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Sonic the Fighters Coming to XBLA/PSN, With New Playable Characters and Online Play

Confirming rumors that have been circulating for some time now, Sega today announced the Model2 Collection, a digital collection of five classic Sega titles originally developed for their Model2 arcade hardware. Among those titles is Sonic the Fighters, a somewhat obscure Sonic-themed fighting game built on the Fighting Vipers engine and previously rereleased as part of Sonic Gems Collection. Most interesting to note is that this new release appears to include several characters not previously playable in the game, such as Metal Sonic and Eggman (who were previously bosses), as well as Honey the Cat – a character based on Candy (known as Honey in Japan) from Fighting Vipers. Retro aficionados will know that Honey was actually buried in the data for the original arcade release but not playable without hacking the game, so to see Sega put in the effort to make her (and the boss characters) playable is truly refreshing after some of their more lackluster porting efforts in the past. The Japanese site for the Model2 Collection also makes mention of online play, which could be a big selling point for this rerelease as well. Currently there’s been no information about an overseas release, but Sonic the Fighters is due to hit Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this fall in Japan. See the trailer after the break.

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    I love Sega.

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    This just made my week. Model 2 is definetly my favourite arcade platform of all time

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    Nice to see Sonic the Fighters getting some love. I remember playing it on Gems collection and thought it was pretty cool. The A button is a little overpowered, but spamming is only for the weak and cheap ( Like me 🙂 ).

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    Why is all the good stuff coming out on things I can’t get my hands on?

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    After Sonic CD, Sonic Adventure 2, NiGHTS , Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Sonic Jump, and now this, its pretty apparent SEGA is gearing up for something…. I don’t know what yet, but they’re trying to get money for something.

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      don’t forget about them putting Sonic in Wreck it Ralph!

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      If you haven’t heard yet, Sega’s in major financial trouble.

      Please advise all friends to buy Sonic Jump and its 120,000 rings product for the price of $31 dollars on iOS this holiday season to get the gift that keeps on shitting. On the carpet that is.

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    Oh my goodness

    my favorite arcade game is back again

    I still want to buy a model 2 arcade machine anyway

    but

    Sega

    <3

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    Honey officially playable? YES!!

    Quick question: Will Eggman and Honey have a new, specified for this version, or they will use the same limited movelist from the original data? (Honey can have many moves from her Fighting Vipers version…).

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    Man, I hope they bring it to america. Im always bitchin about wanting to kick sonics ass as eggman, or metal sonic murdering everybody.

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    I can’t believe I had forgotten about how great the animation in these arcade games was. They are top notch, even by today’s standards.

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    Those are real?! Holy mother of God!

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    Hmm… they need to re release Sonic Shuffle with online play too!

    Oh, and fix that cheating lying baggage of an AI.

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      Motion seconded.

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    I’m gonna kill everybody in that game with my flippin’ finger-lightsabers now. FINGER-LIGHTSABERS.

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    It better come overseas before Microsoft does away with Microsoft points. I hate that they are going to make us pay with a credit card by the end of the year I DON”T LIKE IT.

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      About damn time they get rid of arbitrary Microsoft Monopoly Money. The whole “point” system is dumb as hell.

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      They’re what?… FOR FUCKS SAKE….I don’t have a credit card >_> And I doubt I will anytime soon…I agree with you, they better release this before that happens!

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      Wait, what?! Why won’t MS let us use points anymore?

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      Chill out.

      It will be more convenient to buy by credit card, but if you already buy MS Point cards at a store, there will not be a change for you.

      They are just going to have cash cards instead. Going to a flat money amount just allows us to make a straight purchase without having to load up our account with money if we DO have a credit card.

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      I highly doubt that they’re going to stop selling pre-paid cards even if they did away with Microsoft Points, and if they are doing that than good riddance.

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    Sonic the Fighters is getting a better port than Sonic Adventure 2.
    Wat.

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    Nice SEGA! Now make a digital collection of the rest of your arcade racing games and you’ll be da best company in existance.

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    is it just me or does the sega-character (shame on me i dont know her) which was added to Sonic The Fighters
    like Nintendos Ashley from Wario Ware?

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    Wow, Sonic adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic CD and now Sonic the fighters? SEGA must be getting it’s retro spirit back!

    What’s next? Sonic R?

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      God, I hope so. I actually thought Sonic R was a truly great game.

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    nice. all i need now is some die hard arcade.

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    Three words: Moonwalker Aracde re-release

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    ;___; Finally. Playable Metal Sonic in Sonic the Fighters? Hopefully playable Rocket Metal as well. ;___;

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    Yesssssss. This pleases me. Sega better bring this over to the west. And hopefully to the PC, but I can’t get my hopes up too high.

    Even if I have most of these games for other platforms [VF2 on PC and Saturn, VO on Saturn and PS2, StF on Gamecube, and FV on Saturn], I heartily approve.

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    Finally Sega makes an actually attempt at improving a game. (not counting CD, since they required a fan’s help and needed to be pushed like a stone wall before they did it) Adding in the unfinished/scrapped characters makes a release possibly worth it, might get this.

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    Not sure how I feel about this.

    On one hand Metal Sonic and Eggman are finally playable as well as an unknown character that was lost in the coding.

    On the other hand since this game is now going online and most of the players are Sonic fans, most likely the loud variety there’s going to be more spamming than the average fighting game.

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      Not like there was really ever a legit way to play this game in the first place. There were never really any real combos or juggles that I could find that didn’t involve a fence bounce.
      Most players will probably just pick Metal Sonic or Bean and spam the lasers and bombs. Sidestepping solves that problem though~

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    Holy crap they’re releasing the 3D version of Virtua Fighter 2. That will be awesome.

    Oh, they also threw in that one game from gems. How nice.

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    For the sweet mother of Saturn gaming. All I want is Fighters Megamix and to have online. I was a bad azz as a kid and sure to still be one today as well. SEGAAAAA

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    My hopes are for Mighty! Really, all they have to do is create a new slot, copy & paste Sonic, swap the model and change the moveset. Mighty pretty much is Sonic just with different looks.

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      I don’t think they’re actually adding any NEW characters, rather, characters that already existed and just weren’t playable. My hopes are on Rocket Metal ;_______;

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    Wat. Wat. Wat……

    Fighters gets online, SA2 doesnt, Fighters gets new playable characters… SA2 doesn’t even improve homing attack or anything besides textures really.

    Wat.

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    Not a fan of this game at all.

    I want Kunckles’ Chaotix (inc. the Japanese story out on it!!) on PSN / XBOX live

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    Honestly, I want to know why SEGA is releasing so many wanted things. I’m giving them all my money, but why? What for? What are they trying to do?…

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    Wow, this is great news. Kinda disappointed this hasn’t had a Steam port announced, but it’s great to see Sonic the Fighters being released for new consoles.

    I wasn’t even excited about the new characters, I was just excited that it’s finally getting ported to some new systems. Seriously, the last system it was ported to was the Gamecube. Heck, did the gamecube even have an arcade stick?

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    $10 Might be a little too much… But since they went out of their way to finish the coding on those three characters AND added Online.. I guess the game deserves it.

    I REALLY hope the next re-release is Knuckles Chaotix though. I’d love to play that game legally for once, and with achievements (and perhaps even online co-op).

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    Also Rosy is now Amy

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      Her name was already Amy to begin with. It just said “AMY Rosy the Rascal”. Unless, they’re changing it to just say “AMY Rose”?

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    Lmao love the #ROBOTONIC tag

    S/O to Classic Game Room!

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    Definite day ibe purchase for Sonic and VF2. Doesn’t look like Pepsiman is playable in Fighting Vipers. No Pepsiman , no buy (Although, i hope we get Fighter Megamix as well. :D).

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      One, not ibe. Stupid iphone. :p

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    After this, SONIC R ONLINE!!!

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