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This article is about the series. For the game, see Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.
Marvel vs. Capcom
Marvel vs Capcom logo.png
Current Marvel vs. Capcom logo
Genres Fighting
Developers Capcom
Eighting (Marvel vs. Capcom 3)
Publishers Capcom
Platform of origin Arcade
First release X-Men vs. Street Fighter
1996
Latest release Marvel vs. Capcom Origins
2012

Marvel vs. Capcom (マーヴルVSカプコン Māburu bāsasu Kapukon?) is a series of crossover fighting games developed and published by Capcom featuring characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom's own video game franchises. It was the first Vs. series involving Capcom, who would later produce other Vs. series with SNK Playmore (SNK vs. Capcom) and Tatsunoko Production (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars).

The Marvel characters depicted in the earlier games were often based on their appearances in various 1990s animated series, particularly X-Men, and were often voiced by the same voice actors. Similarly, the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 cast bear similarities to and share voice actors with their late 2000s animated incarnations, such as those seen in Wolverine and the X-Men, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Titles[edit]

Video games[edit]

Overview of all titles and versions in the Marvel vs. Capcom series
Title Release Original platform(s) Ports
X-Men vs. Street Fighter 1996 Arcade Sega Saturn (1997); PlayStation (1998)
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter 1997 Arcade Sega Saturn (1998); PlayStation (1999)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes 1998 Arcade Dreamcast (1999), PlayStation (2000); PSN, XBLA (2012)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes 2000 Arcade Dreamcast (2000); PlayStation 2 (2002); Xbox (2003); PSN, XBLA (2009); iOS (2012)
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 N/A
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 PlayStation Vita (2011)
Marvel vs. Capcom Origins 2012 PSN, XBLA N/A

Capcom's partnership with Marvel began in 1993 with the release of The Punisher, an arcade beat 'em up based on the comics.[1] Capcom then created their first Marvel-based fighting game, X-Men: Children of the Atom, in 1994. Marvel Super Heroes soon followed in 1995.[1] 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. 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.[2]

X-Men vs. Street Fighter was released for arcades in 1996, introducing the series' signature tag team action by combining Street Fighter-style combat with tag team features.[1] The game was succeeded by Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter in 1997, expanding the character roster to the larger Marvel universe. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes later debuted in 1998, including characters from numerous Capcom video game franchises. The sprite-based games culminated in 2000 with the arrival of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, which featured a cast of 56 playable characters.[1]

Shortly after the release of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox ports for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom lost the use of the Marvel license after a string of legal issues put the series on hold.[3] After a decade-long hiatus, the franchise was revived with the 2011 release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. The series' traditional sprites transitioned into 3D character models while retaining the 2D-style combat. An updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, was released later in the same year with additional characters, stages, modes, and other gameplay enhancements.[4][5] A compilation of Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, called Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, was released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in 2012, featuring high-definition visuals, online multiplayer, challenges, and unlockables.[6]

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 many video game collaborations between Marvel and Capcom, from the 1993 arcade game The Punisher to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The book made its international debut at San Diego Comic-Con on July 11, 2012, in an exclusive hardcover edition. A standard-format softcover was released in October 2012 by Diamond Comics.[7]

Gameplay[edit]

The conventions and controls for the Marvel vs. Capcom series have evolved over its near two decade-long run. Following the same gameplay mechanics from Street Fighter II, the series initially began with the standard one-on-one, best-two-out-of-three rounds format as seen in X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes. Players would select a character to use in battle and use various attacks to exhaust their opponent's health meter or have the most cumulative health when time ran out. X-Men vs. Street Fighter limited each match to one round, but added two-on-two tag team features. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter later introduced the concept of the "assist" by allowing the player to summon their offscreen partner to perform a special move without switching characters. The feature was tweaked in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, which allowed you to select an assist character before each match and only allowed the player to use their assist a limited number of times. The assist features from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter were used instead in the following sequel, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, once again granting players the ability to call in their offscreen characters at any time during the match without constraint. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 also increased the number of characters per team by one, providing the series' current three-on-three battle format.

As Capcom's design philosophy for the series changed to expand their user base and reach a wider audience, the control scheme has been repeatedly modified to accommodate people unfamiliar with fighting games.[8] The first five games utilized the same configuration of an eight-directional joystick and six attack buttons that was previously established by Street Fighter II. In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, the controls were cut down to four attack buttons and two assist buttons in order to make the game more accessible. The control scheme was further simplified with the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, which included three attack buttons, two assist buttons, and a "launcher" button.[9] In addition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 included two different control scheme options: Normal Mode and Simple Mode. Simple Mode, tailored to casual players, allowed players to perform combos and special moves more easily at the expense of limiting a character's available moveset.[10]

Playable characters[edit]

Marvel[edit]

Character XvSF MvSF MvC MvC2 MvC3 UMvC3
Apocalypse Yes[Note 1] Yes[Note 1] No No No No
Blackheart No Yes[Note 2] No Yes No No
Cable No No No Yes No No
Captain America No Yes[Note 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colossus No No No Yes No No
Cyclops Yes Yes No Yes No No
Deadpool No No No No Yes Yes
Doctor Doom No No No Yes Yes Yes
Doctor Strange No No No No No Yes
Dormammu No No No No Yes Yes
Galactus No No No No No Yes[Note 3]
Gambit Yes No Yes Yes No No
Ghost Rider No No No No No Yes
Hawkeye No No No No No Yes
Hulk No Yes Yes[Note 4] 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
Juggernaut Yes No No Yes No No
Magneto Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Marrow No No No Yes No No
MODOK No No No No Yes Yes
Nova No No No No No Yes
Omega Red No Yes No Yes No No
Onslaught No No Yes[Note 5] No No No
Phoenix No No No No Yes Yes
Psylocke No No No Yes No No
Rocket Raccoon No No No No No Yes
Rogue Yes No No Yes No No
Sabretooth Yes No No Yes No No
Sentinel No No No Yes Yes Yes
She-Hulk No No No No Yes Yes
Shuma-Gorath No Yes No Yes DLC DLC
Silver Samurai No No No Yes No No
Spider-Man No Yes[Note 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spiral No No No Yes No No
Storm Yes No No Yes Yes 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
Venom No No Yes[Note 4] Yes No No
War Machine No No Yes[Note 4] Yes No No
Wolverine Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 6] Yes Yes
X-23 No No No No Yes Yes
Notes
  1. ^ a b In X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, the player can fight as the game's final boss, Apocalypse, against waves of AI-controlled enemies in "Boss Mode."
  2. ^ a b c In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, alternate versions of Blackheart (Mephisto), Captain America (U.S. Agent), and Spider-Man (Armored Spider-Man) appear as secret characters.
  3. ^ In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the player can fight as the game's final boss, Galactus, against waves of AI-controlled enemies in "Galactus Mode."
  4. ^ a b c In Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes, alternate versions of Hulk (Orange Hulk), Venom (Red Venom), and War Machine (Gold War Machine) appear as secret characters.
  5. ^ In the PlayStation version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes, the player can fight as the game's final boss, Onslaught, against waves of AI-controlled enemies in "Boss Mode."
  6. ^ In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, an alternate version of Wolverine, named Bone Claw Wolverine, appears as a separate playable character.

Capcom[edit]

Character XvSF MvSF MvC MvC2 MvC3 UMvC3 Franchise
Akuma Yes Yes[Note 1] No Yes Yes Yes Street Fighter
Albert Wesker No No No No Yes Yes Resident Evil
Amaterasu No No No No Yes Yes Ōkami
Amingo No No No Yes No No Marvel vs. Capcom
Anakaris No No No Yes No No Darkstalkers
Arthur No No No No Yes Yes Ghosts 'n Goblins
B.B. Hood No No No Yes No No Darkstalkers
Cammy White Yes No No Yes No No Street Fighter
Captain Commando No No Yes Yes No No Captain Commando
Charlie Nash Yes Yes[Note 2] No Yes No No Street Fighter
Chris Redfield No No No No Yes Yes Resident Evil
Chun-Li Yes Yes Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes Street Fighter
Crimson Viper No No No No Yes Yes Street Fighter
Dan Hibiki No Yes No Yes No No Street Fighter
Dante No No No No Yes Yes Devil May Cry
Dhalsim Yes Yes No Yes No No Street Fighter
Felicia No No No Yes Yes Yes Darkstalkers
Firebrand No No No No No Yes Ghosts 'n Goblins
Frank West No No No No No Yes Dead Rising
Guile No No No Yes No No Street Fighter
Hayato Kanzaki No No No Yes No No Star Gladiator
Hsien-Ko No No No No Yes Yes Darkstalkers
Jill Valentine No No No Yes DLC DLC Resident Evil
Jin Saotome No No Yes Yes No No Cyberbots
Ken Masters Yes Yes No Yes No No Street Fighter
M. Bison Yes Yes No Yes No No Street Fighter
Mega Man No No Yes Yes No No Mega Man
Mike Haggar No No No No Yes Yes Final Fight
Morrigan Aensland No No Yes[Note 3] Yes Yes Yes Darkstalkers
Nathan Spencer No No No No Yes Yes Bionic Commando
Nemesis T-Type No No No No No Yes Resident Evil
Norimaro No Yes[Note 4] No No No No Marvel vs. Capcom
Phoenix Wright No No No No No Yes Ace Attorney
Roll No No Yes Yes No No Mega Man
Ruby Heart No No No Yes No No Marvel vs. Capcom
Ryu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Street Fighter
Sakura Kasugano No Yes[Note 5] No Yes No No Street Fighter
Servbot No No No Yes No No Mega Man
Sonson No No No Yes No No Marvel vs. Capcom
Strider Hiryu No No Yes Yes No Yes Strider
Trish No No No No Yes Yes Devil May Cry
Tron Bonne No No No Yes Yes Yes Mega Man
Vergil No No No No No Yes Devil May Cry
Viewtiful Joe No No No No Yes Yes Viewtiful Joe
Zangief Yes Yes[Note 5] Yes Yes No No Street Fighter
Zero No No No No Yes Yes Mega Man
Notes
  1. ^ In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, the player can fight as the game's final boss, Cyber Akuma, against waves of enemies in "Boss Mode."
  2. ^ In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, an alternate version of Charlie, named Shadow, appears as a secret character.
  3. ^ a b In Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes, alternate versions of Chun-Li (Shadow Lady) and Morrigan (Lilith) appear as secret characters.
  4. ^ Norimaro is exclusive to the Japanese arcade and console versions of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
  5. ^ a b In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, alternate versions of Zangief (Mech-Zangief) and Sakura (Dark Sakura) appear as secret characters.

Reception[edit]

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."[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d UDON Entertainment (2012). Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works. Hong Kong: Diamond Comics. p. 2. ISBN 9781926778495. 
  2. ^ Killian, Seth (2011-02-11). Marvel vs Capcom: a history of the Vs fighting series. GamesRadar. Event occurs at 00:17-00:52. Retrieved 2011-02-28. Seth Killian: So the history of the Versus series technically starts with X-Men vs. Street Fighter, but many fighting aficionados including myself really date some of the origins back to games called X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes which introduced things like chain combo and aerial rave [...] all of that lead us eventually into X-Men vs. Street Fighter... 
  3. ^ Klepek, Patrick (2010-04-20). "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds First Impressions". G4TV. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  4. ^ Baxter, Shawn (2011-07-20). "Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Announced". Capcom-Unity. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  5. ^ Robison, Seth (2011-08-30). "PAX 2011: Why You Need ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3". Newsarama. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  6. ^ Elston, Brett (2012-07-05). "Marvel vs Capcom Origins coming to XBLA and PSN in September". Capcom-Unity. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Get Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works". Marvel Entertainment. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  8. ^ Klepek, Patrick (2010-04-20). "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds First Impressions". G4TV. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  9. ^ "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Preview". Game Informer. GameStop Corporation (206). June 2010. 
  10. ^ Brudvig, Erik (2010-09-16). "TGS: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Gets Simple - Xbox 360 News at IGN". Uk.xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  11. ^ Jones, Elton; Brittany Vincent; Larry Hester (2012-09-25). "The 50 Best Video Game Franchises". Complex. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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