XBLA Wednesday: November 28th, 2012

By Mark Delaney,
This week on the dashboard, SEGA gets very belligerent releasing three fighting games with very different casts of characters. If the fighting genre isn't your thing, you may have better luck looking at the retail section of new releases.

Fighting Vipers Achievements
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Price: 400 MSP
Fight with flair in the return of Fighting Vipers, the classic arcade game from AM2 that was later playable on the Sega Saturn. Choose one of nine zany characters--including Grace the roller blader and Raxel the metal guitarist-- and break your opponent's costume-based armor to maximize damage. Take advantage of all-new online modes to battle friends across the world. Features include: True to its arcade form with all-new online modes All 9 original characters, each with their own unique costume and hobby Enclosed arenas, enabling special wall attacks Online versus mode for head-to-head matches Online Room match mode for up to 6 players.
Sonic the Fighters Achievements
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Price: 400 MSP
Join Sonic and friends in battle in this classic arcade game from AM2. Originally on consoles as part of the Sonic Gems collection, Sonic the Fighters is back with an all-new online mode, including both online versus and tournament play. In single player mode, choose from 10 playable characters and fight through 8 stages to stop Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic from unleashing the Death Egg II! Features include: True to its arcade form with all-new online modes All 8 original characters and arenas Online versus mode for head-to-head matches Online Room match mode for up to 6 players.
Virtua Fighter 2 Achievements
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA
Price: 400 MSP
Go back to the roots of 3-D fighting with Virtua Fighter 2, the second title in AM2's flagship fighting franchise. Experience the legendary polygon-based 3-D graphics and fluid fighting mechanics that made the game so influential in the arcades, and later on the Sega Saturn. With all-new online play you can battle friends throughout the world. Features include: True to its arcade form with all-new online modes All 10 original characters and arenas Online versus mode for head-to-head matches Online Room match mode for up to 6 players.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.