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E3 09: Five new characters coming to the US Tatsunoko

4:05 PM on 06.02.2009, Jonathan Ross 39 comments

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Capcom's latest press release for the hotly anticipated US version of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom has some interesting new details on what's going to be different between this version of the game and the original Japanese one. In addition to the five new characters, Capcom also mentions that they had to remove one of the original characters due to licensing issues. No mention of who the removed character is, or who any of the new five will be, but I'd love to see some more Darkstalkers characters make an appearance.

The press release also mentions that the US version is going to feature more mini-games (OH BOY!), a better story mode, and, most importantly, online play that won't be restricted by friend codes. If you want to read the press release for yourself, it's right below the jump. Between this, Punch Out, and FFIV: The After Years, I'm surprised to find that I actually have reasons (that's right, plural!) to turn my Wii on.

SAN MATEO, CA — June 2, 2009 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is coming to North America for the Wii™ home video game system. Capcom’s popular and critically acclaimed ‘VS’ fighting series is getting an all new next-generation introduction. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom pits Capcom’s iconic characters against Tatsunoko Productions anime superheroes. This clash of heroes face off in two-on-two battles for the ultimate 2D tag-team battle.

Originally released in Japanese arcades in the Fall of 2008, the original Tatsunoko vs. Capcom moved to the Wii console on December 11, 2008. This extraordinary fighter will blend these two rich universes by taking Capcom characters like Ryu from Street Fighter, Morrigan from Darkstalkers and the giant PTX-40A from Lost Planet and putting them against Tatsunoko fan-favorite characters from Gatchaman, Hurricane Polymar, Casshern and more. It’s a battler oyale that delivers match-ups that only exist in fans wildest dreams!

Unlike the more well-known six-button layout that the Street Fighter franchise pioneered, the VS line features a simplified four button system: “Weak”, “Medium”, “Strong” and “Assist” for the tag-team option of. The “Assist” feature adds another compelling element found Capcom’s other “VS” series: allowing players to switch their character on the fly or call for help from their tag-team partner, allowing for spectacular super moves (“Hyper Variable Combination”). Successful execution of the Assist feature can turn the tide of battle on a dime. Historically the VS series excels in integrating the tag-team options by including customized moves like Variable Assist, Snapback, and the previously mentioned Hyper Variable combination that lets both characters on one team perform their Hyper attack.

TvC enhances the above gameplay with new mechanics, including the Variable Aerial Rave that allows characters to be switched in the middle of an Aerial rave. More moves include the offensive Assault and defensive maneuver Mega Crash. Another new gameplay mechanic, titled Baroque, illuminates the character in a rainbow of colors, cancels the current attack and extends combos and damage.

Featuring a robust line-up of characters, the console version added four mini-games and optional control schemes

This “newer” version of TvC, currently dubbed Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, removes one character due to licensing issues, and adds five new ones, online gameplay, more mini-games and an enhanced story mode.


• 26 fan-favorite characters from the Tatsunoko and Capcom universes face-off in this stylish 2D fighter

• Tag-team battles and customized two-character fighting techniques produce a wild, dazzling spectacle

• Wi-Fi Online gameplay allows worldwide matches

• Four battle modes include Friend, Rival, Free and Ranked Battles

• Match-ups are not restricted to just “Friends”

• Earn Points and Titles (for Title Creation) for all to see

• All-new VS gameplay mechanics creates a new way for fans to return to the series

• More than 20 Mini-game provide additional multiplayer fun

• Enhanced control schemes offer a simplified control scheme option and allow use of the Classic Controller and Gamecube Controller

• Wii-exclusive

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F Whipple's Avatar
F Whipple at 06/02/2009 16:14
Dante please?
Askherserenity's Avatar
Askherserenity at 06/02/2009 16:16
This is amazing news. Everyone that hasn't played this game yet really needs to. I'm just hoping the online play is going to be good.
Dr Milkdad's Avatar
Dr Milkdad at 06/02/2009 16:16
I hope they are the samurai pizza cats
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SephirothX at 06/02/2009 16:18
Dante please, thank you.
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naia-the-gamer at 06/02/2009 16:18
I know someone who would cream themselves if Zero became one of those five new characters..
Spectreman's Avatar
Spectreman at 06/02/2009 16:22
* This game is getting even more fun. Great work.
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EdgyDude at 06/02/2009 16:27
Considering TvC contains mostly obscure characters i'd say Dante might not be in those 5, maybe Super Joe, Captain Commando, hell, i'd love it if Protoman was there, maybe Jill Valentine returning from MvC series, let the speculation begin
TheCleaningGuy's Avatar
TheCleaningGuy at 06/02/2009 16:28
Please don't remove Karas.
Then add Lei Lei from Darkstalkers.
covah's Avatar
covah at 06/02/2009 16:28
I just died of happiness.
KoKoO Psy's Avatar
KoKoO Psy at 06/02/2009 16:30
Black King Boss please!
I own the Jap game, but i would get it i recon if it does have more characters.
Monodi's Avatar
Monodi at 06/02/2009 16:33
Tron Bonne!
Zonic505's Avatar
Zonic505 at 06/02/2009 16:34
Chronic Logic's Avatar
Chronic Logic at 06/02/2009 16:37
There's a lesson to be learned. Never import a game that is coming to your country.
Justice's Avatar
Justice at 06/02/2009 16:39
Oh my gosh, Capcom are too awesome. Seriously.
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Scary Womanizing Pig Mask at 06/02/2009 16:40
One of those better be Phoenix Wright.
Conan-san's Avatar
Conan-san at 06/02/2009 16:43
My Bet is as follows:
Karass out,
Zero, Dante, Speedy Cerveice, Sins Casshern and Dan in.
Zonic505's Avatar
Zonic505 at 06/02/2009 16:56
@Conan-san: It's been confirmed that Hakushon Daimaou got removed for the US version. Karas was in the E3 trailer (Hakushon Daimaou was not), so he'll still be in the game.

So basically, 1 character to replace Hakushon Daimaou, & then 2 extra characters for each side.
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Gen Eric Gui at 06/02/2009 16:57
The removed character was confirmed to be Hakushan Daimyo. The big genie guy, that is. WHY he had to be removed is anybody's guess, but that's the word from Capcom.

I too want to know who is getting put in. I'm hearing 5 new characters, so that means at least one to replace Daimyo, and two more for each side. I'm not too familiar with other Tatsu characters, but here's hoping for Gene and maybe Captain Commando. Dante will never make it in, the series producer doesn't want him in.
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NeoChaos at 06/02/2009 16:58
E3 trailer. Hakushon Daimao's the removed character - he's the only character from the Japanese release that doesn't make it in. Of the 5 new characters, 3 will be Tatsunoko to keep the same number of characters on both sides.

So Conan-san, your prediction's already wrong. :P
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Palidi at 06/02/2009 16:59
Oh man, I hope Yatterman wasn't the character removed.

I'd like to see them add Yatterman 2, Zero, Cammy...and I don't really care who the other two are.
NeoChaos's Avatar
NeoChaos at 06/02/2009 16:59
D'oh beaten twice to the punch. Regardless, what a day.
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The-Excel at 06/02/2009 17:19
Good riddance.
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Necros at 06/02/2009 17:29
Considering the licensing nightmare that this game was, that's a pretty good deal to lose one character, get him replaced, and then gain four more. Although I question the idea of "26 fan-favorite characters" when most Americans are barely familiar with any Tatsunoko characters in this game beyond "those guys from G-Force and Battle of the Planets" (a.k.a. the Gatchaman characters).
Harris Hatsworth's Avatar
Harris Hatsworth at 06/02/2009 17:47
Rock. Hard.
theredpepperofdoom's Avatar
theredpepperofdoom at 06/02/2009 17:58
Capcom is the master of fanservice
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TheCleaningGuy at 06/02/2009 18:00
Hakushon Daimao was stupid anyway. I'm glad he's gone.
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taiki at 06/02/2009 18:28
@Askherserenity Quite frankly, it's not that great of a game. It is good though.

I also am hoping that we see Kenji/Edgeworth or Phoenix Wright/Ryuichi in it.
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DaedHead8 at 06/02/2009 18:43
I wanna see Gouken in this game. In fact, I want to see Gouken in EVERY capcom fighting game.
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protoknuckles at 06/02/2009 18:49
I need protoman and Phoenix Wright (or Edgeworth, or Gumshoe). PLEASE?
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Wedge at 06/02/2009 19:04
Oh my god if Gene got in that would be so epic. And it has online play now? Damn, this is sounding pretty fucking sweet.
Timstuff's Avatar
Timstuff at 06/02/2009 19:09
Go Speed Racer, go go, Speed Racer!!!!!
Kapkomi's Avatar
Kapkomi at 06/02/2009 19:32
Hakushon Daimaou is not an Ultimate All Star
ComradKyro's Avatar
ComradKyro at 06/02/2009 20:17
C'mon Gene! His style is impetuous!
EdgyDude's Avatar
EdgyDude at 06/02/2009 21:04
more than Phoenix Wright, i'm guessing Francisca Von Karma, she has a whip you know
maverick535's Avatar
maverick535 at 06/02/2009 23:00
This game won't sell well.
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StriderS at 06/03/2009 01:56

Screw my Japanese version, I'm getting this.
Conan-san's Avatar
Conan-san at 06/03/2009 03:12
Ok then, well, the rest of my prediction stands.

In coming-
Zero (Megaman Zero Type)
Dante (DMC)
Speedy Cervecie (Samurai Pizza Cats)
Casshern (Casshern Sins type)
Dan Hibiki (Cuz every game has to have his explostive Suicide Super Combo)
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