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The Secret Files (シークレットファイル) are a series of 27 Japan-exclusive 12-page booklets released by Capcom, each featuring an Arcade game from between 1996-1999. The covers for each booklet have a specific mock-up design based on other media such as comic books, specialized magazines, toy packaging, movie posters and other publications, and the booklets themselves feature special content such as design sketches, developer's notes and interviews and storyline info.

List of Secret FilesEdit

No° Release Date Game covered
01 January 1996 19XX: The War Against Destiny
02 1996 Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
03 February 1996 Street Fighter Zero 2 (Alpha 2)
04 May 1996 Super Puzzle Fighter II X (Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo)
05 July 1996 Rockman: The Power Fighters (Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters)
06 July 1996 Star Gladiator Episode 1: Final Crusade
07 August 1996 Quiz Nanairo Dreams: Nijiiro-chō no Kiseki
08 November 1996 Warzard (Red Earth)
09 November 1996 Street Fighter EX
10 February 1997 Street Fighter III: New Generation
11 March 1997 Battle Circuit
12 June 1997 Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
13 June 1997 Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
14 1997 X-Men vs. Street Fighter
15 September 1997 Pocket Fighter (Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix)
16 October 1997 Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
17 November 1997 Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Legion of Heroes (Rival Schools: United by Fate)
18 January 1998 Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
19 April 1998 Star Gladiator 2: Nightmare of Blistein (Plasma Sword)
20 May 1998 Street Fighter EX2
21 June 1998 Street Fighter Zero 3 (Alpha 3)
22 September 1998 Chōkō Senki Kikaioh (Tech Romancer)
23 December 1998 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (JoJo's Venture)
24 February 1999 Power Stone
25 May 1999 Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
26 December 1999 Strider Hiryu 2 (Strider 2)
27 January 2010 Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
Special Releases
N/a 1997 Capcom Sports Club (only made available online)[1]
N/a March 3, 1997[2] Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness (released as a promotion for the Sega Saturn port)

Strider ContentsEdit

Secret File #18: Vs. Heroes Variable Cross SetEdit

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Strider Hiryu's Secrets

Vs. Heroes Variable Cross Set (VS.ヒーローズ ヴァリアブルクロスセット) is the 18th Secret File, featuring the first Marvel vs. Capcom. The booklet's cover is designed as a mock-up of a Captain Commando/Venom toy packaging. Since Hiryu is a playable character in the game, there are a few references to him:
  • Page 7 includes a box titled "Strider Hiryu's Secrets" (ストライダー飛竜のひみつ), with illustrations and text explaining some of Hiryu's skills and equipment, such as his Cypher and scarf.
  • Page 8 has a section where the game's designer, Atsushi Tomita, briefly explains details about the Special Partners. This includes Tong Pooh's inclusion and the inspiration behind her 2nd palette.
  • Hiryu appears in a Mega Man parody in page 10, a mock-up ad for a videogame titled "Rockman V(versus) Confrontation! Dr. Marvel" where the 10 Robot Masters are characters from the game. Hiryu is a robot with his face covered by his scarf and black shades, named "Mysterious Ninja Robot" (謎のニンジャロボ).
  • Hiryu also appears in a Yonkoma strip in page 8, where Mega Man is admiring Hiryu's Option B, making Rush jealous.

Secret File #26: Strider Hiryu 2Edit

SecretFile26 cover

Booklet cover

Strider Hiryu 2 (ストライダー飛竜2) is the 26th Secret File, focused on Strider 2. The booklet's cover is designed as a mock-up module set of "Block Block" (Lego-styled) building blocks based on the game, including toy versions of Hiryu, the Kuniang, Solo, Hien, Grandmaster Meio and the Flying Battleship Balrog. The cover and toy artwork were done by Capcom artists SENSEI and Uji, respectively.[3]

The content of this Secret File includes:

  • Two full illustrations in pages 3 (Hiryu vs. Hien) and 10 (main cast artwork)
  • Pages 4-5: Concept sketches of unused enemies, including early design proposals for Tong Pooh and Hien (back when his name was Byakko), discarded concepts for the Superhuman Army and "wild" enemy ideas by object designer Masanori Kondo.
  • Pages 6-7: Short bios for five enemies found in the first stage: The Tianhou Troop, Terrorist Honghuo, Transport, Spider Form and Emperor Dragon.
  • Page 8: An "interview" with the game's main planner, Atsushi Tomita. This text was later revised, expanded and included in the booklet of the official soundtrack.
  • Page 9: This page includes a guide to create a ringtone of the game's main theme, an assortment of concept sketches and a Yonkoma strip.
  • Page 11: "Capcom Staff Messages", a section found in all Secret Files where some of the staff members answer four simple questions, such as their role in the game's staff, development anecdotes and messages for fans/players.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Capcom. "Secret Gallery: Capcom Sports Club" (Japanese). Capcom's official site. Retrieved from archive.org. Accessed Aug 14, 2014
  2. "Cyberbots Deluxe Secret File" entry at suruga-ya.jp. Accessed Aug 14, 2014
  3. Capcom (2001). Capcom Design Works (Japanese). Pg. 193. Enterbrain. ISBN 4-75770-412-7

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