When it comes down to 2D fighting titles of the mid 90’s both DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors along with Street Fighter Alpha 2 were very popular. For those who owned a PS1 you might remember how cool both games were especially since Night Warriors was the first ever title in the DarkStalkers series. Also, Street Fighter Alpha 2 was arguably the most popular game in the Alpha trilogy between 1995-1998. While DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors was released in arcade centers in the summer of ’94 the CP System II version of the game was a Japanese exclusive. The PlayStation port of DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors did not appear in country like America until 1996.
As many people know 1996 was the same year that Street Fighter Alpha 2 blew up in terms of popularity. It was during this time that Street Fighter Alpha 2 was not only available in arcade centers but the game was ported for consoles such as PlayStation, Sega Saturn and even the Super Nintendo. While both games are amazing 2D fighters it would be difficult to choose one over the other. While the DarkStalkers game seemingly had visuals the Street Fighter series was pretty much still at the height of its popularity. In this case many would be inclined to agree that Street Fighter Alpha 2 was more popular than DarkStalkers. However, in terms of in game mechanics its debatable on which game is better between the two.