Video game magazine Famitsu put out a poll amongst it’s readers asking what their favorite fighting games were. They were allowed to choose up to 3 games, those titles were then assigned as points that were ranked, and yeah… Darkstalkers 3 was somehow ranked 8th. I have to say somehow, because it beat out Capcom vs. SNK 2 which was ranked 9th!
For more information on this poll, you can check out Kotaku’s article on it over here: http://kotaku.com/poll-japans-favorite-fighting-games-1795326357
Let’s talk about Darkstalkers, shall we? The last three ‘entries’ was the Japanese collection on PS2, Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower for PSP, and Darkstalkers Resurrection on Xbox 360/PS3. All 3 of those were basically re-releases.
Years back it was teased that there might be a revival of the franchise if Darkstalkers Ressurection sold well, and that if it did happen it would use Street Fighter X Tekken’s engine. The re-release sold poorly, SFxT sold poorly, and thus Darkstalkers has been shelved possibly indefinitely.
Darkstalkers 3 is one of the most popular fighting games in Japan, and it came out in 1998. That’s almost 20 years ago! Right now, there is a Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic by Udon, which hopefully means that Capcom might do something with this amazing fighting game series. I honestly doubt it, but hey… you never know, right?
Maybe if someone were to hand Capcom their copy of Darkstalkers 3 they could somehow renew their interest?