There's never enough fighting games, especially on the
Nintendo Wii and
thankfully our friends at Capcom have created an extremely sturdy
fighter that pits two legendary universes against each other in
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
Broken down, Tatsunoko vs.
Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is your traditional Capcom fighter that
may not offer the world of fighters anything awe-inspiring, however
at its core, it's a pure fighter that is brimming with a jaw
dropping amount of combination attacks. So if you're a lover of
combinations, than you've come to the right place.
For the purists, the characters
included in the game are as follows;
1. Casshan (From Neo-Human Casshern)
2. Doronjo (From Yatterman)
3. Gold Lightan (From Golden Warrior Gold Lightan)
4. Hakushon Daimo (only in Japanese version. From The Genie
5. Ippatsuman (From Gyakuten! Ippatsuman)
6. Joe Asakura (From Gatchaman)
7. Jun the Swan (From Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
8. Karas (From Karas)
9. Polimar (From Hurricane Polymar)
10. Tekkaman (From Tekkaman: The Space Knight)
11. Tekkaman Blade (replacement for Daimo in Ultimate
All-Stars USA/Europe version. From Tekkaman Blade)
12. Yatterman-1 (From Yatterman)
13. Yatterman-2 (From Yatterman)
1. Alex (from Street Fighter III)
2. Batsu Ichimonji (from Rival Schools: United By Fate)
3. Chun-Li (From Street Fighter)
4. Frank West (From Dead Rising)
5. Soki (From Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams)
6. Ken Washio aka Ken the Eagle (From Science Ninja Team
7. MegaMan Volnutt (From Mega Man Legends)
8. Morrigan Aensland (From Darkstalkers)
9. PTX-40A (From Lost Planet: Extreme Condition)
10. Roll (From Mega Man)
11. Ryu (From Street Fighter)
12. Saki Omokane (From Quiz Nanairo Dreams)
13. Viewtiful Joe (From Viewtiful Joe)
14. Yami (From Okami)
15. Zero (From Mega Man X)
Add in a variety of different gaming
modes and Wii gamers are in for a treat as they choose their avatars
to fight. As you punch, kick, fly and perform some great combo
attacks, some almost impossible to achieve had I not seen one of our
fellow reviewers pull them off, this game turns classic fighter to
In terms of control, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars works
well on the Wii controllers and the developers have ensured that its
accessible to a wide birth of gamers, from novice to professional.
Best of all, the game supports a range of controller options from
classic to Wiimote and Nunchuk and I must admit that all methods
quite work well. Novice gamers can pick up the controls and start
playing immediately, and depending on difficulty level, more advanced
gamers will be able to jump straight into it and start pulling those
impressive combo attacks.
As each character has a different set of combo
manoeuvres, this is
where the game excels and whether it's Ryu, Gold Lightan or
Viewtiful joe, most
characters handle a little differently, ensuring extra longevity.
Add in a hyper-combo attack that can only be used once the gauge is
full and you can truly unleash some great combinations toward your
enemies. With characters punching, blocking, jumping and even
flying, the game can become more than just a fighting game as a
healthy amount of strategy is needed, especially with the
various characters and bosses that you fight.
The game boasts quite a few different modes of play from AI battles
to human and even online play and although it's purely a fighting
game, the developers ensure that there is enough unlockable content
to keep the good fight going. As you do progress, new characters are
unlocked, including outfits, galleries and even items. Thankfully,
depending on your difficulty level, the AI gradually goes up and the
game will only start challenging you when you're ready.
Graphically, the game is a very good looking game on the Wii and all
the characters look like their counterparts from their particular
universes. Some of the Tatsunoko characters may seem new to certain
gamers but they are visually pleasing to the eye and I'm sure most
gamers will enjoy playing them.
Add in some interesting special effects and
cartoon inspired backgrounds and there is little to complain about
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. And yes, the backgrounds
are 2D but the 3D character interact quite well with them. Match
that with some
fast and furious sound effects and a rocking musical score and
you'll be drawn into this universe quite easily.
In conclusion, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is
definitely one of the better fighting games on the Wii and even
though it's old school, the old analogy of if it isn't broke, don't
fix it works perfect with this title. A decent fighting engine,
great characters and some impressive controller options, Tatsunoko
vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is definitely for the fighter in all
of us! Especially with the wide gamut of combination attacks that
puts many fighters to shame.
- More than 20 fighters to choose
- Capcom: Ryu, Chun-Li
(Street Fighter), Batsu (Rival Schools), Alex (Street
Fighter III), Morrigan (Darkstalkers), Soki (Onimusha: Dawn
of Dreams), Mega Man Volnutt (Mega Man Legends), Roll (Mega
Man), Saki (Quiz Nanairo Dreams), Viewtiful Joe, PTX-40A
(Lost Planet) and more to be announced
- Tatsunoko: Ken the Eagle,
Jun the Swan (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), Yatterman,
Doronjo (Yatterman), Casshan, Tekkaman, Polymar, Karas,
Ippatsuman and Gold Lightan, plus others to be revealed.
- Possible additions to the game:
the team is exploring adding new Capcom and Tatsunoko characters
as well as online gameplay.
- Two-man tag team action:
Players build their own perfect team and use Assist Attacks and
each character’s special moves to create their own unique
- Four button fighting controls:
Easy-to-understand four button control scheme opens gameplay up
to new players with familiar movements and combos
- Depth of gameplay: Once the
basics are mastered, players can go deeper into the fighting
game controls to master Aerial Rave air combos, Delayed Hyper
Combos, Mega Crash defensive moves, Assault attack moves and the
Baroque extended combo system.
- Fast-paced action and huge
attacks: Each characters has a unique arsenal of moves,
including spectacular Hyper Combos that literally take over the
screen with devastating results.
- 3D characters, 2D fighting
gameplay: As in Street Fighter IV, TATSUNOKO VS. CAPCOM ULTIMATE
ALL-STARS has bright, 3D rendered characters battling it out in
familiar 2D style.