Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter
 
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REVIEWMarvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter is the sequel to the first ever Marvel/Capcom cross-over game, X-Men VS Street Fighter. As a whole, it isn't a whole lot different from the prequel, but it does offer a variety of new content. The main differences include a slightly altered character roster, some new moves for returning characters, and the most prominent addition is the Assist Attack mechanic, which enables partner characters to jump in during gameplay for a quick attack... adding new strategy and combo possibilities to the fast-paced gameplay!
 

Never before seen match-ups!

 
Much like X-Men VS Street Fighter, the gameplay is fluid and fast. Character balance is a little bit better this time around, as many of those pesky infinites from X-Men VS Street Fighter were removed (but top players found some new ones, of course). The quality presentation of MSH VS SF is comparable to the prequel, but stands out on its own with a unique art style & soundtrack (all brand new). The game's announcer is also new, and this time, the announcer enthusiastically yells out the entire name of every character's super move upon a super combo finish (with the exception of the secret characters). Honestly, I never got tired of listening to the announcer from this game. "Shinkuu-Tatsumaki-Senpuu-Kyaku!!!! ... "Hyper Stars&Stripes!!!!" ... "Crawler Assault!!!" (see featured video). Are you kidding me? The announcer was totally hype... simply EPIC stuff for the time.

Along with a catchy new character selection BGM, characters were given all new theme songs. 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 as in the prequel, as one character is KO'ed, their partner's theme song kicks in right as they jump into the fight! ...Still such a cool effect. The hand-drawn backgrounds from the prequel have returned, but were tweaked quite a bit, visually. The artists added some key details to give the game a fresh look, and even included a variety of cool character cameos from both Capcom and Marvel! In a nutshell, Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter looks, sounds, and plays differently enough from X-Men VS Street Fighter to make if feel like a completely new game.
 
 

MSH VS SF wasn't short on shotos!

 
So who wouldn't want to team up Ryu & Spider Man and duke it out with Hulk & Zangief?! The updated character roster brings in many of the faces from the original Marvel Super Heroes (minus the gem powers), but unfortunately a lot of the crew from X-Men VS Street Fighter have gone missing... s'pose they're on a beach vacation or something? Heh, some of them are actually seen in the background slacking off. While any fan of the first crossover would've liked to see all previous characters return, at least this installment left something to be desired. Those of us who played this in the arcade at the time just knew Capcom would eventually make another sequel.
 

 
                 

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Page Updated: June 16th, 2014
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Artwork by: Bengus (CRMK)
Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation, Sega Saturn ()
Release Date(s): June 25th, 1997  (Arcade)
Oct. 22nd, 1998
  ( Saturn)
Jan. 31st, 1999
  ( PS1)
Feb. 25th, 1999
  ( PS1)
Characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, Dhalsim, Akuma, Dan, Sakura, Bison, Cyclops, Spider-man, Captain America, Wolverine, Hulk, Shuma Gorath, Blackheart, Omega Red, Shadow, Apocalypse, Cyber Akuma, Norimaro (Japan & console exclusive)

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Related Games: X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men VS Street Fighter, Marvel VS Capcom, Marvel VS Capcom 2, Marvel VS Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, Tatsunoko VS Capcom, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars, Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact, Mortal Kombat 4, Darkstalkers 3, Pocket Fighter, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, The Last Blade
  

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

 8.7 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version

 

Final Words: Even though it took out a few fan-favorite characters from the prequel, I enjoyed Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter just as much as X-men VS Street Fighter. At first it seemed like a complete rehash, but I learned to appreciate the small differences that made it a substantial sequel. The character roster, music, announcer, and gameplay are all particularly memorable! I had some good times with MSH VS SF.  ~TFG Webmaster
 

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