Post by blackdrazon on Mar 17, 2022 23:51:46 GMT -5
So I'm watching Kim Justice's latest vid and she mentions that Fifa 97 included an indoor football mode! This got me to thinking: we tend to think of the big, annual sports games as having the same gameplay every single title, focused on refining the core experience, updating the roster, and not much else. It got me wondering: what other examples can you think of where an otherwise repetitive sports title did something creative and weird, and then abandoned it after a year or two? They don't have to be as wild as an entire, variant sport like indoor football, small but memorable things are fine too!
I haven't played your annual sports games frequently enough to notice these features...
However I played a lot of Street Fighter back in the day. The Street Fighter II upgrades were kinda sorta similar to yearly sports game editions.
Capcom had high hopes for Super Street Fighter II. New hardware, new characters, new music and sound etc. They actually included a "tournament battle" version of the game that had 4 linked cabinets. After each fight you had to move to a different cabinet depending on your performance in each round. It sounds sort of fun, though I'm pretty sure in American arcades it'd be very likely for your spot to be stolen by some asshole kid.
I've actually never seen one of these but I'm imagine it never took off because it was outrageously huge and probably expensive. Plus, Street Fighter II was starting to lose it's luster a bit thanks to fans getting tired of upgrades and there being legitimate alternatives to Street Fighter at this point.
As far as I know, none of the other games in the series use this 4 networked cabinet feature. Overall, Super is largely regarded as a disappointment. Both Turbo and Super Turbo get plenty of love but I don't think anyone plays Super nowadays. The home port (which included a version of the tournament mode) famously received average ratings from EGM and there were rumors that Capcom had an entire warehouse of unsold copies.