Retro Gaming- Capcom vs. SNK 2: (2001)

There were so many cool arcade games during the 1990’s and the early 2000’s in the fighting genre that many people enjoyed.  One of the arcade fighting games that stood out in the early 2000’s was Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium which was developed by Capcom and published by Sega when it was released in 2001.  Capcom vs. SNK 2 had provided a very exciting gaming experience for people who were fans of popular fighting games in the 1990’s such as Street Fighter, Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and the King of Fighters.  When Capcom vs. SNK 2 was first released in arcade centers worldwide many people were impressed by the roster that was featured in this game because it felt like several fighting titles being placed into one.  The Capcom side of the roster had featured popular characters including Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken Masters, Dan Hibiki, Akuma, Cammy, M. Bison and more.  The SNK roster had featured the likes of Joe Higashi, Kim Kaphwan, Mai Shiranu, Ryo Sakazaki, Terry Bogard, Kyo Kusanagi, Gesse Howard and even Nakoruru from Samurai Showdown.

One of the features of this game that stands out the most includes the groove select in which players can choose between C, A, P,S,N and K.  The groove select gives characters a set of abilities depending on which one they choose.  Some of the abilities featured in groove select includes Dash, Air Guard, Counter Attack, Rolling, Tactical Recovery, Safe Fall, Small Jump, Dodge Counter Movement and Run.  Whatever groove one selects only gives players a few of abilities out of all the ones that are presented which allows people to select the option that works best for them.   Considering the fact that Capcom vs. SNK 2 was released in the early 00’s there was a lot of offline gameplay options featured in this game. The arcade mode was the best since players had the option in competing in Ratio, 3 on 3 or single matches.  There were also so many cool things about the arcade mode in Capcom vs. SNK 2 including the special intros between rival characters along with the boss battles.

Some the battles in arcade mode were unpredictable because players will sometimes run into surprise battles with the likes of M. Bison, Akuma or even Shin Akuma.  Not only are the surprise battles towards the end of the game fun but they are also challenging despite having the odds in you favor at times.  Along with having surprise boss battles Capcom vs. SNK have multiple endings and cutscenes which is one of the many things that prevents the arcade mode for this game from becoming stale.  Not only was the arcade mode very competitive in Capcom vs. SNK but there were also additional game modes such as Survival, Versus and Training which added to the overall replay value of this title general.  The coolest thing about this game is that people can play the arcade version of Capcom vs. SNK for home consoles including the Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox and even Gamecube.  Some people would probably view the early 2000’s as a glorious time period of gaming in relation to the fighting genre because they could receive ports of popular arcade games for various home consoles with the same exact quality but with more gameplay options than the original.  Also, players did not have to worry about purchasing downloadable content since games such as Capcom vs. SNK 2 basically gave them almost all of the characters for free.  Capcom vs. SNK 2 is definitely a fighting game that would be tough to come across today in any store that sells used games which makes this title more even more valuable in the eyes of many people who are fans of the fighting genre of gaming.


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