In a recent interview with the Guardian, veteran game developer Hideaki Itsuno discussed one of his most beloved titles: Power Stone. It was a fighting game originally released for arcades and quickly ported to the Sega Dreamcast. It spawned a sequel and an anime, but in recent years, Capcom has been silent about the property. However, Itsuno mentioned that in this era of revivals and rereleases, he would absolutely love to see a new Power Stone released for the Nintendo Switch:
I still get messages from fans about the game. People tweet requests to me to make another Power Stone, which I’d love to do if I got the chance. It would be a particularly great fit for the Nintendo Switch.
A fighting game for people that hate fighting games
Unlike most Capcom fighting games, Power Stone fights took place in a 3D arena. It was akin to Super Smash Bros. more so than Street Fighter. Randomness and items took priority over combo-based competitive fighting. Power Stone was created with a more casual audience in mind. Itsuno believed that fighting games “had become incredibly niche, and ordinary gamers were no longer able to keep up.” Gems appeared on the battlefield, and when players collected three, their character would turn into their super form and unleash some chaos. Power Stone is definitely not EVO-friendly. Still, the revolutionary gameplay and beautiful (at the time) graphics turned the game into an instant classic.
Power Stone had a fairly unique aesthetic compared to the rest of Capcom’s library. It was set in a steampunk universe. It felt like the kind of thing Jules Verne would have created. At least, if he watched too much anime in middle school. Itsuno put a lot of love into the world-building and wanted to something much more exciting and romantic than just another fighting game set in present day.
Could the revival actually happen?
While Power Stone and its sequel got a rerelease on the PlayStation Portable, the property seems pretty dead. Its cast hasn’t even found new life in Capcom’s crossover games, which is saying something because Darkstalkers characters always show up in those. But with Capcom’s newfound joy in reviving old properties, Power Stone fans might find themselves lucky.