Virtua Fighter Kids

REVIEWVirtua Fighter Kids is essentially a "90s-kid-friendly" version re-make of Sega's smash hit 3D fighting game, Virtua Fighter 2. VF Kids features all of the characters and stages from VF2, but each character was presented in a super deformed "chibi" style... meaning they have child-like faces, ridiculously large heads, and smaller bodies. Character faces also hosted a variety of facial expressions, and apparently the game was developed to "practice" on the facial & eye animations for Virtua Fighter 3.


Virtua Fighter Kids character select screen.

Virtua Fighter Kids has similar mechanics to the original Virtua Fighter 2, but isn't quite as polished technically. What it lacks, it makes up for in "charm" with a hilarious and entertaining art style along with ridiculously cute chibi versions of Virtua Fighter's cast. I give Sega credit for being daring and adventurous enough to release this odd spin-off in 1996.

Their heads must have large hit-boxes.

The Sega Saturn version of Virtua Fighter Kids included some new FMV sequences over the arcade version and also added programmable button sequences to allow players to test and use pre-made combos. Virtua Fighter Kids is also the only game in the entire series to feature character endings! While Virtua Fighter Kids might've been outshined technically and visually by other Sega Saturn fighting games, it was still a charmingly unique fighting game for the time.









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Page Updated: February 24th, 2024
Developer(s): Sega AM2
Publisher(s): Sega
Designer(s): Yu Suzuki                  Producer & Director
Toru Ikebuchi         Main Programmer
Kazuhiro Izaki
         Main Designer
Platform(s): Arcade, Sega Saturn
Release Date(s): 1996                             Arcade
July 26th, 1996
July 31st, 1996
Characters Akira Yuki, Jacky Bryant, Kage-maru, Lau Chan, Jeffry McWild, Sarah Bryant, Wolf Hawkfield, Pai Chan, Shun Di, Lion Rafale, Dural

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Related Games: Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, VF5: Final Showdown, VF5: Ultimate Showdown, Fighting Vipers, Fighting Vipers 2, Fighters Megamix, Last Bronx, Bloody Roar, Battle Arena Toshinden 2, Tobal No. 1, Tobal 2, TEKKEN 2, TEKKEN 3, Pocket Fighter

Gameplay Engine  7.5 / 10
Story / Theme  6.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  8.0 / 10
Animation  8.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  8.0 / 10
Innovation  7.5 / 10
Art Direction  7.5 / 10
Customization  6.0 / 10
Options / Extras  7.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  8.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  7.5 / 10
Characters  8.0 / 10

 7.5 / 10

 Review based on Saturn version    


Final Words: If you were any kind of Virtua Fighter 2 fan, there's something to appreciate about the fact that VF Kids actually exists. It's a cool "fan service" game of sorts... and while completely unnecessary, it's definitely entertaining to see all of the VF characters in chibi form.

Each of the 3D character models are charming, and the reimagined VF2 stages are cool as well. The character facial expressions, especially as they get hit, is still a priceless effect to this day.  This game (and others like it) gave the Sega Saturn some extra personality, back in the day. "Sega does what Ninten-don't?" Next up, VF Kart Racing. Missed opportunity Sega!
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