Hell yeah! With not all that much fanfare, Sega finally has confirmed that their selection of Model 2-powered, AM2 arcade fighters, Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic the Fighters and Fighting Vipers, are headed to PSN and XBLA in the very near future. Very near meaning… next week! I can't calculate how much time I've spent playing VF2 and FV in the arcades and on the Saturn, so I'll be first in line (figuratively speaking) to pick up both releases when they launch.
The games will only set players back $4.99 or 400 Microsoft Points and will be released for the PS3 on November 27th and the Xbox 360 on the 28th. All games will include Achievements/Trophies and online play and will indeed be the "complete versions of the arcade originals" according to Sega.
Take a look at some screenshots of all 3 games below.
Virtua Fighter 2, Sonic the Fighters and Fighting Vipers screens:
Please Sega, announce more Model 2 arcade releases and also bring them to the PS Vita.
SEGA of America Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that a trio of cult-classic arcade fighting games, all developed by the legendary SEGA AM2 team, will be making their way to modern consoles with support for full online multiplayer and achievements/trophies! Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, and Virtua Fighter 2 will all be available for digital download on the PlayStation Network November 27th for North America and December 5th for Europe at $4.99 each and available on November 28th for 400 Microsoft Points each on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
In 1994, Virtua Fighter 2 followed in the footsteps of its hit predecessor by bringing breakthrough 3D graphics and fighting gameplay to arcades. The title’s combination of deep combat and unique arenas led it to quickly become one of the flagship titles on the SEGA Saturn™ when it arrived on the console in 1995.
Fighting Vipers came to arcades and the SEGA Saturn the following year, in 1996, adding a new concept that was a fighting game first: destructible armor. Players could maximize their damage dealt by destroying an opponent’s protective gear, and could then finish the round by punching or kicking the other player right through the arena’s walls.
Finally, Sonic the Fighters’s arrival in arcades in 1996 offered players a first-ever opportunity to take to the ring with characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, including Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. Players had to battle their way through eight stages to collect chaos emeralds and once again thwart the evil plans of Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic!