From the long list of scans that MathUser has posted on the HPZ Forum, there’s an image from an early build of Virtua Fighter, with a beta select screen, different names for some fighters and a character (Shiba) that was cut and later reintroduced in Fighters Megamix.
From wikipedia we can read: Siba / Shiba is from a prototype of Virtua Fighter but was cut from the cast by the time of game’s actual release, though an icon featuring him (and mislabelled as “Akira”) appears on older Virtua Fighter arcade cabinents. Siba is an Arab in a white and purple outfit equipped with a sword that charges with green energy.
Thanks to Celine we can even see some screenshots with Siba / Shiba in action! (Taken from CVG magazine issue 31 and a spanish magazine thanks to Sega Saturno). We can also notice that the original name was Virtua Fighters (plural) instead of Fighter.
Also, Nick C was able to find an arcade cabinet with the Shiba picture! Click on the image for a bigger version:
Well, It should be noted that that character select screen includes Shiba. He’s a character that was scrapped from the final game. He was used in Fighters Megamix tho.
thanks mathuserr i added it.
Just got a beta screenshot with Shiba against Lee.
Finally i added the Shiba screen, thanks Celine :)
i purchased a virtual fighter cabinet here in miami that was gutted so i could do a mame build. didn’t know much about virtual fighter i have to admit, but this shiba is on the glass instead of what should be akira, take a look:
ahah, nice photo! Thanks Nick :) I’ll add it in the gallery later!
Nice photo Nick.
Somehow i forgot to add the cabinet in this page, now it should be updated :) Also, that new scan shows that the original name was Fighters (plural)
Virtua Fighter 3 SATURN BETA!!!
That video should be from the Virtua Fighter 3 Arcade version
glad to contribute!
2 new Shiba images and the cabinet its running on from Edge (02, November 1993):
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The photo was not taken from a Spanish magazine, but, Brazilian. The magazine was called Supergame and can be downloaded it here: http://www.datacassete.com.br/revistas/detail/Supergame-n-29/57.html
Nice! Thanks for the info Daniel! :D
THAT’S NOT FREAKING SPANISH, IT’S PORTUGUES!!! GET THE FACTS RIGHT!