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5 Reasons To Want A New Darkstalkers

5 Reasons To Want A New Darkstalkers

Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono has long talked about returning to Darkstalkers if fans wanted it enough and if he could convince Capcom to back it. With the successes of SFIV and Super SFIV the argument that beat-’em-ups are getting a new lease of life seems sound. Now Ono will be presenting a panel at Comic-Con next week and many expect he will announce a new Darkstalkers game. But if you’re not a fan already, why should you be excited.

1. It’s cool to back the underdog – Darkstalkers is pretty much Street Fighter’s less popular cousin having been based on practically identical fighting mechanics. It’s only had three main games to its name compared to the myriad titles Ryu and his posse has churned out and it’s never been as big a seller. What that really means is, Darkstalkers is a super exclusive club and that makes it much cooler.

darkstalkers_022. Monster roster – The key concept for Darkstalkers was essentially, ‘let’s make a fighter with classic horror movie and b-movie monsters in it’. That was a good idea in 1993 and it’s a good idea today. The over-the-top nature of the Darkstalkers roster is one of its most endearing features and has proved to be a huge influence of later fighters, in particular the various spin-offs Capcom has gone on to produce.

3. Darkstalkers was an innovator – Air blocking, chain combos, crouch walking.These were all innovations brought through the very first title (Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors). Being the smaller game compared to Street Fighter, this merry band of monster misanthropes had a lot more scope for breaking trends and messing with the formula. Hopefully that’s something a new Darkstalkers would continue.

4. We need a new challenger – Street Fighter, Tekken, Soul Calibur. Those are more or less the big three and in recent years we’ve had Arc Systems attempt to break through with games like Battle Fantasia and BlazBlue. However we need a big gun like Capcom to bring something a little more substantial to the table that can shake things up a little. Something populist and yet innovative at the same time. Not an easy balance, but Darkstalkers could be the series.

Darkstalkers_Morrigan5. Morrigan – Ms Aensland is one of Capcom’s most iconic characters having broken free of Darkstalkers to appear in Marvel Vs Capcom, SNK Vs Capcom, Tatsunoko Vs Capcom and Cross Edge to name just a few. She’s a favourite of cosplayers the world over and possibly now even more famous than the game that spawned her.




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  • It would be nice but Ono-san has said that Capcom won’t give him the green light.

    However, as I was saying to a friend today, just because Ono-san has said that in the past doesn’t mean that it won’t happen now. Expect the unexpected as they say. That or a third upodate to SFIV that will be in the arcades this summer and will be released as DLC for home consoles later this year…

    …I guess.

  • Odira Ononye

    I don’t understand why you all continue depending on Capcom or Namco to bring out more fighting games like they are the only ones to ever achieve this goal I believe that anyone and I say ANYONE even a lesser know game company can achieve mainstream status given the right team and a bit of innovation and for the 1st Step CREATIVITY, I am a fan of Capcom as a matter of fact I loved Capcom more than Namco and still do but its like the same exact thing over and over again only in3-d (Street Fighter IV) Do something unpredictable, do something funny add some humor to it do something NEW ughh.

  • Ryan King

    “I believe that anyone and I say ANYONE even a lesser know game company can achieve mainstream status given the right team and a bit of innovation and for the 1st Step CREATIVITY”

    So… where are those games? What’s stopping someone from doing that now?

  • Keepin’em Honest

    Capcom officially blows folks, don’t wait on this.