Virtua Fighter 2 Review

This is an accurate version of Virtua Fighter 2 for the Sega Genesis, but why would anyone actually want to play Virtua Fighter 2 for the Sega Genesis?

Virtua Fighter 2 was a classic 3D fighting game that really cemented Viruta Fighter as a serious name in fighting games. Arcades, especially in Japan, were packed full of players looking to hone their skills in this highly technical, timing-driven fighter. But you're not getting a faithful version of that arcade classic here on the Wii's Virtual Console series. No, for 800 points ($8) you get the practically unknown version that was released on the Sega Genesis. It squashes all of the arcade version's action into a 2D game but does not contain any of the thrilling gameplay or strategy found in the original game.

It even manages to fit in many of the voice samples from the original arcade version.

However, that's not to say that VF2 for the Genesis is completely without merit. It's actually kind of interesting to see how many moves and combos from the original game made it into this version of the game. The same old punch-punch-punch-kick combo from Sarah is still in there; Jacky can do his double spinning backfist; and so on. The controls are also the same as the arcade version, with guard, punch, and kick buttons. Of course, the timing is completely butchered, so it's not actually entertaining for very long. Still, as a curiosity from days past, the Genesis version of Virtua Fighter 2 is sort of neat. It's just not neat enough to be worth $8, that's all.

The Virtual Console is certainly capable of running such games as Virtua Fighter 2 for the Genesis; the emulation seems accurate enough, right down to the awful animation. But this is one of those situations where you sit back and wonder why, exactly, this game is coming to the Virtual Console at all. Anyone old enough to remember the Genesis game probably knows to stay away, and anyone who only knows of the recent Virtua Fighter installments won’t find anything to like with this ugly chapter in the series’ history. Your Wii Virtual Console fighting dollars are better spent on something like Street Fighter II.

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The Good
Accurate emulation
The Bad
$8 is way too much to pay for a game that wasn't good in the first place
may cause a violent reaction among Virtua Fighter series purists
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Virtua Fighter 2 More Info

  • First Released 1995
    • Arcade Games
    • Genesis
    • + 6 more
    • iPhone/iPod
    • PC
    • PS2
    • PS3
    • Saturn
    • Xbox 360
    Straight from the arcades, Virtua Fighter 2 comes to the Sega Genesis with its distinct brand of 3D fighting.
    Average Rating773 Rating(s)
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    Developed by:
    Sega AM2, Gaibrain, Sega
    Published by:
    Sega, Tec Toy, Samsung
    Fighting, Action, 3D
    Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    X360 PS3
    Fantasy Violence, Use of Alcohol