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SummaryA Windows 95 gem forgotten by history.
The GoodIt's on Windows 95 and runs swell on a Pentium II at 350 MHz with 64 MB of RAM and an ATi Rage with 4 MB of vRAM. It takes about 400 MB of HD space or so, and the music is all in *.WAV files, so it can be converted to *.MP3 or *.AAC for use on your favorite digital music player.
The graphics are 320x200 at VGA, but that's okay, because Capcom stuck a lot of effort in those graphics, and the game looks great!
Sounds great, too, because QSound is applied to all of the *.WAV music and sound files, and using a Microsoft SideWinder or Capcom's own ProPad 6 is a dream.
There's almost no access time from the hard drive in between matches, and everything's here that's on the Saturn version. Video is used for the intro and a few other tricky points to save the limitations of the majority of Windows 95 PCs at the time (you know, the one your lawyer brother-in-law in his mid-30s refuses to upgrade or give up on, and it doesn't even have USB) so that's forgiven.
The BadStill, 320x200? Why? The SNES I can undestand, that's in it's hi-res mode, but that's the low-res mode for Windows 95 by 1998, the year of its release. Windows 95 on my Pentium II system was at least 640x480 in thousands of colors (24-bit mode, 32-bit mode ran my resources dry). When Acclaim and Capcom did X-Men: COTA on DOS, they did right by allowing a 65,000 color mode if your system RAM was 16 MB or more, and that was nice. This is four years later (a long time in a game's life) and there's not even that option. It's not really bothersome unless you've become used to the Saturn and PlayStation's 320x200 modes in 65,000, which comes off sharp. I think Capcom could've just upped it to 32,000 colors at the 640x480 res mode, and it would've looked spectacular.
Also, since most PCs don't have an extra game port, I think Capcom should've included a Y-splitter for two joypad support. But what was I expecting for $19.99? Yes, that was its actual retail price with a little manifesto from Capcom stating how they wanted to put all of their games on PC from that point on (yeah, sure).