Marvel Vs. Capcom collection with online features announced including forgotten arcade beat-em-up

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Nintendo recently held its latest Nintendo Direct presentation a week after Summer Games Fest wrapped up, and they did not disappoint. After a slow start, Nintendo fired on all cylinders as it got further into the presentation, with it bringing some of the most exciting announcements that we’ve seen in some time. One announcement that may fly under people’s radars, and it shouldn’t, is that Marvel Vs. Capcom Fighting Collection is coming to PC and consoles later this year, bringing the iconic fighting crossover series to modern platforms, with some being available for the first time in 30 years.

Marvel Vs. Street Fighter Sakura vs Hulk
Image via Capcom

The games that are set to be included in the Marvel Vs. Capcom Fighting Collection includes:

  • MARVEL vs. CAPCOM 2 New Age of Heroes

It is interesting that The Punisher is included in the list. This game marked the first time that Marvel and Capcom worked together, with it being a Streets of Rage-style beat-em-up released in Arcades and later ported to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Despite being a major success in Japan, with it being the most popular arcade cabinet of 1993, it saw mediocre success in the West and the console port was met with mixed reviews and was a commercial failure. So, if you haven’t heard of this title before, it isn’t surprising. But now you will have the chance to explore the beginnings of one of the most legendary fighting collaborations in gaming history.

This new title isn’t simply a collection of roms bundled onto a disc, Capcom has gone all out to bring the games up to modern standards, including online capabilities of up to 9 players with rollback netcode, casual, ranked, and custom matches, training mode, beginner-friendly mechanics, and many quality-of-life changes. Many secret and boss characters have also been added into the games as standard, including Magneto and Juggernaut in X-Men: Children of the Atom, and Cyber Akuma in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man Vs Dr Doom
Image via Capcom

Marvel Vs. Capcom Fighting Collection is set to launch later this year on PC via Steam, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, with both a physical and digital version being available on console. It looks like the game will bypass Xbox consoles though.

It is also worth noting that this is part of the Fighting Collection series, which could mean that a Capcom Vs. SNK collection could come in the future if Capcom looks to revive collaborative franchises, especially with the two companies working together for the first time in many years to bring King of Fighters and Fatal Fury characters to Street Fighter 6.

Check out the Marvel Vs. Capcom Fighting Collection announcement trailer below.

In a strange coincidence, earlier today I was watching a complete history of Marvel Vs. Capcom video as I have been getting back into fighting games thanks to the incredible FGC tournaments broadcast on Twitch such as Combo Breaker and Evo, as well as enjoying content from creators such as Maximillian Dood, so this announcement has come at a perfect time, and is one of the most exciting announcements of the Nintendo Direct along with the upcoming The Legend of Zelda game and Metroid Prime 4.

If you’re newer to fighting games or haven’t checked out the Capcom crossover fighting games, check out the video below to get up to speed.

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David Coulson

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

  • Release Date: November 18, 2000
    • - 25 April 2012 (iOS)
    • - 12 August 2009 (PlayStation 3)
    • - 28 June 2009 (Xbox 360)
    • - 26 March 2006 (PlayStation 2)
  • Platform(s): Dreamcast, iOS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
  • Genre(s): Arcade, Fighting
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