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Darkstalkers, known as Vampire (ヴァンパイア Vanpaia) in Japan, is a series of 2D Gothic horror-themed fighting games produced by Capcom during the mid-1990's using Capcom's CPS II arcade hardware. There have been three main entries in the series with two "updated" titles and several compilations which include the current Darkstalkers Resurrection. The characters have made many cross over appearances and the series itself into other forms of media.

The cast of Darkstalkers is based off well known fictional characters and monsters ranging from vampires to werewolves, which are referenced as Darkstalkers (ダークストーカーズ) in the series. The series introduced many concepts used in later fighting games by Capcom, including Street Fighter's jump from the CPS I to CPS II, Street Fighter Alpha (known as Street Fighter Zero in Japan).

GameplayEdit

The Darkstalkers series shares many similarities with Capcom's main fighting series, Street Fighter. Character use varying strengths of punch and kicks and can perform various moves by different inputs. Attacks can be blocked and characters can crouch or jump. Notably, Darkstalkers adds new features such as air blocking, chain combos and ES attacks. Some characters even have the ability to crawl or walk while crouching and others can hover in air.

In Vampire Savior (known in the west as Darkstalkers 3), the turn based round system was dropped and a stock gauge system, where the winning players life bar is not reset after winning a match. Two mimic style characters who act more like game play modes were introduced named Shadow and Marionette.

Character appearancesEdit

Character Darkstalkers Night Warriors Darkstalkers 3 (Vampire Savior)
Anakaris Yes Yes Yes
B.B.Hood (Bulleta) No No Yes
Bishamon Yes Yes Yes
Demitri Maximoff Yes Yes Yes
Donovan Baine No Yes Console ports
Felicia Yes Yes Yes
Hsien-Ko (Lei-Lei) No Yes Yes
Huitzil (Phobos) Not playable Yes Console ports
Jedah Dohma No No Yes
Jon Talbain Yes Yes Yes
Lilith No No Yes
Lord Raptor (Zabel Zarock) Yes Yes Yes
Morrigan Aensland Yes Yes Yes
Pyron Not playable Yes Console ports
Q-Bee No No Yes
Rikuo (Aulbath) Yes Yes Yes
Sasquatch Yes Yes Yes
Victor von Gerdenheim Yes Yes Yes
  • Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron do not appear in Darkstalkers Resurrection 's Darkstalkers 3.

Savior, Hunter 2, Savior 2Edit

Characters Vampire Savior Vampire Hunter 2 Vampire Savior 2
B.B.Hood (Bulleta) Yes No Yes
Donovan Baine No Yes Yes
Huitzil (Phobos) No Yes Yes
Jedah Dohma Yes No Yes
Jon Talbain (Gallon) Yes Yes No
Pyron No Yes Yes
Q-Bee Yes No Yes
Rikuo (Aulbath) Yes Yes No
Sasquatch Yes Yes No
  • Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron do not appear in Darkstalkers Resurrection 's Darkstalkers 3.

Other charactersEdit

Name differencesEdit

Video gamesEdit

Japanese Title English Title
Vampire: The Night Warriors Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers' Revenge Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge
Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire Darkstalkers 3 (console title)
Vampire Hunter 2
Vampire Savior 2
Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service
Vampire Chronicle: The Chaos Tower Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower
Vampire: Darkstalks Collection
Vampire Resurrection Darkstalkers Resurrection

Character name changesEdit

Japanese name English name
Anita Amanda (Only in Night Warriors and the Darkstalkers tv series)
Aulbath Rikuo
Bulleta B.B.Hood or Baby Bonnie Hood
Gallon Jon Talbain
Phobos Huitzil
Lei-Lei Hsien-Ko
Lin-Lin Mei-Ling
Zabel Zarock Lord Raptor

Other minor characters such as Rikuo's son, originally called Alba in the Japanese version would be called Rikky outside of Asia.

Various re-releasesEdit

Vampire Darkstalkers Collection PS2

Vampire Darkstalkers Collection Cover

  • In 2000 Capcom released Vampire Savior 2/Vampire Hunter 2 for the Sega Dreamcast as a mail-order game via Dreamcast Direct. This version, titled Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service, allows players to select between four fighting styles based on each Darkstalkers game (the original Darkstalkers, Night Warriors, Vampire Savior and Savior 2/Hunter 2). This version also features an online versus mode. In 2004, the game was ported to the PlayStation Portable. This version was released in North America and Europe in 2005 under the title of Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. The PSP version includes all the features from the Dreamcast original, as well as an exclusive single-player "Chaos Tower" mode.
  • Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection is a compilation of all five Darkstalkers arcade games that was released in Japan only for the PlayStation 2 in 2005. This compilation features the original arcade versions of the games, as well as hidden arranged versions of the three Vampire Savior games, which introduce an alternative version of Donovan, Dee, as a secret character with his own storyline.
  • On October 11th, 2012 Yoshinori Ono announced Darkstalkers Resurrection during the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary panel at the New York Comic Con. The game, being developed by Iron Galaxy features Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Vampire Savior with enabled online play as well as various other features.Darkstalkers resurrection will be released March, 13th on PSN and March 14th on Xbox Live Arcade. The Japanese version will be released on March 14th along side Vampire Resurrection Official Anthology Comic and Vampire Artworks.

Guest appearancesEdit

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The characters have made numerous appearances in other games, notably Capcom's Vs. series of fighting games. Morrigan Aensland, for example, appears in all three Marvel Vs. Capcom titles, Capcom Vs. SNK, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. She also appears in Pocket Fighter and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. Other characters have appeared in these titles, as well.

In other mediaEdit

Night Warriors OVA Group Promo

Night Warriors anime artwork

  • A Darkstalkers animated series was produced for United States audiences. It starred a young boy named Harry Grimoire, who was created for the cartoon. Since the series was not drawn in the same anime style used to draw the game sprites, the Darkstalkers characters look noticeably different.
  • A four-episode OVA anime series was released titled Vampire Hunter: The Animated Series. Viz produced an English adaptation that was released in North America under the title Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge.
  • A manga adaptation was authored by Run Ishida and published in Japan by Ascii in 1996. This manga was later adapted by Viz Comics under the title of Night Warriors: The Comic Series and published as a six-issue comic book (which were later collected in a single trade paperback volume).
  • A five volume manga series surrounding Vampire Savior was created by mangaka Mayumi Azuma and published by Gangan Comics. It stars Lilith and an original character, John Stately.
  • UDON Comics published a Darkstalkers comic series, consisting of six issues (upon which they stopped production abruptly). They were later collected in a TPB collection, which omitted the backup stories presented at the end of each issue, and included a special Morrigan background story previously only seen in a summer Capcom special. In 2010, UDON revived the series in a 3-issue miniseries entitled Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, with the first installment released in late February 2010.
  • In 2008, UDON also released the Darkstalkers Graphic File, a collection of screenshots, storyboards and concept art from the series.
  • In 2009, UDON and Capcom released a 15th anniversary Darkstalkers Tribute. It consists of submitted artwork from fans of the series, along with artwork from some of Udon and Capcom's own artists and several famous manga artists such as Yasuhiro Nightow. The book was first available in August 2009 at several large anime conventions, and became available in bookstores the following September.

TriviaEdit

  • Eikichi Yazawa's "The Trouble Man," appears on a Japanese commercial for Vampire: The Night Warriors as well as the intro for Japanese Playstation version of the game. Later the song would be used as the ending themes for the American Darkstalkers TV series and the anime, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge.
  • In the popular shōnen/seinen harem series Love Hina, a few of the main female characters appear in the costumes of Baby Bonnie Hood, Hsien-Ko, and Felicia (though much less revealing) for Halloween in Chapter 86 of the manga.
  • In 2010, UGO ranked Darkstalkers as the #19 on the list of the games that need sequels.
  • Yoshinori Ono (one of the key developers of Capcom's fighting games) stated once in an interview that Ruby Heart (one of Capcom's original characters in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes) was a rejected concept character of the Darkstalkers series.[1][2]

VideosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ask Capcom: Are Ruby Heart and Amingo really rejected Darkstalker designs?
  2. More Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Notes from PAX West stream. Eventhubs.com.

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