Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
Back in 2008, Capcom released a fighting game for Wii in their Capcom vs series of games. It was called Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes and was unfortunately only released in Japan, and for good reason: Who the hell are Tatsunoko? Allow me to explain, Tatsunoko is a Japanese anime powerhouse that has released several popular cartoons over the past 50 years. While Tatsunoko is essentially the Disney for Japan, it hasn't got quite as much recognition over here in Europe. If you asked a British bloke who Ken the Eagle is and not allowed him to refer to Wikipedia, his answer would probably be "An Eagle called Ken?". With this in mind, Capcom would have to be totally insane risk-takers to release Tatsunoko vs Capcom over here. Well guess what? Capcom are totally insane risk-takers, and they did make the decision to release their completely unknown fighting game to our shores. And not only that, they've also included many new improvements over the original game and dubbed it 'Ultimate All-Stars'. I guess that's for the best really, I mean, does the title Cross Generation of Heroes even make any sense? I think Capcom made a solid move by releasing their top Wii fighter outside of Japan. At the time of writing, I believe that Tatsunoko vs Capcom is the best 'proper' fighting game on the system, unless you count Brawl.
Tatsunoko vs Capcom is the latest game in a long line of Capcom 'vs' titles, which involve tag-team fighting. The player picks two characters out of a large roster made up of characters from two different franchises (in this case it's Tatsunoko and Capcom, obviously) and duke it out on a stage. During fights, players can switch between their two fighters to make for an interesting fighting system that works. TvC is the first game in this series to hit the Wii, and it's certainly up there with some of the best vs games. You could call this the Wii's answer to Street Fighter IV, only a whole lot better game-play wise. TvC takes Street Fighter and turns up the insanity dial as far as it can go. Dare I say it, it's even better than the PS3 and 360 fighter. And with that, let's get into the review.
|Successfully trigger Joe the Condor's counter-attack move and you get this cool visual effect.|