Capcom Fighting Collection Review: A Strong Classic Fighter Buffet

If someone is looking for a go-to developer for the best of one-on-one fighting games, then Capcom is a pretty good place to start. The company has been responsible for some of the greatest fighting games of all time, from the seminal Street Fighter II through to unsung heroes like Rival Schools. Now, the developer has launched a new compilation of some of its arcade hits: the Capcom Fighting Collection.

There are some big hitters included within the Capcom Fighting Collection, which includes a total of ten arcade fighting games. The biggest chunk come from the Darkstalkers/Vampire franchise, with five games from the horror-themed one-on-one fighting series. Meanwhile, Street Fighter fans get three games, Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness gets another home port, and Red Earth gets its first ever non-arcade release.


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The core contingent of the collection comes in the form of the Darkstalkers games, starting with Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors and leading through to Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire. Although not always getting the plaudits of big names like Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter, the Darkstalkers games are wonderfully fluid with some fantastic and varied character designs, and this all works well within this collection. As such, this is a very good place to go to get to grips with the Darkstalkers games.

Capcom Fighting Collection Darkstalkers

Of course, it wouldn't be a Capcom collection without at least one iteration of the Street Fighter series, and thankfully there are some decent options here. The primary one that will keep fighting fans engaged is Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, which is an expanded version of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo that was originally released back in 2003. It's a very solid version of one of the greatest fighting games of all time, and essentially acts as a best-of for Street Fighter II in its own right.

The Street Fighter franchise is also covered with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. Both part of the Pocket Fighter mini-franchise that uses chibi versions of Street Fighter characters, the former is a cutesy little puzzle game that is a fair bit of fun and a nice bit of variety from the core combat gameplay of the rest of the selection. Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix meanwhile keeps the levity up with a focus back on fighting.

Rounding out the collection are Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness, a spin-off of Armored Warriors, and fantasy fighter Red Earth. This is the first time that many people have had a chance to play Red Earth, and it's an interesting deviation from the other fighting games in Capcom Fighting Collection. With a Quest mode that gives a more story-centric approach than its peers in the collection and some fearsome enemies to fight, it's something a bit different that players will likely appreciate.

Capcom Fighting Collection Red Earth

Being able to get a good collection of fighting games such as this is particularly useful on the Nintendo Switch, as fighting games lend themselves so well to handheld, portable use. There's no downgrade in gameplay here either, will all of the titles being just as fluid and fun as players would expect. Given that some other retro fighting games come on their own rather than part of a collection, this is a good option for Switch owners.

As well as the original games, there are a few extra bits and pieces to be found in Capcom Fighting Collection. Within the games there are some training and spectator modes, as well as the inclusion of save states. Meanwhile, some additional content comes in the form of things like concept art and design documents, although these are bonuses that will likely please purists only.

Overall, Capcom Fighting Collection is a very good compendium of classic Capcom fighting games. Acting as a primer for the Darkstalkers series but with plenty of options for other players, it's certainly an enjoyable title to pick away at. Meanwhile, the Switch version has the added bonus of its vital portability.