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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes Impressions

Capcom's latest crossover fighter to storm Japanese arcades and the Wii simultaneously this December.

YES!
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is a curious beast and not quite what I expected. The polygonal 2D fighter ably combines fighters from the Capcom world and the roster of anime powerhouse Tatsunoko, and it does so in a way that certainly recalls Capcom's previous Versus games, such as Marvel vs. Capcom and... uh... Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The control, however, feels pretty stripped-down and slightly simplified. It'll be interesting to see what high-level Versus series players can do with it.

If you've played a Capcom versus game before, you have a decent idea of what to expect. The game has launchers and air combos, characters can double jump, and everything has been pumped up a lot, giving you screen-filling fireballs and faster, more-intense action. But it doesn't feel quite as over-the-top and wild as Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was. The controls also initially feel inadequate. It's a four-button game with light, medium, and heavy attack buttons that don't differentiate between punches and kicks. The fourth button is a partner assist button. This is a tag battle game, so tapping the button will bring out your partner for a quick attack. Holding back and hitting the button tags your partner in to take over the fight. While not having punch and kick buttons instantly seemed like a bad idea, after I played a few rounds it felt just fine. Considering how wild the versus games can get, is there really even a meaningful difference between your fists and your feet? JUST KEEP HITTING DUDES. The game also adds some more technical stuff with an advancing guard that can be used to repel opponents, a move marked "baroque" that trades your red, recoverable life meter for a more powerful attack, and more.

ProTip: To throw a fireball, press down, down-forward, forward, and any attack button!
The game looks pretty good on the Wii, and while I haven't seen the arcade version running, it sounds like both versions will be practically identical, as the arcade game is running on modified Wii-based hardware. That's probably what made it so easy to bring to the Wii and why the game is launching simultaneously in arcades and at home here in Japan. While you won't confuse the game's graphics for those of Street Fighter IV, the models look good and the various effects, from the big fireballs to the crackling lightning that shoots across the screen when you end a fight with a super all look pretty nice. Also, the game plays just fine with a Classic Controller attached to your Wii Remote. The game will be playable without one, but that seems like it's the best choice available.

The roster is also interesting, even if you don't really have any idea who all these Tatsunoko cats are. I was pleased to see Batsu from Rival Schools making a long-overdue return to Capcom's fighting rosters, and he's fun to play. While the game is a tag-focused experience, each side also has one giant character that fights alone, has one double-long lifebar, and does huge damage, but can't block. The Tatsunoko side gets Gold Lightan, while Capcom aficionados can use a V.S. from the Lost Planet series--PTX-40A Ivan, to be exact. The big guys are kind of cool, and the Lost Planet suit has supers that utilize its built-in chainsaw in very cool ways.

Of course, the biggest question has to do with the game's release outside of Japan. At the moment, Capcom hasn't made any announcements about bringing the arcade or the Wii version to the States, and it sounds like licensing all of these different anime characters in other countries is a difficult--but not impossible--problem. So it sounds like the company would certainly like to bring it elsewhere. We'll have to wait and see if they can maneuver the tricky tangle of paperwork to make that dream a reality. In the meantime, I think I might finally pick up a Japanese Wii while I'm here in Tokyo so I can be ready when this comes out later this year. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
YES!
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is a curious beast and not quite what I expected. The polygonal 2D fighter ably combines fighters from the Capcom world and the roster of anime powerhouse Tatsunoko, and it does so in a way that certainly recalls Capcom's previous Versus games, such as Marvel vs. Capcom and... uh... Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The control, however, feels pretty stripped-down and slightly simplified. It'll be interesting to see what high-level Versus series players can do with it.

If you've played a Capcom versus game before, you have a decent idea of what to expect. The game has launchers and air combos, characters can double jump, and everything has been pumped up a lot, giving you screen-filling fireballs and faster, more-intense action. But it doesn't feel quite as over-the-top and wild as Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was. The controls also initially feel inadequate. It's a four-button game with light, medium, and heavy attack buttons that don't differentiate between punches and kicks. The fourth button is a partner assist button. This is a tag battle game, so tapping the button will bring out your partner for a quick attack. Holding back and hitting the button tags your partner in to take over the fight. While not having punch and kick buttons instantly seemed like a bad idea, after I played a few rounds it felt just fine. Considering how wild the versus games can get, is there really even a meaningful difference between your fists and your feet? JUST KEEP HITTING DUDES. The game also adds some more technical stuff with an advancing guard that can be used to repel opponents, a move marked "baroque" that trades your red, recoverable life meter for a more powerful attack, and more.

ProTip: To throw a fireball, press down, down-forward, forward, and any attack button!
The game looks pretty good on the Wii, and while I haven't seen the arcade version running, it sounds like both versions will be practically identical, as the arcade game is running on modified Wii-based hardware. That's probably what made it so easy to bring to the Wii and why the game is launching simultaneously in arcades and at home here in Japan. While you won't confuse the game's graphics for those of Street Fighter IV, the models look good and the various effects, from the big fireballs to the crackling lightning that shoots across the screen when you end a fight with a super all look pretty nice. Also, the game plays just fine with a Classic Controller attached to your Wii Remote. The game will be playable without one, but that seems like it's the best choice available.

The roster is also interesting, even if you don't really have any idea who all these Tatsunoko cats are. I was pleased to see Batsu from Rival Schools making a long-overdue return to Capcom's fighting rosters, and he's fun to play. While the game is a tag-focused experience, each side also has one giant character that fights alone, has one double-long lifebar, and does huge damage, but can't block. The Tatsunoko side gets Gold Lightan, while Capcom aficionados can use a V.S. from the Lost Planet series--PTX-40A Ivan, to be exact. The big guys are kind of cool, and the Lost Planet suit has supers that utilize its built-in chainsaw in very cool ways.

Of course, the biggest question has to do with the game's release outside of Japan. At the moment, Capcom hasn't made any announcements about bringing the arcade or the Wii version to the States, and it sounds like licensing all of these different anime characters in other countries is a difficult--but not impossible--problem. So it sounds like the company would certainly like to bring it elsewhere. We'll have to wait and see if they can maneuver the tricky tangle of paperwork to make that dream a reality. In the meantime, I think I might finally pick up a Japanese Wii while I'm here in Tokyo so I can be ready when this comes out later this year.
Posted by hwarang

FIRST. 

Interestging. I may buy this game.
Posted by Torb

I suck at this genre but I still like the games x.x
Thanks for making me aware of it! I'll haveta keep an eye out :D

Posted by whackmypinata

Interesting.

Posted by BeserkGamer

You could just download the homebrew channel

Posted by AllThatBacon

MvC 3? Soon??

Posted by Classic_Gs

I am surprised that the Wii version looks as good as it does, and even though I am not all that familiar with the anime characters, I more than welcome a new VS game from Capcom. I hope this gets a US release!

Posted by Media_Master

yes

Posted by ratzombie

Sounds pretty awesome, I think I'll import it from Play-Asia when it comes out.

I bought a Freeloader when you posted about it a while back, but it has since been patched so I'll be going the hombrew route. Google "Gecko OS", at least then you don't have to buy another Wii just to play imports.

Posted by pedantics

a 4 button street fighter game? the fuck?

I hope there's a 6 button config option - there's waaaay too few wii games worth breaking out the x-arcade for.

Posted by Envoy

Can Japanese Wii play US games?

Posted by Gregomasta

hmmm, I can see myself buying this.

Posted by DrRandle

I heard Mega Man from Legends was in this and I am sold. Hell I was going to buy it just seeing the Legends level.

Posted by gabha

So that's  how you do a fireball!