More than 10 years after its release on arcades and the PS1, many Capcom fans and fighters like myself were hoping that 3D Brawler classic Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Legion Of Heroes, aka Rival Schools: United By Fate, would be getting the Playstation Network treatment and be rereleased as a PSOne Classic downloadable purchase.
Sadly, that's not going to happen anytime soon.
From a report a Kotaku, Chris Svensson, a spokesperson from Capcom, mentioned that "IP clearances and rights to the game the company no longer has" were reasons why the game couldn't be released in the PSN. It's sad news to take in, especially for those who grew up with the original Playstation release, seeing as it was one of the most perfect and well translated fighting games ever produced by Capcom. Check out the cinematics to see what I mean.
This is just classic, and so is the gameplay below.
Despite being set in the Street Fighter universe and including Sakura Kasugano in its roster, Rival Schools became a unique slobber knocker of its own, producing a character roster composed of student fighters representing different schools around Japan. Playing just like street fighter but regulated to four buttons only, it was pretty much established as another Tag Team fighting game. Players picked two characters to represent their side, but unlike the 2D VS games at the time, RS concentrated on one on one fighting per round, and only included the "tag assist element" as a double attack team up special the player could use when two stocks of the super meter was filled. Each round allowed players to switch to the next character, and the moves and double attack special would change as a result. Team up possibilities were endless in Rival Schools, and that, next to the amazing story and awesome soundtrack, made the game so endearing to fans. How I miss playing this game already.