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Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – Review

Capcom is a name synonymous with arcade gaming culture. Street Fighter is just one of their vast library of past titles. Following on from their successful collection of re-releases last year, Capcom has once again opened the gates to the Stadium with Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium.

Capcom Celebration

Much like the original, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium operates as a launcher for classic titles and allows gamers to pick and choose which titles they would like. These can be purchased individually or in bundles. Capcom provided us at NookGaming with the full shebang of titles and they form the below collection:

  • 1943 Kai
  • Black Tiger
  • Block Block
  • Capcom Sports Club
  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • Eco Fighters
  • Gan Sumoku (GunSmoke)
  • Hissatsu Buraiken (Avengers)
  • Hyper Dyne Side Arms
  • Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
  • Knights of the Round
  • Last Duel
  • Magic Sword
  • Mega Man: The Power Battle
  • Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Pnickies
  • Rally 2011 LED Storm
  • Saturday Night Slam Masters
  • Savage Bees (Exed Exes)
  • SonSon
  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • The King of Dragons
  • The Speed Rumbler (Rush & Crash)
  • Three Wonders
  • Tiger Road
  • Vampire Savior

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium - Street Fighter

Fighter-Heavy

The genres of the titles Capcom have offered here offer a slightly wider spectrum than that of the previous stadium collection. In Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium, you can find a healthy mix of Platformer, Puzzle, Shoot Em Up, Brawler, Sports, and of course one-o-one fighters. Again like the previous, the fighters make up the bulk of the list.

What I do feel the need to point out and I’m sure fans of Capcom titles will have already noticed is how many of these titles are already available in previous collections. You can find quite a lot of them between the Capcom Beat Em Up Collection, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary, and the recently released Capcom Fighting Collection, I’ve pointed out the titles below:

  • Darkstalkers The Night Warriors
  • Hyper Street Fighter II
  • Knights of the Round
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge
  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • The King of Dragons
  • Vampire Savior 

That’s 12 titles players may potentially own already. On top of that, the versions present in this collection aren’t quite the “definitive” versions. 

What I mean by this is that all the games I’ve just listed off there already had re-releases recently with pretty much the same content sans Rewind Features, but instead including Online Multiplayer. No title in this collection has Online Multiplayer, meaning this is a strictly local experience. This can create quite a shallow experience for the fighting and brawling games if you haven’t a friend at hand. 

The collection of games on offer in Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium feels a little more “leftover” in some aspects when compared to the first. It just adds to the confusion of needing a separate launcher from the first title.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium - Wrestling

Genre Mash

The Fighting games on offer here are fantastic aside from the curiosity that is the original Street Fighter. Sadly all the titles have seen re-releases before, and aside from Street Fighter 1 and Alpha 1 and 2, the other titles have online multiplayer elsewhere making these versions feel a little redundant.

Shoot ’em ups feel like they have fallen by the wayside in this release. The stand-out titles are a remaster of 1943 named 1943 Kai and Eco Fighters, which is unique if not the most impressive shmup around. 

Puzzles are getting a brilliant dose of representation in this collection with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo leading the charge. While not a consumer of puzzle games myself, this one always tends to draw me back in.

Beat ‘Em Ups have drawn a short straw here and this is no doubt down to the fact the first Capcom Arcade Stadium had all the iconic titles, and the rest were licensed titles such as The Punisher and Aliens vs Predator. Still, Knights of the Round is a damn fine title.

The rest fall between sports and platformers. Clear standouts here are Three Wonders which is a charming platformer title, and both MegaMan Power Battle titles. The Megaman titles are essentially boss rush games, but with even smoother controls and some fantastic animation.

Every game in Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is the arcade ROM and has both the ENG and JPN versions of the game where applicable. Games without worldwide releases are just the JPN version, but due to the arcade nature of the titles, you don’t need to be able to read Japanese to understand what’s going on.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium - Megaman

Modern Features

As you’d expect of a modern retro re-release, you have all the normal gameplay features from a compilation title; save states, a rewind feature, the ability to speed up and slow down the gameplay, and of course an unlimited supply of digital credits. There’s no more begging for another coin because you just “know” you’ll get it right this time. Sadly, there’s no gallery which is unusual for these types of collections.

With the game lacking any kind of gallery or museum, this title manages to feel a lot more like a frontloader for titles than a celebration of classic Capcom ventures. It would have done wonders to have gallery items and behind-the-scenes content to scan through or unlock with the in-game currency.

On a more positive note, the games are all presented with digital arcade cabinets. These are fully customizable, scanlines and aspect ratios included. You can unlock more designs and customizables through playing all the games, unlocking the in-game achievements, and taking part in special competitions which update regularly.

The challenges range from score attacks to getting as far as possible on one credit while the machine is at the highest difficulty. Other challenges are reversed controls and the like. It’s a great way to play some old classics and reignite that competitive spirit.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium - Shooter

Verdict

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is a fine compilation title without the celebratory features, and a rather mixed bag of games on hand. Fortunately, being able to buy them separately rather than strictly in bundles can help you navigate the wheat from the chaff. 

The lack of online multiplayer harms this package much like the previous one, and I’m still unsure why it required a completely separate ‘launcher’ when everything but the games are the same.

CAPCOM ARCADE 2ND STADIUM IS RECOMMENDED

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, XBox, PC

If you would like to see more Retro-style games, you may be interested in our review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.

Many thanks go to Capcom for a PlayStation review code for this title.

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