Rival Schools: United by Fate (私立ジャスティス学園 LEGION OF HEROES Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Legion of Heroes?, "Private Justice Academy: Legion of Heroes") is a 3D fighting game developed and published by Capcom, it was originally released in arcades in 1997, and was ported to the Playstation in 1998. Rival Schools focuses on a large cast of students and teachers from various schools battling each other in their fight for justice. The game is the first installment in the Rival Schools series, followed by its sequel Project Justice.
The story introduces the player to a Japanese city called Aoharu City, where several local schools are the victims of unknown attacks and kidnappings of students and staff. The various characters in the game set out to find who is responsible for the attacks on their school, with the cut-scenes and fights portraying their interactions with the other schools and among themselves. Eventually, the story reveals that an elite school in the city, Justice High, is responsible for the attacks. The player's team eventually faces off against Raizo Imawano, the principal of the school, and first boss of the game. If certain requirements are met during the fight against Raizo, the story continues and the players play a last fight against Hyo Imawano, Raizo's nephew and the true mastermind behind the events of the game.
The structure of the single player game of Rival Schools varied depending on how characters were selected. If two characters from the same school were selected (with a few exceptions), single-player would play in a progressing story with fights predetermined beforehand and each fight preceding and ending with short 2D cut-scenes to explain the story. If two characters from different schools were chosen, the single-player mode would instead play similar to other fighting games, with the player's chosen team fighting against random teams of opponents before facing the boss. In the arcade, character selection was initially limited to selecting two characters from the same school and free selection of any character was accessed through time; the PlayStation versions, which included all characters unlocked by default, had no such restrictions.
|Batsu Ichimonji||Taiyo High School||The lead character of the game. A recent transfer to Taiyo High, he is looking for his kidnapped mother.|
|Hinata Wakaba||Taiyo High School||A first-year student at Taiyo. She immediately joins Batsu in the investigation of his mother's disappearance.|
|Kyosuke Kagami||Taiyo High School||A first-year student and member of the school's morals committee. He too joins Batsu in his investigation.|
|Hayato Nekketsu||Taiyo High School||First appears in the Playstation port of the game. A PE teacher from Taiyo, he seeks out the persons responsible for the attacks in order to help his students and to watch over them.|
|Ran Hibiki||Taiyo High School||Appearing only in Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2, she is a journalist for the Taiyo student newspaper looking for a scoop on the kidnappings and attacks.|
|Shoma Sawamura||Gorin High School||A baseball player for Gorin High. He seeks out the people responsible for injuring his older brother, Shuichi.|
|Natsu Ayuhara||Gorin High School||A volleyball player for Gorin. Like Shoma, she seeks the people responsible for hurting her junior high pupils.|
|Roberto Miura||Gorin High School||A soccer player for Gorin. He helps Shoma and Natsu in their pursuit, as well as serves as mediator for arguments between the two.|
|Nagare Namikawa||Gorin High School||Appearing only in Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2, he is a third-year student and swimmer for Gorin High. He investigates the incidents on his own, as well as keeping tabs on Shoma.|
|Akira Kazama||Gedo High School||A first-year student and new transfer to Gedo High who claims to be the younger brother of the school's gang leader. Akira is later revealed to actually be his younger sister.|
|Eiji "Edge" Yamada||Gedo High School||A student at Gedo and member of the school's gang. He is one student that joins Akira in searching for the gang boss.|
|Gan Isurugi||Gedo High School||A heavy-set student at Gedo and member of the school's gang. Like Edge, he helps Akira in searching for her brother.|
|Daigo Kazama||Gedo High School||Appears as non-playable supporting character in Akira's ending in the arcade version and as a playable character in the PlayStation version. The leader of Gedo's student gang, he cares much for his hometown and seeks the persons responsible for the attack to extract vengeance on them.|
|Roy Bromwell||Pacific High School||A foreign exchange student from the United States. He is investigating the attacks and kidnapping at the request of his father.|
|Tiffany Lords||Pacific High School||Another American foreign exchange student, and a cheerleader. She follows Roy in his investigation, not only to help solve the case but also impress him.|
|Boman Delgado||Pacific High School||A foreign exchange student and preacher-in-training. He joins Roy and Tiffany to help solve the case, although the fighting conflicts with his moral beliefs.|
|Hideo Shimazu||Justice High School||A Japanese language teacher. He is recruiting new students for Justice High at the request of the school's principal.|
|Kyoko Minazuki||Justice High School||Justice High's school nurse (later, science teacher). She is asked to join Hideo in recruiting students to the school.|
|Raizo Imawano||Justice High School||The principal of Justice High. Appears to be the mastermind of the kidnappings and attacks on other schools. He is later revealed to be Batsu's father and the uncle of Kyosuke and Hyo. Appears as mid-boss, and is selectable in Playstation versions or in the arcade by time release or code.|
|Hyo Imawano||Justice High School||A student at Justice High. He is the true mastermind behind the events of the game. He appears as the final boss, and is selectable in Playstation versions or in the arcade by time release or code.|
|Sakura Kasugano||Tamagawa Minami High School||A character from the Street Fighter games. Childhood friends with Hinata and Natsu, she helps them in finding the people responsible for the school kidnappings and attacks.|
Extra Characters Edit
The original Japanese version featured a character edit mode. It was removed in the U.S. version. Instead, the character designs and facial expressions were used to make the 24 "extra" characters. For example, the females from Gorin have the same exact outfit and hairstyle, but one may have a smiling face and another a frowning face.
Updates and SequelsEdit
After its initial arcade release, the game was ported to the PlayStation. The PlayStation version of the game came in two CDs. The first disc included the original arcade game and the standard modes included in most home versions of fighting games. Capcom enhanced the original game with animated introduction and ending sequences, as well as adding voice-over to the story mode in single player. The conversion also added two new characters, Hayato Nekketsu (a hotheaded physical education teacher) and Daigo Kazama (a teenage gang leader and the elder brother of Akira, who was a non-playable supporting character in the arcade version).
The second disc, named the Evolution disc, featured several new games to complement the arcade original. This disc included several minigames based on some of the students' activities and the "Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki" mode, a character creation mode in the form of a date simulation. In this mode, a player would be able to create a student and go through a typical school year. Over this time, the custom character could develop friendships with any of the characters at the various schools, which allowed to give the custom character moves and reveal bits and pieces about the existing characters and their backgrounds. Once the custom character was finished with the school year, it could be used in any of the normal fighting modes, save for the original Arcade game.
Capcom translated most of the games on the Evolution Disc for the English localization, and planned to include the character creation mode (rebranded as "School Life") as well, but unfortunately later abandoned the character creation mode, citing the amount of time it would take to translate it from Japanese to English. The rest of the extra modes featured on the Evolution disc were still included in the overseas versions.
Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2Edit
Main article: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2
Main article: Project Justice
Media and merchandiseEdit
- Official Japanese Site
- Wikipedia article
- Capcom Database article
- Rival Schools article at the Street Fighter EX wiki
|Rival Schools Series|
|Rival Schools: United by Fate · Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 · Project Justice|