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|First release||Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
|Latest release||Darkstalkers Resurrection
Darkstalkers, known in Japan and Asia as Vampire (ヴァンパイア Vanpaia ), is a series of 2D fighting games developed and released by Capcom. It is set in a pastiche Gothic horror universe and features a highly stylized, cartoonish graphic style. The series' characters are based on either various kinds of monsters (the titular Darkstalkers) or their hunters (Darkhunters).
Darkstalkers introduced many of the concepts used in later Capcom fighting games, including its first use of 16-bit color animation sprites and gameplay mechanics later employed in the Street Fighter Alpha and Marvel vs. Capcom series. Some individual characters (usually Morrigan and often Felicia) appeared in the later Capcom games, as well as in a few crossover games by other companies.
|Western title||Japanese title||Release||Arcade||Home versions||Notes|
|Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors||Vampire: The Night Warriors||1994||CPS II||PS (1996); PS2 (2005); PSN (2011)||The first game in the series.|
|Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge||Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers' Revenge||1995||CPS II||Saturn (1996); PS2 (2005)||The second game in the series.|
|Darkstalkers 3||Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire||1997||CPS II||Saturn, PS (1998); PS2 (2005); PSN (2012)||The third game in the series.|
|N/A||Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers' Revenge||1997||CPS II||PS2 (2005)||An update of Vampire Savior.|
|N/A||Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire||1997||CPS II||PS2 (2005)||An update of Vampire Savior.|
|Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower||Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service (DC)
Vampire Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)
|2000||N/A||DC; PSP (2004)||A compilation game.|
|N/A||Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection||2005||N/A||PS2||A compilation game.|
|Darkstalkers Resurrection||Vampire Resurrection||2013||N/A||PSN, XBLA||A compilation game (HD) and the first to include online multiplayer.|
In August 2010, Capcom Producer Yoshinori Ono stated during an interview about Street Fighter X Tekken that a new installment to the series would be his "ultimate dream"; however, only fan demand would cause it to happen. He went on to say that it would take one million requests before Keiji Inafune, then head of research and development at Capcom, would comply. At that point, Capcom have received 5,000 requests. By March 2011, Ono reported that Capcom had received over 100,000 requests. He later expressed during an interview at a Nintendo 3DS launch in London that, "One day, if it goes half a million, Capcom may raise its eyebrow a little bit and I could do what I did in London in 2007 when I announced the comeback of Street Fighter. In the near future, with your help, it may become true. It's on its way, because we're pretty much where we were with Street Fighter a few years back. So keep it up."
On July 21, 2011, at San Diego Comic-Con, Ono revealed during the Street Fighter X Tekken panel that while a new Darkstalkers title had not been approved, he reassured the series' fans that "Darkstalkers is not dead". He then proceeded to take a photo of the attendees at the panel holding up their money to send to decision makers at Capcom to show support for the game. In June 2012, a message "Darkstalkers are not dead" appeared in a trailer for the PlayStation Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken; when asked about it, Ono wrote on his Twitter: "I can't announce about Darkstalkers yet." Ono later teased the presence of Darkstalkers at a panel for Street Fighter's 25th Anniversary Celebration at San Diego Comic-Con on July 12, 2012. Instead of taking a photo to send proof of demand to Capcom's upper management like he had done in the past, he stated, "This year, you don’t have to do that, and it’s not necessarily bad news!", but refrained himself from saying anything else.
Following the announcement of Darkstalkers Resurrection at New York Comic-Con in October 2012, a concept trailer was shown during Capcom's Street Fighter 25th Anniversary panel. Derek Neal, the producer for Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Yoshinori Ono told interviewers that the re-release bundle was the first step towards revitalizing the franchise. Neal also claimed that Capcom is using Darkstalkers Resurrection as a test to gauge audience interest in a new Darkstalkers installment. In April 2013, Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson wrote: "We've not given up. But I'm disappointed in the opening sales response relative to any other fighting title we've put out on the same platforms given the frequency and urgency of requests we've had here over the last several years and the quality of the execution. It is the most fully featured and probably best project of this type we've done. And before people jump to the wrong conclusions, I'm not blaming fans who did buy it and supported the brand. I'm very thankful for those guys (thank you, to all of you). I'm more disappointed by my misread of the information in this particular case."
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Vampires and other mythical monsters meet to determine the fate of their world and ours.
|Character||Appears in||Voiced by|
|Darkstalkers||Night Warriors||Vampire Savior||Vampire Savior 2||Vampire Hunter 2|
|B.B. Hood/Bulleta||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Miyuki Matsushita|
|Dark Jon Talbain/Dark Gallon||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yuji Ueda|
|Demitri Maximoff||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nobuyuki Hiyama|
|Donovan Baine||No||Yes||Console ports only||Yes||Yes||Nobuyuki Hiyama (Night Warriors)
Juurouta Kosugi (Savior)
|Huitzil/Phobos||CPU only||Yes||Console ports only||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Jedah Dohma||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Isshin Chiba|
|Jon Talbain/Gallon||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yuji Ueda|
|Lord Raptor/Zabel Zarock||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yuji Ueda|
|Marionette||No||No||Console ports only||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Morrigan Aensland||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yayoi Jinguji|
|Oboro Bishamon||No||No||CPU only||Yes||Yes||Kan Tokumaru|
|Pyron||CPU only||Yes||Console ports only||Yes||Yes||Nobuyuki Hiyama|
|Shadow||No||No||Console ports only||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Victor von Gerdenheim||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Kan Tokumaru|
There are several manga books and series. Some of them were released in North America:
- A manga adaptation authored by Run Ishida and published in Japan by ASCII in 1996. This manga was later adapted by Viz Comics under the title of Night Warriors: The Comic Series and published as a six-issue comic book which were later collected in a single trade paperback volume.
- A one-shot Red Earth crossover manga Darkstalkers / Red Earth: Maleficarum authored by Mami Itou in 1997. It was released in English by UDON Comics in 2010.
Several guide books and art books were published as well, mostly in Japan only. However, some of them were published in North America:
- In 2008, UDON released the Darkstalkers Graphic File, a collection of screenshots, storyboards and concept art from the series.
- In 2009, UDON and Capcom released a 15th anniversary art book Darkstalkers Tribute. It consists of submitted artwork from fans of the series, along with artwork from some of UDON and Capcom's own artists and several famous manga artists such as Yasuhiro Nightow. The book was first available in August 2009 at several anime conventions before being widely released the following September.
In 2010, UGO.com's K. Thor Jensen ranked Darkstalkers at number 19 on the list of the games that need sequels, adding "I know they're all about the 3D these days, but let's get a team of crazy artists like the ones who came up with the original roster and let them go wild on a whole new group of supernatural contenders." In 2011, Andrew Hayward of Complex ranked Darkstalkers as first on the list of most missed fighting franchises, stating: "Every time Capcom announces a new fighting game, the hardcore community gets whipped up about Darkstalkers' continual absence, and demands a modern iteration. The supernatural 2D franchise wasn't a big hit, but fervent fans have kept its name alive and seem unwilling to let it fade away." Complex also included Darkstalkers 4 among the 15 games they hoped would be announced at E3 2011. In 2012, Complex ranked Darkstalkers at number 40 on the list of the best video game franchises, commenting: "Its unique brand of brawling made it instantly memorable, as well as its colorful cast of bizarre combatants. [...] Or is it the completely out there movesets? We're not sure. All we know is we'd love to see a modern incarnation." That same year, GamesRadar included Darkstalkers on top of their list of "obscure" fighting games that deserve a HD remake, commenting: "Darkstalkers offers just as much 2D fighting goodness as the venerable Street Fighter series, but it’s never gotten the same kind of respect [...] and that just ain’t right."
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- "Ask Capcom > Thread > Hey, Darkstalkers one of the best-selling PSN games...What gives?". Capcom-unity.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- "Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge". Google Books.
- "Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge". Comic Vine.
- "Udon Entertainment to Publish Darkstalkers / Red Earth: Maleficarum Manga". Anime News Network. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Darkstalkers/Red Earth: Maleficarum". Comic Vine.
- "Capcom Store - Buy Darkstalkers Graphic File book". Capcom.
- "Capcom Store - Buy Darkstalkers Tribute Art Book". Capcom.
- Jensen, K. Thor (2010-11-23). "25 Games That Need Sequels". UGO Networks. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
- Hayward, Andrew (2011-09-23). "The 10 Most Missed Fighting Franchises". Complex. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
- "Hype Dreams: The 15 Games We Hope Are Announced At E3 2011". Complex. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
- "The 50 Best Video Game Franchises". Complex. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- Lucas Sullivan on October 20, 2012 (2012-10-20). "29 obscure fighters that deserve HD remakes". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Darkstalkers.|
- Darkstalkers official fansite
- Darkstalkers series at MobyGames
- Hardcore Gaming 101 retrospective
- Comprehensive list of Darkstalkers games and characters