Old and forgotten arcade 3D Fighters


#1

I am planning on writing an article about the older arcade 3D fighting games (pre 2000) , and just hoping to hear some stories and memories on some of these games. Also it would be a great help if anyone could sort out the chronological order of each year.

1994
-Virtua Fighter - march?
-Tekken - December?

1995
-Battle Arena Toshinden 2 (also any info on PSX toshinden 1 would be good too)
-Psychic Force
-virtua fighter remix
-Virtua Fighter 2
-Tekken 2

1996
-Heaven’s gate
-Mace: The dark age
-Soul Edge
-Star Gladiater
-Street Fighter EX (I realise its not a true 3D fighter, but i still plan on mentioning it - so, “no flame”)
-Virtua Fighter Kids
-Dead or alive

1997
-Tekken 3
-Beastorizer/Blood Roar
-Mortal Kombat 4
-Rival Schools
-Street Fighter EX Plus
-Virtua Fighter 3

1998
-Bio Freaks
-Bloody Roar 2
-Flgihting Layer
-Plasma Sword/Star Gladiator 2
-Soul Calibur
-Street Fighter EX 2
-Dead or Alive++
-Tenth degree

1999
-Dead or alive 2
-Final Fight Revenge
-Street Fighter EX 2 Plus

No doubt i got some of the years wrong and definitely missed loads out. So please correct me, but please no games post 1999, unless you feel they are worth mentioning.
Thanks
r3ko


#2

Fighter Maker - 1998

EDIT:

Okay, so this one was console only. I CAN’T READ.


#3

How could you forget fighting vipers!!!


#4

From what I heard from older dudes in VF community, VF2/VF3 days were pretty big.

For older DoA, I’m guessing Tom Brady (MK Bill) would know the most.

Older tekken (1-2) I don’t know but I’m sure there are dudes around who can tell you how great the T3/Tag era was.


#5

I remember playing Mace on the n64.

It was the shit way back when


#6

I still play Mace: The Dark Age. Found a cartridge for sale over at Bookman’s and stepped into the late-90’s all over again.

Battle Arena: Toshinden was killer, I used to drop all kinds of tokens into that at the local Peter Piper Pizza.

Also, what about Dark Rift and cringe Fight for Life?


#7

post error. Please delete.


#8

I remember the 1st time I saw the SF EX games. Played SF EX2+ like crazy back then. I also saw JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure in that same arcade.

I would talk about Tobal 2 (1997) but I just realized that it’s console only.


#9

Sonic the Fighters came out 1996. It was arcade only until its gamecube release nearly 9 years later. Probably should be overlooked because of its catch up system. I would kill for a sequel using the same basic gameplay concepts and the removable of the catch up system.


#10

Thanks for the replies so far. Incident bring on the Tobal love.


#11

Tekken Tag?


#12

Are yeah how could i forget.


#13

As you wish.

Me and my bro bought Tobal #1 on a whim and were amazed at it’s polish and execution, especially for it’s time. I found out that Tobal 2 was being made, I was elated…Until it was announced that it wouldn’t be brought over here. I was devastated. Years later, I learned about modding systems, found Tobal 2 bought it and played it like hell. To this day, I consider it one of the best 3D fighters ever made and has helped make me into the fighting gamer I am today. It got me into importing and for the 1st time, I was driven to learn a fighting game inside and out, even though I had no one to play against.


#14

Fighting Layer was pretty good. What about Ehrgeiz?


#15

I remember when I saw it arcades for the 1st time. I knew it was from the same developers as Tobal, so I knew it was something special. It wasn’t until I bought it on PS1 that I started to explore the game in depth and noticing the blend of roaming 3D fighters like Power Stone and standard 3D fighters like Tekken, VF and Tobal. As much as I enjoyed it, it made me want to get Tobal 2 more.


#16

forgot about Bushido blade another Square fighter but with weapons.


#17

War Gods … let’s keep it forgotten.


#18

wheres these 2 sega fighters from that last

holloseum(on the sega hologram arcade cab)
last bronx


#19

Not really “Arcade” but Fighters Destiny on the N64 was maybe the best game for the genre in the system.


#20

ultimate dan? I think that was the name for that random atari fighter