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Virtua Fighter 2 (Mega Drive)

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For the 3D fighter of which this game is based on, see Virtua Fighter 2.
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Virtua Fighter 2
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, iOS, Steam
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
1997-01[1] $? 1845
Sega Mega Drive
EU
1997-01[2] £44.99[2] 1845-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
1996-12 R$? 052010
Sega Mega Drive
KR
1996 ₩? GM96002JG
Sega Mega Drive
AS
1996  ? 1845-40


Wii Virtual Console
JP
¥600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
$800 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
€800 points ?



Steam
US
$2.99 ?
Steam
EU
€1.99 2.49 ?



iOS
JP
¥170 ?
iOS
US
$1.99[3] ?
iOS
EU
€1.59[3] ?
iOS
UK
£1.49[3] ?
iOS
AU
$1.99[3] ?



Virtua Fighter 2 (バーチャファイター2) for the Sega Mega Drive is a fighting game developed by Sega released in North America and Europe in 1996.

Its true name is debatable. Though all box art simply calls it Virtua Fighter 2, the North American title screen calls it Virtua Fighter 2 Genesis and the European (and Japanese - the ROM is identical for all regions) call it Virtua Fighter 2 Mega Drive.

Gameplay

Virtua Fighter 2 is a vastly watered down version of Virtua Fighter 2, a game originally released for Sega Model 2A CRX arcade hardware in 1995 (and subsequently ported to the Sega Saturn. Unlike any other version of Virtua Fighter 2, this on the Mega Drive is rendered entirely in 2D, with more traditional hand-drawn sprites replacing the motion-captured 3D models of the arcade game.

While the core concepts of Virtua Fighter 2 are retained in this Mega Drive variant, the game is significantly slower than its 3D counterparts, and is supported by simpler graphics and sound. Newcomers Lion and Shun are not present in this Mega Drive version, limiting the cast to that of the original Virtua Fighter. Many voice samples are also missing.

While players only ever have control over two axes at any one point in the arcade Virtua Fighter 2, moves and collisions will cause the fighting angle of the arena to change, giving gameplay a pseudo 3D feel. Here no such system is in place, and while rendering techniques help to give the floor an illusion of depth, players never move in or out of the screen under any circumstances. A side effect to this system means that only one "side" of an arena's background needed to be drawn, and so the perspective problems witnessed in the Saturn and PC versions are not an issue here.

Many of the arcade game's moves have been axed, however roughly 700 remain (putting it on a par with the original Virtua Fighter).

History

Legacy

An emulated version of this game more frequently rereleased than the "real" Virtua Fighter 2, being included as part of 2006's Sega Mega Drive Collection, as well as on the Wii Virtual Console service in 2007, and later on Steam and iOS devices. The iOS version was removed from sale on iTunes in 2015.[4]

Production credits

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Fighter 2 (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

UltraGamePlayers US 093.pdf

Print advert in














Ultra Game Players (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №182, p84[2]
73 №52, p40/41
72 №59, p92
77 №51, p74/75[5]
45 №70, p138
Sega Mega Drive
65
Based on
5 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Virtua Fighter 2 MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, KR (rerelease)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia

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Cart

External links

References

  1. File:UltraGamePlayers US 093.pdf, page 67
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:CVG UK 182.pdf, page 84
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 http://blogs.sega.com/2011/10/25/prices-so-low-theyre-scary/
  4. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/18/8622645/sega-pulls-games-from-itunes-app-store-google-play
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega51UK.pdf, page 74


Virtua Fighter series
Virtua Fighter (Remix | PC) (1993-1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (Mega Drive | Sega Ages 2500 Series) (1994-1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 (3tb) (1996-1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 (Evolution | Final Tuned) (2001-2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 (R | Final Showdown) (2006-2010)
Spin-offs
Virtua Fighter Kids (1996) | Virtua Fighter Animation (1997) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary (2003) | Virtua Quest (2004)
Cross-overs
Fighters Megamix (Game.com) | Dead or Alive 5 (5+ | Ultimate | Last Round) (2012-2015)
Portrait series
Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series: (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | The Final) (1995-1996) | GG Portrait: Yuuki Akira (1996) | GG Portrait: Pai Chan (1996)
Others
Virtua Fighter (LCD) (1995) | Electronic Virtua Fighter (199x) | Virtua Fighter (R-Zone) (199x) | Virtua Fighter Mobile (2008)
Characters
Akira Yuki | Jacky Bryant | Pai Chan | Sarah Bryant
Demo discs
Java Tea Original Virtua Fighter Kids (1996)
Albums
Virtua Fighter: Akira/Kage (1994) | Virtua Fighter (1994) | Sega Saturn Virtua Fighter Maximum Mania (1994) | Virtua Fighter "Sega Saturn" Image by B-univ Neo Rising (1994) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sound Track (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Dancing Shadows (1995) | "Kuchibiru no Shinwa" (1995) | "Wild Vision" (1995) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 1: Shinshou Hassei (1995) | Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2 Music Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 2: Ryuuko Kaikou (1996) | "Kyouhansha" (1996) | Tianshi Xiang (1996) | "Ai ga Tarinaize" (1996) | "Eien no Mannaka de" (1996) | Virtua Fighter Complete Vocal Collection (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 3: Koubou Banjou (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 On The Vocal (1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 Official Soundtrack (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Original Sound Tracks (2002) | Virtua Fighter 5 Original Sound Track (2011) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 R Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 2 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter Best Tracks + One (2015)
Books
Virtua Fighter Maniax (1994) | Virtua Fighter Maniax Replays (1994) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1994) | Virtua Fighter Guide Book V-Jump (1994) | Virtua Fighter Ougi no Sho (1995) | Virtua Fighter Maniax for Windows (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.1 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Remix Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Complete (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.3 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Strategy Guide (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Perfect Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Game Guide Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Graphics "Model 2" (1996) | Tokyo Virtua Monogatari (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Fighter's Bible (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Fan Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sega Saturn Fighting Manual (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Command Game Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.1 (1996) | Virtua Fighter Relax (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.2 (1996) | Fighters Mega Books Mix Ultimate Guide (1997) | Prima's Virtua Fighter 3: Unauthorized Arcade Secrets (1997) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Playing Guide (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Kanzen Kouryaku Doku Hon (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Perfect Guide (1998) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 3tb (1999) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Official Strategy Guide (1999) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 4 (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Perfect Guide (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Red Book: Elementary Phase (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Yoku Wakaru Haoh Yousei Dojo (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Blue Book: Advanced Phase (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 The Complete (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Perfect Guide (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Green Book: Law of the Junkies (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution: Yokuwakaru Hisshou Senjutsu Shinan (2003) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary: Memory of Decade (2003) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Master Guide (2004) | Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation: Judgement Six no Yabou Kouryaku Navigation (2004) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Orange Book: Junkies' Last Stand (2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 White Book: Keep It Real (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Black Book: Keep It Moral (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Technical Book (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Strategy Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 for PlayStation 3 Complete Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Masters Guide (2010)
TV and Film
Virtua Fighter CGMV (1994) | CGMV Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Eternal Battle (1995) | Virtua Fighter (1995) | Virtua Fighter Special Training Pack (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune The Best Bout (1996) | Sega Official Video Library Vol. 2: Virtua Fighter Kids (199x) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Shippuu no Shou "System" (1996) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Geki no Shou "Battle" (1996)