In August 1996, a prototype of the game was being tested at several arcades across the countries. One difference in this prototype is that Gambit has a different coat color, and his hair is much lighter. The left sleeve of Gambit's coat is white. This was possibly a graphics problem and was fixed in the final version.
X-Men vs. Street Fighter was released in September 1996 in Japan. It was known there as the 20th video game released for the CPS2 hardware.
Known export releases:
"X-Men vs. Street Fighter [Blue Board]
"X-Men vs. Street Fighter [Grey Board]
"X-Men vs. Street Fighter [Orange Board]
"X-Men vs. Street Fighter [Pink Board]
9 characters are coming from Marvel comic books, followed by their first appearance :
Apocalypse (aka En Sabah Nur) - X-Factor #5
Cyclops (aka Scott Summers) - X-Men #1
Gambit (aka Jean-Luc 'Remy' LeBeau) - Uncanny X-Men #266
Juggernaut (aka Cain Marko) - X-Men #12
Magneto (aka Erik 'Magnus' Lehnsherr) - X-Men #1
Rogue - Avengers Annual #10
Sabretooth (aka Victor Creed) - Iron Fist #14
Storm (aka Ororo Munroe) - Giant Size X-Men #1
Wolverine (aka James 'Logan' Howlett) - Incredible Hulk #180
9 other characters come from several Street Fighter games :
Akuma ('Gouki' in Japan) - "Super Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challege" in Japan; "Super Street Fighter II Turbo
" in all other regions.
Cammy - "Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers
Charlie ('Nash' in Japan) - "Street Fighter Alpha - Warriors' Dreams
" in the United States, Canada, and Europe; "Street Fighter Zero
" in Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Hispanic regions
Chun-Li - "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
Dhalsim - "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
Ken Masters - "Street Fighter
Major Bison ('Vega' in Japan) - "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
Ryu - "Street Fighter
Zangief - "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
In the game, teams are preselected and the player never encounter random teams. Here are the different teams the player will fight against :
Cyclops and Ryu
Zangief and Juggernaut
Storm and Charlie
Dhalsim and Sabretooth
Rogue and Chun-Li
Bison and Magneto
Gambit and Ken
Wolverine and Cammy
Akuma is outside the teams as he is an hidden character (see 'Tips and Tricks' section). After defeating six of these teams, the player's team fights Apocalypse himself! In the end, the character who defeated Apocalypse remains under player control and the other one is the ultimate opponent for the one-on-one final battle.
Blanka (of "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
" fame) can be seen hanging out within the background in the 'Death Valley' stage.
Clarence E. Leung holds the official record for this game, on level 5-expert setting, with 2098100 points on March 16, 1999.
Soundtrack releases :
X-Men vs. Street Fighter [Victor Entertainment - VICL-2176 - November 21, 1996]