21 Facts About Virtua Fighter


Virtua Fighter is a series of fighting games created by Sega-AM2 and designer Yu Suzuki.

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The original Virtua Fighter was released in October 1993 and has received four main sequels and several spin-offs.

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The highly influential first Virtua Fighter game is widely recognized as the first 3D fighting game released.

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Similar to most other fighting games, the default gameplay system of the Virtua Fighter series involves two combatants needing to win two of three rounds, with each round being 30 seconds long or more.

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Virtua Fighter owes its simplistic game design to a notable lack of secondary game mechanics, such as any special meters or other emergent elements present in the vast majority of modern fighting games.

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Brainchild of Sega AM2's Yu Suzuki, Virtua Fighter was released in 1993 as an arcade game using hardware jointly developed by aerospace simulation technology by the company that is known as Lockheed Martin and Sega's most prominent and well known studio AM2, originally crafted for the arcade system dubbed the Model 1.

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Virtua Fighter 2 was released in November 1994, adding two new fighters: Shun Di and Lion Rafale.

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Virtua Fighter 3 came out in 1996, with the introduction of Taka-Arashi and Aoi Umenokoji.

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In Japan, Virtua Fighter 4 was famous for spearheading and opening the market for internet functionality in arcades.

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Virtua Fighter 5 was released in Japan on July 12,2006 for Sega's Lindbergh arcade board and introduced yet two more new characters, Eileen and El Blaze.

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The only port of Virtua Fighter 3 was for the Sega Dreamcast by Genki with Virtua Fighter 3tb in 1998 for the Japanese release of the console.

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Virtua Fighter Mini, based on the anime series, was created for the Game Gear and released in North America and Europe as Virtua Fighter Animation.

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Port of Virtua Fighter 5 was released for the PlayStation 3 in Japan and North America in February 2007, and March 2007 in Europe.

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Development moved to the Dreamcast, the Virtua Fighter connection was dropped and the game became Shenmue, released in 1999.

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Virtua Fighter 2 sold more than 40,000 arcade units worldwide, adding up to more than 80,000 unit sales of both games by 1996.

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Virtua Fighter 3 sold a further 30,000 arcade cabinets by 1997, adding up to 110,000 arcade unit sales for the three games combined by 1997.

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In 1994, Virtua Fighter was the year's highest-grossing arcade game in Japan, one of the year's top five highest-grossing arcade video games in the United States, and one of the year's most popular coin-ops in the United Kingdom.

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In 1995, Virtua Fighter 2 was the year's highest-grossing arcade game in Japan, and one of the year's top ten best-selling arcade games in the United States.

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Virtua Fighter 2 sold copies in Japan, and more than 500,000 bundled copies in the United States, for a combined copies sold in Japan and the United States.

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Virtua Fighter is often considered to be the grandfather of 3D fighting games, with each iteration being noted for advancing the graphical and technical aspects of games in the genre.

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Virtua Fighter played a crucial role in popularizing 3D polygon graphics.

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