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Fighters Megamix

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Released: 1997

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Sega Saturn

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sega

Submitted by: David Johnston

Have you ever wanted to see a fight between a Daytona Race Car and a Giant Mexican Jumping Bean with a bird under his hat?

What about seeing a Polar Bear kicking the crap out of a big green duck?

If the answer to that question is “YES”, then I strongly suggest you seek professional help for your drug habit. The support you need may only be a phone call away!

Now, if you’ve not got a drug habit but still have an urge to see these crazy matches, then get the trusty old Sega Saturn set up and grab yourself a copy of Fighters Megamix.

Released by AM2 in 1997 (December 1996 in Japan), this game is a one on one 3D fighter featuring characters primarily from the worlds of Virtua Fighter and Fighting Vipers. Adding to the already impressive number of selectable fighters are characters from other Sega games such as Virtua Fighter Kids, Sonic The Fighters, Virtua Cop, Rent-a-Hero and even the above mentioned Daytona USA Hornet Car!

The craziest characters such as the Daytona Car or the duck from Dynamite Dux are hidden characters which are unlocked after beating the main game with certain characters. The sheer amount of crazy unlockables will keep you coming back to this game for a long time. The first time I played through this game it seemed like no matter how many times I played through it, I was unlocking an endless stream of crazy new fighters to use.

An unusual option when you begin the game is to choose a fighting style from either “Virtua Fighter” or “Fighting Vipers”

Virtua Fighter mode means the game plays in the same way as all the usual Virtua Fighter games. Fighting Vipers mode gives body armour to the Fighting Vipers characters which gives them a bit more protection, but is also extremely satisfying when you finally knock it off them with explosions and sparks flying everywhere.

I like explosions.

Another difference is that in Fighting Vipers mode the rings have walls and electric fences, etc that you can smash your opponents into. Virtua Fighter mode has the usual setup where you can knock your opponent out of the ring to win.

The sheer amount of characters and options make this a must-buy for any Saturn owner, so stop reading this and go buy a copy.

GO!