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Eternal Champions (エターナルチャンピオンズ) is a Sega Mega Drive fighting game developed by Sega Interactive. Built to make money off the popular Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat franchises, the player has a choice of a variety of different fighters from different time zones and there is a high level of violence.
Taken from ingame text: "Welcome to my chamber. I am the Eternal Champion, keeper of this vast fighting complex. It exists in a place and time corrupted by centuries of misuse and destruction.
My purpose in this grand scheme is to maintain the balance between good and evil, light and darkness, hope and despair.
Now this balance has been lost and the very fabric that holds the world together will be torn apart.
Your future, my present, has been destroyed by a cruel and unjust twist of fate.
Nine individuals from various periods in time were killed before their lives could affect this dark existence.
I have observed each of their short lives and have been powerless to stop the chaos.
I have spent the centuries harnessing my own power for this very moment. I am the pure and untouched energy of all the great martial arts masters that have lived before me. Their skill, wisdom, knowledge, and inner-strength are at my command.
Even with the force of their collective powers, I can only reward one of the nine individuals with the gift of life. Any of them can have an equally profound effect on the future. For this reason, the contest must take place.At the end of this contest, only one will remain. The victor will be returned to life a few seconds before his death, allowing him to avoid the past with the knowledge to change the future.
Only one may live so that the balance may be achieved.
Let the contest begin..."
The player fights their way through fights in the contest hoping to face the Eternal Champion and return to their life. If the player loses a round in contest mode, they not only have to fight the person they fought prior to the person they lost to, but also the person before that fighter. There is also a training room to build up a player's skills with various challenges to try, a two player mode, and a tournament mode for up to 32 people to fight in one-on-one contests with a choice between 3 different modes of tournament play. Characters can perform special moves by inputting combinations. Each special move costs an amount of inner strength, which is the little Yin/Yang symbol that appears next to the health bar at the top of the screen during a fight. In stages, if an opponent lands on the correct spot, they will be killed by something from the background in a finishing move known as an Overkill.
Although the game can be played with a 3-Button Sega Genesis/Mega Drive gamepad, it will leave the player at a major disadvantage. A Six Button Genesis/Mega Drive gamepad is required to fully enjoy the game and use all of the controls at once. The following are the default controls for a six button controller:
3 Button Controller Usage
Much like Genesis ports of the Street Fighter games, the player can press the start button to switch between punches and kicks. However, due to this, the pause game feature is activated by pressing ++. (which may interfere with moves that require all three buttons pressed at once.) Aside from the previously mentioned, the controls are about the same.
The game was also sold with the activator and therefore is compatible with it. The game's manual has a list of moves for the activator.
Developed By: Sega Interactive Development Division