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Virtua Fighter 3tb
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Model 3 Step 1.0, Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Arcade Stick
Genre: Fighting































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1997-09-26[1] ¥60,000[2] 837-11858
Arcade
EU
1997 £300[2] 837-11858
Arcade
World
1997 837-11858



Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 HDR-0002
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Single)
¥5,800 HDR-0017
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.95[3] 51001
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[4] MK-51001-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F MK-51001-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ? MK-51001-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
8.990[6]Ptas MK-51001-50
Sega Dreamcast
UK/FR/DE
39.99[4] ? MK-51001-53
Sega Dreamcast
UK/IT
39.99[4] ? MK-51001-56
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.95[7] ?



Virtua Fighter 3tb (バーチャファイター3tb) is an update to Virtua Fighter 3. It was developed by Sega AM2 for Sega Model 3 Step 1.0 arcade hardware in 1997. The tb stands for Team Battle, as the game now allows players to select a team of characters, with each taking it in turns to fight members from an opposing team.

History

Versions

Virtua Fighter 3 had originally been planned for the Sega Saturn, however due to the Saturn's vastly inferior graphics capabilities the port was scrapped. Virtua Fighter 3tb, on the other hand, was brought to the Sega Dreamcast as a launch title in both Japan and Europe. The original Japanese Dreamcast release of the game was distributed in a double CD case with a special preview disc of "Project Berkley", which would eventually become Shenmue. Later prints of the game lacked this extra.

Virtua Fighter 3 garnered a great deal of attention upon its original arcade release in 1996, and throughout the Dreamcast's development lifecycle was used as a rough guide as to how capable a new Sega system might be. However, the two year gap (three in the West) before a comparable home console outing led to it being compared unfavourably to newer titles such as the critically acclaimed SoulCalibur (which in the West was also a launch title for the system).

Whereas SoulCalibur is considered to have improved during its transition from arcade to Dreamcast, Virtua Fighter 3tb makes noticeable cutbacks in areas, despite being the older and simpler game of the two. This may be attributed to the fact the Dreamcast port was handled by Genki and not in-house by Sega AM2, in contrast to the Saturn releases of Virtua Fighter (Remix) and Virtua Fighter 2.

While operating at a higher resolution, texture quailty is often worse on the Dreamcast, and lighting and fog effects also differ between the two versions. Character shadows also do not always render correctly, as evidenced in stages played on uneven surfaces, such as Pai's where the battle takes place on a slanted roof. Some stages have different coloured backgrounds for unknown reasons.

In the Dreamcast port, the character model of Aoi Umenokoji consists of about 7500 polygons, with her head alone consisting of about 4300 polygons. In the water stage, the polygon count reaches up to 1.9 million polygons per second, about 32,000 polygons per scene at 60 FPS.

Returning to the Dreamcast version of the game as a secret is the so-called "alphabet character", a fighter sharing movesets with the regular cast but constructed out of 3D letters from the name entry screen. The alphabet character debuted in the Saturn version of Virtua Fighter 2 (also as a secret), however here it is more fleshed out, with limbs being spread out across the ground when knocked over. The alphabet character is are made up of a single letter rendered at different sizes (save for its hands) - if hit, the letter changes, becoming the "END" graphic if the player loses a match.

A normal player model is loaded if the alphabet character attempts to fight dural, and this model is also used for the credits sequence. A mode also exists where all opponent players are replaced with the alphabet character (using their moves).

Production credits

Arcade version

Programmers
Designers

Dreamcast version

Programmers
Designers
Dreamcast version

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Fighter 3tb/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 125.pdf

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #125: "December 1999" (1999-11-09)
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  • Gamers' Republic (US) #19: "December 1999" (1999-xx-xx)[8]

DCM JP 19981218 1998-05.pdf

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Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #5: "1998-05 (1998-12-18)" (1998-12-04)

DDOM DE 01.pdf

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Dreamcast: Das Offizielle Magazin (DE) #1: "Oktober 1999" (1999-10-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Model 3 version

Arcade, World

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №3, p132/133[9]
60 №12, p77[10]
96 №84, p88-93
85 №93, p134/135
80 №215, p62/63[11]
90 №1, p20-23[12]
70 №2, p41[13]
70 №1, p60/61[14]
100 №1998-03, p25Media:DCM_JP_19981204_1998-03.pdf[15]
82 №2002-18, p34Media:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf[16]
93 №1, p66-68[17]
85 №2, p78[18]
80 №67, p84-86[19]
70 №77, p100[20]
90 №520, p35
88 №1999-11, p96[21]
82 №100, p130/131
80 №1, p42[6]
90 №1/99, p6/7/8[22]
90 №11-12/99, p38[23]
100 №1/99, p24/25[24]
81 №10/99, p6[25]
Sega Dreamcast
85
Based on
22 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, UK/IT
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, JP (double CD)
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Vf3 dc jp manual.pdf
Manual
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Project Berkley Disc
Dreamcast, JP (single CD)
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Cover
Vf3 dc jp manual.pdf
Manual

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References

Virtua Fighter series
Virtua Fighter (Remix | PC) (1993-1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (Mega Drive | Sega Ages 2500 Series) (1994-1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 (3tb) (1996-1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 (Evolution | Final Tuned) (2001-2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 (R | Final Showdown) (2006-2010)
Spin-offs
Virtua Fighter Kids (1996) | Virtua Fighter Animation (1997) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary (2003) | Virtua Quest (2004)
Cross-overs
Fighters Megamix (Game.com) | Dead or Alive 5 (5+ | Ultimate | Last Round) (2012-2015)
Portrait series
Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series: (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | The Final) (1995-1996) | GG Portrait: Yuuki Akira (1996) | GG Portrait: Pai Chan (1996)
Others
Virtua Fighter (LCD) (1995) | Electronic Virtua Fighter (199x) | Virtua Fighter (R-Zone) (199x) | Virtua Fighter 3 Win-PC-Collection (1996) | Virtua Fighter Mobile (2008) | Virtua Fighter Cool Champ (2012) | Virtua Fighter Fever Combo (2014)
Characters
Akira Yuki | Jacky Bryant | Pai Chan | Sarah Bryant
Demo discs
Java Tea Original Virtua Fighter Kids (1996)
Albums
Virtua Fighter: Akira/Kage (1994) | Virtua Fighter (1994) | Sega Saturn Virtua Fighter Maximum Mania (1994) | Virtua Fighter "Sega Saturn" Image by B-univ Neo Rising (1994) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sound Track (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Dancing Shadows (1995) | "Kuchibiru no Shinwa" (1995) | "Wild Vision" (1995) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 1: Shinshou Hassei (1995) | Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2 Music Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 2: Ryuuko Kaikou (1996) | "Kyouhansha" (1996) | Tianshi Xiang (1996) | "Ai ga Tarinaize" (1996) | "Eien no Mannaka de" (1996) | Virtua Fighter Complete Vocal Collection (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter Soundtrack Vol. 3: Koubou Banjou (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Sound Tracks (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 On The Vocal (1997) | Virtua Fighter 4 Official Soundtrack (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Original Sound Tracks (2002) | Virtua Fighter 5 Original Sound Track (2011) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 R Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Official Sound (2012) | Virtua Fighter Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 2 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Sound (2013) | Virtua Fighter Best Tracks + One (2015)
Books
Virtua Fighter Maniax (1994) | Virtua Fighter Maniax Replays (1994) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1994) | Virtua Fighter Guide Book V-Jump (1994) | Virtua Fighter Ougi no Sho (1995) | Virtua Fighter Maniax for Windows (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.1 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Remix Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Complete (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Act.3 (1995) | Virtua Fighter Strategy Guide (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Perfect Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Game Guide Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Graphics "Model 2" (1996) | Tokyo Virtua Monogatari (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1996) | Virtua Fighter 2 Fighter's Bible (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Fan Book (1996) | Virtua Fighter Kids Sega Saturn Fighting Manual (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Command Game Guide (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.1 (1996) | Virtua Fighter Relax (1996) | Virtua Fighter 3 Act.2 (1996) | Virtua Fighter Honoo no Maki: Pai Chan Bukyou Gaiden (1996) | Fighters Mega Books Mix Ultimate Guide (1997) | Prima's Virtua Fighter 3: Unauthorized Arcade Secrets (1997) | Virtua Fighter 3 Official Playing Guide (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Kanzen Kouryaku Doku Hon (1998) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Perfect Guide (1998) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 3tb (1999) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Official Strategy Guide (1999) | Prima's Official Strategy Guide: Virtua Fighter 4 (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Perfect Guide (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Red Book: Elementary Phase (2001) | Virtua Fighter 4 Yoku Wakaru Haoh Yousei Dojo (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Blue Book: Advanced Phase (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 The Complete (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Perfect Guide (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution Green Book: Law of the Junkies (2002) | Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution: Yokuwakaru Hisshou Senjutsu Shinan (2003) | Virtua Fighter 10th Anniversary: Memory of Decade (2003) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Master Guide (2004) | Virtua Fighter Cyber Generation: Judgement Six no Yabou Kouryaku Navigation (2004) | Virtua Fighter 4 Final Tuned Orange Book: Junkies' Last Stand (2004) | Virtua Fighter 5 White Book: Keep It Real (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Black Book: Keep It Moral (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Technical Book (2006) | Virtua Fighter 5 Official Strategy Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 for PlayStation 3 Complete Guide (2007) | Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Masters Guide (2010)
TV and Film
Virtua Fighter CGMV (1994) | CGMV Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Eternal Battle (1995) | Virtua Fighter (1995) | Virtua Fighter Special Training Pack (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune (1995) | Virtua Fighter 2 Wheel of Fortune The Best Bout (1996) | Sega Official Video Library Vol. 2: Virtua Fighter Kids (199x) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Shippuu no Shou "System" (1996) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Geki no Shou "Battle" (1996)