Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes is a 2D tag-team fighting game developed and released by Capcom for the arcades (under the NAOMI engine) on February 24, 2000. The fourth installment of the Marvel vs. Capcom crossover series (and sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes), the game doubles the roster of the previous installment while adding new 3-on-3 gameplay and simplified controls (two punch buttons, two kick buttons, and two assist buttons). The game brings back the classic "assist attack" system (sans "partners") while adding a new "snapback" attack (a close-ranged attack that, if hit successfully, swaps the opponent's character with another). These additions, along with the over-the-top action and crazy combos, help the game maintain a prominent role in the tournament scene in the 00's.
It was released for the Dreamcast and later ported to both the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. At first, the Xbox version was to have Xbox Live on it, but because of a contract conflict, which said they could not alter the game at all, they had to remove that.
XBLA & PSN Versions
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 arrived to Xbox LIVE Arcade, as part of the "Summer of Arcade" campaign, on July 29, 2009. The game was released to the Playstation Network as well on August 13, 2009. The price is 1200 Microsoft points or $14.99 on PSN. The PS3 and 360 versions by Foundation 9 and are based on the Dreamcast code.
It now features an optional visual filter that smooths out the graphics and new online modes. It includes Ranked Matches and the Quarter matches found in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, which allows up to 4 people to watch & chat while two others fight. It also has widescreen support with the gameplay in a 4:3 field.
No characters have to be unlocked in the game. All 56 characters are available from the get go.
An exclusive demo for the PlayStation 3 was released on April 30 with six characters playable, Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ryu, Chun-Li, and Strider-Hiryu. Only local VS. mode was available for the demo.
The PS3 version is also available via retail and includes:
* Redemption Code for the full game
* 8 page color manual with artwork and moves list
* 1 month free subscription to Marvel Digital Comics ($9.99 value)
* 2000 Capcom-Unity points
The retail version is $14.99 and is a Gamestop Exclusive.
The game includes 56 playable characters (28 characters from the Marvel side and 28 characters from the Capcom side) Unlike the two previous installments of the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes contain no hidden alternate versions of certain fighters. The final, unplayable boss in the game is Abyss, an original demon who must be defeated three times (in three forms).