X-Men with an All Female Cast: The X-Women

Vincent   May 29, 2013   Comments Off on X-Men with an All Female Cast: The X-Women

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It was recently announced that there is going to be an X-Men book with an all female cast of characters (but for some reason keeping the “X-Men” title).

This comic news brought to mind a vague memory of a Sega Genesis game featuring only female X-Men playable characters called X-Women: The Sinister Virus that I had really looked forward to, but never saw in stores. I completely forgot about it and in fact eventually thought that maybe I dreamed it up. Then a little internet searching later and I found this demo on Youtube:

Then there is this scan from EGM:

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It’s a shame that X-Women: The Sinister Virus never saw the light of day. One of my favorite superhero games of all time is X-Men 2: The Clone Wars for the Sega Genesis and this game promised more of the same type of side scrolling, X-Men adventuring action. This time featuring cool ladies!

I haven’t dug up a whole lot of info on this unreleased Sega Genesis game other than it would have featured Storm and Rogue as playable characters as featured in the video demo. According to a YouTube commenter (take with a grain of salt) the team would have consisted of Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Psylocke, Dazzler, and Shadowcat.

Nobody knows exactly why X-Women: The Sinister Virus was canceled, but pure speculation makes me wonder if the attitude of “guys wouldn’t want to play as girls” had any part in the decision. After all, the games market hasn’t been traditionally supportive of female type heroes and this was before to the release of Tomb Raider.