Virtua Fighter 3tb
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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.
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. Critics were quick to judge the game after its success in the arcades, and found the Dreamcast version to be slightly below par. This may be attributed to the fact the Dreamcast port was handled by Genki and not Sega AM2, who were busy on other projects at the time, or by the fact it may have been rushed out as a launch title.
The original Japanese Dreamcast release of the game was distributed in a double CD case with a special preview disc of "Project Berkley". This would eventually become Shenmue. Later prints of the game lacked this extra.
Model 3 Version