Why Create This Guide?
For the pure passion of it. Ever since the launch of Street Fighter II in the 90's the fighting game genre was born with many fans including ourselves always seeking the thrill of the fight. With Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, Primal Rage, Samurai Shodown, World Heroes, and so many others following suit, many have always clamored for a crossover series. There were questions and debates of who would win if Ryu fought Scorpion or Orchid fought Kitana. But this wasn't just for fighting games, debates still continue of who would win between a fight with Superman and Hulk, Wonder Woman vs Storm, etc.
And then MUGEN came around. All of our dreams came through. Now, via a fighting game we can put our words into action and see our favorite characters rise to the top of the competition. And thankfully enough, MUGEN was available to everyone for free. PLUS, you don't need to be a programmer to work with it - although a programming background is a huge help. Now here's a pretty big obstacle, if you don't have the patience to figure out MUGEN and learn it, if you don't spend the time researching where to get the good stuff - ready-made games, super-rare characters, stunning stages, music, add-ons, etc., you can't really move forward and enjoy the best program to come around - especially for fighting game fanatics. While MUGEN is not complicated like other programming language, it still requires study if you are to create / edit your dream fighting game. Even if you only want to play and not mess with inner-workings of the program, you still have to learn how to set it up and know where files go and what could be possibly wrong if the game is not running properly.
Well, this Guide takes care off all that and then some. If you read this guide through and master it's contents, we believe you'll be on your way to fully realizing your Fighting Game Dream. Please keep in mind that this guide is for the average gamer - so everything is laid out in simple terms and you'll see how at the end of this, you'll be able to put together your own FIGHTING GAME w/o having to do any programming! This guide will also teach you how to do cool edits to your favorite characters and finally, this guide will give you the tools you need to create a balanced game (no undefeatable characters anymore!). In this guide we will use Multiverse Final Battle Game and its files to demonstrate the lessons contained herein.
What is MUGEN?
MUGEN is the FREE application making it possible for the "average joe" with no programming experience be able to put together a customized commercial quality type fighting game. MUGEN is a free game engine created by ELECBYTE that has been used extensively by fans and programmers over the years to create a variety of fighting games that combine characters, sounds, stages, and other game elements from popular games and universes like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel, DC, etc. With MUGEN, anyone can create their dream fighting game and customize it however they see fit. It is not uncommon to see people put together games that have DC, Marvel, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, etc. characters and stages into one massively awesome game. MUGEN initally worked with the PC only but there have been developments of cross-platform compatibility which we'll discuss later. For more infomation please visit the MUGEN wikipedia page.
Let's Get Started
Throughout the rest of this guide, we will use the Multiverse Final Battle game as an example to demonstrate how things work with MUGEN. We've created a section where we reviewed close to 200 Mugen Sites that have resources to ready-made games, characters, stages, sound, and other resources. We also reviewed and provided the download links to about 20 Ready-To-Play games (including the Multiverse Final Battle) so you may play right away or edit the games... it's totally up to you. As a reminder, we do not host any characters, stages, full games, etc. here. We merely tell you where to get them for your convenience. It is possible that whoever uploaded the files would take them down or that the hosting site pulls it down for whatever reason which means that when you click on our link, the page you're looking for may no longer be there.