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Top Ten Most Wanted Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Characters

The announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 from Capcom was quite possibly one of the greatest mass internet nerd-gasms of all time. Fighting fans have been screaming for this game for a decade. License issues barred any hope of it ever happening (and actually got the PS2 and Xbox ports pulled after a brief production run), and the presumed death of 2D fighting games basically made it a fanboy pipe dream forevermore. Well, not anymore. 2D fighters are back in a big way, and Marvel's popularity has skyrocketed since the beginning of the nearly ten year franchise moratorium. Think about it. The last MvC title was released all the way back before the first Toby McGuire Spider-Man movie. A lot has changed since the Dreamcast's swan song. Marvel is now owned by Disney. 8-bit Mega Man is cool again. Yet a few things stay the same, like the fact that Hulk movies still suck, and fans eternally obsessing about who is and who isn't going to make the cut for what will undoubtedly be the most bitched-about fighting game roaster of all time. Marvel and Capcom both share an absurd wealth of classic franchise faces. Will they rely on familiar brand staples and fan favorites, or take a few risks with new or generally unknown cult characters? V.S. series regular Chun-Li is obviously in (her silhouette is on the teaser art), and the much welcomed new comic relief Deadpool made his debut at E3. What else is in the cards is unknown (Gambit plz), but here's a list of ten essentials that Capcom needs to make happen. #10: Blade Dating back to 1973, Blade's character (based loosely on a composite of various black actors, most specifically Jim Brown) came to life in Marvel Comics' The Tomb of Dracula #10. You could count the reasons Blade deserves to be in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 all day. He has a background in street fighting. He's a master swordsman and lethal with throwing knives, so he can counter an assault from Strider. He is a trained marksman who can compete with Chris Redfield's heavy artillery. Most importantly of all, he's a freaking vampire hunter. Blade versus any number of Darkstalkers (Morrigan & Felicia, already having been confirmed) is something worth the price of admission alone. To paraphrase Darth Vader, "It's time to increase the level of black representation on the committee.". Let's get captain flat-top in the game Capcom. Read More


Media: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Release Date, Price for XBLA Announced

Capcom has finally announced that Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes will be a part of Microsoft's Xbox "Summer of Arcade," and is coming out globally for Xbox LIVE Arcade on July 29th at a price of 1,200 Microsoft Points. Unfortunately, no mention has been made of when PlayStation 3 owners can expect it. Maybe Sony should come up with a catchy theme as well, because this seems to keep happening. At least we have a rough idea of the price it will arrive there at. In the meantime, we have a few more screens added to our gallery. Read More


Marvel vs. Capcom 2-day? No, You Have to Wait Another Month

When the character select screen to Marvel vs. Capcom said "let's get crazy!", I don't think anyone imagined that it would relate to announcing a release date for the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the sequel. Indeed, where it was previously revealed by none other than Marvel itself (PDF link, so be warned) that Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes would be released on June 29th, Capcom has revealed from the depths of their Honeycomb Hideout (aka their Twitter) that they "don't know where that rumor came from." With all due apologies, they at least cushion the blow by letting us know that the target date for the game's release is "closer to the end of July." In reporting this, Joystiq also advise that one heads to the Shoryuken Forums, so you'll know just how badly you'll have a mudhole stomped in you online before they walk it dry. Read More


Media: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - Episode 1

IGN has a new trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, and it's pretty neat. It seems to almost be establishing a sort of backstory for the game, albeit a bit of a weak one. See for yourself: As Snow on the Capcom*Unity notes, this is just episode 1; new episodes will come each Thursday, presumably until the new game is released. Watching this, it occurred to me what the big difference between the Marvel Universe and the Capcom Universe is here... and that's that the Capcom side isn't really a universe like Marvel is, but a multiverse. So while all the Marvel guys probably know each other in some capacity, odds are that anyone outside of the Street Fighter/Final Fight/maybe DarkStalkers circle on the Capcom side are all strangers. One last thing: My spellchecker on Firefox says that "multiverse" isn't a word. That doesn't make any sense; how can "universe" be a word, but not "multiverse?" Can one really make sense without the other? Read More


Week-Ending Game Endings - 06.12.09 - Let's Get Crazy!

I really had to rack my brain to come up with something that would work for this week's Week-Ending Game Ending, and I think I've hit upon a good solution. This year, we should be seeing the eagerly-anticipated releases of both Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. So I figure what better way to count down to these releases than to check out the endings for the cast of the first Marvel vs. Capcom? And to kick things off, I figured we would begin with one of my favorite characters, Mega Man, who appears in tag-team action with his sister Roll to take on Onslaught: Pity you can't use that move after you get it (though I think someone hacked or unlocked it somehow, in some version). Nonetheless, I wish the endings were something they kept-- or would add-- to the sequel. It's my only real incentive to really learn other characters or play the single-player mode more than once through. Read More


Media: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - New Screens for a New Age of Heroes

Coming this Summer: Strider Hiryu faces off against Wolverine and Iron Man in the epic mega-crossover event "Maximum Pwnage!" Sadly, that does sound exactly like something Marvel would call a story arc these days. But I digress; awaiting you within our galleries are ten screens from the hotly-anticipated proof that Capcom just can't keep a secret, aka Marvel vs. Capcom 2. It may be worth noting that all the screens focus on a select group of characters, leading one to believe these may technically be screens of the MVC2 demo which the PlayStation 3 will soon be getting exclusively. However, I seriously doubt we'll see any serious differences between that and the final released product for both consoles, so into both galleries they go. Read More


Media: How Do You Like Your Marvel vs. Capcom? Classic, Smooth, or Extra Crispy?

Last night, it was made official: Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes is making its return! At the time, however, there was little else given in the way of details, though we soon learned that on April 30th, Capcom is going to try to make up for the whole Lost Planet 2 thing, the Bionic Commando demo, the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix beta, and probably some other stuff by giving PlayStation 3 owners exclusive reign over a free demo of the title. And Europe is expected to follow soon. Now, however, other, newer details have surfaced. One of which is that the game is based on the Dreamcast version, which has endured in popularity among purists and tournament players, as it lacked the slowdown, glitches, and other oddities found in successive versions. And I hope you liked the online in SSFIITHDR, because Backbone is bringing it back out of the closet for round 2 (or would that be 3? 4, maybe, if we include the arcade...). And, Leaderboards are in, so practice your gloating and taunts. Read More


Nintendo Releases Second-Half Line-Up of Games

In an interesting twist (I guess, maybe they do this all the time, and I never noticed), Nintendo has released their US game line-up for the second half of 2008 and into 2009... to Europe. Some highlights included on the list are Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Call of Duty World at War, Guitar Hero World Tour, Skate It, Mushroom Men, two Star Wars games, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, Sonic Unleashed, Ghostbusters, and quite a bit more. Better still, Nintendo says that this is an "incomplete" list, meaning more titles could sneak their way into the lineup. Here's hoping more from the Big N themselves. For the full bill of goods (as it stands), both good and bad, click the jump. Read More