Rival Schools

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Rival Schools is also the name of a hardcore punk band.

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A poster for Rival Schools: United by Fate.

Rival Schools is a fighting game series made by Capcom. It focuses on students and teachers from various schools duking it out in tag team fights.


Games in the Series

Rival Schools

The first game in the series, Rival Schools: United By Fate (Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Legion of Heroes in Japan), was released in arcades and on the PlayStation in 1998. The game features 2-on-2 fights, where characters could be switched out between rounds, and the second character could be called out during the fight for team up attacks like in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

The Japanese version of the game also included a second disc with several minigames, including a date-sim like game where a player could create a character who went through normal school life, interacting with characters from the main game and could be later used as a playable character in the main fighting modes. Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 (translates into Private Justice High School: Diary of a hot-blooded youth), an update of the game released only in Japan (which was mistaken as the sequel), included a more elaborate version of this date-sim game.

Project Justice

The true sequel, Project Justice (Moreo! Justice Gakuen in Japan), was released in 2000 in Japan and 2001 in the United States and Europe for arcades and the Sega Dreamcast. In comparison to Rival Schools, Project Justice featured teams of 3, adding three-person team-up attacks and the ability to interrupt and stop 2-person team-ups. Like its prequel, Project Justice included a character-creation mode that came in the form of a virtual board game.


Note: All character in the Rival Schools series are listed by their school. The game they debuted in follows their name.

Taiyo High School

  • Batsu Ichimonji (Rival Schools)
  • Hinata Wakaba (RS)
  • Kyosuke Kagami (RS)
  • Hayato Nekketsu (RS)
  • Ran Hibiki (SJG: NSN2)
  • Iincyo/Chairperson (PJ)

Gorin High School

  • Shoma Sawamura (RS)
  • Natsu Ayahara (RS)
  • Roberto Miura (RS)
  • Nagare Namikawa (SJG: NSN2)
  • Momo Karuizawa (PJ)

Gedo High School

  • Daigo Kazama (RS)
  • Edge/Eiji Yamada (RS)
  • Gan Isurugi (RS)

Pacific High School

  • Roy Bromwell (RS)
  • Tiffany Lords (RS)
  • Boman Delgado (RS)

Seijyun Girls High School

  • Akira Kazama (RS; in that game, she was from Gedo High)
  • Yurika Kirishima (PJ)
  • Zaki/Aoi Himezaki (PJ)

Justice High School

  • Hideo Shimazu (RS)
  • Kyoko Minazuki (RS)
  • Raizo Imawano (RS)
  • Hyo Imawano (RS)
  • Kurow Kirishima (PJ)


Sakura Kasugano appeared in the first Rival Schools game. In the Capcom storyline, she, Hinata and Natsu are childhood friends.

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