|Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors|
(Vampire: The Night Warriors)
JP: March 22nd, 1996
NA: March 28th, 1996
EU: November, 1996
|PlayStation 2 (Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection)|
JP: May 19, 2005
|PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam|
WW: June 24, 2022
Rollback FightCade2 (PC)
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, also known as Vampire: The Night Warriors in Japan, is the first game in the Darkstalkers series released by Capcom in July of 1994. After a lot of SF2 revisions and a failed sequel of Saturday Night Slammasters, Capcom decides to bring the iconic creatures of the night in a fighting video game to see who's the best.
The game features 10 playable beastly characters, who must defend the planet from the evil planet conquer Pyron. While the game is considered unpolished and less refined compared to it's sequels, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors would go on to be a smash hit in arcades, selling over 24,000 arcade units and winning many awards by gaming outlets and the American Amusement Machine Association. The game was praised for it's anime style graphics and animations, music, gameplay and cast of characters, which helped it really stand out from it's predecessor Street Fighter 2.
The game would eventually be ported to the PlayStation 1 by Psygnosis, which would not be released until 1996, long after the release of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge due to development issues and is considered a butchered port by most players. It was also considered for the 32X but those plans were eventually scrapped. It was included in the Japan only Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection on PS2.