January 22, 2010 -
Right now you're reading a review for a game that shouldn't have ever existed outside of Japan. Mainstream gamers -- and most hardcore gamers, at that -- don't know the Tatsunoko brand. With very little promise of a commercial success, Capcom would be crazy to bring the latest in the Capcom Vs. series to U.S. shores, right?
Not necessarily, no. You're reading about a "dark horse" game, no doubt. But you're also reading a review for one of the best games on the Wii.
If you're anything like me, you didn't know the Tatsunoko brand before you started seeing shots of some super hero dudes locking it up with the likes of Ryu and Chun Li in the Street Fighter arena. If you take one thing away from this review though, it's that it simply doesn't matter. Any way you slice it -- be it the modes, balance, character diversity, depth, or ease of entry into the game itself -- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is one of the best fighters we've seen since Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and it's a testament to good, old-fashioned 2D ass-kickery.