X-Men VS Street Fighter
REVIEWX-Men VS Street Fighter was the spiritual successor to X-Men: Children of the Atom & Marvel Super Heroes. Capcom's first ever "crossover" fighting game launched what would be known in the future as the "VS Series". As the first crossover fighting game, this little game made a huge impact at the arcade scene when it first arrived. In addition to the new players it attracted, returning fans of Marvel Super Heroes & X-Men: COTA clashed with old school Street Fighter players... could it get any more epic? Nope, not in 1996.


I'll never get that character selection music out of my head.


First off, X-Men VS Street Fighter is a very pretty & very colorful fighting game. It was definitely one of the best-looking arcade games around in 1996 (and years after). The music & sound effects were well designed and memorable. The icing on the cake is that the voice acting for the Marvel characters is done by the same voice actors from the popular X-Men animated TV series. This gave the game awesome authenticity for X-Men fans who know how their favorite characters should sound. The hand-drawn backgrounds were packed with detail and highlighted the charismatic character sprites, all of which were very well-animated for the time. And if that's not enough, master Capcom artist Bengus did all of the artwork for the game, presenting some of his best work to date.


Hope you're ready for a fight, Akuma...


X-Men VS Street Fighter
uses a very similar gameplay style to Marvel Super Heroes, giving characters the ability to "super jump" for some epic airborne moments during the fight, and allowing for awesomely flashy air combos! Characters have a great selection of priority attacks, special moves, and can also unleash incredibly flashy and stylish super moves. X-Men VS SF is also the first Capcom fighting game and one of the first fighting games to feature "tag-team" gameplay. The action is incredibly fast paced and fluid, and fighting game fans certainly never experienced gameplay quite like this before. In addition to the solid and fun gameplay engine, X-Men VS SF had an extraordinary presentation for a fighting game in 1996.


One of the best-looking 2D fighters of late '96-'97 arcades!


The best console port of X-Men VS Street Fighter is on the Sega Saturn... it had nearly no slowdown and retained the same tag team gameplay from the arcade version. The Playstation version was unfortunately lacking the tag team gameplay (your partner could only come in during a team super move), and it also suffered from slowdown... so if you've only played the Playstation version, needless to say, you haven't played the real X-Men VS Street Fighter.

Watch out for that launcher... it may be your demise. 


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Page Updated: May 18th, 2020
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Artwork by: Bengus (CRMK)
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Release Date(s): Sept. 9th, 1996             Arcade
Oct. 4th, 1996
Oct. 31st, 1997
Feb. 26th, 1998
June 11th, 1998
Characters Wolverine, Cyclops, Gambit, Rogue, Sabretooth, Storm, Magneto, Juggernaut, Ryu, Ken, Cammy, Charlie, Chun-Li, Zangief, Dhalsim, Bison, Akuma, Apocalypse

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Related Games: X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter, Marvel VS Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom 2, Marvel VS Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko VS Capcom, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

Gameplay Engine  8.5 / 10
Story / Theme  9.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  9.0 / 10
Animation  9.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.5 / 10
Innovation  10 / 10
Art Direction  10 / 10
Customization  8.0 / 10
Options / Extras  8.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  9.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  9.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  9.0 / 10
Characters  9.0 / 10

 9.3 / 10

 Review is for Arcade version     


Final Words:

A huge success in arcades around the world, and the beginning of what would later be known as the Marvel VS series, X-Men VS Street Fighter was one of the defining games of the era, demonstrating with flying colors just how far 2D fighting games have come.

X-Men VS SF was easily one of my favorite fighting games at the time of its release (and for years after).... Hell, it's still one of my favorite fighting games. For me, it really was a dream come true, since I grew up with BOTH Street Fighter and X-Men.

Even to this day, it's still a fun game, overlooking the fact that there are a shitload of infinites (inescapable combos). In case you don't know... in high level play, this game is a sloppy mess of "who can get their infinite combos off first," but even though it's a horribly broken game, it's actually pretty balanced since all characters have infinites!

At my local arcade, players would use infinite combos, but purposely allow their opponents escape after a while to keep the game fun (and to cater to the audience booing) ... Ohh, and remember, if you're playing this game at the arcade and your opponent catches you in an infinite, just reach over and hit their Taunt button! Pro tip: Make sure you're friends with the person first.   ~TFG Webmaster

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