Online Play And New Characters (Un)confirmed For Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom

Capcom press release inadvertently lets slip on possible new features for North American release

Capcom's plans to release the Wii-exclusive all-star versus fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom in North America and beyond must have been the worst-kept secret of this year's E3, with websites and blogs reporting the news days in advance. The official press release that coincided with the expo, however, announced several details that make the international release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (now subtitled Ultimate All-Stars) just that little bit more exciting, in particular the addition of five new characters and online play.

The jucier details of the (now unofficial) press release read as follows:

This “newer” version of TvC, currently dubbed Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, removes one character due to licensing issues, and adds five new ones, online gameplay, more mini-games and an enhanced story mode.

Features:

  • 26 fan-favorite characters from the Tatsunoko and Capcom universes face-off in this stylish 2D fighter
  • Tag-team battles and customized two-character fighting techniques produce a wild, dazzling spectacle
  • Wi-Fi Online gameplay allows worldwide matches
  • Four battle modes include Friend, Rival, Free and Ranked Battles
  • Match-ups are not restricted to just “Friends”
  • Earn Points and Titles (for Title Creation) for all to see
  • All-new VS gameplay mechanics creates a new way for fans to return to the series
  • More than 20 Mini-game provide additional multiplayer fun
  • Enhanced control schemes offer a simplified control scheme option and allow use of the Classic Controller and Gamecube Controller
  • Wii-exclusive

Someone at Capcom must have jumped the gun with the initial press release as it was quickly revised and the more explicit details translated into fluent legalese:

TATSUNOKO VS. CAPCOM ULTIMATE ALL-STARS is new version of the game that released in Japan in arcades and on the Wii in December 2008. Capcom is looking into adding new features to the game, including possible additions of several new characters from both Capcom and Tatsunoko, and is exploring the option of online gameplay. TATSUNOKO VS. CAPCOM ULTIMATE ALL-STARS will work with a number of different control devices, including Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller and various third-party joysticks designed for the Wii.

Being Nintendo fans I'm sure we're all used to a little feigned ignorance on the part of major publishers (just try asking Nintendo of America/Europe about the upcoming Pokemon games, for one) so a gaffe like this on Capcom's part should make us more than a little optimistic about the inclusion of these new features. Online play is a prerequisite feature for versus fighters these days so the success of this somewhat obscure title may very well hinge on its inclusion.

For more news on all things shamelessly violent stay tuned to Nintendo Life!

[via gamesindustry.biz, press.capcom.com]