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Capcom is releasing a new Morrigan figure


Toss her on the pile with the other Morrigan figures in my room
May 08
// Brittany Vincent
For some, Morrigan Aensland is the face of Darkstalkers. For every cosplayer who runs around in loose-fitting fur as Felicia, there are a hundred Morrigans basking in the glory that only comes from hitting up cons in a winged...
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Street Fighter X All Capc

Street Fighter X All Capcom is a thing


It's also a social game
Aug 01
// Chris Carter
In addition to Breath of Fire 6 and a bunch of other social titles, Capcom Online Games has announced a peculiar addition -- Street Fighter X All Capcom for iOS and Android. The banner features a number of different Capcom ch...
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Darkstalkers

Darkstalkers laid to rest after failed resurrection


Retreat into the night
Jul 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Capcom is done with Darkstalkers for the foreseeable future, it seems. Speaking with Siliconera at San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom product manager Matt Dahlgren suggested the beloved fighting game franchise is being put on ice fo...
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Five XBLA and three PSN copies up for grabs
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been PM'd their codes.] Last month we reviewed the amazing Darkstalkers Resurrection, and today you can win a copy of the game for yourself! There are five XBLA and three PSN codes up for g...

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'We've not given up. But I'm disappointed in the opening sales'
Capcom senior VP Christian Svensson recently said that fighting game re-releases are dropping in popularity, and now the sales numbers for Darkstalkers Resurrection confirm his theory. After years of fans asking for a downloa...

Review: Darkstalkers Resurrection

Mar 15 // Chris Carter
Darkstalkers Resurrection (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Iron Galaxy StudiosPublisher: CapcomReleased: March 13, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (1200 MSP) I spent many long nights battling it out with the Darkstalkers games. There are very few fighters that encourage me to play nearly every character on the roster, but due to the intoxicating designs the franchise offered, I had to oblige. With Darkstalkers Resurrection, I felt that magic all over again. For those of you who aren't familiar with the package, this XBLA and PSN release contains two games -- Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge (1995) and Darkstalkers 3 (1997) -- the the second and third games in the franchise, respectively. The main menu starts you off with Darkstalkers 2, but you can switch between 2 and 3 with the select/back button, and the transition only takes a few seconds. There are crisp and smooth graphical filters, with the option for classy scan lines and different screen views, which are mostly variations of looking into arcade cabinets. On the whole, however, the visuals are not nearly as upgraded as they could be for a re-release. Make no mistake, although Iron Galaxy Studios makes the claim that the game is in "HD," it still very much looks like an old-school fighter. Since the art style still holds up, I'm perfectly ok with how it looks currently -- it's just something to be aware of and it may be jarring at first if you're expecting completely redrawn art. In the main menu there's a nice overview of fighting terms like "OTG" and "cross up," which is a neat little way for casual fans to become more educated on the genre. The biggest addition is character-specific challenges and tutorials, which help new players learn the ropes, and specific combos and strategies like cancelling that will spill over into other fighters. There's also a really cool optional feature to display mini challenges on the side bars (like "throw the enemy x amount of times"), to make even menial battles fun. After you complete these, you can level up and unlock extras like concept art. It's nice way to get people to diversify their strategy a bit, learn more, and get rewarded in the process. The series' six-button system (three punches, three kicks) is pretty easy to learn, as are the relatively low amount of commands -- although mastering some of the more intricate combos will take loads of time. Capcom states that it left the two games unchanged from the Arcade version, balance-wise, and from what I can tell, that claim is accurate. Both games are fast and furious, and are among the most "turbo"-feeling games on the market, which can make them hard to pick up at first. Combos and cancels are extremely fluid, but if you're playing on the 360 controller, you may have issues doing some of the game's harder combos without a fight stick. Somehow, all of the game's characters are oozing with personality, which is reason enough to take notice of the franchise and go in completely blind. Each and every fighter makes their own mark on the game and is utterly unique. My old mains are Demitri, Jedah, and Morrigan, but I found myself falling in love with old characters all over again. Vampire Savior has the biggest cast of all the franchise, but sadly, this is the arcade version through and through, which means a lot of the extra console-specific characters are nowhere to be found. It's a huge shame, and one of the biggest negatives in the package. If you're opting to play online, the netcode is extremely solid, and I had a chance to play around 50 games with little to no interruptions or issues. The GGPO-powered online system works just as advertised, and with eight-player lobby support, YouTube upload functionality, and an online tournament mode, Resurrection really shines online. Although the visuals deserved a much larger upgrade than a lazy filter, the fact of the matter is, the engine still holds up amazingly well, and the netcode is near perfect. If you've always been curious about this franchise, now is the time to take the plunge -- if you're a fan of old-school 2D fighters, you won't be disappointed.
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Resurrection is the perfect term
Although Darkstalkers may not be the most popular franchise in the world, it holds a deep legacy for many fighting game fans. It contains one of the most unique and interesting stables of fighters in the entire genre, with gr...

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New releases: God of War: Ascension keeps the faith


Plus Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and more
Mar 11
// Fraser Brown
Another Monday rolls up, acting like it's the boss of the week, so that can only mean one thing: a week of new releases. I'll be saving my cash this week, not really seeing anything to interest me, but I may grab God of War:...
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Darkstalkers

Darkstalkers Resurrection physical release has dual subs


Let's get physical!
Mar 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Darkstalkers Resurrection is slated for a global release on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live next week. Unlike other territories, however, Japan will be receiving a physical edition of the enhanced fighting compila...
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Darkstalkers Resurrection comes to PSN and XBLA in March


High-definition re-releases coming to PSN and XBLA next month
Feb 16
// Kyle MacGregor
It's been a long time since Capcom released a new Darkstalkers game. And that's probably not something that'll be changing anytime soon. The publisher is, however, bringing an enhanced pair of re-releases billed Darkstal...
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The DTOID Show: Darkstalkers, Serious Sam, Rockstar & BL2


Also: OMG TOE-JAM & EARL!
Oct 12
// Max Scoville
Today's formerly-live Destructoid Show was a whopper! Of NEWS! Yes. A bunch of stuff is coming to XBLA, PSN, and Steam (such as Serious Sam 3: BFE, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Toejam & Earl) and Borderlands 2...
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Capcom announces Darkstalkers Resurrection for XBLA, PSN


Bundle of Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3
Oct 11
// Jordan Devore
[Update: The official word from Capcom has come in. This package includes Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, not the original game, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, as originally reported. The release date is still "earl...
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Yoshinori Ono almost maybe sort of confirms Darkstalkers


Jul 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Yoshinori Ono might be half-dead, but that hasn't stopped him from keeping a personal SDCC tradition alive and well. The Street Fighter IV producer took the stage earlier in the week during Capcom's 25th Anniversary panel and...
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PAX: UDON has new Mega Man, Darkstalkers, Valkyria books


Apr 05
// Tony Ponce
I love UDON, especially for bringing over the various Mega Man art books and comics from Japan. Naturally, I've been anticipating the Robot Master Field Guide, a handbook that catalogs just about every single character from t...
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Rumor: Darkstalkers 4 might be a thing that is happening


Mar 04
// Kyle MacGregor
With Street Fighter X Tekken all wrapped up and ready to shipped (and hacked), Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono has supposedly shifted his attentions to creating the next installment to the Darkstalkers franchise. That's ac...
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Capcom confirms: Darkstalkers coming to PSN this month


Nov 17
// Joseph Leray
Another day, another game outed by the ESRB and later confirmed by publishers. This time, it's Capcom community manager Brett Elston confirming that Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors is headed to the PlayStation Network, with ...
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The Darkstalkers return in a PC-only Monster Hunter game


Oct 04
// Jonathan Holmes
Like Viewtiful Joe and Power Stone games, the Darkstalkers series was once so popular that it scored its own animated series. Too bad Capcom couldn't keep that momentum going, though unofficial series mascot Morrig...

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