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Virtua Fighter, initially released in the 1990s, lays claim to being the first polygon-based fighting game. It was the earliest game to hit the arcades that presented characters in three-dimensional form, to give them shape and breadth like real people.

It is also different from other video games since its characters do not have super-powers; instead, they employ real-life martial arts techniques--from the Oriental Jujitsu and Koenken, to Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, to wrestling and Greek-inspired Pancratium. The setting of the game is a series of ring fights in an event called The World Fighting Tournament, organized by the sinister group known only as Judgment 6.

Since its incarnation, Virtua Fighter has undergone many changes, improving to Virtua Fighter 2, 3 and 4, which added more characters to the roster. The year 2007 has seen the release of Virtua Fighter 5 and other spin-off editions.

Aside from video game releases in Naomi arcade board, Sony Playstation, PC, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and mobile, Virtua Fighter has also been published in the form of manga (Japanese comic books) and anime (Japanese animation). The manga tells deeper stories into the lives of the characters as they appear in the video game. The anime, on the other hand, presented the characters in a younger, different light and immersed them in an entirely new storyline.

Information on the Virtua Fighter game is available at VirtuaFighter.com and Sega's official site.