Since I'm feeling generous, I'll review one of my most favorite fighting games of all time.

  • Name: Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Developer: Eighting
  • Platform: Wii
  • Released: January 26, 2010
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Players: 1-2
  • ESRB: T


As you may already know, most games made in Japan are usually first released in Japan, and we Americans don't get to play it here in the U.S. for another year or two. Sometimes, games from Japan don't come our way at all, and, rarely, they don't reach these shores until many years later.

One game from Japan that I'm glad made it here is the flashy, seizure-inducing Tastunoko vs Capcom, a fighting game with awesome tag-team action. As with many Capcom VS games, they feature tag-team in one way or another. This particular title focuses on the 2-vs-2 gameplay of the original Marvel vs Capcom.

For a 2.5-D fighting game, the graphics are kick-ass. Characters look magnificent, backgrounds are truly awesome, and menu screens are a pleasant sight to see. For the record, this is what perfect looks like.

I love the music in this ggame, almost as much as the music from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, the thing that used to bug me is that every playable character (besides Frank West) speaks Japanese. I soon learned to appreciate this as it seemed only fair to the characters from the Tatsunoko side.

Speaking of characters, I love the roster in this game. There were some characters I didn't know at first, but after looking up their origins, I began to appreciate them.

The controls are not too complicated, yet not too simple at the same time. You have the option of four different control schemes My favorite and recommended schemes are the single Wii remote and the classic controller. You will own the competition in no time if you master these control schemes.

On a side note, the U.S. version of TvC includes the minigame Ultimate All-Shooters. Unlocking it takes time, but if you do, you deserve a medal. Needless to say, it's very entertaining. It's the perfect mode if you're looking to take a break from the action.

You can also buy character info, alternate art, movies, and new color schemes. To earn a lot of money fast, spend a lot of time in Arcade mode

Key components

  • Graphics- 9.9
  • Gameplay- 9.5
  • Controls- 8.9
  • Souind- 9.8
  • Entertainment- 10.0
  • Replay Value- 10.0

Final Score and Final Words

And the results are........................................

9.7 (Awesome)

Japanese voiceovers aside, this is a fighting game you really don't wanna miss. Flashy yet fun, complx yet appealing, it truly should be on every gamer's "must play" list.

            -Joshua Garriga (a.k.a. ComicReadingGamer)

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