Virtua Fighter 3tb

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Virtua Fighter 3tb
System(s): Sega Model 3 Step 1.0, Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Arcade Stick, Visual Memory Unit
Genre: Fighting Action/Kakutou Action (格闘アクション)[1], Fighting/Taisen Kakutou (対戦格闘)[2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Model 3)
JP
¥60,000[4] 837-11858
Arcade (Model 3)
US
$? 837-11858
Arcade (Model 3)
UK
£300[4] 837-11858




















Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[2] HDR-0002
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Dreamcast
JP
(Repeat-ban)
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[2] HDR-0017
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.9549.95[7] 51001
ESRB: Teen
Sega Dreamcast
DE
MK-51001-53
USK: 0
Sega Dreamcast
ES
8,990Ptas8,990[11] MK-51001-53
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
FR
MK-51001-53
SELL: Tous Publics
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.9939.99[9][10] MK-51001-53
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
DE/FR/UK
MK-51001-53
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
UK/IT
MK-51001-56
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.9589.95[12] FVIR29DCS
OFLC: M15

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

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.

Versions

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

This is most evident in the Western launch, when Virtua Fighter 3tb debuted on the same day as the critically acclaimed SoulCalibur. 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.

In Japan, the situation was much worse, as the Dreamcast version shipped without any form of two-player versus mode in order to hit the Dreamcast console's launch date. As such, of all the early Dreamcast titles, Virtua Fighter 3tb saw perhaps the most drastic update when brought to the West, with both versus and tournament modes being added over the course of the year as well as a slew of bug fixes (other notable upgraded games include Sonic Adventure, Sega Rally 2 and Blue Stinger).

While operating at a higher resolution, texture quailty is often worse for Virtua Fighter 3tb 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 7,500 polygons, with her head alone consisting of about 4,300 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

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Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #1998-05: "1998-05 (1998-12-18)" (1998-12-04)
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Print advert in Freak (IL) #75 (1999-xx-xx)

also published in:

  • Freak (IL) #78 (1999-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Dreamcast: Das Offizielle Magazin (DE) #1: "Oktober 1999" (1999-10-14)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #125: "December 1999" (1999-11-09)
also published in:
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Print advert in Next Level (AR) #12: "Enero 2000" (xxxx-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Neo Plus (PL) #30: "Marzec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)
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Artwork

Physical scans

Model 3 version

Arcade, World

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Arcade (UK) NTSC-J
100
[19]
Arcade (UK) PAL
50
[20]
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
96
[21]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
85
[22]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[23]
Dreamcast Monthly (UK) PAL
70
[24]
DC-UK (UK) PAL
90
[25]
DC-UK (UK) PAL
70
[26]
Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
80
[27]
Dreamcast: Das Offizielle Magazin (DE)
75
[28]
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
100
[29]
Dreamcast Magazine (UK)
93
[30]
Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
85
[31]
Dorimaga (JP) NTSC-J
82
[32]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
80
[33]
Edge (UK) PAL
70
[34]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[35]
Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast (RU)
81
[36]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
90
[37]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
58
[38]
Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-J
91
[39]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-J
90
[40]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
88
[41]
Man!ak (PL)
95
[42]
Man!ak (PL)
83
[43]
Neo Plus (PL)
70
[44]
neXt Level (DE) NTSC-J
90
[45]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
90
[46]
Next Level (AR)
68
[47]
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)
70
[48]
Player One (FR)
82
[49]
PSX Extreme (PL)
70
[50]
Revista Oficial Dreamcast (ES) PAL
80
[11]
Sega Magazin (DE) NTSC-J
93
[51]
Strana Igr (RU)
90
[52]
Strana Igr (RU)
93
[53]
Total Control (UK) NTSC-J
90
[54]
Video Games (DE) PAL
81
[55]
Sega Dreamcast
82
Based on
38 reviews

Virtua Fighter 3tb

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
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
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Manual
Dreamcast, UK/IT
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, AU
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Cover
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments

External links

References

  1. File:VF3TB DC JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 http://sega.jp/dc/981004/ (Wayback Machine: 2007-05-27 17:20)
  3. https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-11-09 14:09)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Edge, "January 1999" (UK; 1998-12-23), page 130
  5. http://www.famitsu.com/cominy/?m=pc&a=page_h_title&title_id=24346 (Wayback Machine: 2016-05-30 15:13)
  6. http://www.sega.com:80/games/dreamcast/post_dreamcastgame.jhtml?PRODID=281 (Wayback Machine: 2003-11-25 15:07)
  7. Press release: 1999-10-21: Renowned Game Designer Yu Suzuki Expands On an Arcade Hit With Virtua Fighter 3tb for Sega Dreamcast
  8. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 3" (UK; 1999-11-25), page 7
  9. Computer & Video Games, "October 1999" (UK; 1999-09-15), page 63
  10. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "November 1999" (UK; 1999-09-30), page 77
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revista Oficial Dreamcast, "Enero 2000" (ES; 1999-12-20), page 42
  12. Hyper, "September 1999" (AU; 1999-xx-xx), page 32
  13. Gamers' Republic, "December 1999" (US; 1999-11-15), page 13
  14. Neo Plus, "Kwiecień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  15. Neo Plus, "Maj 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  16. Neo Plus, "Czerwiec 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  17. Neo Plus, "Lipiec-Sierpień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  18. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  19. Arcade, "February 1999" (UK; 1999-01-13), page 132
  20. Arcade, "November 1999" (UK; 1999-09-20), page 77
  21. Consoles +, "Janvier 1999" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 88
  22. Consoles +, "Octobre 1999" (FR; 1999-xx-xx), page 138
  23. Computer & Video Games, "October 1999" (UK; 1999-09-15), page 62
  24. Dreamcast Monthly, "September 1999" (UK; 1999-xx-xx), page 60
  25. DC-UK, "September 1999" (UK; 1999-xx-xx), page 20
  26. DC-UK, "October 1999" (UK; 1999-09-29), page 41
  27. Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel, "Octobre/Novembre 1999" (FR; 1999-xx-xx), page 66
  28. Dreamcast: Das Offizielle Magazin, "Oktober 1999" (DE; 1999-10-14), page 22
  29. Dreamcast Magazine, "1998-03 (1998-12-04)" (JP; 1998-11-20), page 25
  30. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 1" (UK; 1999-09-09), page 66
  31. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 2" (UK; 1999-10-21), page 78
  32. Dorimaga, "2002-18 (2002-10-11)" (JP; 2002-09-27), page 34
  33. Edge, "January 1999" (UK; 1998-12-23), page 84
  34. Edge, "Autumn 1999" (UK; 1999-10-01), page 102
  35. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1999" (US; 1999-10-05), page 236
  36. Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast, "Izdaniye chetvertoye, dopolnennoye" (RU; 2002-xx-xx), page 291
  37. Famitsu, "1998-12-04" (JP; 1998-11-20), page 35
  38. GamePro, "December 1999" (US; 1999-xx-xx), page 194
  39. Gamers' Republic, "February 1999" (US; 1999-01-15), page 84
  40. MAN!AC, "02/99" (DE; 1999-01-07), page 36
  41. MAN!AC, "11/99" (DE; 1999-10-06), page 96
  42. Man!ak, "Wrzesień 1999" (PL; 1999-xx-xx), page 18
  43. Man!ak, "Grudzień 1999" (PL; 1999-xx-xx), page 74
  44. Neo Plus, "Listopad 1999" (PL; 1999-xx-xx), page 31
  45. neXt Level, "Januar 1999" (DE; 1998-12-18), page 6
  46. neXt Level, "November 1999" (DE; 1999-10-08), page 38
  47. Next Level, "Marzo 1999" (AR; 1999-xx-xx), page 35
  48. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "November 1999" (UK; 1999-09-30), page 76
  49. Player One, "Septembre 1999" (FR; 1999-xx-xx), page 130
  50. PSX Extreme, "03/2001" (PL; 2001-0x-xx), page 41
  51. Sega Magazin, "Februar 1999" (DE; 1998-12-28), page 10
  52. Strana Igr, "Yanvar 1999 2/2" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 8
  53. Strana Igr, "Sentyabr 2000 2/2" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 21
  54. Total Control, "January 1999" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 148
  55. Video Games, "10/99 It's Dreamcast Time supplement" (DE; 1999-09-22), page 6


Virtua Fighter 3tb

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Books: 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 Technical Manual (1999) | Virtua Fighter 3tb Official Strategy Guide (1999)
Videos: Virtua Fighter 3tb: The Competitive Edge (199x)

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 | Ultimate Showdown) (2006-2021)
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) | Virtua Fighter Battle Genesis (2019)
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 (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) | Virtua Fighter 3 (Columbia video series) (1996) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Shippuu no Shou "System" (1996) | CGMV Special Virtua Fighter 3: Geki no Shou "Battle" (1996)