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The PlayStation 1 port of X-Men vs. Street Fighter really pissed people off... and for good reason

Top Hat Gaming Man explores the rich history of this arcade classic

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 23, 2019 at 1:31 p.m. PDT • Comments: 40

There's certainly been some negative community feedback concerning the particulars of Capcom's current relationship with PlayStation, (Street Fighter 5 is only available on PS4 and PC as far as home consoles) but this isn't the first time fighting game fans have taken issue with a marriage between Sony and Street Fighter.

Top Hat Gaming Man offers us yet another wonderful FGC history lesson in his latest video which takes a look back at what this game was, how it was received, and how it fell on its face once it made it to the PS1.

The time was 1996 and the fighting game business was absolutely booming. It was during this chapter that the Versus series was born as Capcom had created Children of the Atom, an X-Men fighter that also featured a special guest appearance from Street Fighter's Akuma, two years prior.

The popularity of XCotA led to a full crossover in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, which deviated in some very significant ways from the plethora of other Capcom and general fighting titles of the time.

The single-round, tag-team style was a fresh approach that helped XvSF stand out in the arcades. Though it took a little while to get rolling, the game garnered a significant amount of popularity and was thus deemed fit for home console ports.

This was just fine for a hefty system like the Sega Saturn, but the PlayStation 1 (a must destination for developers aiming for popularity in American markets) did not have the specs necessary to run this game like it was intended.

We won't spoil the particulars of what exactly went wrong, but let's just say Sony's history of having inferior hardware is rather long-running.

Fighting game fans will surely love this look back over one of the most important titles in our genre's development. Give it a viewing and share your reactions, including any nostalgic memories that float to surface as you watch, in the comments after.

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