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IPW Speaks: Our Marvel vs Capcom 3 Picks

Capcom's previous entry in their Marvel series, Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, was released ten years ago in early 2000 and the comic giant was in a much different place than it is today. The first X-Men film hadn't hit theaters and Spider-Man was years away from smashing box office records, kick starting the superhero craze. There was no Civil War to pit hero against hero, Brand New Day was still eight years off from upsetting nerds everywhere and Scarlet Witch had yet to utter those famous words, "No more mutants." Business wise, the idea of Disney buying Marvel was an insane proposition, but here we are.

Everyone at iPlayWinner is very excited to see what's in store for us in the recently announced Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and of course we have our own selections for which heroes should make the cut. Check out what we have to say and feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.

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iPlayWinner is proud to announce we are partnering with to bring users from both sites an online tournament series like none other! With AllisFighter's expertise in running online tournaments, and our strength in live streaming, we are putting together a series of tournaments where you will not only have the chance to win prizes from but also have your matches streamed live via the iPlayWinner USTREAM Channel!

The first tournament is May 4th (6PM PST/9PM EST), one week after Super Street Fighter 4 drops, so you need to register on in order to participate as soon as possible. 




Here is a quick look at what to expect:

  • LIVE Streaming of all top 8 matches -- all streamed matches will be recorded!
  • 16 man PS3 and 360 brackets
  • Ranbats seasons where players accumulate points to win prizes. 
  • In between ranbats, there will be "themed" tournaments such as: "New Characters Only", "Low Tier Only", "Team Battles (2v2, 3v3)" and more!

Our first tournament will be to kick off this series, so be sure to tune in even if you're not playing to get a good idea as to where we are going with this. I will be on the mic doing commentary, available to take questions and feedback from users as well. After the first tournament has concluded, we will start off our first Ranking Battle with Prizes from!

Of course, if you have any questions about the iPlayWinner Tournament Series, please post up in the comments!



GameTrailers interviewed Ryota Niitsuma, Marvel vs Capcom 3's producer, where he talks about different aspects of creating MvC3. If you read the article earlier today, you would have seen him talking about simplified inputs, and it comes up once again in this video interview.

What are your thoughts on simplified inputs? Is that what the fighting game community needs to broaden the genres appeal or are they trying to be too main stream?


Surprise! Marvel vs Capcom 3 character art actually in-game models!

Huge surprise!! The six pieces of character art that were revealed by Capcom for Marvel vs Capcom 3 are not just studio artwork, they are actual in game character models!!

From the Marvel vs Capcom Twitter:

The character art you see around teh interwebs is NOT key art. Those are in-game character models! SUPRISE!

Big thanks to Lexxxington for the tip!

See the other six character images in this article.

Source: Marvel vs Capcom Twitter



Captivate 2010: Marvel vs Capcom 3: Game Details and Artwork

More details on Marvel vs Capcom 3's gameplay and features has surfaced. 

Marvel vs Capcom 3 will feature 3D characters on a 2D plane, like the Street Fighter 4 titles and Tatsunoko vs Capcom.  It will not, however, use the graphics engine from those games.  The game will use an "advanced version" of MT Framework, the same engine used in Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5.  Both titles are known for their stunning graphical detail.

"Each version of MT Framework gets better than the previous version," Marvel vs Capcom 3 producer Ryoto Niitsuma said. "A lot of key staff are involved with this game and they wanted to use the engine they are more comfortable with."

Chris Baker, manager of licensed games at Marvel Studios, called the title a "beautiful, beautiful game."

Capcom's Seth Killian says that the shaders that will be used on each character will make them visually distinct in motion.

"You could see him sitting in a comic book frame," Killian said, "and maybe one day you will."

Marvel vs Capcom 3 will also have a robust musical score.  At least 100 pieces of music, including remixes of favorites from previous Marvel vs Capcom games, will be present along with original scores.

 The game will feature around 30 characters.  Niitsuma-san says that time constraints have led the team to settle on that number of characters, even though the game can support any number of characters. 

New characters via DLC are certainly possible, although Capcom's Seth Killian states that there are no plans set in stone at this time.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 will also feature a strong storyline, unlike previous titles in the series.  For a game that features Marvel characters who are popular because of compelling stories, this is a great improvement to strive for.

"It's important that game's have strong stories for Marvel," says Chris Baker. "With fighting games it's not as essential as an action game or role playing game but we are very much insisting there be some cohesive kind of story for this game."

Game Details:

Release Date:  Spring 2011
Genre: Fighting
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

After a decade of waiting, iconic Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from the most beloved franchises in entertainment as you battle in a living comic book brought to life in a VS. fighting game for the first time by Capcom’s MT Framework. Get set for the ultimate faceoff when Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Spring 2011.

•    Innovative graphics and gameplay bring the Marvel and Capcom Universes to life: Powered by an advanced version of MT Framework, the engine used in Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, now comes to Marvel vs. Capcom 3, bringing beautiful backgrounds and character animations to the forefront.

•    Evolved VS. Fighting System: Wild over-the-top gameplay complete with signature aerial combos, hyper combos and other original systems. The evolved battle system takes the exciting mind-reading game to a whole new level!  

•    3-on-3 Tag Team Fighting: Players build their own perfect team and use Assist Attacks and each character’s special moves to create their own unique fighting style.

•    Living Comic Book Art Style: See the most adored characters from the Capcom and Marvel universes brought to life in a “moving comic” style, blurring the boundaries between 2D and 3D graphics.

Sources: Capcom PR, Kotaku for a few quotes





Captivate 2010:Captivate 2010: Super Street Fighter 4 Tournament Mode DLC Details and Screenshots




Super Street Fighter 4 will get a new online tournament mode as downloadable content that has a host of great features. The mode will not ship with the game on April 27th. It will be available to download on June 15th.

  • Online hosted tournaments can be launched from anybody's copy of the game.  If you wish, you can even decide to host a tournament on one console and not participate yourself. 
  • All of the tournaments are single elimination.  This means one loss and you're out.  Capcom's Seth Killian says that they decided not to include more complex tournament types such as double elimination in order to cut down on potential confusion.
  • Players not fighting can watch fights in progress (awesome)
  • Like the tournament mode in Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix, the bracket will update automatically with the results of matches as they are completed. Only this time, as the previous point above states, you can watch a match while you wait for your next one instead of staring at the bracket until its your turn.
  • The host can edit tournament details including setting private slots and moving slots around to control who fights in the first round
  • The mode supports 4 or 8 player tournaments
  • replays from the tournament can be saved on the fly
  • Capcom also plans to support the new tournament mode with Capcom tournaments, and winner of Capcom tournaments will get a special in-game digital trophy called the "Sign of the Warrior".  Capcom is also working with other media outlets to create other special trophies. (wouldn't an IplayWinner trophy be amazing??  Common Capcom!!)

Source: Capcom


Captivate 2010: SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TOURNAMENT MODE DLC PREVIEW put together a preview of the upcoming free Tournament Mode DLC for Super Street Fighter 4. It looks to be a huge improvement over the current Championship mode with the ability to create your own brackets among other interesting features. Check it out:

Source: 1UP



Richard Li of 1UP sat down with Ryota Niitsuma at Captivate 2010 and gathered some interesting details about the upcoming fighting game. The games producer mentions that Marvel vs Capcom 3 has been in development since 2008, but working out all the legal issues between the two companies started "way before then." 1UP also asks about some of the finer game play details and online modes -- not much is said about the online modes, and contrary to the official press release, whether the game will be 2v2 or 3v3 is still up in the air as well. 

Here is a small excerpt from the article about the companies plans to implement simplified inputs to lower the barrier of entry for the game:

Streamlining inputs, however, may start heated discussions within the community. "We're also looking at the possibility for some moves to be one button." MvsC3 isn't the first time Capcom has attempted to lower the execution barrier for neophytes. The GameCube port of Capcom vs. SNK 2, a crossover fighter starring Capcom and SNK properties, implemented a similar one-button command for special moves (which was aimed at beginners). "It would be exactly like that [Capcom vs. SNK 2], but the trade-off is that you'll lose something else. You can have the simple one-button command, but we have to decide if that means the amount of damage done to the opponent would be less than damage done with a full command move." Would this mean a damage handicap for beginners who can't perform even a Hadoken? And why is there a trade-off when previous fighters didn't penalize players for using an easier input system? Perhaps the handicaps are exploitable. With easier inputs, deft players could string together combos impossible on normal execution. For instance, many combo videos made by the fighting community are performed with help of a programmable pad, which eliminates the physical barrier needed to execute commands. A single press of a button is much faster than inputting the command's motion.

What do our readers think? Are simplified inputs the way CAPCOM should go with such a huge title like this? Is having lowered damage output a good way to balance out one button attacks as well?

Source: 1UP



Marvel vs Capcom 3 has officially been announced at Capcom's recent Captivate 2010 event, and with any new CAPCOM game, of course there is a teaser trailer to go along with it. This trailer is primarily CG but near the end you'll see  Ryu firing off a Shinkuu-Hadouken, in what appears to be a visually upgraded TvC sprite.  The game will be running on CAPCOMs MT Framework, which is the same engine used for their AAA titles such as Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, so it looks like we can expect this game to set the bar for what a fighting game should look like.

Here's which characters we can expect in the preliminary roster: 

  • Ryu
  • Wolverine
  • Morrigan
  • Iron Man
  • Hulk
  • Chris Redfield

Digging a little deeper, if take a look at the silhouettes at the beginning of the movie, you can see outlines of some familiar characters as well, the most obvious being Chun Li. The rest are harder to make out for sure, and really who knows if all these characters will end up making it to the final build anyway, but it's always fun to speculate. 

The game is currently planned for to come out Spring 2011 on XBOX360 and PS3.

More than the game itself, Marvel vs Capcom 3 being announced is a pretty clear message from CAPCOM that they are dedicated to the fighting game genre once again. Just six months to a year ago the idea of Marvel vs Capcom 3 ever coming out was usually reserved for April Fools jokes and bad Photoshops. This is obviously awesome news not only for MvC fans, but all fighting game fans. 

Source: Capcom



A new blog entry hit the official Japanese Super Street Fighter 4 site, and much like many of the recent entries, the developers talk about changes to the returning cast. What's interesting is thier take on Gen, where they state that the MK -> Hands Loop was never really the intended way to play him. I'm sure many Gen players will be of a different opinion, but like the rest of us, you'll just have to go into Super Street Fighter 4 with an open mind.

Blog translation courtesy of Azrael:

It was really warm last week, so everyone is nice and healthy, right? Be careful of catching a cold! It's important to take care of your health. Lately, I've been into those moisturized masks.

Hello everyone! This is Tsukamoto.

I got to go with producer Ono to an event in Hawaii! Sorry I got to kick back in a nice warn country. Even though the nice wide beach was right before me, with the pre-sale presentation overseas I didn't get to go... No, the most important thing is that everyone knows more about Super Street Fighter IV, so forget the beach, we gave it out all for SSFIV promos!

This week, together with the battle planner we'll be talking about the adjustments to Cammy, Fei Long, Sakura, Rose, Gen, and Dan!

-- Well then, first off tell us about the adjustments to Cammy.


One of the first adjustments we made was to some of her moves that were just simply strong. Like the Cannon Spike, which had too much offensive power. But we have shortened the start-up for some of her moves that were a bit difficult to use, especially her Axel Spin Knuckle, which should be much easier to use now.

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CAPCOM is gearing up for another Fight Club in LA, where they are teaming up with Sony to set things off right with Super Street Fighter 4. Although no specific location is set yet, S-Kill mentions the event is open to the public, so you should get there early. You'll have your chance to play Super Street Fighter 4 and even land yourself a copy of the game, but it sounds like there is more to this event than just casual play and give aways.

Here's what Seth says on the CAPCOM Blog:

The party is going down this Friday, April 23rd, from 8pm to midnight, in Los Angeles, CA (in the Silver Lake neighborhood).  We’ll post the exact address on Thursday, so stay tuned, but here’s a little taste of what’s in store, and why people are already making plans to fly into town just for this party: 

--Of course you can go hands on with Super Street Fighter IV, and get chances to win an early copy of the final game on PlayStation 3.  
--Great Street Fighter art on the exclusive shirts + posters, live art on the walls, and even… on you?  
--Gift bags for the first  few hundred fans through the door
--Live DJ, light food and drinks
--Big-screen game exhibitions, including appearances from some very special guests all the way from Japan :) 
--One final note—we have an, um… special opportunity for some brave fans to win some great prizes, but to participate, you’ll want to bring a change of clothes—clothes you don’t mind having potentially destroyed :)

Source: Capcom-Unity



The fighting game community is filled with outstanding artists, so it takes something very special to stand out in this already competitive pool of talent. Miss Shelby definitely has that creative spark and not just because her ability to mold a gentleman's moustache out of Sculpey is without equal. Taking a Kid Robot Munny, the Bay Area artist crafted an adorable take on everyone's new favorite pugilist from Super Street Fighter IV, Dudley.

This isn't the first time she's put the clay to vinyl in the name of Street Fighter as she's also created an amazing, furry take on the Red Cyclone himself, Zangief. I should know because it's currently sitting above my arcade machine!

Miss Shelby has plans to auction off her Dudley Munny at a later date, possibly even at the Super NorCal Regionals next month. 


Making a Name

West Coast Warzone 2 was held two weeks ago and I wanted to do a writeup on the event, but I've been super busy with school and work eating up my time. Thrust07 suggested that I record a videolog instead of writing about it in order to save time. I considered it, but figured it wasn't really my style. Maybe in the future I'll try it out, though for now I'll stick with what I know. 

"If you're not Top 8, then who the fuck are you?"
-Alex Valle

I'm no stranger to tournaments. On the other hand, I'm not exactly someone who is "known" at every tournament, either. I've fought my share of big names in a competitive setting and for the most part, gotten crushed many of those times. It seemed for a while that I was hitting a plateau. But this year I made a resolution to try and play Street Fighter every day. And I started to realize that I was doing better.

The first tournament I went to this year, I lost to two players who I tend to lose to in the past, but both matches were much closer in each case. I think I placed 14th or something lame like that. Two weeks ago, I attended my second tournament of 2010, a much bigger tournament. I placed in the top 8 of 34 players.
My accumulated experience took me somewhere. Hopefully someday, it'll "pay off".

Actually, two weeks ago was also the first time I had ever taken a road trip with people outside of my family. In the time before this, I was feeling crappy with a sore throat and runny nose. Lately, when I had attended a large Street Fighter event I usually got sick afterwards. So I saw a nurse practitioner and she told me it was just my allergies acting up, recommending I take some Claritin. On the road and for a good part of my time down in So. Cal. my ears kept going off balance, refusing to pop. Regardless of all these things, I was feeling determined to beat some ass that weekend and do good in the tournament.

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MLG Tekken 6 Singles Tournament Results

Tournament Director FilthieRich (left), KOR(right) -- Photo courtesy of

The MLG Tekken 6 Singles tournament in Orlando came to a close this weekend with some really interesting outcomes -- Korean players Rain and Holeman were knocked out of the tournament by American players, both who are from Texas. According to SDTEKKEN, Crow, who had played Rain at Strong Style just months ago, sent him home but ended up losing to KOR in Losers Finals. KOR met Holeman in Grand Finals and ended up winning the entire tournament. 

You can read more about the tournament at SDTEKKEN, and here is a small excerpt from the MLG Official Wrap Up post:

That KOR wasn’t disheartened by his two-set disadvantage heading into the series couldn’t have been shown more clearly than by his Set 1 performance. He came out gunning with a quick two-round lead. Not until the third round that Holeman begin to show signs of life. Round 3 appeared to be heading in Holeman’s favor, but after breaking through a series of Holeman’s blocks, KOR pulled off a sick combo to come back in the round. He took the set 3-0. 

While KOR had just won three consecutive rounds, Holeman opened Set 2 with a comfortable Round 1 win. Given the dynamics of the match-up, Holeman’s dominance in the set en route to a 3-1 win was anything but surprising. What was surprising, however, was the tone and pace of the series thereafter. 

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EXceed Presents Super SF IV Singles Launch Weekend Tournament

There are sure to be a ton of Super Street Fighter 4 launch events, but if you're in the UK this looks like it's the one to be at. EXceed Gaming is putting together a high profile singles tournament at the Dominion Theatre, which appears to be a really swanky venue to say the least. Here are some of the details sent over to me by WorstGiefEver, and you can check their official website for more info.

Also, if you want to get in on the discussion on this event, you can check out the thread on NeoEmpire.

Following the success of Exceed 2 in January, we are hosting a huge Super Street Fighter 4 launch weekend event in London, in the prestigious Dominion Theatre in London. The location is so good, it is actually on the same road as casino arcade, so everyone has no excuse! Entry to the event is £5, with tournament entry only £3.


The First Tekken 6 Tournament in the MLG Pro Circuit Starts Tomorrow: MLG Orlando


The first Tekken 6 tournament in the MLG Pro Circuit is starting tomorrow.  MLG Orlando will be streamed live (in HD for a fee) and includes top Korean players Rain and Holeman.  If you want to get your fill of top tier Tekken action, be sure to check this event out. It is being held from April 16th through 18th.  

Source: SDTekken


Cammy to be Added to Street Fighter 4 for Iphone for Free


Street Fighter 4 for iPhone will soon be getting an additional character, as Cammy will be joining the roster as a free download.  The game currently features eight characters. 

Capcom has not set a release date for the download, but it is coming soon.  Street Fighter 4 for the iPhone is availalbe now for $9.99.  If you have an iPhone, it is a shockingly good rendition of the game for being on a phone.

Source: Pocketgamer


Capcom's Captivate 2010 Kicks Off in Hawaii

Capcom's private event Captivate 2010 has begun in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The photo to the left, courtesy of Capcom Unity, shows Keiji Inafune getting things started.

With Ryoto Niitsuma's Tatsunoko vs Capcom already complete and on store shelves and with Yoshinori Ono winding down development of Super Street Fighter 4, it seems like a great time for Capcom to potentially make a new fighting game announcement.

We will keep you posted if anything gets announced. Fingers crossed.

Source: Capcom Unity


Epic Random-Ness Incoming: Street Fighter Brain Meltdown

OK, this has to be one of the craziest videos I've seen in a while.  The YouTube discription says its based on a movie called "Future Cops", but this video compilation of scenes is just packed full of all kinds of awesome (and funny) Street Fighter and Mah-vel references.  It's random and full of sight gags. Epic random-ness incoming. You have been warned. 


Amazon Offering Release Date Delivery for Super Street Fighter 4 with Pre-Order


There was one thing that was personally giving me pause about buying Super Street Fighter 4 from Amazon.  After all, if you pre-order the game with them, you get $10 off a future game purchase from them PLUS the Super Classic Costume Pack (alternate costumes for Fei Long, Blanka, Guile, Dhalsim, and Gen) for free!  However, I didn't want to have to wait for it to be delivered while everybody else was living the hype on launch day.  Well, I got word that this is no longer the case!

Amazon has now given Release-Date Delivery to the game.  If you pre-order Super Street Fighter 4 from Amazon, it will be delivered to your house on the day that the game officially releases. 

You can get it here for $39.99 for the Xbox 360 or here for the Playstation 3 version for $36.99.

Thanks to @SpeedBrkr via Twitter for the tip!