Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is a crossover fighting game developed and released by Capcom. It is the second game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series and the fourth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game produced by Capcom. The sequel to X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the game replaces most of the X-Men characters with characters from Marvel Super Heroes. In an attempt to balance the previous games' problems, the game engine was altered, although it remained aesthetically the same. The game was released for the arcade in 1997, the Sega Saturn in 1998, and the original PlayStation in 1999.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The game uses the same tag-team format previously employed in X-Men vs. Street Fighter. In addition to all the features introduced, the player can now summon their partner to perform one of their special moves without changing their currently-controlled character.
Most of the Street Fighter characters from the previous game returned, with the exception of Cammy and Charlie, who are replaced by Dan and Sakura. However, all of the X-Men characters from the previous game (with the exception of Cyclops and Wolverine) are replaced with characters from Marvel Super Heroes (and Omega Red from X-Men).
Like in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the single-player mode consists of matches against other tag-teams and a two-on-one fight against Apocalypse. However, the match against the player's default character and his partner is replaced with another two-on-one match, this time against a cyborg version of Akuma known as "Cyber-Akuma". The character who deals the finishing blow to Cyber-Akuma will have their ending played.
Characters[edit | edit source]
|Omega Red||M. Bison|
|Secret Characters (Marvel)||Info|
|Mephisto||A palette swap of Blackheart. His physical basic attacks ignite the opponent when they connect, but this is just an aesthetic difference. He is Blackheart's father in the comics.|
|Armored Spider-Man||A gray version of Spider-Man that has limited armor, based on a metallic suit he wore in the comics as well as episodes later aired in the Marvel Studios animated series. He possess more resistance and sometimes no hit reaction to enemies attacks. He also has a slower walking speed and jumps slightly lower than before due to the heaviness of his armor. His damage from super combos is also reduced.|
|U.S. Agent||Although a distinctly different character than Captain America in the Marvel universe, he is just a palette swap in the game. He has, however, his own winning quotes, which are very aggressive in comparison to Captain America's.|
|Secret Characters (Capcom)||Info|
|Shadow||A darkened version of Charlie with powerful super moves that have incredible start-up lag. A version of Charlie that suffered harsh experiments at Shadaloo's hands, and now serves them. At the time the game takes place however, he has broken free of their control.|
|Mech-Zangief||A version of Zangief that can neither block nor be put into hit stun. Because Zangief can turn into this character in later installments of the series, many mistakingly called it "Evil Zangief".|
|Dark Sakura (Sunburnt Sakura in Japan)||A sunburned Sakura who throws fireballs horizontally instead of diagonally, and also has Akuma's Ashura Warp and can perform the Shun Goku Satsu (sometimes mistakenly called "Dark Sakura").|
|Cyber-Akuma||A cyborg, amped-up version of Akuma created by Apocalypse. Also serves as the game's final boss. Called Mech-Gouki in Japan.|
|Secret Characters (Original)||Info|
|Norimaro||Norimaro is a nerdish, cowardly schoolboy-type guy who is only available in the Japanese version of the game. He is armed with a camera and throws common school items, mini-Akuma dolls, and plushies as fireballs. He might even attempt to ask for his opponent's autograph mid-battle. But, despite this comic relief facade, he has some of the most powerful moves in the game. He is based on real-life Japanese comedian Noritake Kinashi.|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the first game in the series that doesn't feature any playable female characters from the Marvel side (all Marvel females who do appear are seen in stage backgrounds or endings), the second being Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.
- Charlie, Gambit, Rogue, and Rose appear in the background in the 'Showdown in the Park' stage.
- Kei Chitose also appears at the beginning of matches when playing as Sakura.
- There are several cameos of the original Rockman (Mega Man) in this game; in the mall stage, there's a cameo of a Rockman cut-out (perhaps someone in a Rockman suit), in relation to Capcom celebrating Rockman's "10th Anniversary" in 1997, they put a banner saying '10th Anniversary: Rockman' and in one of Norimaro's super combos, he does a cosplay of Rockman.
- Despite being a Japan-exclusive character, Norimaro can be selected by hacking the game. Many of his graphics, when viewed, have English counterparts, hinting he was planned to be released in English versions of the game at one point.
- Omega Red's ending shows him having defeated/killed Ryu, with Ken deeply distressed and exalted questioning him shouting "how many lives have you ended?", to which only responds grinning "do you count the number of breaths you've taken?". This could be a reference to the manga series , specifically the scene where made a similar question toward vampire ("how many lives have you sucked away to heal those wounds?"), only to be answered cynically with "how many breads have you eaten in your life?".
Credits[edit | edit source]
Planner: Atsushi Tomita, Nakano Tau! Masahiro, Dave Matumoto
Original Art Work: Akiman, Sakomizu, Ukabin
Object Designer: Minobe Hiroaki Da!!, Sagata, G.Kamina, Miwaringo, Kohichi Kikutani, Hiroshi Yoshioka, Shinya Miyamoto, Masanori Kondo, Rie Satou, Takep, Yosinori Yamamoto, Jon Narancha, Toshihiro Suzuki, R.Naoi, Kanako♥Takami
Scroll Designer: Iwai, Konomi, Hisashi Sawada, Dear Akirakun 1997, May, Inoyan, Youko Fukumoto, Kisabom, Takashi Fujiwara, Hiroshi Yuugen, Chie Morisaki, Holly Genki?, Shinnosuke, Manga-Chop
Music Compose & Arrange: Yuki Iwai, Yuko Kadota
Sound Director: Hiroaki "X68K" Kondo (Cipher)
Sound Assistant: Hachi & Ise & Lee, Moe・T (Cipher)
Recording Director: Susan Hart
Recording Engineer: Paul Shubat, Dave Hatt
Programmer: Motsu, Eternal Sailor, Kaw, Silver Kadontz, You!
Voice Actor - Street Fighter: Tetsuya Iwanaga, Yuko Sasamoto, Wataru Takagi, Tomomichi Nishimura, Osamu Hosoi, Yuko Miyamura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yoshiharu Yamada (Arts Vision)
Voice Actor - Marvel Super Heroes: Andrew Jackson, Cathal Dodd, Frank Perry, Jaimz Woolvet, Len Doncheff, Lorne Kenedy, Norman Spencer, Patric Chilvers
Narrator: Tony Daniels
Producer: Kenji Kataoka
General Producer: Noritaka Funamizu
Executive Producer: Yoshiki Okamoto
Norimaro Design & Voice: Noritaro Kinashi
Norimaro Name: Akiyuki Uratani
NTV Director: Satoshi Kojima
NTV Producer: Masahiko Ohsawa
Special Thanks to: Adviser Akitomo, Dana Moreshead, Lisa Leatherman, Takuya Shiraiwa, Erik Suzuki, Harumi Yamashita, Yumiko Nishi, Kinu♥Nishimura, Marvel Characters, Inc., Arrival, NTV, Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd, All Capcom Staff, and ・・・You
Presented by: Capcom