Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars


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Capcom can no longer sell Tatsunoko vs. Capcom due to rights lapse

"Unless Japan were to strike a new deal, I'd say the chances of this happening are slim."

The Wii exclusive 2010 fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is soon to become a collector's item as Capcom has lost the rights to sell its title bearing its namesake due to its rights with animation studio Tatsunoko expiring.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Destined for greatness?

This year marked my first trip to the Eurogamer Expo. I was only able to attend the opening day, and with so many games and conferences I wanted to sample, I came up with a simple strategy: don't stay on one game for too long and try to mix it up.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

I've always been more concerned with improving my Street Fighter skills than keeping up with the latest Marvel or DC adventures, but when X-Men vs. Street Fighter hit the arcades - eventually evolving into the adrenaline-pumping Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - there wasn't a fighter fan in the land who could resist its crossover charms.

Here was an opportunity to dragon punch Spider-Man in the face, or pair-up Wolverine and Strider in a toe-to-toe showdown against Magneto and M. Bison. Needless to say, Capcom had hit upon something big.

The obvious difference with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is, rather than wondering if Capcom have included Carnage as an unlockable character, you'll probably be saying, "Who the hell is Tekkaman?" This is because most of the included Tatsunoko characters are sourced from vintage seventies anime - the kind your average Shonen Jump fan will be unfamiliar with. What you can expect from the likes of Gatchaman and Neo-Human Casshern is a vibrant abundance of capes and PVC helmets.

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Capcom confirmed for EG Expo

Capcom confirmed for EG Expo

Lost Planet 2, Monster Hunter Tri, more.

You know, this is already a pretty sweet job. We get to play games, write about them and attend parties populated by heroes, fairies and talking cars. It gets even better, however, when it comes to making these joyful announcements about the marvellous games you’ll all be playing at this year’s Eurogamer Expos.

Making the transition from rumoured to confirmed today are those stalwart folk at Capcom, green-lighting no less than five titles to be shown on our already packed show floors in London and Leeds.

Top of the list is a eight-player Lost Planet 2 experience on PS3. A slight departure in its multiplayer focus, the Lost Planet sequel still features the huge enemies and stompy robot suits which made the original so popular. Take a look at the gameplay trailer over on Eurogamer TV for a better idea of the new, less icy setting.

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Peculiar bedfellows, perhaps? There was always going to be a clash somewhere in this year's Coming Attractions as we sorted our way through 12 categories, but you could argue there's more that unites fighting and strategy than divides them. Both are about trying to take maximum of advantage of your opposition's weaknesses, both reward patience, concentration and consideration, and as of Red Alert 3 both have a thing for impractical women's clothing.