Capcom today announced that its revered fighting franchise, Marvel Vs. Capcom, will be returning in spring 2011. So far, six characters in the game have been announced, including Wolverine, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, but many others are expected to be unveiled over the next few months.
The game is the latest in Marvel’s long-running franchise, the last of which was released almost a decade ago. Superhero fighting games have been around since the dawn of time, however – here are five of the most notable:
Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe
This slightly dodgy mash-up felt mismatched. Mortal Kombat, a franchise renowned for blood-splattered encounters, just wasn’t compatible with the gore-free DC Universe.
Marvel: Rise Of The Imperfects
This really quite poorly conceived fighting game had comic book artist Jae Lee designing new characters – called The Imperfects – to face off against Spider-Man et al.
Recently re-released on Xbox Live Arcade, this is probably the best superhero-oriented fighting game out there, with tons of characters from both brands to satisfy gamers.
X-Men: Next Dimension
This barebones scrapper isn’t the worst game of all time, but it did waste the X-Men licence and generally meandered compared to the fighting games of Capcom’s ilk. A smidge disappointing.
Soul Calibur II
The Xbox version of this Namco fighting game contained the character Spawn, of Todd McFarlane’s creation. It’s really rather good. Go track it down.