When it comes down to popular female characters within the fighting genre of gaming both Sakura Kasugano from the Street Fighter series along with Morrigan Aensland from DarkStalkers are two big names that comes to mind. Back in the 90’s both characters were seen as unique attractions within their own respective series and were both eventually included together in games such as Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix along with Marvel vs Capcom 2 between 1996-2000. Morrigan Aensland first appeared in DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors back in ’94 and was considered to be the most popular character within the series ever since then due to her strength and sex appeal. Sakura Kasugano made her first video game appearance in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and was considered to be one of the most popular characters within the game due to her personality along with the fact that she is considered to be a female version of the game’s main protagonist Ryu.
In fact, Ryu is considered to be Sakura Kasugano’s main love interest which is something that Capcom still plays out to this day in games such as Street Fighter V. While Sakura is still a considered to be a top character within the Street Fighter series Morrigan Aensland has been apart of almost every Marvel vs Capcom game that has been released between 1999-2017. As far as which character was more popular back in the 90’s is debatable among many people. But as far as in-game debut’s are concerned Sakura Kasugano would probably have the edge over Morrigan due to the fact that Street Fighter Alpha 2 in general was a bigger attraction than DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors was in arcade centers back in the mid to late 90’s.