That's not to say Backbone hasn't implemented any graphical changes so that the game holds up well on large HD televisions. Real-time sprite filtering has been refined and there are two upscaling options for the sprites: "Crisp" and "Smooth". Crisp is as good as it gets with Smooth a half way house. Purists, of course, can stick with the "Classic" sprite graphics for that old school Dreamcast feel.
As in Super Turbo HD Remix widescreen support will lend the game a modern edge, but this time the game won't zoom in on the action to artificially create the effect. Instead Backbone has been able to genuinely widen the camera field of view beyond the 4:3 aspect ratio because the original 3D backgrounds ran off the edges in the Dreamcast game. So, what this effectively means is that the play area is unchanged: the gameplay area will be in a 4:3 field while the viewing area will be widescreen, And, of course, purists can play in the original 4:3 ration, complete with black vertical bars on the left and right of the screen.
Beyond the graphical improvements Backbone's tweaked the odd feature here and there just for fans. All 56 characters will be unlocked from the get-go, which is great (unlocking fighting game characters is so 90s). There will be independent music volume controls (so you can turn off that inane jazz rubbish), too, and even support for custom soundtracks on both versions.
Most exciting of all, though, is the online play. The game will use netcode that's "largely the same" as the one used in Super Turbo HD Remix, which is great, since that game works well online. Thankfully the quarter match mode, which enables players to spectate from a lobby in a winner stays on arcade style format, makes it in. There will be online leaderboards and stat tracking, too. Capcom has proclaimed that the fans are "pretty much assured the best fighting game net code ever created for consoles". Brave, exciting words.
Given that MvC2 was Capcom's most-requested title, its appearance on XBLA and PSN can't be anything other than wonderful news for fighting game fans. It won't have half the mainstream appeal that Street Fighter IV has, but, for those in the know, it's no less an exciting proposition. Time for Capcom to take us for a ride once again.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is due out for XBLA and PSN this summer.