X-Men: Children of the Atom is the first fighting game by Capcom that uses characters from the Marvel universe. Playing much like Street Fighter, it also used the voice actors from the animated series to voice their characters for the game. Released originally in 1994 in arcades, then the game was later ported to the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and PC. This game was also praised for using the costumes and color schemes from the 1990's cartoon.
The gameplay for X-Men Children of the Atom follows closely to Capcoms Street Fighter II, and Darkstalkers using the same arcade button configuration and style. You can pick from six heroes and four villains for a total of ten playable characters.
Each player has an "X-Power" gauge similar to that of Super Street Fighter II Turbo as well as the "Special" gauge in Darkstalkers. The "X-Power" gauge builds up as the player performs moves during a match and has two levels, in which the player can then perform "X-Ability" which uses a smaller amount of the gauge and the "Hyper-X" which uses a lot more of the power gauge. Alos, countering throws will also drain some of your power gauge.
X-Men Children of the Atom also introduces to fighting games, the ability to do super jumps, roll toward or away from an opponent after a throw to perform more attacks, and also being able to determine projectile attacks, such as Cyclops' Eye Beam. As well the player can choose between manual or automatic blocking, but some in game features will not be available if the player chooses automatic.
The single player portion of the game has six AI controlled characters ,and two unplayable boss characters. Unlike most fighting games their is no mirror matches. Akuma (from Super Street Fighter II Turbo) makes an appearance in the single player as a secret character if the proper requirements are met.
|Colossus||He is the strongest member from X-Men. His stage is underneath a city being destroyed by Sentinels.|
|Cyclops||Cyclops uses mainly optic blasts. His stage is located in the Danger Room.|
|Iceman||His stage is ice pieces floating across a tropical beach.|
|Psylocke||Her stage is located in an elevator revolving around a skyscraper.|
|Storm||Storm is the only X-Men character that can fly, and attacks using wind, ice and lighting attacks. Her stage is located on top of the Blackbird.|
|Wolverine||He can heal part of his health. Wolverines' stage is in the Savage Land.|
|Omega Red||His stage is in an undersea laboratory.|
|Sentinel||He is the largest regular character to choose from. His stage is located in a Sentinel Factory in Genosha, in which Master Mold, who is seen in the background, will either fly away or get destroyed depending if the Sentinels win the match or not.|
|Silver Samurai||His stage is located in Kodokan.|
|Spiral||Her stage is in the Mojo World. Her stage has a different design, as the floor can be destroyed up to three times in a match.|
|Juggernaut||He is the first boss in the game. His stage is located in a space ship launching bay|
|Magneto||He is the final boss in the game. His stage is located in Avalon, his space station.|
|Akuma (Gouki in Japan)||He is a character from Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and uses the same sprites from that game. His stage is also located in the Danger Room. Akuma can be selected at the character selection screen using a specific cheat code.|
like many Capcom games of the time X-Men Children of the Atom ran on CPS-2 arcade hardware, and featured the same arcade panel layout as previous Capcom developed fighting games, the only difference being different artwork and button colors.
A Sega Saturn version was was released in Japan on November 22, 1995 by Capcom, and released in North America and Europe by Acclaim a few months later. The Saturn version was developed by Rutubo Games, and allows the player to enter a cheat code in two player versus mode that allows you to play as the boss characters.
PlayStation and PC versions were release in 1998 and 1997 and were released in North America and Europe, and were developed by Probe Entertainment and was published by Acclaim.