Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is one the Wii's finest exclusives, a 2D fighter with colourful, bombastic visuals and enough crazy combos to satisfy the most extravagant of gamers. Its accolades from us include a 9/10 in its review and 16th place in our Wii top 20. Not just one of Wii's best fighting games, but arguably one of its best games of any genre.

That's all very nice, but unfortunately the opportunities to own a copy are about to become rather scarce. Replying to comments on the Capcom Unity forums recently, Capcom Senior VP Christian Svensson made the following admission.

Our rights with Tatsunoko have lapsed fairly recently (so we're no longer allowed to sell the title physically or digitally). Unless Japan were to strike a new deal, I'd say the chances of this happening are slim.

Copies of the game were still available from some major online retailers at the time of writing, so it looks like units already shipped can still be sold without too much stringent enforcement from the Tatsunoko rights owners. That said, no more copies will be produced, and there's the potential that existing stock could come off shelves in the future. If you own a Wii, like fighting games and don't own this, we suggest picking it up quickly, before it disappears onto eBay for good.

[source eurogamer.net, via capcom-unity.com]