The Top 7... Spin-off games you've never heard of

5) Virtua Quest (from Virtua Fighter)

The Virtua Fighter series was always meant to have its own RPG entry. Akira Yuki was going to be the front man, in fact. But he was busy that day, so Sega switched him out for some darts player called Ryo Hazuki and Shenmue was born. But everyone's heard of Shenmue so it would be pointless putting it on this list. Which is why we haven't. What we're looking at here is the other (wut?) Virtua Fighter RPG: Virtua Quest.

Surprisingly, the main characters aren't the usual Virtua Fighter roster. They're anime-styled teenagers who fight in a virtual realm, a bit like Star Trek's Holodeck, only without ending up in some part of USA history every other week. They find data chips with ghost data containing moves from the Virtua Fighter games, which lets them perform throws and backflips with pleasantly familiar animation routines. There are, of course, cameos from the Virtua Fighter cast too.

Above: "Hadouken! I mean... erm... oh, what the heck, it's virtual reality. HADOUKEN!!!"

The game was never released in PAL territories, so we never got to see it here in the UK. Not that we really mind, to be honest...


4) Gargoyle's Quest (From Ghosts 'n' Goblins)

Oh, right! Gargoyle. Yeah, know him well. So well, in fact, I didn't even pick him out as a fan-pleasing moment from the GnG background from Marvel vs Capcom 3 in my Super Review. Look:

Above: Obscured by a label that says 'Moneybags', the poor guy meant nothing to me. Oh, Vienna

Such indignity. Let's get edumacated then, eh? He originally appeared at the end of the first level in Ghosts 'n' Goblins, and was such a runaway hit with everyone who saw him, he got his own series of games. His first outing was on Game Boy, in Gargoyle's Quest, followed by an NES prequel before his most famous game - Demon's Crest on SNES. His name is Red Arremer, or 'Firebrand' to US audiences. Cute little fella, don't you think?

Above: "Aww, can we keep him? Huh? Huh? Can we? Please?" "NO! He'll set the curtains on fire"

But perhaps the best thing about the game is the wonderful sound. If only modern videogames had fanfares like this:

Granted, the battles look a little repetitive, but given the limitations of the hardware, the level of control over the character is excellent. Wall jumping, hovering, projectile attacks... and all with two face buttons. Good job, Capcom - can we have this on 3DS' download store, please?


  • sirkidd2003 - June 7, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Heard of all of them but Golden Axe Warrior (which I must now track down and play)... I feel proud of myself!
  • IvansTreehouse - May 9, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    I would love to see Ken 2010's costume in SSFIV.
  • zeno_zabatsu - May 8, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    What about Mortal Kombat: Special Forces
  • rxb - May 6, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Good work Towelly, played a few of these but some are real rare finds.
  • angelusdlion - May 4, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    I remember watching my cousin beat Street fighter 2010.. multiple times. He loved that game.
  • angelusdlion - May 4, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I remember playing the demo for Death by Degrees and thinking "Appropriate name, this game makes me feel like I'm dying inside a tiny bit at a time." No seriously.
  • VercettisShirt - May 4, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I loved Knuckles Chaotix. One of the few games that made the 32X worthwhile.
  • screwuguys - May 4, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    I actually played Virtue Quest. I been looking for that game but i forgot the title. THANKS!
  • Link555 - May 4, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Yup its good that these games stayed as obscure as they did.
  • fullmetallegend - May 4, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    I've heard of all of those other than Street Fighter 2010. Mainly due to Nintendo Power back in the day and X-Play.
  • ThatSkinnyGuy - May 3, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Nice Top 7, and an Ultravox reference for us old bastards. Nice job, Towelly.
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  • jmcgrotty - May 3, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    To those making suggestions that they felt should have also been mentioned, it isn't like the list is endless. It has a finite number of spots, so they aren't going to get them all.
  • philipshaw - May 3, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    I have heard of most of these but that the ones I didn't know were awful isn't suprising
  • quincytheodore - May 3, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    I shamelessly admit I knew "Death By Degrees" and I even finished it when I was in high school, I guess. I bought it in shady homemade DVD store, granted I was a bit drunk and it was late. Yeah, it was my friend who stopped by there and yeah, they opened until night and no, it's not porn. They sold, still do, in batch of dozens/tens. I saw the game and went, "meh, rip-off spin-off, why not?" Okay, it might went like, "Hahahahah, shameless fapservice guys!!! wkwkwkwk.. hahah... Put it in the bundle..." After a brief test, the opening CG was okay. Yeah, we could test it beforehand. It was crap, I forgot about it and then months later, I got sick after "retreat" (like mountain/countryside tour) The only unfinished game was that Sonya Blade's kickfest. It was mildly amusing and awkwardly memorable. I got better after I finished it. It might have healing properties for all I know.. Or maybe I got better after NOT playing it anymore.
  • Dvsshark - May 3, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    I knew of three of these games and actually owned one. I don't wanna say which one, because knowing would reveal that I owned a 32x...crap. Well from what I remember it was sorta fun but weird dragging around a bubble be or crocodile. Now that I think about it chaotix was the first game that showed all those turds.
  • Cleanser247 - May 3, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    Nice Top 7!
  • Fedexcommando - May 3, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    On the topic of GnG "for those who actually saw him, he was an instant hit" lulz because the game was pretty much impossible, even the first level.
  • TradeMarkP - May 3, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    Street Fighter has only EVER meant one thing to me: beating the shit out of old cars. All of the SF's without that are just like Street Fighter 2010 to me. Also #Nothingsomegoodbionicscantfix would be the greatest TT ever.
  • hanktherapper - May 3, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    Every time I see a picture of Tingle it makes me want to quit gaming.

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