Publisher: Sega
Developer: AM2
Size: 32 megs
No. of players: 2(simultaneously)
Official Ad: Yes
Got it for: $4.99, cart only.

Though there's some sort of background story to each of the characters, and I'm sure there's some reason they are beating the hell out of each other, I have no fucking clue what it is...

What's it all about?
It's a 3D one on one fighter. Choosing one of the game's nine characters, you'll use a combination of punches, kicks and jumping attacks to perform the various pre-rendered combos and even make some up on your own. The gameplay is pretty much open-ended, allowing it to achieve a level of depth that's really only surpassed by its sequels. On top of beating the hell out of your opponent in an attempt to defeat them, you can also go for the ultra-cheap "ring outs" by physically knocking them off the immediate fighting area. Though it's a quick way to finish the match, trust me, it's not the best way to make friends. Exclusive to the 32X are two new camera angles, the Sky Cam and the 3/4 view. Not exactly thrilling new material by any means, but it's a nice little extra.

Graphics - Amazingly good. For the 32X, this is a landmark. Though they don't even remotely have the polygon counts the arcade and Saturn versions boast, the characters still look great. Also, the 32X's increased color palette seriously helps in bringing the 2D bitmap backgrounds to life.
Sound - Not too bad at all! Though obviously digitized, the soundtrack is present and the 32X's sound chip does a good job of keeping up with the arcade/Saturn version's redbooked music. The sound effects, what little there are, are very good as well.
Control - Excellent! Controls every bit as well as the arcade and Saturn versions do.
AI - As far as I can tell, it uses the same AI patterns the arcade and Saturn versions do, so it's pleasantly fun on normal and outrageously cheap on the higher levels.
Replay value - High. It's an arcade fighter, and it's VF at'll play for quite sometime, I guarantee it.
Tips for better gaming experiences:
To use Dural, the metal-headed boss, input the following code at the character select screen:
Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right
After doing so, move the cursor past Jacky to select her.

To get a different costume, select your character while holding "Up" on the control pad.

My rating: 95(out of 100) - It's VF, and it rocks on the 32X just like it does on every other system. Extra points go out to its technical achievement.
EGM gave it: 8, 6.5, 8.5, 7.5(out of 10)
Game Informer gave it: 8.5, 8.25, 9(out of 10)
Next Generation gave it: 4 stars(out of 5)
GameFan gave it: 91, 80, 85(out of 100)
GamePro gave it: 4.0(graphics), 3.5(sound), 4.5(control), 4.5(funfactor) (out of 5)

JD's tale:'s Virtua Fighter Crap-mix. Why would anyone play this when you can play the superior Saturn versions(remix or regular)? Just another example of why I chew on Bel's 32X cables...

There's Sarah...looking and blocky!
The 3/4 view: Watch your character's ass as it gets whooped.
The Sky Cam
Nothing like a knee to the face to wake you up...
Gameplay Videos:
Attract Mode, Multi-Character play through, Ending - 9:03, 75.9 megs

Immediate Streaming - YouTube
Description: The Multi-Character Playthrough video is a recording of myself booting the game up, watching the Attract Mode and then going through the entire game, using a different character in every match. It ends with the return of Sarah as I beat Dural's metal ass to a pulp(and then the entire ending features Sarah). Sorry about the crappy playing in some matches, I'm really shitty with everyone but Sarah and Jacky in the first VF. Minor editing was done to the video in between the matches(you may hear some remnants of music and sound effects due to this).

The most amusing VF moment ever - 0:07, 1 meg

Immediate Streaming - YouTube
Description: This video is something a few of my buddies found out by mistake. They were over at my place, playing VF on the Saturn and came across this amusing bit of "Ring Out" antics.
Note: You'll need the most recent Divx codec to watch these videos. Also, slowdown and jumps in the playback may not necessarily be the fault of the game so much as the method I am using to record them. If you are having problems watching the videos in your browser, just right-click and download them to your hard drive...
Interesting Tidbits:
A lot of magazines actually found this version to be superior to the Saturn's original version of VF. I don't know that I'd agree with that, but it's damn good. Also, get this, it actually has a *widescreen* mode! Crazy!