Retro Gaming- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars: (2008)

We all remember when the Marvel vs. Capcom series had begun back in the 90’s.  There were some pretty cool crossover games from X-Men vs Street Fighter all the way down to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 that many people had a blast playing in various arcade centers around the world.  It was after Marvel vs. Capcom 2 when people began waiting for a nice crossover over game that would provide the same amount of adventure and excitement that the 2D arcade classics had provided in the late 90’s early 00’s.  Throughout most of the 2000’s other genres started to become more popular for home based console such as Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Gamecube.  For Xbox & PlayStation 2 shooting games while Nintendo focused more on adventure based games along with the Mario series.  While there was not a complete decline in fighting genre of gaming it was not quite as popular as it was during the 1990’s.  Around the later part of the 2000’s things started to look much better in relation to the fighting genre within the gaming world.

Along with the release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom the world got to witness the release of games such as Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 4 along with Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm in 2008.  Not only did Tatsunoko vs. Capcom exceed the expectations of many people who have been dying for a crossover tag-team game but it also served as a nice precursor to Marvel vs. Capcom 3.  The great thing about Tatsunoko vs Capcom was inclusion of three dimensional graphics & background along with 2.5 gameplay.  Also, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was special because it was released for a Nintendo console opposed to PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 which is more likely to feature these type of games.  Along with the concept there were various aspects about the game that was enjoyable including the  stage design along with the soundtrack.  Also unlocking new characters is one of the most exciting things about this title which allows players to constantly improve their skills in exchange for various rewards.   Along with unlocking various characters in Tatsunoko vs Capcom the game had also featured an online versus mode which was provided by Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. After completing the game and unlocking various characters players could either compete against their friend in versus mode or with other players around the world online .   While some people may criticize this game for being repetitive others see Tatsunoko vs Capcom as an underrated title for the Nintendo Wii that should have received more attention than it did.  Even though, the fighting genre of gaming was very competitive at the time it makes you wonder if  Tatsunoko vs Capcom would have sold more worldwide if it was released for another console such as the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.


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