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Console: Sega Master System

There was no way the Master System was ever going to get in on Virtua Fighter’s groundbreaking real-time 3D combat, but that didn’t mean the platform should miss out altogether on the chance to host Virtua match-ups. Originally confined to the Game Gear, Brazilian demand saw an up-rezzed conversion grace the Master System, which took inspiration from the Virtua Fighter anime series as its excuse to present Akira, Pai et al. in side-on 2D.

One-on-one fighters were an underrepresented genre on the Master System, so the attention paid to this first-party exception makes it a rare example of the form. And it was enjoyable enough that you didn’t miss the third dimension.

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