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Even as old-school Saturn fans chant the Darkstalkers name from the mountain tops (I’m looking at you, Kris Knigge), it seems the general public just doesn’t share that same level of enthusiasm for Capcom’s recent re-release compilation of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. While the game has managed to make its way onto PSN’s top ten list for March, that isn’t enough for it to be considered a success–at least not in Capcom’s eyes.
When members of Capcom Unity’s forums argued that the game seemed like a success, Capcom USA head Christian Svensson offered up a rather disheartening response:
Sadly, it’s not as high on that list as it really needs to be to be successful.
We’re working on promotions and the like to improve the situation. We’ve not given up. But I’m disappointed in the opening sales response relative to any other fighting title we’ve put out on the same platforms given the frequency and urgency of requests we’ve had here over the last several years and the quality of the execution. It is the most fully featured and probably best project of this type we’ve done.
And before people jump to the wrong conclusions, I’m not blaming fans who did buy it and supported the brand. I’m very thankful for those guys (thank you, to all of you). I’m more disappointed by my misread of the information in this particular case.
Svensson has suggested elsewhere that the novelty of these kinds of projects has been tapering off, but I’m not sure that’s the case all around. Darkstalkers is one of the most inspired of Capcom’s many hibernating fighting IPs, and while the recent saturation of 2D fisticuffs has certainly diluted the pot, this series really boasts some potential to become a new fan favorite.
Whether the blame rests with fickle fans, a saturated market, or ho-hum advertising, the outcome is nevertheless crushing. Is the Darkstalkers franchise going to be put to rest for another 15 years? Has Capcom lost all faith in re-releasing or updating classic fighters?
Only time will tell.
The Sega Mega Drive/ Genesis classic Flashback will be completely remade in 3D and will be released on XBLA and PSN later this year. The game’s creator Paul Cuisset and his French development studio VectorCell have been working with publisher Ubisoft on the remake, which will feature completely overhauled 3D graphics, full voice acting, new gameplay sections and more.
I love Flashback. I love its so much that I asked Tom Kyzivat to base my Sega Addict chewable on the Mega Drive version’s title screen. So far I am totally in love with this new version of Flashback as shown in the exciting trailer above. So far it looks as though Paul Cuisset is sticking close to his and Delphine Software’s original vision, and isn’t veering the game towards a more “hardcore” market.
But that may just be the nostalgia talking. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!
What was once a Gamestop exclusive character for people purchasing Anarchy Reigns is now available for everyone as DLC on PSN. For $0.99, anyone can download the popular Platinum Games character and run around punching and kicking things until they’re heart’s content.
No word yet on if the DLC will come to 360 owners as well. I wonder if this new DLC will spark some people to return to playing the game online. Speak of which, is anyone still playing the multiplayer modes of this game? Is there a decent online community to play with?
They may still not have a “party chat,” but the PSN always has some amazing sales and discounts popping up from week to week. This week, Sony decided to bundle some of the more recent re-releases from Sega. The first bundle, The Sega Fight Pack Bundle, includes Sonic The Fighters, Fighting Vipers, and Virtua Fighter 2 for just $9.99. Another bundle, which has been a long time coming, is the ToeJam & Earl Vintage Collection for a funky $6.99.
Both of these bundles are great deals, and I’m honestly considering re-buying the ToeJam & Earl collection just to play with my PSN buddies.
Along with the prior-mentioned bundles, a few PS Vita games are on sale:
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – PS Vita Game (now: $19.99 original price: $39.99)
- Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz – PS Vita Game (now: $14.99 original price: $29.99)
- Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition – PS Vita (now: $14.99 original price: $39.99)
Elsewhere on the Wii U, Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is marked down from $39.99 to $29.99 on the eShop.
So there you have it! Quite a few ways to save some money and enjoy a nice library of new and old games. Anyone plan on hitting up this sale?
The HD re-release of Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio was a pretty successful venture for Sega and got fair reviews across the board, even from our own Brett Hatfield. If anything it reminded gamers of how innovative Sega were and could potentially be in the future. Speaking of the future, a group of JSR fans have organised a petition hoping to persuade Sega into re-releasing the Xbox exclusive Jet Set Radio Future.
Claiming the game to ‘even’ better’ than the original with ‘tighter controls, cooler music, a large, open world that encouraged exploration, and tons of replay-ability’. In their words:
We request an HD remastering of Jet Set Radio Future, with any issues the plagued the original Xbox version removed completely. We would like to see it on XBLA, PSN,(both PS3 and Vita systems), and Steam. Cross-buy compatibility for the PS3 and Vita versions would also be nice.
Whether or not Sega will take any notice of the petition, which at the time of writing has 89 signatures with a goal of 1,000, is one thing, but whether JSRF is deserving of a remake is another. In my personal opinion JSRF is a game that is visually and sonically astounding, but offers a very cumbersome and tedious gameplay experience. But who knows, the power of social media might see Hatsune Miku make it to the West, and it might very well see you playing JSRF on your PlayStation Vita some time in the future.
Future, future, future. The word’s lost all meaning.
[Source: TSSZ News]
Scheduled for release in early March on both Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade after initially being delayed, Darkstalkers Resurrection has now been released on PSN. Developed by Iron Galaxy Studios, the team behind fantastic digital releases Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Resurrection follows the latter in providing enhanced versions of two classic fighters.
Night Warriors: Darkstalker’s Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 both had success at the arcades but also featured on the Sega Saturn. While the third game in the series has been widely available on different formats, Night Warriors (the series’ first sequel) has been unavailable on home consoles outside of Japan since the Saturn release. Resurrection promises online tournaments, a proven online netcode, HD filtering, YouTube sharing and even a tutorial for new players.
Anyone else excited for this? I’m a bit soppy for digital fighter re-releases myself, but you can check out some trailers here if you’re not sold.
[Source: Playstation Blog]
Two new trailers have been revealed for the upcoming Sega Saturn fighting revamp, Darkstalkers Resurrection. This HD remake will feature the second and third game’s in Capcom’s unique series with redone visuals and an online multiplayer mode. To promote the game Capcom has released a few character specific trailers, such as the one featured above which details Lord Raptor, a rock musician from beyond the grave.
When you hit the jump you’ll be treated to a look at Victor, a hulking monster who will be sure to dominate matches across the globe when the game hits XBLA and PSN next month.
I have probably said this before in a news post, but PS Plus really is an amazing thing. You get free games, people! And ka-razy discounts! Anyway, my free advertising aside, let’s talk about what PS Plus gets you this month: the entire Platinum game, Vanquish, for the low cost of free. You can’t pass this up. And for our UK readers, the digital version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is marked down 20% for the first 2 weeks of its release. So go hit up these deals!
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
If you own a copy of Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed for PS3 but didn’t get the Bonus Edition that included the free Outrun track and Metal Sonic, now’s your opportunity! The American PSN store has the track and character DLC available for the low price of $1.99. While the DLC currently isn’t available in other territories, I’m sure it will be coming soon.
Anyone not get the Bonus Edition and interested in getting the DLC? At launch it appeared that every version of the game was the Bonus Edition so I’m not sure how many regular editions have actually been sold so far. For the $1.99 price, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal as the track is short but a nice nod to Outrun and Metal Sonic is like Sonic but made of metal.
A lot of Sega fans were pretty elated with the news that select Model 2 classics would be receiving new life in the form of digital rereleases on PSN and XBLA. Virtua Fighter 2 reminded us of the roots of 3D fighting, and Fighting Vipers finally gave us less experienced fighting fans (myself included) a chance to experience one of the genre’s forgotten gems. Sonic: The Fighters…was…well…Sonic: The Fighters.
Now, after happily digesting those gaming morsels, we’re ready for some more. Unfortunately, when (or if) something comes, it probably won’t be the robot brawling classic Cyber Trooper Virtual On or the arcadey soccer game Virtua Striker. After revealing that both of these games would be hitting digital download services in Japan, Sega announced yesterday that there are no plans for releases out West.
Considering the disappointing performances of Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2 on US sales charts, I suppose I can’t say I’m surprised at this news. All the same, it’s damn disappointing. What has the world come to when a game about giant robots punching each other isn’t considered viable in every market everywhere?