Marvel Super Heroes (video game)

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Marvel Super Heroes
Marvel Super Heroes arcade game flyer
Marvel Super Heroes arcade game flyer
Developer(s) Capcom
Publisher(s) Capcom
Virgin Interactive (EU)
Designer(s) Kei Hiratou
Satoru Kimura
Kiyoshi Nishikawa
Programmer(s) Kaw-K.Marichan
T. Ueno
Composer(s) Takayuki Iwai
Yuki Iwai
Tatsuro Suzuki
Platform(s) Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Arcade
  • NA: October 24, 1995
  • JP: November, 1995
  • JP: August 8, 1997
  • NA: October 2, 1997
  • EU: 1997
  • JP: September 25, 1997
  • NA: 1997
  • EU: December, 1997
  • WW: September 26, 2012[1]
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system CPS-2
Display Raster, 384 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Marvel Super Heroes (マーヴル・スーパーヒーローズ, Māburu Sūpā Hīrōzu) is a fighting video game developed by Capcom. Originally released in the arcade in 1995 on the CPS-2 arcade system, it was later ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in late 1997. The game, alongside Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, was also included in the Marvel vs. Capcom Origins collection, released digitally for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September 2012.

Marvel Super Heroes is loosely based on "The Infinity Gauntlet" storyline of the Marvel Universe. It is the second Capcom fighting game based on characters from the Marvel Comics line, following X-Men: Children of the Atom, and was later succeeded by the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

This game was dedicated to the memory of Jack Kirby, with character artwork based on his old designs.[citation needed]


Gameplay screenshot of a fight between Spider-Man and Thanos

Marvel Super Heroes is a fighting game in which superheroes and villains from the Marvel Universe fight against each other. The aim of the game is to use attacks and special abilities to knock out the opponent, or possess more life than him/her at the end of the round. Throughout the match, players build up a super meter which can be used to perform powerful Infinity Combo attacks. A unique mechanic in the game are the Infinity Gems; Power, Time, Space, Reality, Soul and Mind. These gems can be earned by obtaining them from opponents during arcade mode, or by fulfilling certain criteria during versus mode, such as getting the first hit. By using these gems in battle, fighters receive enhanced effects for a short amount of time, such as increased power or defense, health recovery or additional attacks. Certain fighters will receive extra benefits whilst using certain gems. For example, if Spider-Man uses the Power Gem, he can create a doppelganger on the opposite side of his opponent for extra damage during his attacks.[citation needed]


Loosely based on "The Infinity Gauntlet" storyline, the game focuses on heroes and villains battling each other for the Infinity Gems. The main antagonist is Thanos, who plots to use the Infinity Gems to take over the universe.


^a Unlockable boss character.
^b Hidden character in original Japanese version and unlockable in Origins port.[2]


Capcom included the four characters from X-Men: Children of the Atom which their market research had determined to be the most popular: Wolverine, Juggernaut, Magneto and Psylocke.[3]

The home conversions of the game were unveiled on the first day of the 1996 Electronic Entertainment Expo, with Stan Lee appearing at the booth.[4]


Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77% (Saturn) (5 reviews)[5]
69% (PlayStation) (8 reviews)[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 5/5 (Arcade)[7]
5/5 stars (Saturn)[8]
4/5 stars (PlayStation)[8]
Edge 8/10 (Saturn)[9]
EGM 30.5/40 (Saturn)[10]
28.5/40 (PlayStation)[11]
Famitsu 28/40 (PlayStation)[12]
GameFan 269/300 (Saturn)[13]
Game Informer 9.25/10 (Arcade)[16]
GamePro 18.5/20 (Saturn)[14]
Game Revolution B (Saturn)[15]
GamesMaster 90% (Saturn)[17]
GameSpot 5.8/10 (Saturn)[18]
5.6/10 (PlayStation)[19]
IGN 7.0/10 (PlayStation)[20]
Next Generation 3/5 stars (Arcade)[21]
Sega Saturn Magazine 95% (Saturn)[22]

The arcade version received positive reviews. Computer and Video Games awarded it a full 5/5 rating.[7] Despite scoring it only three out of five stars, Next Generation gave it a relentlessly positive review, saying it "blends loads of combo-powered attacks with liquid-smooth animation to contend with some of the best fighters out there." They were also pleased with the selection of Marvel characters and the 2D graphics, saying they make a "refreshing" change from the polygon-based fighters that by this time were dominating the fighting games market.[21] Wizard opined that "with great graphics, challenging gameplay and plenty of moves, throws and counters, Marvel Super Heroes has much to offer."[23]

Awarding it a 95%, Rich Leadbetter of Sega Saturn Magazine praised the Saturn conversion for retaining all the scenery effects of the arcade version, and commented that "Marvel Super Heroes makes 2D graphics cool again".[22]

In 2013, Marvel Super Heroes ranked as the 16th best Marvel video game by Geek Magazine for its "chaotic, yet insanely fun, gameplay."[24] That same year, Rich Knight and Gus Turner of Complex included it on their list of 25 best 2D fighting games of all time, stating that the gem-collecting "mechanic was a big difference-maker for the title and, as a result, the game still feels fresh today."[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marvel vs. Capcom Origins Collection Announced - Interest". Anime News Network. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Yuri (Dubindoh) > Manage Blog". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  3. ^ "X-Men: Children of the Atom Head-to-Head Combat Action Game!!". Maximum: The Video Game Magazine. Emap International Limited (3): 64–71. January 1996. 
  4. ^ "From Marvel to MTV". GamePro. No. 94. IDG. July 1996. p. 38. 
  5. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes for Saturn". GameRankings. 1997-09-30. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Computer and Video Games - Issue 171 (1996-02)(EMAP Images)(GB)". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  8. ^ a b "Computer and Video Games - Issue 193 (1997-12)(EMAP Images)(GB)". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  9. ^ Edge, issue 50, page 96
  10. ^ Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1998 Video Game Buyer's Guide, page 83
  11. ^ Electronic Gaming Monthly, 1998 Video Game Buyer's Guide, page 73
  12. ^ "マーベル スーパーヒーローズ まとめ [PS] / ファミ通.com". 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  13. ^ GameFan, volume 5, issue 11 (November 1997), pages 24 & 132
  14. ^ GamePro, issue 110 (November 1997), page 152
  15. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes Review - Game Revolution". 2001-02-03. Archived from the original on 2001-02-03. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  16. ^ "Review - Marvel Super Heroes". 1999-01-27. Archived from the original on 1999-01-27. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  17. ^ GamesMaster, issue 66, page 79
  18. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes Review". GameSpot. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  19. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes Review". GameSpot. 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  20. ^ " Marvel Super Heroes Review". 1997-09-30. Archived from the original on 2000-04-13. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  21. ^ a b "Marvelous". Next Generation. Imagine Media (12): 206. December 1995. 
  22. ^ a b Leadbetter, Rich (October 1997). "Review: Marvel Super Heroes". Sega Saturn Magazine (24). Emap International Limited. pp. 70–71. 
  23. ^ Brown, Steve (August 1997). "Junk Drawer: Video Games". Wizard (72). pp. 84–85. 
  24. ^ Jones, Elton (2013-10-22). "Marvel Comics' 25 Best Video Games - Geek Magazine". Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  25. ^ "The 25 Best 2D Fighting Games of All Time". Complex. 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

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