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X-Men '97 clip pays homage to the X-Men arcade game

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • April 3, 2024 at 6:46 a.m. PDT • Comments: 11

The X-Men arcade game is such a classic to anyone who grew up in the '90s. Though, as a beat 'em up, it's not directly related to fighting games, the X-Men arcade game is actually an important element that helped shaped the fighting game community's culture.

As an example, Magneto's infamous line of "Welcome to die!" was directly referenced in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 by Deadpool. If the correct point characters are selected for both players, Deadpool will mock Magneto with this very line in their pre-battle banter together.

Needless to say, a clip for X-Men '97 episode 4 was recently released. As it turns out, this episode will be paying homage to the X-Men arcade game from 1992.

In the clip, we see Jubilee and Roberto entering into some sort of virtual reality that seemingly allows the two to enter the game itself. Of course, it's worth noting that the game is called "X-Men: The Rise of Jubilee," oddly enough.

The two are seen battling against Sentinels that are scaled down to being about twice the size of regular humans rather than being the giant behemoths that they're known for being in the X-Men: The Animated Series. This is similar to how Sentinels were scaled down to being about the size of a human in the original arcade game.

Regardless, Jubilee takes a more proactive approach to fighting them while Roberto ends up hesitating. As a result, Jubilee is able to take a substantial lead in terms of score over Roberto.

Check it out in the clip below:

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