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The world of fighting games has been growing at an exponential rate ever since the release of Street Fighter IV back in 2008. In just five short years we’ve seen four versions of that game, a new Marvel vs. Capcom title (along with one revision), and a new installment in nearly every fighting game franchise ever conceived: Tekken Tag 2, Dead or Alive 5, King of Fighters XIII, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Mortal Kombat… you get the idea.
On top of the sequels, we have a few completely new franchises that have made their way into the fighting game market, such as Street Fighter X Tekken, Skullgirls, Persona 4: Arena, and Injustice: Gods Among Us. And now we hear that the old arcade classic Killer Instinct is being revived. So, yeah, on the 12th day of Christmas, the industry gave to me: twelve new fighting games and a partridge in a pear tree. Amongst all of this hype, it’s hard to believe that any fighting game genre could actually be experiencing problems, but unfortunately for Darkstalkers fans, that appears to be just the case.
Things certainly seemed to be looking promising for the franchise with popular Darkstalkers characters receiving a bit of exposure in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Morrigan, Felicia, and Hsien Ko each managed to snag one of the coveted spots in the Capcom half of the game’s 36 roster spots. There seemed to be enough excitement surrounding the game and its characters to cause Capcom to take a hard look at the series, and fans were excited when Capcom announced Darkstalkers Resurrection, which was a compilation of two previous Darkstalkers titles. The goal was both to generate hype for the franchise and to test the waters for future prospects, but according to Matt Dahlgren, Capcom’s Fighting Game Manager, the game did not perform well enough to earn Capcom’s devoted attention.
Speaking to Siliconera, Dahlgren stated, “There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure.”
Four games are new to the Xbox Live Arcade today… though three of them are part of the Kinect Sports Gems series of mini-games.
The week’s big new release is Darkstalkers Resurrection, which compiles the second and third games from Capcom’s monster fighter into a single package that’s being sold for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). As is typical of Capcom’s re-releases, it contains all the high definition bells and whistles and online play modes you’d expect:
Darkstalkers Resurrection updates to two games for the price of one – Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. These feature classic gameplay and unique characters as well as a host of new features, including a variety of HD visual modes, online play with 8-player lobbies, YouTube replay sharing, improved challenge modes, dynamic awards, and unlockable extras. Embrace the dark!
The third wave of Kinect Sports Gems includes 10 Frame Bowling, Ping Pong, and the pun-tastic Penalty Saver (a soccer shootout game). Fitting for a mini-game, each one is available for the mini-price of 240 Microsoft Points ($3) apiece.
Capcom’s fighting game compilation, Darkstalkers Resurrection is the big addition in this week’s PlayStation Store update. The package comes complete with Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 to sate your monster battling urges.
Also available this week is a sextet of PSone Classics that were previously only available in Japan, the PS3 full game Quantum Theory, the PSN games Psych Yourself and Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear, the Vita game Puzzle by Nikoli V: Sudoku, and the PS2 Classic Kessen II.
Capcom plans to talk about a ton of games at this year’s PAX East show, including two unannounced projects! The two games will be unveiled during the “World of Capcom” panel scheduled for Friday, March 22 at 12 Noon.
If you’ve got PAX East tickets and you miss the panel, be sure to swing by their booth as Darkstalkers Resurrection, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Remember Me and Lost Planet 3 will all be playable on the show floor.
PAX East 2013 will be held March 22-24 in Boston and if you don’t have tickets, you’re too late. They officially sold out a day or two ago.
Capcom has announced that Darkstalkers Resurrection will be available to download from the PlayStation Network on March 12 and from the Xbox Live Arcade on March 13. The compilation will be priced at $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points).
Darkstalkers Resurrection will bestow a high definition makeover to the second and third games in the series, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. Other features include online play, YouTube video uploads, a variety of graphical filters, and a Tutorial Mode.