TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM
(Minus that goofy Genie guy.)
Ever play Marvel vs Capcom? Do you enjoy somewhat obscure anime? Are you just a fighting game nut? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Tatsunoko vs Capcom might just be the game for you!
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a crossover fighting game developed by Eighting (the guys who did the surprisingly good Naruto fighting game that came out just a few months ago) and published by Capcom for the Wii. TvC is the seventh game in the VS series, which includes the Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK games. It was originally released exclusively in Japan as Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes in December 2008 but fan reception of the game convinced Capcom to localize an updated version for the US and Europe.
WHAT'S A TATSUNOKO?
Tatsunoko Production is a Japanese animation studio responsible for some of anime's most memorable classics. If you're Japanese. Most of Tatsunoko's properties really didn't fare all that well in the West, causing many to believe that the game would never make it across the ocean. The most notable franchise included in the game for Western fans is probably "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," better known in the States as "G-Force" or "Battle of the Planets." Some of the more memorable Tatsunoko franchises such as "Speed Racer" and "Samurai Pizza Cats" were unfortunately excluded from the game due to licensing issues.
Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is the first 2.5D game in the VS series. Characters and backgrounds use 3D models, but are bound to a 2D plane (much like Street Fighter IV). Players face each other in teams of two in a one-on-one fight to deplete their opponent's health bars, much like the original Marvel vs Capcom. Tatsunoko vs Capcom features the same crazy battles of the Marvel VS titles but with major changes to the core mechanics. The game is built around a simplified three-button attack system (Weak, Medium, Strong) and a multifunctional "Partner" button that can be used to tag in a teammate or provide assistance in attacking.
Most of the gameplay related to the partner switching feature remains very similar to Marvel vs Capcom 2. You can call in assists, perform dual Hyper Combos, switch your inactive character in with a Hyper Combo, switch characters while blocking as a counter, and some characters can even force your opponent to switch characters with a "Snapback."
There are new techniques found in the game as well. Similar to BlazBlue, your characters can perform a "Mega Crash" to interrupt a opponents combo and get some room to breathe. Unlike BB, this move can be performed more than once per round, costing a part of your active character's life and two stocks of super meter. The "Baroque Cancel" is another new technique that cancels the current attack animation at the cost of your character's red (recoverable) life, allowing the player to extend combos and deal more damage relative to the amount of red life that is sacrificed. The technique ends when the character stops or performs a Hyper move. You can now also switch out your active character while in the middle on an aerial combo, giving you even more ways to dish out the damage.
It probably all sounds a bit confusing, doesn't it? Well, that's what videos are for!
E3 2009 Trailer
Match Video 1
Match Video 2
Casshan (From Neo-Human Casshern)
Doronjo (From Yatterman)
Gold Lightan (From Golden Warrior Gold Lightan)
Ippatsuman (From Gyakuten! Ippatsuman)
Joe Asakura (From Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
Ken Washio aka Ken the Eagle (From Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
Jun the Swan (From Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
Karas (From Karas)
Polimar (From Hurricane Polymar)
Tekkaman (From Tekkaman: The Space Knight)
Tekkaman Blade (From Tekkaman Blade)
Yatterman-1 (From Yatterman)
Yatterman-2 (From Yatterman)
Cut From the US Release:
Hakushon Daimo (From The Genie Family)
Alex (From Street Fighter III)
Batsu Ichimonji (From Rival Schools: United By Fate)
Chun-Li (From Street Fighter II)
Frank West (From Dead Rising)
Soki (From Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams)
MegaMan Volnutt (From Mega Man Legends)
Morrigan Aensland (From Darkstalkers)
PTX-40A (From Lost Planet: Extreme Condition)
Roll (From Mega Man)
Ryu (From Street Fighter)
Saki Omokane (From Quiz Nanairo Dreams)
Viewtiful Joe (From Viewtiful Joe)
Zero (From Mega Man X)
Non-Playable Boss Character:
Yami (From Okami)
IGN - 9/10
Destructoid - 9/10
GamePro - 4/5
G4TV - 5/5
GameTrailers - 9/10
IGN's Video Review