SEGA Retrospective: Virtua Fighter 5 – Ten Years Too Early


Virtua Fighter 5 turned 10 years old on Tuesday, July 12th. Community members Oliver “oneida” Leland, Mikél “BLACKSTAR” Grissett and VFDC co-creator Mike “Myke” Abdow reflect on how the entry fits into the series at large, and how its community ebbed over the course of a decade.

On July 12th 2006, Virtua Fighter 5 was released in Japanese arcades – that’s ten long years ago this past Tuesday. To put that time-frame in perspective, Soul Calibur III had been in arcades for three months. “X-Men: The Last Stand” was in theaters, “The Sopranos” was still on the air, and there was no such thing as an iPhone. SonicFox, fighting game tournament champion, was in the third grade. Put simply, Virtua Fighter 5 was released a long, long time ago.

Ten years ago fighting games were in that period of purported dormancy which spanned from the release of Capcom vs SNK 2 to Street Fighter IV, during which 3D fighters like Dead or Alive and Tekken saw sequels and revisions. And although Dead or Alive 4 technically brought fighters to “next-gen” on the Xbox 360 the previous November, Virtua Fighter 5 shouldered the responsibility of ushering the high-definition era to the arcades, which is where the franchise has flourished since its inception in 1993.

Latest SEGA trademarks: War Begins

SEGA has filed for four new trademarks. These are  mostly in Japanese and could be used for upcoming projects. Sometimes they are never used, so you never know.

  • 商願2010-056172 FINAL SHOWDOWN
  • 商願2010-057113 §ダイバ写真館\むちゃプリ
  • 商願2010-057457 WAR BEGINS
  • 商願2010-059134 §★GET TENKA★GET∞れき し たい せん\歴史大戦\ゲッテンカ\天下一バトルロイヤル∞て ん か いち

Final Showdown? Could this be related to Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown?

[Thanks: Pao]

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