Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Year Of Release: 1997
Capcom in many ways had revived the arcade scene with their huge hit Street Fighter II in the early 90’s. At the very least they changed the way one on one fighting games would be made. Before this game hit the arcade Capcom had three big hits on their hands with X-Men Children Of The Atom, Marvel Super Heroes and X-Men vs Street Fighter. X-Men vs Street Fighter was a popular game, but it did have a few game play issues that did annoy more than a few people so as a result Capcom, refined the game play here and as a result it makes the game more enjoyable to play.
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter from a game play point of view is that of a tag team one on one fighter. You need to pick a team of two characters there is a great selection of Street Fighter characters and the Marvel side of thing is represented well also. Only Cyclops and Wolverine return from the previous game with the rest being all new characters. The game plays fast and furious and while on the surface it may lack the sophistication of Street Fighter it is actually a pretty deep fighting game engine that is here. But at the same time it’s very easy for a new player to just drop in enough money for one credit and have a little fun for five minutes.
The game sees you needing to beat a series of other teams of characters before you make it to the boss. The boss in the game is Marvel super villain Apocalypse and it will be both of your characters against him on his own. Apocalypse though has created a cyber Akuma that you also need to face off against! The game looks great, but not a great deal has changed over X-Men vs Street Fighter, with many of the same backgrounds used just with a palate swap when it comes to the colours.
Current High Score: NA
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter would be ported to both the Playstation and the Sega Saturn. Interestingly though both versions are different. The Sega Saturn version makes great use of the 4mb expansion cartridge to give a near arcade perfect experience. Unfortunately the Sega Saturn version of the game was only released in Japan.
The Sony Playstation version of the game is very different. While it features the same characters as the Sega Saturn version of the game. Due to the limitations of the console when it comes to 2D fighters this version of the game does not have the tag team aspect. Instead it plays more like a traditional 2 out of 3 rounds Street Fighter game. But unlike the Sega Saturn version, this version would be released all over the world and not just in Japan.
After this game, Capcom would have phenomenal success with their Marvel vs Capcom series of games. Starting with Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Superheroes in 1998 in arcades and then on the Sony Playstation & Sega Dreamcast.
Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes would be released in 2000 in arcades and also for the Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation 2 and the original Xbox. The game would also later be ported to the Xbox Live arcade and the iOS store as well.
The most recent game in the series is Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds which was released for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 in 2011 this game would not see an arcade release. Later the same year Capcom would release Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom once again for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and this time there was also a version for the Playstation Vita.