Capcomtroversies

Now, I like Capcom. I've bought a ton of Capcom games throughout my life, and I own more action figures of their characters than I probably should. However, this has been a frustrating year for Capcom fans. With a number of sleazy practices that have angered gamers and news outlets alike, I thought it would be interesting to look back at these events so far this year. If they do something crazier later on, maybe I'll add that to the post as well!

Capcom Mobile rips off 'Splosion Man

Hello, I'm Sherry Bobbins!

You see a lot of crappy ripoffs on iTunes. But MaXplosion? And coming from a company as big as Capcom, of all things? This was one of the more bizarre releases that happened this year. A blatant clone of Twisted Pixel's 'Splosion Man, MaXplosion left many of us scratching our heads. What made the release even shadier is how Capcom had previously met with Twisted Pixel to distribute 'Splosion Man, but passed on the project. A small company like Twisted Pixel can't sue, unfortunately, as much as they'd like to.

Capcom won't let you delete save games in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Not even the Master of Unlocking knows how to delete that old save file. D:

We've all bought used games, rented them, or borrowed them from a friend at some point in our lives. We also like to start our own save files when we do, and thankfully games tend to allow us this option easily. So, it seems weird that a new Resident Evil release forces you to stick with a continuous file. Now, combating used sales is nothing new in the industry, but there's a difference between limiting access from certain features unless you play a premium, and removing a feature entirely. This is what was so upsetting to fans, and we all remain hopeful that it won't return in future products.

Capcom has no plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2

Sigh...

C'MON! I'VE BOUGHT ALL THE DS ACE ATTORNEY GAMES DURING THEIR LAUNCH WEEK. HOW THE HELL DO YOU NOT BRING THIS OVER!?

Capcom keeps cancelling Mega Man games

People had doubts over Mega Man Universe, but I found the concept of a Little Big Planet-like Mega Man game appealing. I liked the custom level feature in Mega Man Powered Up, so I thought there would be potential in exploring that system on the consoles.

Anyway, people were hoping for a Mega Man Legends 3 for some time. And the fact it was going to be on the 3DS made the new Nintendo handheld seem like it had a bright future ahead of it. Unfortunately, that project got scrapped as well.

Capcom keeps re-releasing versions of the same game

I didn't have a problem paying for Super Street Fighter IV. With ten new characters, new moves, and an improve online mode, I thought $40 was a fine price. It's hardly a new practice for Capcom to do this, but this time it's gone beyond Street Fighter:

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition wasn't much of an update, and some will even tell you that the new characters broke the game. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has some characters I really want to use, but then it's a re-release of a game that isn't even a year old.

I might be missing something, but these are the ones that stood out to me. Here's hoping they don't other stuff to make their fans feel abused. D:

This whole mess led to some conspiracy theories being shared on 4Chan (<---higher quality image here), and while they're probably not true, I still found them amusing to read.

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Posted by Apathylad

Now, I like Capcom. I've bought a ton of Capcom games throughout my life, and I own more action figures of their characters than I probably should. However, this has been a frustrating year for Capcom fans. With a number of sleazy practices that have angered gamers and news outlets alike, I thought it would be interesting to look back at these events so far this year. If they do something crazier later on, maybe I'll add that to the post as well!

Capcom Mobile rips off 'Splosion Man

Hello, I'm Sherry Bobbins!

You see a lot of crappy ripoffs on iTunes. But MaXplosion? And coming from a company as big as Capcom, of all things? This was one of the more bizarre releases that happened this year. A blatant clone of Twisted Pixel's 'Splosion Man, MaXplosion left many of us scratching our heads. What made the release even shadier is how Capcom had previously met with Twisted Pixel to distribute 'Splosion Man, but passed on the project. A small company like Twisted Pixel can't sue, unfortunately, as much as they'd like to.

Capcom won't let you delete save games in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Not even the Master of Unlocking knows how to delete that old save file. D:

We've all bought used games, rented them, or borrowed them from a friend at some point in our lives. We also like to start our own save files when we do, and thankfully games tend to allow us this option easily. So, it seems weird that a new Resident Evil release forces you to stick with a continuous file. Now, combating used sales is nothing new in the industry, but there's a difference between limiting access from certain features unless you play a premium, and removing a feature entirely. This is what was so upsetting to fans, and we all remain hopeful that it won't return in future products.

Capcom has no plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2

Sigh...

C'MON! I'VE BOUGHT ALL THE DS ACE ATTORNEY GAMES DURING THEIR LAUNCH WEEK. HOW THE HELL DO YOU NOT BRING THIS OVER!?

Capcom keeps cancelling Mega Man games

People had doubts over Mega Man Universe, but I found the concept of a Little Big Planet-like Mega Man game appealing. I liked the custom level feature in Mega Man Powered Up, so I thought there would be potential in exploring that system on the consoles.

Anyway, people were hoping for a Mega Man Legends 3 for some time. And the fact it was going to be on the 3DS made the new Nintendo handheld seem like it had a bright future ahead of it. Unfortunately, that project got scrapped as well.

Capcom keeps re-releasing versions of the same game

I didn't have a problem paying for Super Street Fighter IV. With ten new characters, new moves, and an improve online mode, I thought $40 was a fine price. It's hardly a new practice for Capcom to do this, but this time it's gone beyond Street Fighter:

Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition wasn't much of an update, and some will even tell you that the new characters broke the game. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has some characters I really want to use, but then it's a re-release of a game that isn't even a year old.

I might be missing something, but these are the ones that stood out to me. Here's hoping they don't other stuff to make their fans feel abused. D:

This whole mess led to some conspiracy theories being shared on 4Chan (<---higher quality image here), and while they're probably not true, I still found them amusing to read.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Also, instead of just patching Resident Evil 5 to add Move support like any self-respecting publisher would have done, they forced PS3 owners to completely re-buy the game. I paid $60 for RE5 on launch day because I love the series. Never again. The "too many things have changed in game to make DLC a possibility" line has been used too many times by them, and their new one with Ultimate MvC2, that the natural disasters in Japan caused issues with their DLC release schedule, is just ludicrous and self-serving. If people don't start calling Capcom on their actions and stop throwing money at them, we're going to get more re-releases of existing games with DLC tacked on for another $40 and more companies will see that Capcom has been able to get away with it, so they should be able to as well.

I used to be a huge fan of Capcom, now I'm just really uneasy about buying anything they put out.

Posted by webrunner

You forgot "Takes PSN hackers to task specifically because their actions are hurting customers in the path of trying to get back at Sony, without commenting on how their anti-piracy measures keep you from playing capcom PSN games while PSN is down, hurting customers in the path of trying to get back at pirateS" 

Posted by Halberdierv2

pretty much, Capcom has given MegaMan the middle finger since Inafune departed. and it's gonna bite them back later on for it. I love megaman too much, and this is heartbreaking.
as for rereleases, at least I can upgeade my SSFIV without having to buy another CD. but then again, I've lost count how many re-relases Street Fighter II had, so this is nothing new. I hope the update for MvC3 is also DLC and not a case of re-buying a CD.
and Capcom want a smack around their head for not bringing across Ace Attourney 2.

Posted by ShawnS

Not being a fighting game or Resident Evil fan anymore, most of Capcom's douchery this year has washed over me, but this Mega Man business is super sad. The MaXplosion thing is really pathetic too, as is the PSN downtime that resulted in a few Capcom games being unplayable. Looking back on this whole list of war crimes, though, it just looks so, so bad. They could pump out a combo NES/Arcade version of Strider to win me over a little. That'd be a silver lining for me at least.