Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium, maintenance and emulation

Let’s go straight to the point: Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is a collection for enthusiasts of the golden age of arcades. It brings together 32 of the studio’s titles, including classics like the series Street Fighter and dark onesAnd other more diverse and old, the interesting evolutionary chronicle of the Japanese manufacturer.

Not everything is perfect, though: it makes the mistake of duplicating titles featured in its other recent collection, and with fewer resources, not to mention bundles of those titles. ipsis litteris The originals, with some perfumes, are always up against a strong opponent: Emulation.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Combines classic and some obscure titles (Credit: Disclosure/Capcom)

A more eclectic collection

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium manages to offer a very diverse selection of titles. There are 32 in total, including some important for developers, e.g son son (free to play), his version of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the WestOf which manga/anime dragon ball also accepted.

There are a few games that are familiar to the generation that played them after school in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Knights of the Round, magic sword and The king of dragonswhich incorporated RPG elements, various shootings, e.g 1943 Kai, black tiger, Eco fighters and The last duelAnd arcade titles long forgotten, like these two mega man, power struggle and Power Fighterswhich removes the platform gameplay and focuses on battles against Robot Masters.

There are even two collections in the pack, each combining three different games: sports Capcom Sports Club and classic Three wonderswhich combines two well-known platformer games for fans Midnight Wanderers And shoot them Wheelchair.

Two Mega Man for Arcade, which uses the graphic style of Mega Man 7, is quite fun (Credit: Playback/Capcom)

Both mega man For arcades that use a graphical style Mega Man 7It’s pretty fun (Credit: Playback/Capcom)

There’s a good selection of fighting games (more on that below), but the spotlight is relatively obscure. Saturday Night Slam Masters, featuring Mike Hagar exchanging blows with several opponents in the ring, one of the few arcade games that explored the wrestling genre. Here you can also find puzzles like block block, Cookies and do not pull (Title 3 Three wondersand remembered the least).

For added spice, there are several different screen filters to emulate old arcade monitors and TVs, with different frame art, including one that simulates a cabinet with a typical tilt. All games are presented in their original aspect ratio, be it 4:3 or vertical for some shots, but you can adjust the zoom closer or further away, or choose the full-screen option, which of course distorts the pixels.

Finally, there is Leaderboards Online to compare scores with other players, challenges for each title and the option to rewind the action and go back to the previous point to avoid mistakes and stupid deaths. You can also choose between Japanese or Western ROMs.

Saturday Night Slam Masters featured Mike Hagar (Final Fight) and yes, the art was from mangaka Tetsuo Hara of Hokuto no Ken/Fist of the North Star (Credit: Reproduction/Capcom)

Saturday Night Slam Masters Featured Mike Hagar (The final battleAnd yes, the art was by mangaka Tetsuo Hara, Dan Hokuto not Ken/Fist of the North Star (Credit: Playback/Capcom)

Capcom album with repeated stickers

This is the big Achilles heel Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium. as before Capcom Arcade StadiumSome of the titles collected here, especially combat ones, were already found in other packs, e.g. Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Capcom Beat’em Up Bundleand recently Capcom Fighting Collection.

In this case, the already released titles are the three main titles in the series dark ones (first, night warriors and Vampire savior), Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Hyper Street Fighter II: Anniversary Editionis the first Street FighterAlso known as battle street.

With the exception of the latter, the rest suffer from the standard limitation of the collection: unlike the copies included in the previous collections, none of the games here support online play. Two-player can only be played locally.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo It was already on Capcom Fighting CollectionAnd here it has no online features (Credit: Reproduction/Capcom)

This is a shame mainly because it limits the ability to enjoy the trilogy with other people around the world. Street Fighter Alphawhich received excellent quality titles and added memorable characters of the franchise such as Rose, Charlie Nash, Sakura, Karin, R. Mika and the inestimable Dan Hibiki, a cheeky pastiche of Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, the protagonists of the series. The art of fightingfrom then-rival SNK.

It also served to salvage several fighters from older titles for the modern games, such as Gen, Adon, and Birdie from the first. Street FighterAnd Guy, Cody, Sodom and Rolento de The final battle.

“Let’s make money” or imitate?

Technically, there is no difference between the included ROMs Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium and arcade originals. There is a dedicated ‘Place Chip’ button so you can add credit and play. The intention was to detail the experience of playing in the old arcade houses that appealed to older players, between the ages of 35 and 55.

In terms of game maintenance, the topic we are discussing is a good initiative. Of course, there are people who will not stop copying these games for the simple reason of being able to find the same ROMs on the Internet and run them on their PCs or special devices, technically for free (minus the hardware costs).

Play it Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams This road gives me conflicted feelings (Credit: Playback/Capcom)

And Capcom realized that this had dampened initial sales performance Capcom Arcade Stadium, which initially only allows you to buy more games in bundles. Later, it released the option for the player to purchase each title separately with a standard strategy. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium.

Both approaches are valid, depending on the context. For example, Nintendo, while completely avoiding emulation, continues its confusing strategy of “maintaining its brands” with new games that mean nothing to the viability of individual titles. ; case Super Mario Bros. 35 It was worse because he had effectively ceased to exist.

Capcom, as the owner of the franchise, has the legal right to profit from the older games, and at least it tries to keep those titles available for each new generation of consoles. There are serious people in the market (Phil Spencer, for example) who defend emulation as the only alternative to survival games that are not republished, or the last line of defense against sector amnesia.

I can accept a scenario where a studio can keep their classic games even if they pay for them, although many who support emulation for all uses would rather not open their wallets; In my understanding, and even with its flaws, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Already much more than some companies do.

Looking at you, Nintendo.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – data sheet

  • Platforms – PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows (reviewed on PS5, copy provided by Capcom);
  • Developer — Capcom;
  • Distributor — Capcom;
  • Rating system – 12 years.

Strong points:

  • A wide selection of games and very diverse genres;
  • rare, obscure titles that have long been unavailable (legally);
  • Several customization options.


  • No online multiplayer;
  • Replays from previous builds;
  • Capcom insists on splitting the collections into several volumes.

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