Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 announced

We also list five comic book fighting titles of yore.

MvC3AnnouncementArt_psd_jpgcopyCapcom 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-Xbox_360Screenshots3908MKvsDCU_102208_01Mortal 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.

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mrvnemmultiscrndarehazmatMarvel: 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.

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MvC2_Zangief_screen001_bmp_jpgcopyMarvel Vs. Capcom 2

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.

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nextdX-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.

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soulcalibur2_3Soul 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.