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Marvel vs. Capcom
Marvel vs Capcom logo.png
Current Marvel vs. Capcom logo
Genres Fighting
Developers Capcom
Backbone Entertainment[a]
Eighting[b]
Iron Galaxy Studios[c]
Publishers Capcom
Virgin Interactive[d]
Platforms Arcade, Dreamcast, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Sega Saturn, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Platform of origin Arcade
First release X-Men vs. Street Fighter
1996
Latest release Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
2017

Marvel vs. Capcom (Japanese: マーヴル VS. カプコン Hepburn: Māburu bāsasu Kapukon?) is a series of crossover fighting games developed and published by Capcom, featuring characters from their own video game franchises and comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The series originated as coin-operated arcade games, though later releases would be specifically developed for home consoles, handhelds, and personal computers.

Its gameplay is derived from Capcom's Street Fighter series, but introduces tag team battles. Players form teams of two or three characters and, controlling one fighter at a time, attempt to damage and knock out their opponents. Players can switch out their characters at any point during the match, allowing team members to replenish their health and prolong their ability to fight. The series' gameplay is also distinguished from Street Fighter and other fighting game franchises due to its character assist mechanics and emphasis on aerial combat.

The Marvel vs. Capcom series has received generally positive reviews from critics, who have praised its fast-paced gameplay, animated visuals, and wealth of playable characters. On the other hand, the games have been criticized for their lack of content, especially more recent installments. The series has enjoyed broad appeal, especially in markets outside of Japan, selling approximately 7 million units as of December 2016.

Games[edit]

Timeline of release years
1996 X-Men vs. Street Fighter
1997 Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
1998 Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
1999
2000 Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
2012 Marvel vs. Capcom Origins
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • X-Men vs. Street Fighter was initially released for arcade systems in 1996.[1] The game was later ported to the Sega Saturn in 1997 and PlayStation in 1998.[2][3] It established the series' basic gameplay conventions by combining Street Fighter-style combat with tag team features.[4] X-Men vs. Street Fighter also borrowed gameplay concepts from Capcom's previous Marvel-licensed fighting games, X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes.[5]
  • Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter was released in arcades in 1997.[1] It was then ported to the Sega Saturn in 1998 and PlayStation in 1999.[6][7] The game expanded the playable roster to the larger Marvel universe, introducing characters such as Captain America, Hulk, and Spider-Man.[4] It was also responsible for introducing character assist moves to the franchise, a gameplay element which would influence future Marvel vs. Capcom installments.[5]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes debuted in arcades in 1998.[1] Ports to the Dreamcast and PlayStation soon followed in 1999.[8] Rather than strictly using Street Fighter characters, the game included characters from other Capcom video game franchises, such as Mega Man, Morrigan, and Strider Hiryu.[4] It removed the character assist feature used in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and implemented its own system, which randomly allocated guest characters to each player.[9]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes was released in arcades in 2000 and ported to the Dreamcast within the same year.[10][11] The game received ports to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2002.[12][13] It was then re-released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 through the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, respectively, in 2009.[14] Lastly, a version for iOS devices was released in 2012.[15] Featuring a large playable roster, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 reused the assist features from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and, more notably, changed the series' two-on-two battle system to three-on-three fights.[16]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.[17] The series' traditional sprites transitioned into 3D character models while retaining the 2D-style combat.[4] The game includes various gameplay features designed to make it more accessible to newer players, such as the additions of a comeback mechanic and a more simplified control scheme.[18]
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a standalone updated edition of the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3, was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360 in 2011.[19][20] The game was also released for the PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Network in 2016, and is scheduled to release for the Xbox One through the Xbox Live Arcade and Microsoft Windows through Steam in 2017.[21] It features new characters, stages, modes, and other enhancements to improve game balance and online functionality.[22]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, a compilation game which includes Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, respectively, in 2012.[23] It features high-definition visuals, online multiplayer, dynamic challenges, and unlockables.[23]
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the series' newest and upcoming installment, will be released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.[24][25] It will feature two-on-two battles, similar to earlier Marvel vs. Capcom games, and remove character assist moves in favor of its own partner combo system.[25][26] The game will also implement a gameplay mechanic involving the Infinity Stones, which grants players unique abilities and upgrades depending on the type of stone selected.[26]

Related media[edit]

On July 2, 2012, Udon Entertainment announced the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works, an art book consisting of promotional artwork, sketches, and bonus material from the video game collaborations between Marvel and Capcom, beginning with the 1993 arcade game The Punisher to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.[27][28] The book contains contributions from a variety of artists and illustrators, including Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, Adi Granov, Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren, and Takeshi Miyazawa.[27] Official Complete Works made its international debut at San Diego Comic-Con on July 11, 2012, in an exclusive hardcover edition.[27][28] The hardcover also featured a wrap-around cover designed by Udon Entertainment and Capcom artist Alvin Lee, and digitally-painted by Udon's Genzoman.[28] A standard-format softcover was released in November 2012 by Diamond Comics.[28]

Gameplay[edit]

A screenshot from Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, featuring Hsien-Ko, Felicia, and Iron Man, which illustrates some of the series' gameplay concepts, such as assists, red health, and the Hyper Combo Gauge.

The basic gameplay of the Marvel vs. Capcom series is derived from Capcom's Street Fighter series.[5][29] Players compete in battle using characters with unique moves and special attacks.[30] Using a combination of joystick movements and button presses, players must execute various moves to damage their opponent and deplete their life gauge, or alternatively, have the most cumulative health when the timer runs out.[30][31] Unlike Street Fighter, however, the Marvel vs. Capcom games revolve around tag team-based combat.[5] Instead of choosing a single character, players select multiple to form teams of two or three.[5] Each character on the team is given their own life gauge.[29][32] Players control one character at a time, while the others await off-screen.[30] Players are also free to swap between their characters at any point during the match.[33] As characters take damage, portions of their life gauge will turn red, known as "red health", which represents the amount of health that a character can recover if the player tags them out.[34] The off-screen, dormant characters will slowly replenish their red health, allowing players to cycle through their team members and prolong their ability to fight.[34] Furthermore, as characters deal and receive damage, a colored meter at the bottom of the screen known as the "Hyper Combo Gauge" will gradually fill.[35] By expending meter from their Hyper Combo Gauge, players can perform "Hyper Combos" – powerful, cinematic attacks that deal heavy damage to the opponent – in addition to several other special techniques.[30][35] If one character loses all of their health, they are knocked out and the next available fighter will automatically come into play.[32]

Each successive Marvel vs. Capcom installment has added, removed, or altered gameplay elements over the course of the series' history.[5] X-Men vs. Street Fighter added two-on-two tag team features.[9] Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter introduced the concept of the "assist" by allowing the player to summon their off-screen partner to perform a special move without switching characters.[9][36] This feature was replaced in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.[9] Instead, the game randomly allocated an unplayable guest character with a preset assist move before each match; in addition, assists were limited to only a few uses per round.[9] The assist features from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter were re-incorporated into the following sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, once again granting players the ability to call in their off-screen characters at any time during the match without constraint.[37] Marvel vs. Capcom 2 also increased the number of characters per team by one, providing a three-on-three battle format.[37] Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds introduced "X-Factor", a comeback mechanic which offers increased damage, speed, and red health regeneration for a limited time upon activation.[35] Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will revert back to two-on-two partner battles and remove traditional character assists.[26] Infinite will also implement the Infinity Stones as a gameplay mechanic, where each of the six stones grants unique abilities and enhancements to the player.[26]

Another gameplay element that helps to distinguish the Marvel vs. Capcom series from other fighting game franchises is its emphasis on aerial combat.[38][39] Every character in the Marvel vs. Capcom series is given a "Launcher" move, which sends the opponent flying up into the air.[39] The player can then choose to follow up immediately by using a "Super Jump", which allows a character to jump much higher than normal, in order to continue their combo; these airborne combos are called "Air Combos" or "Aerial Raves".[5][31] Marvel vs. Capcom 3 introduced a gameplay feature known as the "Aerial Exchange", giving players the opportunity to extend their Air Combos further by quickly tagging in their other characters while mid-air.[35]

As Capcom's design philosophy for the series has changed to appeal to a wider audience, the control scheme has been repeatedly modified to accommodate people less familiar with the fighting game genre.[26][40] The first three installments utilized the same layout of six attack buttons, separated as three pairs of light, medium, and hard punches and kicks.[26][30] In Marvel vs. Capcom 2, in order to make the game more accessible, the layout was tweaked to four attack buttons, consisting of two pairs of light and heavy punches and kicks, and two dedicated assist buttons.[16][41] The control scheme was further simplified with the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which included three attack buttons designated to undefined light, medium, and hard attacks, two assist buttons, and an "exchange button" used to perform Launchers and switch between characters during Air Combos.[41][42] In addition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 included two different control scheme options: Normal Mode and Simple Mode.[43][44] Simple Mode, designed for casual players, allows players to perform special moves and Hyper Combos with single button presses at the expense of limiting a character's available moveset.[41][43]

Characters[edit]

Marvel vs. Capcom has featured over 90 playable fighters, primarily drawn from comic book series published by Marvel Comics and video games franchises developed and produced by Capcom. The games have seldom introduced original characters, which include Norimaro from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and Amingo, Ruby Heart, and SonSon from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.[9][45] In addition to the playable cast, other characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes make appearances in the games in varying capacities. Both Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes include secret characters which can be played by inputting specific sequences of joystick movements on the character select screen.[46][47] These secret characters consist of palette swaps of existing fighters with different moveset properties.[46][47] Clash of Super Heroes also has unplayable summon characters as part of its "Guest Character/Special Partner" assist system.[33][48] Many Marvel vs. Capcom installments also allow players to fight as the games' boss characters in special game modes, with the exception of Abyss from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.[49][50] Characters that have not been playable frequently make cameo appearances in the games' cutscenes and stage backgrounds.[51] Lastly, numerous non-playable Marvel and Capcom characters are featured as "Ability Cards" in the Heroes and Heralds game mode in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.[52]

List of playable characters
Character XvSF MvSF MvC MvC2 MvC3 UMvC3 MvCI
Akuma Yes Yes[Note 1] No[Note 2] Yes Yes Yes ?
Albert Wesker No No No No Yes Yes ?
Amaterasu No No No No Yes Yes ?
Amingo No No No Yes No No ?
Anakaris No No No Yes No No ?
Apocalypse Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No No No No ?
Arthur No No No No Yes Yes ?
B.B. Hood No No No Yes No No ?
Blackheart No Yes[Note 3] No Yes No No ?
Cable No No No Yes No No ?
Cammy White Yes No No Yes No No ?
Captain America No Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Captain Commando No No Yes Yes No No ?
Captain Marvel No No No No No No Yes
Charlie Nash Yes Yes[Note 3] No Yes No No ?
Chris Redfield No No No No Yes Yes ?
Chun-Li Yes Yes Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes ?
Colossus No No No Yes No No ?
Crimson Viper No No No No Yes Yes ?
Cyclops Yes Yes No Yes No No ?
Dan Hibiki No Yes No Yes No No ?
Dante No No No No Yes Yes ?
Deadpool No No No No Yes Yes ?
Dhalsim Yes Yes No Yes No No ?
Doctor Doom No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Doctor Strange No No No No No Yes ?
Dormammu No No No No Yes Yes ?
Felicia No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Firebrand No No No No No Yes ?
Frank West No No No No No Yes ?
Galactus No No No No No Yes[Note 1] ?
Gambit Yes No Yes Yes No No ?
Ghost Rider No No No No No Yes ?
Guile No No No Yes No No ?
Hawkeye No No No No No Yes ?
Hayato Kanzaki No No No Yes No No ?
Hsien-Ko No No No No Yes Yes ?
Hulk No Yes Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes ?
Iceman No No No Yes No No ?
Iron Fist No No No No No Yes ?
Iron Man No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jill Valentine No No No Yes DLC DLC ?
Jin Saotome No No Yes Yes No No ?
Juggernaut Yes No No Yes No No ?
Ken Masters Yes Yes No[Note 2] Yes No No ?
Magneto Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Marrow No No No Yes No No ?
M. Bison Yes Yes No Yes No No ?
Mega Man No No Yes Yes No No ?
Mega Man X No No No No No No Yes
Mike Haggar No No No No Yes Yes ?
M.O.D.O.K. No No No No Yes Yes ?
Morrigan Aensland No No Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nathan Spencer No No No No Yes Yes ?
Nemesis T-Type No No No No No Yes ?
Norimaro No Yes[Note 4] No No No No ?
Nova No No No No No Yes ?
Omega Red No Yes No Yes No No ?
Onslaught No No Yes[Note 1] No No No ?
Phoenix No No No No Yes Yes ?
Phoenix Wright No No No No No Yes ?
Psylocke No No No Yes No No ?
Rocket Raccoon No No No No No Yes ?
Rogue Yes No No Yes No No ?
Roll No No Yes Yes No No ?
Ruby Heart No No No Yes No No ?
Ryu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sabretooth Yes No No Yes No No ?
Sakura Kasugano No Yes[Note 3] No Yes No No ?
Sentinel No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Servbot No No No Yes No No ?
She-Hulk No No No No Yes Yes ?
Shuma-Gorath No Yes No Yes DLC DLC ?
Silver Samurai No No No Yes No No ?
SonSon No No No Yes No No ?
Spider-Man No Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Spiral No No No Yes No No ?
Storm Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Strider Hiryu No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Super-Skrull No No No No Yes Yes ?
Taskmaster No No No No Yes Yes ?
Thanos No No No Yes No No ?
Thor No No No No Yes Yes ?
Trish No No No No Yes Yes ?
Tron Bonne No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
Venom No No Yes[Note 3] Yes No No ?
Vergil No No No No No Yes ?
Viewtiful Joe No No No No Yes Yes ?
War Machine No No Yes[Note 3] Yes No No ?
Wolverine Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 5] Yes Yes ?
X-23 No No No No Yes Yes ?
Zangief Yes Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes No No ?
Zero No No No No Yes Yes ?
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Players can fight as final boss characters Apocalypse, Cyber Akuma, Galactus, and Onslaught against waves of AI-controlled enemies in their games' respective boss modes.
  2. ^ a b In Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Ryu has an ability called Complete Change, which allows him to change his moveset into Ken's or Akuma's.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Alternate, palette-swapped versions of Blackheart (Mephisto), Captain America (U.S. Agent), Charlie (Shadow), Chun-Li (Shadow Lady), Hulk (Orange Hulk), Morrigan (Lilith), Sakura (Sunburned Sakura), Spider-Man (Armored Spider-Man), Venom (Hyper Venom), War Machine (Mega War Machine), and Zangief (Mech-Zangief) appear as secret characters.
  4. ^ Norimaro is exclusive to the Japanese arcade and console versions of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  5. ^ An alternate version of Wolverine, named Bone Claw Wolverine, appears as a separate playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.

Development[edit]

Capcom's partnership with Marvel Comics began in 1993 with the release of The Punisher, an arcade beat 'em up based on the comic book series of the same name.[4] Capcom then created their first Marvel-based fighting game, X-Men: Children of the Atom, in 1994.[4] Marvel Super Heroes soon followed in 1995.[4] Many of the gameplay mechanics used in the Marvel vs. Capcom series were first developed and refined in these two fighting games, serving as precursors to the series.[58] Former Capcom USA Strategic Marketing Director of Online and Community, Seth Killian, stated that many fighting game aficionados, including himself, consider them to have laid the foundation for the Versus series.[58]

The idea for implementing tag teams was inspired by an easter egg from Capcom's own 1995 fighting game Street Fighter Alpha.[59] In a secret "Dramatic Battle" mode, two players, controlling Ryu and Ken, were able to fight against an AI-controlled M. Bison at the same time.[59] The easter egg itself had drawn inspiration from the final battle sequence from Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, which showcased a two-on-one fight with Ryu and Ken against M. Bison.[59] Recognizing the uniqueness of a team-up concept, Capcom began to work on their next project.[59] After their earlier licensing ventures with Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, the company decided to combine Marvel's X-Men franchise, their own Street Fighter franchise, and their team-up concept, leading to the creation of X-Men vs. Street Fighter.[59][60] The game debuted in Japanese arcades in 1996, establishing the series' fast-paced, tag team-based gameplay style.[9]

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter was then released in 1997, which replaced most of the X-Men cast with other heroes from the Marvel Universe and introduced the character assist mechanic.[5] Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes later followed in 1998, exchanging the majority of the Street Fighter cast with characters from other Capcom video games series, such as Mega Man and Darkstalkers.[5][9] In 1999, Capcom announced the development of another sequel, called Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.[61][62] Marvel vs. Capcom 2 heavily re-used assets from previous Capcom-developed games, including Street Fighter Alpha, Darkstalkers, and the earlier Marvel vs. Capcom titles, resulting in a large roster of 56 playable characters.[63]

Shortly after the release of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox ports for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom lost the use of the Marvel license, putting the series on an indefinite hiatus.[64] However, in 2010, Capcom announced the development of the next installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, which was eventually released in 2011.[65][66] An updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, titled Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, was released later in the same year.[22] The high-definition compilation game Marvel vs. Capcom Origins was then released in 2012.[23]

Following the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PlayStation Vita in 2012, Marvel's new parent company, The Walt Disney Company, which acquired Marvel in 2009, chose not to renew Capcom's license with the Marvel characters, instead opting to put them in its own self-published Disney Infinity series.[67][68] As a result, Capcom had to pull both Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 off their online platforms in 2013.[67][68] However, in 2016, Disney decided to cancel its Disney Infinity series, discontinue self-publishing efforts, and switch to a licensing-only model, allowing them to license their characters to third-party game developers, including Capcom.[69][70] Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was revealed later that year, with a planned release in 2017.[24][25]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
X-Men vs. Street Fighter 64% (PS)[71]
82% (SAT)[72]
N/A
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter 74% (PS)[73]
77% (SAT)[74]
N/A
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes 80% (DC)[75]
75% (PS)[76]
N/A
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes 90% (DC)[77]
76% (PS2)[78]
67% (Xbox)[79]
83% (X360)[80]
86% (PS3)[81]
61% (iOS)[82]
90/100 (DC)[83]
76/100 (PS2)[84]
65/100 (Xbox)[85]
82/100 (X360)[86]
85/100 (PS3)[87]
64/100 (iOS)[88]
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 86% (X360)[89]
86% (PS3)[90]
85/100 (X360)[91]
84/100 (PS3)[92]
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 81% (PS3)[93]
81% (X360)[94]
82% (Vita)[95]
80/100 (PS3)[96]
79/100 (X360)[97]
80/100 (Vita)[98]
Marvel vs. Capcom Origins 72% (PS3)[99]
80% (X360)[100]
72/100 (PS3)[101]
78/100 (X360)[102]

The Marvel vs. Capcom series has received reviews ranging from average to positive from critics. According to Capcom President and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto, the games have enjoyed broad appeal, especially in markets outside of Japan.[103] As of December 2016, approximately 7 million units have been sold, currently making it Capcom's eighth best-selling franchise.[103][104]

The series' first three titles, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, received praise for their frantic gameplay style, visual flair, playable character rosters, and the quality of their sprite animations.[6][29][105] The games' Dreamcast and Sega Saturn ports were also lauded for their technical performance, matching the capabilities of the arcade versions.[6][29][105] Conversely, the PlayStation ports were criticized for their removal of tag team battles and noticeable decline in frame rate and animation quality – changes which stemmed from the console's RAM limitations.[33][106][107]

Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes received similar praise, with particular attention given towards the large ensemble cast and the addition of three-on-three combat.[11][108] The Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Xbox versions were criticized for their lack of online multiplayer support outside Japan.[108][109] These concerns were addressed with the release of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ports, which reviewers commended for their smooth online experience.[110][111] A common source of complaints was the game's jazz-inspired soundtrack, which critics deemed as out of place.[112][113]

In addition to its character variety and visual presentation, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds garnered praise for simplifying the series' combat mechanics and control scheme, thus making it more accessible for players new to fighting games.[114][115] Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom was applauded for its additions to the character roster, gameplay tweaks, and improved online functionality.[116][117] Both games, however, were criticized for their lack of game modes and single-player content.[115][118] Marvel vs. Capcom Origins was praised for preserving the original arcade releases' integrity and its addition of online multiplayer, dynamic challenges, and unlockable content; however, in remaining faithful to the arcade versions, some reviewers criticized the games for their outdated gameplay and unbalanced fighters.[119][120]

In 2012, Complex ranked Marvel vs. Capcom at number 37 on the list of the best video game franchises, commenting that "a frenetic pace and over the top effects work together to make this franchise stand the test of time."[121]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Backbone Entertainment developed the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
  2. ^ Eighting co-developed Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with Capcom.
  3. ^ Iron Galaxy Studios developed Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.
  4. ^ Virgin Interactive published the Dreamcast versions of Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes in Europe.
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