Capcom has been giving Street Fighter a lot of love in the past few years, between rereleases like Street Fighter III, HD updates of Street Fighter II, and of course the much newer Street Fighter IV. But one of their other major fighting game franchises, Darkstalkers, hasn’t gotten much love, beyond characters appearing in games like Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Though rumors abound of a new Darkstalkers game, for now it seems like Capcom is testing the waters with an HD rerelease of early Darkstalkers games.
Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono announced yesterday at New York Comic Con that Darkstalkers Resurrection would be released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in early 2013, for $14.99 and 1600 Microsoft Points respectively. The game presents Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 in HD, with GGPO-powered online play, challenges/tutorials, spectator mode, and replays.
It looks like a good package that I’d like to pick up, but where’s Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, the first game in the series? Or what about Darkstalkers 3‘s two sister updates, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Saviour 2? Or for that matter, why not just release an updated version of Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower, which would let players pick from any version of all characters from all five installments? And unrelated to that, why do Xbox 360 owners need to pay $5 more?
I’m nitpicking, but it’s thoughts like these that make me wish publishers would consider more closely how best to curate their classic games and collect them for modern gamers.