Virtua Fighter and Tekken united in historic collaboration

Game news Virtua Fighter and Tekken united in historic collaboration

In December 1993, the arcade world welcomes Virtua Fighter, the first 3D fighting game. Despite the absence of textures on the characters, the game becomes a real social phenomenon in Japan and launches the beginning of hostilities in the universe of the 3D fight. Both essential and revolutionary, the aptly named Virtua Fighter (like Virtua Racing, Virtua derives from the word Virtual) meets a first opponent when it arrives on consoles. Signed Takara, Toshinden undermines the fighters of SEGA, but the editor does not let himself be overwhelmed and surprises with Virtua Fighter 2, a sequel as sublime as it is stunning. Then comes a certain Tekken…

With Virtua Fighter, SEGA has revolutionized the world of fighting games and it is quite logical that the title has been adapted to Saturn, but also 32X. As soon as the first episode arrived in arcades, the dedicated branch of the Japanese firm immediately got to work on a sequel. Released in 1994, Virtua Fighter 2 pushed the original slider with stunning graphics, detailed textures and deeper gameplay. The adaptation arrived later than expected on Saturn because the team in charge of the conversion had to stop its work to give a hand to the staff of Daytona USA (who were struggling to adapt the car game on the 32 console -bits).


Virtua Fighter 2 then surpassed the good old PlayStation Battle Arena Toshinden, but faced a new and much more formidable opponent: Tekken! To carry out this project, the producer of Namco, Katsuhiro Harada, relied on the experience of Seiishi Ishii, who is none other than the game designer of the first Virtua Fighter! By joining Namco, the Japanese creator (who will be at the origin of the extraordinary Tobal series, but also of chess like The Bouncer) will then try a new approach, much more spectacular than that used in Virtua Fighter. This will thus give rise to a confrontation for many years, with VF on one side and Tekken on the other. What you need to know is that SEGA like Namco – arcade competitors – fed on this competition to do “better than the opponent”. This was true for Daytona USA and Ridge Racer, then, later, for Virtua Fighter 2 and Tekken.

Since those years, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and it’s been a long time since Tekken and Virtua Fighter are no longer in direct confrontation. Virtua Fighter 5, despite its updates, dates back to 2006 and fans are desperate to see a sixth episode arrive one day. Even Katsuhiro Harada regrets it because he thinks that the competition allows to give the best of the teams. Today, we must therefore be content with the minimum, but this is information that will make Virtua Fighter 5 fans smile. Soon, the game will indeed host costumes directly taken from Tekken. We can thus discover an Akira made up in Kazuya Mishima, while Lau turns into Heihachi. The editor must say more very soon, so it’s a safe bet that new VF characters will dress up as Tekken fighters. Amusing !

By Ayden_Journalist


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