SEGA has announced plans to release a trio of cult-classic arcade fighting games, all developed by the SEGA AM2 team, onto modern consoles with support for full online multiplayer and achievements/trophies.
The games (Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, and Virtua Fighter 2) will all be available for digital download on the PlayStation Network November 27th for North America and December 5th for Europe at $4.99 each and available on November 28th for 400 Microsoft Points each on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360.
In 1994, Virtua Fighter 2 followed in the footsteps of its hit predecessor by bringing breakthrough 3D graphics and fighting gameplay to arcades. The title's combination of deep combat and unique arenas led it to quickly become one of the flagship titles on the SEGA Saturn when it arrived on the console in 1995.
Fighting Vipers came to arcades and the SEGA Saturn the following year, in 1996, adding a new concept that was a fighting game first: destructible armor. Players could maximize their damage dealt by destroying an opponent's protective gear, and could then finish the round by punching or kicking the other player right through the arena's walls.
Finally, Sonic the Fighters' arrival in arcades in 1996 offered players a first-ever opportunity to take to the ring with characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, including Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. Players had to battle their way through eight stages to collect chaos emeralds and once again thwart the evil plans of Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic.
Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers are rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB. Sonic the Fighters has not yet been rated.