In a surprising move that echoes the nostalgia of the ’90s gaming era, Sega is set to release a new version of Virtua Fighter 3tb, over 27 years after its original debut. While initially exclusive to arcades through the ALL.Net system in Japan, console players can anticipate a refreshed experience in the near future.
Scheduled for release on November 28, Virtua Fighter 3tb Online aims to capture the essence of the classic arcade title without making any substantial balance changes. Sega’s focus lies in seamlessly integrating online support, building on the success of their previous venture, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown, released in 2021.
For fans unfamiliar with Virtua Fighter 3tb, it originally launched as an enhanced version of the original game in 1997. One of its standout features was the introduction of team battle matches, adding a new layer of excitement to the iconic franchise. Despite being primarily accessible in Japanese arcades, Sega is now bringing this classic back to life for a new generation of players.
Interestingly, Virtua Fighter 3tb has remained elusive for home console users, with limited availability on the Sega Dreamcast. Even within the Yakuza game series, which often pays homage to Sega’s arcade legacy, Virtua Fighter 3tb has been notably absent, overshadowed by Virtua Fighter 2 and 5 Final Showdown.
However, Sega is breaking this trend with the upcoming release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Infinite Wealth on January 26, 2024. This installment will include Virtua Fighter 3tb as one of its classic mini-games, providing a more accessible avenue for home users to enjoy the revived classic. Despite this inclusion, the native online play option remains uncertain.
While the wait for console players may continue, the trailer for Virtua Fighter 3tb Online offers a glimpse into the excitement and anticipation surrounding the return of this iconic arcade title.