Fighting Vipers took Virtua Fighter's engine, and then cranked everything up to the extreme. Everyone's sporting ludicrously gaudy outfits, certain attacks can shatter your armor (leaving some characters in nothing but their skidders), opponents can be launched across the arena like pinballs, and above all else, Sonic and Tails are in here. Kinda.
They can only be accessed by using emulator cheat codes. As the story goes, a programmer added Sonic and Tails to Fighting Vipers in his spare time. While intended as a joke, Yu Suzuki showed the result to Hiroshi Kataoka, who then showed it to Yuji Naka, who in turn loved the idea and approved of it being developed further - the result being Sonic the Fighters.
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