Analysis Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium, a new return to Capcom’s past

For years and thanks to the many compilations that arrive on the market, many of us have been able to realize one of our childhood dreams: have in our house all those games that have fascinated us since the arcades. Yes, in his time we had many adaptations for the consoles of the time, but they were not the same and along the way they lost audiovisual spectacularity and even some functions, and that assuming that they wouldn’t end up being completely different titles.

But back to the present today we have to celebrate the arrival on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One of Capcom Arcade 2nd Stage, a new compilation with which to continue rediscovering the legacy of this legendary Japanese company. As you can deduce from its name, this is a pack that follows the same line as the first Capcom Arcade Stadium, sharing the same successes and errors, although in return giving us a very different selection of games.

Make your credits count

So let’s start with the basics: the list of included classics. As in the first episode, there are a total of 32 titles belonging to different eras and very varied genresas you can see just below.

'Three Wonders' is one of the biggest rarities on this compilation.  In fact, it offers us three games in one.
‘Three Wonders’ is one of the biggest rarities on this compilation. In fact, it offers us three games in one.
  • 1943 Kai
  • Black Tiger
  • Block Block
  • Capcom Sports Club
  • Darkstalkers: warriors of the night
  • Ecological 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: Battle for Power
  • Mega Man 2: Mighty Fighters
  • Night Warriors: Revenge of Darkness
  • Pnickies
  • Rally 2011 LED Storm
  • Saturday Night Slam Masters
  • Wild Bees (Exed Exes)
  • Grandson
  • 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 Dragon King
  • The Speed ​​Rumbler (Rush & Crash)
  • Three Wonders
  • Tiger Road
  • Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires

Probably, one of the first things that catches your eye in this list is the huge presence of fighting gameswhich occupy practically a third of the collection, to which we must also add the fact that several of them are also present in the recent Capcom Battle Collection.

Being able to enjoy a saga like 'Darkstalkers' is always a pleasure.
Being able to enjoy a saga like ‘Darkstalkers’ is always a pleasure.

It is precisely in this genre that we find what are probably the most powerful titles of the compilation, with real nuggets like Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha 3 or the marvelous Dark Stalkersso if you like virtual spanking, you will find plenty of content here to enjoy for hours.

Of course, puzzle games are not lacking either.
Of course, puzzle games are not lacking either.

Beyond combat, we also have names as mythical as Black Tiger, PistolSmoke oh Ecological fightersto which we must add a good handful of hilarious games like Knights of the Round, magic sword, Hyper Dyne side armsthe addictive SoundSound or the genuine quirks that are usually left out in this type of product like Three Wonders oh Mega Man 2: Mighty Fighters. As you can see we have actions with platforms, beat them old school, good shoot em up, pure arcades like Block Block (a clone of To burst), cool puzzles like Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and even sports with Capcom Sports Club.

'Black Tiger', a true classic.
‘Black Tiger’, a true classic.

In general, it is a good list and most of the games have aged quite well, having as its main Achilles’ heel the fact that its best titles have already appeared in a good number of previous compilations, so it is very likely that you already have them. Likewise, we can’t avoid missing licensed works such as the two installments of Dungeons & Dragons (yes, they have their own compilation, but they would be fine here), Alien vs Predator or the long awaited Cadillac and dinosaursclassics that alone would have doubled the value of the pack.

Same hits, same misses

Focusing now on what this collection offers us as a product, we find that Capcom made the same mistakes as in the first volume, which also means that it has the same successes. Being a little more precise, this translates into a very good emulation that allows us to choose between the English and Japanese versions of each game, a beautiful and elegant interface that presents us with the titles in a nostalgic virtual arcade, and many game options. screen filtering (CRT, curve effect, pixel smoothing…) and frames (including 3D machines or full screen with borders).

the best and me
The best and most complete version of ‘Street Fighter II’ is one of the great claims of this compilation.

To all that has been said, it must be added lots of accessibility features like the possibility of saving at any time, rewinding a game up to 10 seconds, adjusting the speed of the game or, of course, unlimited credits to be able to put all the nickels we want. And yes, we will also appreciate a very complete menu to configure the difficulty of each title and there will be no shortage of instruction manuals or move lists for fighting games.

Yes, I prefer it
If you prefer, you can play with the screen imitating the edges of an arcade cabinet.

Similarly, each classic has its own online bookmarks so that we can compare our score with that of the rest of the players and there are several modes in which we can play: Normal, Scored (where our records are uploaded to the Internet as long as we reach a minimum), Time Trial (where what matters , that’s how fast we are) and Challenge (like Rated, but with the difficulty at its maximum values ​​and with special conditions).

How do you see, many options to configure the experience to our liking, and all this accompanied by a very careful presentation and some classics that work wonderfully. Unfortunately, Capcom is still determined to limit multiplayer only to local modetherefore we will not be able to play with our friends on the Internet, which seems to us particularly serious in a collection where fighting games are so present.

With 'Eco Fighters' enjoy
With ‘Eco Fighters’ you will enjoy a hilarious shmup with a very particular game mechanic.

To finish, we must still regret the absence of extras of any kind. It’s a product that begs for a gallery or a museum with additional materials from each of the games that allow us to fully immerse ourselves in their development stories, meet their creators, contemplate their original furnishings, and even discover inside what the game was like. I went through the market for all of them once they hit the arcades. Although there is no sign of anything like that, at least we have the incentive to play to accumulate CASPO coins to unlock some customization items, like new screen bezels, but nothing that stands out .

conclusion

As in the first volume, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stage are a very neat compilation of classics that doesn’t skimp in the slightest by giving us a wealth of options to customize the gaming experience to our liking while adding a host of features to make our games more accessible. In addition, the emulation is really good and there are quite a few nuggets to rediscover, especially if you are a fan of 2D combat. Sadly, it’s once again doing without online multiplayer and a gallery of extras, not to mention the true heavyweights of Capcom’s iconic heritage continue to be left out, but even with those flaws, you here you will find a very attractive purchase and with very funny titles and for all tastes with which you can relive a very special and nostalgic time. Fortunately, this time we won’t have to leave all our savings in pieces.

We carried out this analysis thanks to a download code for PS5 that Koch Media offered us.

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