Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Review for Wii

On: Wii

Latest in Capcom's 'Versus' series hit's the Wii.

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8Out of 10
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TvC is from Bloody Roar developer Eighting.
TvC is from Bloody Roar developer Eighting.

TvC is from Bloody Roar developer Eighting.

As far as 2D fighting games go, there are few better than the fast-paced, action-packed Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. But it's old. Ten years old, in fact. With unnerving regularity, the internet collectively wonders: "Dude, where's my Marvel vs. Capcom 3?"

The answer is that it is a game that may never see the light of day; understandable, really, when you consider the licensing issues that would no doubt challenge such a release. Putting Iron Man in a video game these days isn't as easy as it was back in the late Nineties. But we live in hope that one day MvC3 will whir in our disc drive.

Until that day, we're going to have to make do with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, which is as close to MvC3 as you're going to get this side of a Hyper Combo. The similarities are stark: It's 2D (it's rendered in 3D, but you know what we mean) fast-paced and action-packed.

If you're reading this and thinking, 'What the hell is a Tatsunoko and what's it doing in my Capcom fighting game?', don't feel bad, you're not alone. Most won't have even heard of the Japanese animation company. You might, though - if you're of a certain age - have heard of Battle of the Planets. It was a sci-fi cartoon that did the rounds in the Seventies, featuring androgynous heroes who battled against evil aliens as part of the G-Force. Well, Battle of the Planets was a Western dub of Science Ninja Gatchaman, a Tatsunoko cartoon. And TvC features characters from it.

For example, Ken the Eagle and Jun the Swan. They're not the names the characters went by in Battle of the Planets, but their video game counterparts will spark a once dormant memory in the minds of childhood fans of the series. If you're having trouble visualising it, think Power Rangers plus birds.

If the Battle of the Planets characters are obscure, then the rest of the Tatsunoko lot seem plucked from some random PVC nightmare. Casshan is an android who never goes anywhere without his trusty android dog. Polimar is a martial artist from something called "Hurricane Polimar". Tekkaman is a space knight, and Yatterman-1 wears a blue jumpsuit. They almost all wear capes, shiny helmets and look very, very Japanese.

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MJTH@ Machetazo

To late man he already said in an interview that probably won't make this game 360 or ps3 because of the fact the this game one has been out for 2 years already ( in japan) and if they haven't made a ps3 version since the chances they won't and two one developer said that this game was built to play to the wii best graphical powers advantages and hardware that they would have to start from scratch if they wanted to port so if it does come expect next year at least. And three this game wasn't supposed to come anyway so they paper work needed to make a port here would take years to fill....

Anyway nice review wez but:
"not as good as MvC2 and SF4"
Ouch!! MvC2 I understand but sf4! That's and 360/ PS3 games, this the wii what do you expect?
Posted 21:59 on 02 February 2010
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Machetazo@ Endless

If they did commit to it, now, it might affect sales of the Wii version. Besides, chances are they'd have to develop specifically for the ps3/x360, to launch it on those platforms. They've not entirely dismissed the idea, and theirs seems to be a smart stance to take on the suggestion.
Posted 13:36 on 02 February 2010
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Endless@ Machetazo

I call BS on that, i'm pretty sure enough people will have voiced this opinion already for them to have commited to it from the beginning.
Posted 12:29 on 02 February 2010
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Machetazo@ renegade

"If enough fans say, 'We want this on PS3 and 360,' we might do that," Niitsuma said. "It was because of the fans we were able to bring this game to the states in the first place."
Posted 11:25 on 02 February 2010
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Wow this did a hell of a lot better than I thought it would.
Seriously awesome review Wes,
it's a shame it'll probably be overlooked due to it's name.
Posted 11:05 on 02 February 2010
Rickitis's Avatar




Some other reviews for you lazy people! Seems to be getting anything from 8 to 9, must be good :)
Posted 09:29 on 02 February 2010


Nice, good review Wes.

Shall re-watch my Gatchaman collection in anticipation!
Posted 07:27 on 02 February 2010

renegade@ Bloodstorm

apparently it wont come to them sadly mate
Posted 03:18 on 02 February 2010
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Totally different company but ok.

An 8? I'd rather wait for the xbox/ps3 version.
Posted 02:19 on 02 February 2010
IndoorHeroes's Avatar


Bloody Roar 1 was SO so good. Glad to see they're still making quality fighting titles.
Posted 00:49 on 02 February 2010


"Not as good as MvC2 or SF4" i must say that is harsh it is on the Wii lol.

Well this is not my type of game any way lol
Posted 00:08 on 02 February 2010

Game Stats

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Out of 10
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
  • Accessible fighting system
  • Lovely graphics
  • Impressive online
  • Not as good as MvC2 or SF4
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Release Date: 29/01/2010
Platform: Wii
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: PEGI 12+
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