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Capcom Celebrates 30 Years With New Character Encyclopedia

Posted by Andy Green

Full of artwork and details for around 200 characters

Capcom has plenty of franchises under its belt, with the likes of Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil to name a few. You could probably create a whole encyclopedia detailing every single character that's ever graced a title from the company.

Well, wouldn't you know it? Someone actually has. Publisher DK has announced the Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia, which will be full of facts, statistics, insight and other pieces of historical information, is now available to buy in North America.

The book is part of celebrations surrounding Capcom's 30 years in the industry and will be full of cool artwork of around 200 characters. It's priced at $16.99 and has 208 pages, presumably one for each character, with a few double spreads.

Capcom also released a book in North America celebrating 25 years of Mega Man that features a tonne of Mega Man artwork - 432 pages worth!

Will you be picking up this new character encyclopedia, North Americans? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via us.dk.com, gonintendo.com]

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User Comments (24)

hypercoyote

#3

hypercoyote said:

Full of characters they've run into the ground or abandoned....naw, just kidding....or am I?

Einherjar

#4

Einherjar said:

Every issue is delivered with the pages containing MegaMan characters ripped out :D
Seriously capcom, stop mocking your old fans. This is, like @hypercoyote said a bok full of characters and franchises you ran headfirst into the ground.

Tasuki

#5

Tasuki said:

Let's see Arthur (Ghosts and Goblins), Mega Man (Mega Man), Ryu (Street Fighter) Viewtiful Joe (Viewitful Joe), Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers) Jill Valentine (Resident Evil).

Do I win a copy of the book now? :P

Einherjar

#6

Einherjar said:

@Tasuki I bet that i can name pretty much every major and most of the minor characters from capcom up to the end of the PS2 era :P
Especially when it comes to the MegaMan universe...i can name you any boss of any franchise, in which order you could beat them, memorized pretty much every stage theme by ear...lets say i know more about the megaman universe than it would be healthy for a sane human being :D

Joshers744

#7

Joshers744 said:

I wish I was more of a Capcom fan. This looks pretty cool. I think they need to do a first party Nintendo one. I'd buy that.

theblackdragonAdmin

#8

theblackdragon said:

well isn't that special — a book featuring 200 of their characters, probably two thirds of which haven't been featured in a game in the past ten years, and a book for MM's 25th? what idiot told Capcom that this is what their fans wanted? for pete's sake, why do i continue to allow myself to be surprised /eyeroll

sinalefa

#11

sinalefa said:

I would get it, as I saw it on Amazon at 10 bucks. Kinda like playing Sonic Racing Transformed, so many good franchises and characters that make you think of the past...

AJWolfTill

#14

AJWolfTill said:

The only Capcom series I have any deep affection for are Okami and Phoenix Wright (was Ghost Trick Capcom?). But things like this are pretty coo celebrations of video game culture :)

watford1

#16

watford1 said:

Is it coming out in the U.K. coz i love reading up on retro games. If so how much will it be & where can i get it from, if not does anyone know any good importers i could contact?

yienwae

#17

yienwae said:

People are funny. :D

You see TV shows reboot characters from Marvel and DC (how many reboots of Transformers, Spiderman, JLA, X-Men and such are there out there) so why is this considered bad? So it's okay for DC and Marvel to do this but video game companies like Nintendo, Capcom and Sega are put in a negative light because.....?

How many Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbara characters been rebooted? Doesn't a new generation have a right to see a reboot of Scooby Doo or are they confined to what came out in the 1960's and 70's? What if everyone was only allowed to see the Superfriends and not the newer JLA? How about all the reboots of Batman?

I understand that everyone has their opinion on the issue and they have a right. I just don't know if they take into account the bigger picture on these things or if it is just restricted to the video game franchises. Maybe it's that. The video game franchises have no business doing this, but it's okay for Television and Movies.

I personally think this is a great book to show for all of Capcom's characters. Marvel and DC do it every so often. Let Capcom do it too.

unrandomsam

#18

unrandomsam said:

@watford1 More than likely you can buy it direct from Capcom Unity. Even better books are free of import duty. (Regardless of value). So you will only have to pay the delivery cost. (No way it would be cheaper than that from an importer).

unrandomsam

#19

unrandomsam said:

@yienwae Its not really ok. The top 10 grossing films last year (Other than hunger games which is the first in a series of books) were all some type of sequel or reboot. Its been getting worse and worse. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't at the point where there is basically nothing else fully resourced.

unrandomsam

#20

unrandomsam said:

TV I have less of a problem with because there still is stuff that is not a rehash of something that already exists.

SwerdMurd

#21

SwerdMurd said:

they're really pulling out all the stops to finally start earning again, huh? There will be an encyclopedia of capcom encyclopedias coming the week after that - and the encyclopedia will be a playable character in the next 12 versions of Streetfighter 4.

unrandomsam

#22

unrandomsam said:

@SwerdMurd What besides Monster Hunter 4 ? That seems to be doing quite well for them. (The Japan targetted stuff seems to be the only interesting and money making stuff from them these days. )

Genesaur

#23

Genesaur said:

SEGA should do this. As for this Capcomy one, it makes me wonder how many Monsters made the cut, 'cause I'm guessing that they're not ALL featured in this thing.

yienwae

#24

yienwae said:

@unrandomsam I agree at the fact that there isn't much original stuff out there. Unfortunately big companies don't like taking that many chances on something that's unproven or new when it's cheaper to do something that works. It's not all necessarily right, but that's the nature of the business. Having a reboot or rehash is not necessarily bad either. But it does take timing and creativity. The Batman franchise was a bit worn out by the time Batman & Robin was released. The fact that it was rebooted with Batman Begins was a good thing. I do not know how well the reboot of Spiderman did and I thought Man of Steel was pretty good compared to Superman Returns. I think the story, along with timing, is everything.

But this is really about Capcom's encyclopedia. I think it's great that Capcom is doing this. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Perhaps the timing of its release leaves much to be desired because fans are looking for something else. Perhaps that's why some may be frowning about this.

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