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Fighters Megamix
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (41 tracks)
Genre: Fighting































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9126
Sega Saturn
US
$49.99[1] 81073
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[2] MK81073-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81073-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81073-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81073-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191x12



Fighters Megamix (ファイターズメガミックス) is a 1997 fighting game developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn. Several characters from various Sega games make up the cast, including the complete cast of Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers, plus others from prior AM2 games, both fighting and otherwise, in a similar manner to SNK's The King of Fighters series.

Gameplay

Fighters Megamix is a hybrid fighting game combining the fighting styles of Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers (although leans more towards the latter). All moves from the two games are retained, plus a new "dodge" action, allowing players to sidestep and avoid an attack (while also opening up an opportunity to counter). Furthermore, roughly 50%[4] of techniques from Virtua Fighter 3 are included for the Virtua Fighter cast, and new Megamix-specific techniques for the Fighting Vipers fighters.

Players can choose between a Virtua Fighter "VF" mode and a Fighting Vipers "FV" mode, which tailors the experience to the style of either game. Characters have also been balanced, meaning strategies from Virtua Fighter 2, 3 or Fighting Vipers may not necessarily work in Megamix. Some moves are "hidden" and are not listed in the game - they often involve using the walls of an arena to cause damage.

Stages are lifted from the preceeding games, meaning both open-ended arenas from Virtua Fighter (sans the concept of "ring-outs"), and the "cages" from Fighting Vipers are included. Megamix generally improves on previous Saturn outings of these stages - Tokio's stage for example features the plane taking off which was missing in the Saturn port of Fighting Vipers. Wolf's stage from Virtua Fighter 2 reintroduces the cage omitted from the Saturn port, bringing it closer to the edges of the arena so it can act like those seen in Fighting Vipers.

Accessing the disc's contents from a PC and decompressing a LZH file reveals some extra bonus artwork, similar to some other Sega-published games.

Characters

At the start, only the characters from Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers are available, extra fighters and others can be unlocked by completing different courses (1player-mode, series of seven bouts). Those characters are all based on other Sega games.

Default fighters

Virtua Fighter 2

  • Akira Yuki
  • Pai Chan
  • Lau Chan
  • Wolf Hawkfield
  • Jeffry McWild
  • Kage-Maru
  • Sarah Bryant
  • Jacky Bryant
  • Shun Di
  • Lion Rafale
  • Dural

Fighting Vipers

  • Grace
  • Bahn
  • Raxel
  • Tokio
  • Sanman
  • Jane
  • Honey / Candy
  • Picky
  • Mahler
  • B.M.
  • Kumachan / Pandachan

Extra fighters

FightersM SS Siba portrait.png Siba
Unlocked by completing H-course.

Siba is based on a scrapped character from the original Virtua Fighter (also known as "Majido" and Akira, as not all arcade cabinets were updated to reflect the change in cast), sharing a similar character model but with an entirely different set of moves (involving a sword). Siba's stage is a cut-down version of the desert stage from Virtua Fighter 3.

FightersM SS RentAHero portrait.png Rent-A-Hero
From Rent-A-Hero. Unlocked by completing F-course.

When damaged, Rent-A-Hero loses his armour to reveal either a Virtua Fighter or Fighting Vipers T-Shirt, depending on the selected gameplay mode.

FightersM SS KidsAkira portrait.png Kids Akira
From Virtua Fighter Kids. Unlocked by completing B-course.
FightersM SS KidsSara portrait.png Kids Sarah
From Virtua Fighter Kids. Unlocked by completing B-course.
FightersM SS Bean portrait.png Bean the Dynamite
From Sonic the Fighters. Unlocked by completing E-course.

Bean's alternative costume is one which resembles Bin, one of two playable characters from the arcade game Dynamite Dux (which in turn inspired Bean's design).

FightersM SS Bark portrait.png Bark the Polar Bear
From Sonic the Fighters. Unlocked by completing E-course.
FightersM SS Janet portrait.png Janet
From Virtua Cop 2. Unlocked by completing D-course.
FightersM SS Deku portrait.png Deku
An original character specific to Megamix. Unlocked by completing G-course.
FightersM SS Hornet portrait.png Hornet
From Daytona USA. Unlocked by completing I-course.
FightersM SS UraBahn portrait.png URA Bahn
Improved version of Bahn. Unlocked by completing C-course.

Others

  • School girl Honey: Unlocked by completing A-course. Select Honey and X or Z.
  • Mr Meat / Niku: Original Character. Unlocked by start this game 29 times or more. Select Kumachan and Z.
  • AM2 Palm Tree: Emblem of the AM2. Unlocked by play this game 84 hours or more. Select Kumachan and X.

History

Development

Fighters Megamix was first announced at the Sega Saturn Senryaku Happyoukai conference on the 8th November 1996. It was initially conceived as a "festive" game for supporters of the Sega Saturn (similar to NiGHTS into Dreams the preceeding year), at one point being known as Fighting Festival[4].

Much like Fighting Vipers, Sega of America demanded that certain aspects of the game were changed for a US audience. The PAL version retains all the content from the Japanese game[5].

Release

In North America Fighters Megamix was made available to rent at Blockbuster stores from May 2nd 1997, eleven days before its full retail release[1].

Legacy

Unlike most other fighting games by Sega AM2, Fighters Megamix had no arcade release. However a watered down version was released for the Game.com in 1998.

Production credits

Source: In-game creditsMedia:FightersM_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[6]

Track list


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. Game Over (00:06)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


3. Virtua Fighter 3 Game Over (00:06)
From: Virtua Fighter 3
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


4. Are You Ready? (00:06)
From: Sonic the Fighters
Composed by: Maki Morrow


5. Virtua Fighter 1 Game Over (00:08)
From: Virtua Fighter 1
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


6. Win (00:10)
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


7. Continue (00:14)
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


8. Welcome To Festival (01:02)
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


9. Name Entry (Last Wave) (01:27)
From: Outrun
Composed by: HIRO


10. Ranking (City 202) (00:47)
From: After Burner
Composed by: HIRO


11. Bahn (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


12. Grace (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


13. Picky (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


14. Tokio (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


15. Sanman (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


16. Honey (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


17. Raxel (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


18. Jane (01:17)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


19. Marler (01:32)
From: Fighting Vipers
Composed by: David Leytze


20. Sarah (01:32)
From: Virtua Fighter 1
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


21. Kage (01:32)
From: Virtua Fighter 1
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


22. Dural (01:32)
From: Virtua Fighter 1
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


23. Kenteki Tetsujin (01:17)
JP: 拳的鉄人
EN: Man of the Fist
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


24. BLACK CAT MOON (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


25. Sinsen Shun Di (01:17)
JP: 神仙舜帝
EN: Mountain Hermit Shun Di
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Akiko Hashimoto


26. Star from Hong Kong (01:17)
JP: スターフロム香港
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Akiko Hashimoto


27. Young Knight (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


28. Nanatu no Umi no Fisherman (01:17)
JP: 七つの海のフィッシャーマン
EN: Fisherman of the Seven Seas
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


29. Hagakure Hiden Hijou no Okite (01:17)
JP: 葉隠秘伝~非情の掟~
EN: Secret Hiding in the Leaves -A Heartless Law-
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


30. Escape (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


31. Kikori Tati no Banka (01:17)
JP: 樵達の挽歌
EN: The Woodcutter's Dirge
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


32. Ride The Tiger (01:18)
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & Akiko Hashimoto


33. Yami karano Sisya: Dural (01:17)
JP: 闇からの使者~デュラル~
EN: Messenger from the Dark ~Dural~
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


34. Chicago (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter 2
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


35. Coral Groove “Jeffry In The Sea” (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter 3
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


36. Rowdy (01:35)
From: Virtua Fighter 3
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


37. Akira (01:17)
From: Virtua Fighter Kids
Composed by: Takayuki Nakamura


38. Lovers (01:17)
From: Sonic the Fighters
Composed by: Maki Morrow


39. Back to Soul (01:17)
From: Sonic the Fighters
Composed by: Maki Morrow


40. Break Out (01:17)
From: Virtua Cop


41. The King of Speed (01:17)
From: Daytona USA
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi


42. Kimi ha Hito no tame ni Rent-a-Hero ni Nareruka (03:50)
JP: 君は人のためにレンタヒーローになれるか
EN: Can You Become Rent-a-Hero for Mankind's Sake?
Composed by: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Running time: 50:47

Magazine articles

Main article: Fighters Megamix/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 095.pdfEGM US 095.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #95: "June 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #96: "July 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[7]
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GamePro US 107.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #107: "August 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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SSM JP 19961227 1996-22.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #36: "1996-22 (1996-12-27)" (1996-12-13)
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SSM UK 28.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #28: "February 1998" (1998-01-14)
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PlayerOne FR 076.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Player One (FR) #76: "Juin 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №62, p82/83/84
100 №184, p81[8]
№187, p68/69[2]
80 №42, p88
98 Vol 5, №3, p27/63/64/65
93
90
85 №103, p42
95 №53, p28-31
93 №49
95
85
93 №3/97, p70/71/72[9]
90 №3/97, p74/75/76[10]
90 №76, p70/71/72
95 №90
95 №20, p60/61[11]
93 №1996-22, p278[12]
88 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[13]
91 №95
80 №6/97, p96/97[14]
Sega Saturn
91
Based on
20 reviews

Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
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Manual
Saturn, BR
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Cover

References

Games in the Fighting Vipers Series
Arcade
Fighting Vipers (1995) | Fighting Vipers 2 (1998)
Sega Saturn
Fighting Vipers (1996) | Fighters Megamix (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
Fighting Vipers 2 (2001)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 19: Fighting Vipers (2005)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Fighting Vipers (2012)
Fighting Vipers related media
Music
Fighting Vipers Original Soundtrack (1996) | Fighting Vipers Sega Saturn Original Soundtrack (1996) | Fighting Vipers 2 The Sound Album (1998)
Book
Fighting Vipers (1996) | Fighting Vipers: Crimson Angel (1996) | Fighting Vipers Sega Saturn Manual 2: Biting the Vipers (1996) | Fighting Vipers: My Sweet Honey (1996) | (1997) Fighting Vipers Perfect Guide (1997) | Fighters Mega Books Mix Ultimate Guide (1997) | Fighting Vipers 2 Official Guide (1998)
Film
Sega Official Video Library Vol. 1: Fighting Vipers (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) (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)
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)