Sonic the Fighters was one of the most overlooked Sonic titles from the 90’s that was actually considered to be a lot of fun. Sonic The Fighters was released back in ’96 in arcade centers and was a interesting game because it was the first major title within the series to be within the fighting genre. The game engine utilized in Sonic The Fighters was also used in the Fighting Vipers title which was also released in ’95-’96. The strangest about Sonic the Fighters was the fact that it was never ported to the Sega Saturn during the mid 90’s despite its popularity. Instead, Sonic The Fighters came to the PS2 & GameCube in ’05 but flew under the radar in some countries due to the popularity of 3D action adventure, role playing and shooter genres in relation to gaming. Sonic the Fighters was pretty much a basic 3D fighting title which included only eight characters. Players the the option of choosing Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Espio the Chameleon , Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite along with Bark the Polar Bear. Aside from having a basic two player versus mode Sonic the Fighters had a arcade mode which had an intriguing storyline.
In Sonic The Fighters players had to take part in a tournament where the winner received all seven of the Chaos Emeralds. After winning the Chaos Emeralds the gems would be used to battle the final bosses Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic in a fortress in space. Both Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic were not playable characters in the original ’96 version of the game; but they were playable characters in the 2012 version that appeared on the PS3 & Xbox 360. Despite, receiving a mainly mixed reception among critics for its basic and cartoonish gameplay Sonic The Fighters was initially very popular in Japan in ’96-’97. If Sonic the Fighters had a direct sequel with better graphics & gameplay mechanics that included Sonic characters from 00’s such as Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, Silver the Hedgehog that would have awesome. But as far Sonic the Hedgehog games are considered they are much better off in the action adventure platform genre than anything else. While Sonic the Fighters was a fun game for hardcore fans of the Sonic series; Sega AM2 is recognized for more popular titles such as Fighting Vipers, Outrun, Shenmue as it relates to the 90’s.