap thrown in for good measure.

The characters roster is the following:

All the stages and characters from both games were included as well. Some of the changes included the Virtua Fighter 2 stages no longer being rings, the Virtua Fighter 2 characters's movesets updated with moves from Virtua Fighter 3, the Dodge mechanic introduced in that game being implemented for all characters, and the Fighting Vipers characters given new moves (even if their armor can still be broken). The game uses two gameplay modes, one resembling the more realistic physics of Virtua Fighter and the more over-the-top physics of Fighting Vipers.

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As crazy as this game and its roster was, it was great because it was 100% grade A guilty pleasure.

See also Sega Superstars, a later Sega crossover series. Compare with DreamMix TV World Fighters, another over-looked 3D fighting game with wacky characters.


This game provide examples of:

  • Anime Hair: Akira and Jacky.
  • Ass Kicks You: Honey and Sanman.
  • Bowdlerise: The Japanese version features unlockable Fanservice art that was replaced with new art in other regions.
    • A pinup of Honey/Candy wearing none of her armor and skirt, titled "A Taste of Honey", was removed from the U.S. version but retained in the PAL version.
    • A picture of Tokio posing with his chest exposed was removed as well.
    • A hidden minigame rewarded players with three images of Janet, wearing less armor and clothes each time. She's clearly not wearing a bra. The entire minigame was removed outside Japan.
  • The Bus Came Back: Siba, who was removed from the final version of the original Virtua Fighter but was still featured on the arcade cabinet, returns as a playable character.
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  • Canon Foreigner: Deku, Mr. Meat and URA Bahn.
  • Car Fu: Hornet, literally! Its default throw move is to rub a spinning tire against an opponent's face, and another move has it get on all fours and run you over.
  • Chef of Iron: Lau.
  • Chrome Champion: Dural.
  • Clothing Damage: Breakable armor on the Vipers, Deku, Hornet, Janet, Rent A Hero, and Mr. Meat.
  • Crossover: Aside from being a crossover of Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers various other characters from AM2's other arcade games make an appearance, and features music from other games whose characters don't make an appearance.
  • Joke Character: Subverted with the Hornet. It seems that the only thing it has going for it is that it's armored like the Vipers. That is, until you remove its armor and unlock its remaining moveset.
  • Leitmotif: Rent-A-Hero receives a vocal version of his theme song, titled "Can You Become a Rent-a-Hero for Mankind's Sake?", sung by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi. It plays whenever he's fought against in the VF2 Chicago stage. The US and European versions got an instrumental version instead.
  • Moveset Clone: And how. Most of the new characters have their moves taken from the Vipers. Hornet uses Bahn's moveset when his "armor" is removed, Rent-A-Hero has Tokio's moveset when powered up, while Deku, Mr. Meat, the AM2 Palm Tree, and Kumachan have Sanman's moveset. As mentioned below, Janet also carries Aoi's moveset from VF3.
  • Stripperiffic: Grace and Honey wear next to nothing when their armor breaks off.
  • Super-Deformed: Kid Akira and Kid Sarah, based on their appearances in Virtua Fighter Kids. Some of the Vipers also get this treatment in the art galleries that feature them alongside some of the other Virtua Fighter Kids characters.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Janet, who has many moves from Virtua Fighter 3's Aoi Umenokouji.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Unlike his appearance in Fighting Vipers, Mahler gets completely redesigned to differentiate himself from Big Mahler.

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