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Virtua Fighter Kids
VFKids Flyer JP
Virtua Fighter Kids Japanese arcade flyer
Developer Sega AM2
Arcade System Sega ST-V
Platforms Arcade, Sega Saturn
Release Date Arcade
  • April 1996

Sega Saturn

  • JP: July 26, 1996
  • NA: July 31, 1996
  • EU: August 7, 1996

Virtua Fighter Kids is a chibi version of Virtua Fighter 2, released in the arcade and on the Sega Saturn in 1996. Reportedly, the game was developed to practice on the facial and eye animations on the characters for the impending Virtua Fighter 3.

The characters all have big heads, and the music is a faster pace. The gameplay itself is slightly tweaked from Virtua Fighter 2. The Saturn version includes some new FMVs and adds programmable button sequences to allow players to test and use pre-made combos. In some versions of Virtua Fighter Kids players could enter a code that would allow them to "eat the souls" of other characters, changing their fighting styles and poses.

Despite their cute appearances, Virtua Fighter Kids characters are not really children - 'Kids' refers to the chibi art style, and as such some of the fighters and NPCs retain adult characteristics, such as facial hair, muscles or breasts. However, the opening movie reveals a children's playground and a building that appears to be an elementary school or standalone kindergarten.[1]

One of the variations of the boss character, Dural, is featured with a fishbowl for a head, complete with a fish swimming inside. One special addition from all the other Virtua Fighter games is that this game had ending movies for each of the characters in arcade mode.


Non-Playable Characters

Product Placement

Originally in Japan, Virtua Fighter Kids was released on the Saturn as a promotional item in co-operation with drink brands "Java Tea" and "Energen" under the title "Virtua Fighter Kids: Java Tea Original Edition". Shun Di's gourd was replaced with a can of Java Tea, and Jacky would enjoy a can after winning a match. This could be disabled in the arcade version of the game, and the Saturn version was later re-released without any mention of "Java Tea" on the cover. All Java Tea product placement was removed from western versions of the game.

Appearances in Other Games

Although no official sequels to Virtua Fighter Kids were ever made (other than the Virtua Fighter Kids versions of the Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series in Japan called the GG Portrait), the child version of Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant reappear as playable characters in Fighters Megamix, and some of their fellow playable characters appear in the game's ending movie as well. In addition, mini figures of the characters can be found at random in toy dispensers in Shenmue, as well as their "adult" versions from Virtua Fighter 2.




Virtua Fighter Series
Main Series Virtua Fighter (Remix) • 234 (Evolution, Final Tuned) • 5 (R, Final Showdown, Ultimate Showdown)
Related Games Virtua Fighter AnimationVirtua Fighter KidsVirtua Fighter CG Portrait SeriesGG PortraitFighters MegamixVirtua Fighter 10th AnniversaryVirtua Quest
Characters Akira YukiPai ChanLau ChanWolf HawkfieldJeffry McWildKage-MaruSarah BryantJacky BryantDuralSibaShun DiLion RafaleAoi UmenokojiTaka‑ArashiLei‑FeiVanessa LewisBrad BurnsGoh HinogamiEileenEl BlazeJean Kujo
Other Media Virtua Fighter (comic book)Virtua Fighter (anime)