SDCC Catch-All: Capcom Fighting Games

July 24, 2011

Lots of fighting game news to come out of SDCC, surprisingly, most of which relates to current dark empire and target of laser-focused hate, Capcom. Hit the jump and catch a run-down of some of the headlines, including Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken getting Poisoned, the worst Darkstalkers tease yet, and Yoshinori Ono being a dirty, dirty cheater.

The Street Fighter X Tekken Panel was apparently totally fucking insane, as this video duel between SF lead Yoshinori Ono and Tekken lead Katsuhiro Harada will clearly demonstrate. Seriously, if you only watch one video out of this year’s comic-con updates I would highly advise it to be this one:

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Fucking bananas, man. This is already the best thing to come out of SFxT, and it’s likely to remain that way. Someone needs to get Ono and Miyamoto to face off in a “goofiest Japanese developer” contest, it’d be like the gaming world’s equivalent to Superman vs. Ali.

Also: Poison is going to be in Street Fighter X Tekken, a revelation that surely tickles Zack’s fancy (among other things). She/he’s a rare sight for Capcom games, and fans have been waiting a long while for shim to pop up again outside of vague allusions or cameos. Check out this cinematic reveal trailer wherein Poison… just sort of sits on the sidelines instead of fighting the who-even-cares Tekken characters for hermself:

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The panel ended with Ono firing every attending Capcom fan’s hopes and dreams into the stratosphere with a slide that read “DARKSTALKERS ARE NOT DEAD.” Most of the twit-blog-o-face-a-sphere immediately interpreted this image at face value as the announcement of a new Darkstalkers game.

What actually happened: Ono put the slide up so he could get the crowd riled up (well done) before asking them to take out cash money from their pockets and wave it towards his camera as he took a picture– one he intends to use as leverage against the defenses of his corporate Capcom overlords (you know, the ones who seemingly hate money and video games) when he tries again to pitch a new Darkstalkers game.

What a sad, sad, sad fucking state of affairs it is for Capcom that a man as passionate, successful, and overall trustworthy as Yoshinori Ono has to display photographic evidence of both interest and potential sales before his bosses will even give him a shot at his next dream project.

Also worth mentioning here is the inevitable, debatably despicable Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 which was announced just before SDCC. This will be not only the second retail disc version of a title that promised and utterly failed to deliver DLC, but also a “new edition” that sees release merely ten months after the original. Hell, it’s been only five months since the original came out.

Oh yeah, also a fuck-ton of preorder exclusive alt costumes, split-up among three separate retailers. You just go right on ahead and fuck yourselves, Capcom.

In a bit of universal karma, however, any and all drawn-out and excruciating marketing plans for a slow reveal of the new character was totally ruined when the game’s official web site was quickly picked apart and mined for what ended up being the complete list of new playable fighters, artwork included. The list includes:

  • Strider Hiryu
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Vergil
  • Nemesis
  • Firebrand
  • Frank West
  • Dr. Strange
  • Iron Fist
  • Hawkeye
  • Ghost Rider
  • Nova
  • and, of course, Rocket Raccoon

It is amazing to me that they leapfrogged right over Squirrel Girl and went for Rocket Raccoon. Simply amazing.
Anyway, that about does it for Capcom at SDCC. Stay tuned throughout the next week for a series of post-con updates detailing the deluge of news, as well as a podcast covering some of the finer points of discussion.

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