The Best Sega Saturn Fighting Games

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After the success of Sega’s Genesis, they knew they needed to follow it up with something just as awesome. Whether they released something just as awesome is up for debate. While it wasn’t a commercial success, the Sega Saturn did deliver Sega fanboys some pretty awesome games. Releasing to American and European audiences in the Summer of 1995, it sold surprisingly well for its first few weeks before the Playstation began to take the lead. It did not receive much support from third-party developers, meaning the library was slim compared to other consoles. Even though the selection of games was slim, most of them were of extremely high quality.

Many of these fantastic games were RPGs, but what do you expect from Japan? Titles like Shining Force III and Panzer Dragoon are still revered titles to this day, with a remake of the latter just releasing. No matter what your opinion of this ill-fated Saturn is, it was home to some quality games that deserve more recognition.

X-Men vs. Street Fighter

Before the Marvel vs. Capcom series was fully developed, Capcom released several crossovers between Marvel characters and their own Street Fighter characters. X-Men vs. Street Fighter was one of those titles. Featuring eight recognizable X-Men and nine iconic Street Fighters, players had a plethora of fun characters to choose from in this title, each with their own special abilities.

One of the biggest features of this game is its art-style. Featuring a cool mix of comic art and the Japanese art Street Fighter is known for, this title makes great use of pixels to create some of the most stunning characters that still hold up today. The fighting is also one-to-one with the arcade, making each version virtually indistinguishable from each other. If you are looking for a fantastic arcade fighter X-Men vs. Street Fighter is probably one of the best out there.

Street Fighter Alpha 2

An updated version of the Street Fighter Alpha game, Street Fighter Alpha 2 is probably the definitive version of the Alpha series of Street Fighter games. There are a total of eighteen fighters to choose from, thirteen of which from the original Street Fighter Alpha. Many of these characters are recognizable from other entries in the series, with some newcomers that will surprise fans.

The fighting is more streamlined compared to the last game, with the notable inclusion of the Custom Combos. This allows players to create their own combos as long as their Timer Gauge is full. The single player mode has also been enhanced with a new “rival” who will interrupt the game and fight the player. Street Fighter Alpha 2 is a must-play for fans of the franchise as well as new fighting game players.

Last Bronx

Originally an arcade hit, Last Bronx is a fighting game involving gangs in an alternate reality Japan. Players can pick one of nine different fighters, each from separate and rival gangs. Fighters can also carry weapons, which affect the fight in new and fun ways. All of the locations are based on real locations within Tokyo. These locations are closed off, meaning if you’re knocked out of the ring, you’re out. Rounds only last 30 seconds so ring-outs are a crucial part of winning.

When not facing off against friends, there is a great single player story mode. All together, Last Bronx is a fun fighter that separates itself from its contemporaries with some awesome anime sequences and a cool story.

Virtua Fighter 2

The second entry in the awesome Virtua Fighter series, Virtua Fighter 2 is an improvement upon the original title. The gameplay at its core is pretty similar to the previous entry, with some quality of life changes to improve the overall gameplay. On top of the original 9 characters, Virtua Fighter 2 adds two more fighters, Shun Di and Lion Rafale.

Unlike other fighters of the era, Virtua Fighter 2 puts no emphasis on story. The only goal of this title is to knock your opponent out in an innovative 3D arena. Virtua Fighter 2 is easily one of the most innovative fighters of the era and a must play for retro fighting fans.

Mortal Kombat Trilogy

After the giant release of Mortal Kombat 3 came an even better rework called Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Fixing many of the issues from Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy also remasters characters and stages from the first two entries in the series. This entry was also the first introduction of the Brutality finisher, which doesn’t kill the enemy just maims them.

Fans of the klassic Mortal Kombat games will fall in love with this entry. The game offers every character up to that point along with every stage and fatality. Mortal Kombat Trilogy is a must-have for Mortal Kombat fans.

  • Updated March 11, 2021