Heroes Vs Street Fighter is the sequel
to the first ever Marvel/Capcom crossover 2D fighting game, X-Men Vs Street
Fighter. At its core, MSH Vs Street Fighter isn't a whole lot different from the prequel, but it does
offer a variety of new content. The game features an updated character roster,
bringing in iconic heroes from Capcom's Marvel Super Heroes (1995) to
duke it out with Street Fighter's famed warriors.
Gameplay system updates include several new moves for returning
characters, new combos, and the Assist Attack mechanic, enabling partner characters to jump in during gameplay for a quick
attack or special move - adding new strategy
and combo possibilities to the fast-paced tag-team gameplay.
Never before seen match-ups!
The gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street
Fighter is fluid and fast, like the prequel. Character balance was improved this time around,
with pesky infinite combos from X-Men VS Street Fighter being removed (but top players found some new ones, of course).
The overall quality and presentation of Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street
Fighter is in line with past installments, but stands out
on its own with a unique art style and soundtrack (all brand new). The game also
debuts a new announcer, who actually kinda steals the show with his enthusiasm
and charisma. The game's announcer passionately yells out each
character's fullsuper move title during a super combo finish (see
featured video). "Shinkuu-Tatsumaki-Senpuu-Kyaku!!!! ... "Hyper
Stars & Stripes!!!!" ... "Crawler Assault!!!". I'm not
sure any other fighting game announcer could ever come close to the hype of this
Along with a catchy new character selection theme,
characters were given all new BGMs. Many of them have a sort of
"jazzy" tone to them, but they're definitely catchy and manage to suit
the pace of the game quite well. Just like in X-Men Vs Street Fighter,
after one character is
KO'ed, their partner's theme song kicks
in right as they jump into the fight! ...Still a cool effect. The
hand-drawn backgrounds from the prequel have returned, but were tweaked visually
with new lighting effects, coloring, and background details. The artists even
fit in some cool character cameos
from both Capcom and Marvel. Overall, Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street
Fighter looks, sounds, and plays differently enough from X-Men VS Street
Fighter to make it feel like a completely new game.
Who wouldn't want to team up Ryu
& Spider-Man and duke it out with Zangief & Hulk? This game was the
first time these dream match-ups happened. With MSH Vs Street Fighter,
Capcom was taking major strides in their crossover legacy. While the addition of
Marvel's most popular icons is one of the best parts of the game, one of the
biggest flaws of the game is the removal of characters from past installments...
on both the Capcom and Marvel sides. Sadly, most of the crew from X-Men VS Street
Fighter have gone missing, and if you mained any of these characters, you
were probably somewhat disappointed with MSH Vs SF.
While any fan of the first crossover would've enjoyed seeing ALL previous characters
return to the roster (including those from X-Men: Children of the Atom), at least this installment
set some things up for future installments... as it left fans wanting
I enjoyed Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter
almost as much as X-Men VS Street Fighter. At
first, the game seemed like a lazy rehash, but I learned to appreciate
the small differences that made it an entertaining sequel and fun game to play
on its own. The character roster,
music, announcer, and gameplay are all particularly memorable. I had some good times
with MSH VS SF.
Of course, Capcom wasn't done with this epic crossover.... Just a few years
later, MSH Vs Street Fighter was succeeded by Marvel Vs Capcom
and, one of the biggest competitive smash hits of all time, Marvel Vs Capcom
2. The latter brought back nearly every character in the series
history. In retrospect, we didn't know how good Capcom could make this crossover
back in 1997-1998... but Marvel Super Heroes Vs Street Fighter was an
important stepping stone that made amazing games like MVC2 and MVC3