We recently sat down and tried out the Japanese version of Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes for the Nintendo Wii. The first thing we noticed was the similarities to past Capcom fighters such as Marvel Vs. Capcom.The only difference is unlike Marvel vs. Capcom, this game actually has some balance amongst it’s characters.
If you’re expecting a lot of character variety then it’s sad to sa you will be disappointed. There are approximately 20 characters available to use including the unlockables. Characters like Ryu, Chun-Li, MegaMan, Roll, and Guile will make an appearance in this game. There are eight levels and a multi-form last boss, again similar to Marvel vs Capcom.
The controls in this game are a bit awkward and take a bit of time to get used to. It’s so easy to perform a special attack, almost insultingly so;you’ll often find yourself relying solely on your special moves to win. Each characters has two different special attacks, some short range and some long range.
One cool feature is the ability to use support attacks while in the air. During an air combo, you can bring out your second character to assist in the attack. Unlike Marvel vs. Capcom though, you can only have two characters on a team and not three. With less than 25 characters available to use, the game is not nearly as expansive as Marvel Vs. Capcom.
As far as the graphics are concern, it’s nothing spectacular. While the characters are fully rendered in 3D, it’s not quite as detailed as something like Tekken or Dead or Alive, still the characters are nice and vivid and really pop off the screen.
There are three modes to choose from: the classic Arcade mode, Time Attack, and Survival mode. The most dissapointing thing about this game is no online. It’s criminal to have a fighting game, in 2009 no less, and NOT have an online mode. The Wii has Nintendo wi-fi connect, this is just unacceptable.
This is the Japanese version of the game, so we’ll hold off on giving a final score. It’s no better than Marvel Vs. Capcom but it’s worth checking it out. Stay tuned for our full review after the U.S. release this fall.