Darkstalkers is an arcade fighting game by Capcom, released in 1994. It was released first in Japan, under the name Vampire, then reached the United States as Darkstalkers. Darkstalkers was a graphical masterpiece, sporting more detailed characters, gorgeous backgrounds, and smoother animations, earning it many fans. In addition, it also added some new gameplay elements. Darkstalkers was the first game to have a "Super Meter," which allowed characters to execute super-powerful special moves.

Darkstalkers was a departure from its predecessor, Street Fighter 2, in other ways as well. The characters were very flamboyant and colorful. In some cases, they were downright silly - something that endeared it to its fans even more. All of the characters were based on famous monsters and myths, such as Morrigan Aensland, the succubus, Anakaris the Mummy, and Jon Talbain, the Werewolf.

Darkstalkers has spawned several sequels. Night Warriors (Vampire Hunter in Japan) introduced two new characters, but very little else. Vampire Savior was the third in the series, with new gameplay features and several new and bizarre characters, such as Baby Bonnie Hood, a psychotic Little Red Riding Hood.

Although Darkstalkers hasn't achieved the fame and popularity of the Street Fighter series, it has a very large and devoted fan base all of its own, and some of its characters have appeared in other Capcom games as a result.

List of Darkstalkers games:

  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (America) or Vampire (Japan)

  • Night Warriors: Darkstalker's Revenge (America) or Vampire Hunter (Japan)

  • Darkstalkers 3: Vampire Savior (America) or Vampire Savior: Lord of Vampires (Japan)

  • Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service (Japan)
  • The first game consisted of twelve characters, though two were unplayable bosses:

    Anakaris-The Pharaoh Mummy dude
    Bishamon-The dark samurai
    Demitri Maximov-The vampire
    Felicia-The Catwoman
    Jon Talbain (Gallon in Japan)-The werewolf
    Lord Raptor (Zabel Zarock in Japan)-The zombie or ghoul
    Morrigan Aensland-The succubus
    Rikuo (Aulbath in Japan)-The merman
    Sasquatch-The err...sasquatch
    Victor von Gerdenheim-The Frankenstein's Creature
    Huitzil (Phobos in Japan)-The robot, a boss character
    Pyron-The Fire God or Alien or whatever, final boss

    The second game was really more of a Super Street Fighter II to Street Fighter II comparison, because all it added were a few new moves, new characters, and made bosses playable. The endings were still the same.

    The new characters included:

    Donovan Baine (followed around by Anita)-The dhampir
    Hsien-Ko (also known as Lei-Lei)-The ghost girl

    The third game brought a new plot, new battle systems, and new characters:

    Baby Bonny Hood/B.B.Hood (Bulleta in Japan)-Little Red Riding Hood with a tommy gun
    Jedah-The Dark Master
    Lillith-The younger succubus
    Q-Bee-The giant bee lady
    Oboro-Secret character, formerly was Bishaman until he freed himself from the armor
    Shadow-Secret character, a phantom that possesses it's previous victim
    Marrionette-Secret character, a puppet that has the moves of whoever she is fighting

    Chronicle was only released in heavily limited supply in Japan for the Dreamcast. It was sort of a compilation game, but sort of not. It allowed you to pick a version of your character from any of the previous games, even if that character hadn't been in that game, and fight with the style and moves they had in that game. It also had online capabilities (hence matching service).

    Some of the characters also appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

    There was also a short anime OAV which consisted of four episodes. This is available on DVDs entitled Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge ALPHA and Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge OMEGA.

    As for other merchandise, Darkstalkers can appear on mouse pads, lighters, figurines, mangas, and several other items, mostly in Japan.

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