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Capcom vs SNK Millennium Fight 2000
カプコン バーサス エス・エヌ・ケイ ミレニアムファイト2000

August 2000

 
 
Billed as 'The Dream Match of the Millennium', CVS was easily the most anticipated fighting game of its era.
The game brings together characters from both Street Fighter and The King of Fighters - an amazing prospect for anyone even vaguely interested in fighting games. Everyone waited in anticipation, but the end result was sorely off the mark.
It's not clear what's going on here. The overwhelming feeling is one of extreme simplicity - Capcom were perhaps trying to appeal to wider audience by going back to basics, but the plan completely backfired. It doesn't matter how much you try to engage with this game it just doesn't give you anything in return.
The game features two different gameplay systems ('Capcom Groove' and 'SNK Groove') and the cast has been split into four 'Ratio' categories (1 to 4) according to their power. This really limits your team options, and creates some serious balancing problems: teams of four 'Ratio 1' characters immediately become completely over-powered.
The game quickly appeared on Dreamcast (Sep 2000), and to be fair as a casual game it did provide a few laughs here and there. But they didn't echo for long - the 'Millennium Fight' was over almost as quickly as the millennium itself, and by May 2001 Capcom admitted defeat by releasing an enhanced 'Pro' upgrade to try and rescue the situation.
By the time August 2001 rolled around, the funeral was over: the vastly improved Capcom vs SNK 2 (2001) was released, and the original Capcom vs SNK was buried for good, after only a year's shelf life.

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Art by Daigo Ikeno & Kinu Nishimura

Art by Shinkiro

 
 


 
 
The 'Pro' edition of CVS1 is a tweaked, 'Special Edition' re-release that unlocks all the hidden extras and adds two new characters to the roster: Dan and Joe.
To cut a long story short, the original Dreamcast version of Capcom vs SNK offered tons of bonus material - but it all had to be 'unlocked' either by repeatedly finishing the game (alone) or using the 'Link-up' features of its Neo Geo Pocket counterpart SNK vs Capcom (1999). This accumulates in-game 'points' with which you can buy bonus content.
Alternate 'EX' versions of existing characters are available along with two hidden 'Ratio 2' fighters (Morrigan and Nakoruru) and three super-powerful 'Ratio 4' characters (Evil Ryu, Gouki and Orochi Iori).
The problem is that it takes AGES to get all of these extras open: 2P versus games give you nothing, and forcing you to play the CPU over and over again is just plain daft.
The 'Pro' update cuts straight to the chase, and offers all of these extras right from the outset, with the added bonus of Dan and Joe.
The best version - of a dead game.
 

 
 
 


 
Capcom vs SNK
カプコン バーサス エス・エヌ・ケイ

DREAMCAST
DETAILS
Format Dreamcast
Released 6 Sep 2000
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1217M
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The much-hyped Capcom vs SNK would have been much better off without its dumb 'ratio' system.
Still, given how cheap it is it definitely remains great value for money.

CD case, Dreamcast GD-ROM disc, 48-page colour manual, spine card.

Capcom vs SNK Original Soundtrack
CAPCOM VS. SNK オリジナルサウンドトラック

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 20 Sep 2000
Publisher Suleputer
Product ID CPCA-1045
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official CVS1 soundtrack featuring the complete score and voice collection.

CD case, 32-track audio CD (71:13), booklet, spine card.

Capcom vs SNK Kōshiki Character Book
CAPCOM VS. SNK 公式キャラクターブック

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 13 Oct 2000
Publisher Enterbrain
Product ID ISBN4-7577-0238-8
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 0.7 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
High quality 'Official Character Book' from Enterbrain.
Serves as a great introduction to the game: it features giant illustrated profiles and complete move listings for every character, concluding with an interesting 'History of Fighting Games' article.

96 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Capcom vs SNK Saishū Kōryaku Kanzen Ban
CAPCOM VS. SNK 最終攻略完全版
NEO GEO FREAK EDITORIAL
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 5 Nov 2000
Publisher Geibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-87465-479-7
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 1.1 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.56
PRICE
STATUS
Top-quality mook from the Neo Geo Freak editorial, one of the very last releases of the Neo Geo Freak SP series.
Titled 'Last Capture Complete Edition', it features in-depth profiles and articles on every single character along with bonus columns for all the 'EX' versions.

192 pages (96 in colour), Japanese.

Capcom vs SNK Kōshiki Guide Book
CAPCOM VS. SNK 公式ガイドブック

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 6 Dec 2000
Publisher Enterbrain
Product ID ISBN4-7577-0269-8
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 2.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.62
PRICE
STATUS
King-sized 'Official Guide Book from Capcom and Famitsu.
Features 'Game System', 'Character Data', 'Vs 2P Battle' and 'Secret Factor' sections for every character; along with move galleries, frame data, tactics and endings.
A top quality book.

416 pages, 352 in colour, Japanese.

Capcom vs SNK Pro
カプコン バーサス エス・エヌ・ケイ プロ

DREAMCAST
DETAILS
Format Dreamcast
Released 14 June 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1247M
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Too-little-too-late update of the flawed Capcom vs SNK.
A welcome tweak if anything, but it was almost immediately eclipsed by Capcom vs SNK 2 (2001) by the time September rolled around.

CD case, Dreamcast GD-ROM disc, 40-page colour manual, spine card.

Capcom vs SNK Pro
カプコン バーサス エス・エヌ・ケイ
プロ
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 18 Apr 2002
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-87053
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Surprisingly competent conversion of the 'Pro' update for PlayStation.
Seriously - as PSone fighting games go, this is quite good!

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Capcom vs SNK Beginner's Guide Book Perfect Edition
CAPCOM VS. SNK ビギナーズガイドブック パーフェクトエディション

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 25 Apr 2002
Publisher DigiCube
Product ID ISBN4-88787-037-X
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.4 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.38
PRICE
STATUS
Clear and no-nonsense official guide book for the PlayStation version.
Features a full six pages with 'Profile', 'Special Attack' and 'Tactics' sections for all 35 characters - including Gouki, Evil Ryu, Orochi Iori, Nakoruru and Morrigan.
Everything you need!

240 pages, full colour, Japanese.

 



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