Although BST | Daigo Umehara may be best known for his expertise in the Street Fighter arena, his early tournament days actually came with Vampires/Darkstalkers where he found success within the growing FGC.
The fighting game legend was recently asked by a fan why Darkstalkers has gone so long without a new entry and if a new entry will ever happen when Umehara provides his interesting take on why the series is probably dead for good.
While it’s easy to look back and think back to the good old days for all that went well, Daigo recalls that the original Darkstalkers game wasn’t exactly popular in Japan when it was released despite the hype. initial media of a new Capcom fighter after Street Fighter 2.
“The first Darkstalkers game was very, very technical and involved a lot of skill,” said Umehara translated by FGC Translated. “How technical was it? It was so technical that even I didn’t want to play.
“This little boy named Daigo who loves all Capcom games played Darkstalkers and was like ‘oh…that’s hard’ and quit the game.”
This perception changed almost entirely with the release of the sequel, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, as its improved gameplay and positive reviews helped create a growing and dedicated competitive scene in Japan.
According to Daigo, however, this is where the series essentially peaked, because while many gamers still love Darkstalkers 3, its player base dwindled in part because there were so many different fighting games among which choose in 1997.
Umehara also recalls that subsequent updates/sequels in Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2 did so poorly in Japanese arcades.
He believes this steep drop led Capcom to see the series as a failure that they outgrew, as well as his perception that Darkstalkers didn’t do well outside of Japan either, especially in North America.
While there are still diehard Darkstalkers fans around the world, Daigo seems to believe it’ll probably never get another sequel largely because the games never made Capcom much money. in arcades or home ports.
Darkstalkers is set to feature heavily in the upcoming Capcom Fighting Collection this summer, so perhaps his performances could help prove this original pro wrong, even if it seems like a long shot now.
You can see Daigo’s full thoughts on the Darkstalkers series in the FGC Translated video below.