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The Virtua Striker (バーチャストライカー in Japanese) video games are arcade-style soccer games by Sega. Originally developed by Sega AM-2, the series moved to Amusement Vision with Virtua Striker 3. But the series moved again Sega-AM2 with Virtua Striker 4.
The main arcade series includes:
- Virtua Striker (1994)
- Virtua Striker 2 (1997)
- Virtua Striker 2 version '98 (1998)
- Virtua Striker 2 version '99 (1999)
- Virtua Striker 2 version '99.1 (1999)
- Virtua Striker 2 version 2000 (2000)
- Virtua Striker 2 version 2000.1 (2000)
- Virtua Striker 3 (2001)
- Virtua Striker 3 version 2002 (May 20, 2002)
- Virtua Striker 4 (2005)
- Virtua Striker 4 version 2006 (2006)
The original Virtua Striker used Sega's Sega Model 2 hardware. The Virtua Striker 2 series run on Sega Model 3, with the exception of Virtua Striker 2 ver. 2000, which appeared on the Dreamcast-based NAOMI system. Virtua Striker 3 was released for the NAOMI 2; subsequent installments (Virtua Striker 2002 and Virtua Striker 4) use the GameCube-based Triforce hardware. Virtua Striker 4 adds a card system and mobile phone syncing, allowing players to configure strategies and formations on the move.
The series has been ported to consoles on two occasions:Virtua Striker 2 for the Dreamcast (released in Japan and Europe as Virtua Striker 2 ver. 2000.1) and Virtua Striker 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube (Virtua Striker 3 ver. 2002 in Japan). Virtua Striker was also featured as a minigame in Sega's PlayStation 2 EyeToy-based game, Sega Superstars.
In Virtua Striker 3 and Virtua Striker 2002, there is an unlockable team called FC Sonic. This team is made up of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Dr. Eggman, four Neutral Chao, a Dark Chao, and a Hero Chao.
in Virtua Striker 2 2000 and 2000.1 for DC, there are three hidden teams named F.C Sega, MVP Yuki Chan team, and Royal MVP Genki team. F.C sega compromises of the developers. whilst Yuki Chan / Genki appear as strange cartoon characters. the original music for the team selection from virtua striker 1 exists also.
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