Marvel Super Heroes VS Street Fighter
REVIEW: Marvel 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 lot different from the prequel, but it does offer a variety of new content. The main differences include a slightly altered character roster, a few new moves for returning characters, and the most prominent difference; the addition of Assist Attacks, which allows your partner to jump into 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 of course found some new ones). The presentation of the game is very similar to the prequel, but stands out on its own with a unique art style & soundtrack. The announcer is also brand new, and he even enthusiastically yells out the entire name of every character's super move upon a super combo finish.... simply EPIC stuff for the time. I never got tired of listening to the announcer in this game... "Shinkuu-Tatsumaki-Senpuu-Kyaku!!!!" (see featured video).
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 slightly tweaked 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!
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 new 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 Marvel/Capcom crossover would've liked to see all the characters return, at least this installment left something to be desired. Those of us who played this in the arcade just knew Capcom would eventually make another sequel.
Page Updated: January 28th, 2012 Developer(s): Capcom Publisher(s): Capcom Artwork by: Bengus (CRMK) Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation, Sega Saturn () Release Date(s): June 25th, 1997 (Arcade)
October 22nd, 1998 ( Saturn)
January 31st, 1999 ( PS1)
February 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)
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 / 10 Overall Graphics 9 / 10 Animation 9 / 10 Music / Sound Effects 9 / 10 Innovation 8.5 / 10 Art Direction 9.5 / 10 Customization 8 / 10 Options / Extras 8 / 10 Intro / Presentation 9 / 10 Replayability / Fun 8 / 10 "Ouch" Factor 8.5 / 10 Characters 8 / 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 this crossover 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 were all very memorable! I had some good times with MSH VS SF. ~TFG Webmaster