Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Box Art Only Shows 25 Characters

By Spencer . October 27, 2009 . 2:15pm

imageOK, there are more than 25 characters on the US cover for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, but Doronjo’s lackeys Boyacky and Tonzra aren’t playable. When Capcom confirmed Zero and Joe the Condor they said those were the last two characters added to the game.


Contrary to Capcom’s announcement, the ESRB description says Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars has 26 selectable fighters. “This is an acrade-style (sic) fighting game in which players can select from among 26 characters based on Tatsunoko anime and Capcom video games (e.g., Street Fighter, Viewtiful Joe, Mega Man).”


An earlier leak from Capcom’s Tatsunoko vs. Capcom page also had a 26 character roster with Yatterman No.2 rumored as the final fighter. Yatterman No.2 isn’t on the cover art. Was she abruptly cut or is Capcom saving her (or another character) for a last minute reveal?


With Hakushon Daimao out of the game, a 25 character roster would tilt Tatsunoko vs. Capcom ever so slightly in favor of Capcom characters.



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  • Look at the character under viewtiful joe I believe that he is the last character and 26th.

  • Nevermind it looks like hurricane polymar.

  • JeremyR

    Who is the first guy on the right side of the cover? With the beak like visor. He seems familiar, but not being an anime fan, I dunno from where.

    • You have pretty much personified most of the people who would catch wind of this game. ‘Ryu is cool, but who are those guys on the other side?’

      To answer your question, I believe you are talking about Ken the Eagle, who is basically the ‘Ryu’ of the Tatsunoko side.

      • JeremyR

        Ah, thanks. Googling his name, I know him (under a different name) from “Battle of the Planets”.

        I used to love that show as a kid in the 70s.


      • ElTopo

        Why would you expect westerners to know abut Tatsunoko? At all? If you weren’t born in the land of the rising sun, or read Japanese comics, how would you know about a lot of these?

        • JeremyR

          That’s actually the thing though. Two of their properties were absolutely huge in the US, at least for people of my generation (er, X), probably more so than the Capcom characters (Ryu who? Probably more recognizable for people who grew up in the 80s and early 90s).

          Battle of the Planets was a huge show back then (capitalizing on the Star Wars craze), so was Speed Racer.

          The trouble is, Capcom went with the name of the Japanese production company, which I think throws people off. Should have been Capcom vs. Battle of the Planets and Speed Racer

          • Aoshi00

            Imagi Studio (who did TMNT and the upcoming Astro Boy CG movie) is working on the Gatchaman movie now, hopefully it would pull thru.

            What an awesome cover, Tekkaman Blade >>>> original Tekkaman, lol.
            Blade is the only character that makes me really want to get this game despite having the Jpn version, well, Zero too.

          • ElTopo

            They had a limited run during what the late 60’s and early 70’s? The Atari 2600 was still 9-10 years away. Not too mention Street Fighter is still relevant after almost 20 years on the market, and was THE biggest game in the early 90’s console and arcade boom, selling more then 13 million copies just on the SNES (1.65mil of that on GEN).

            And those are actually the only 2 properties I can pick out and recognize, Speed Racer and Joe the Condor (which I’ve seen but couldn’t quite place).

          • Aoshi00

            Like you said, for those who grew up in Jpn or familiar w/ anime oldies, “Tatsunoko” was synonyomous w/ the awesome giant robot shows. I remember Gold Lightan (all those lighters turn into robots) and the villain trio from Time Bokan (when they lost they would always get blown away and a skeleton mushroom would come up), but I was very young when I was those shows. A Gold Lightan CG film would be so awesome, I used to have those toys too that could transform…

          • Aoshi00

            BTW, the original Tekkaman was way too old for me, but I loved the sequel Space Knight Tekkaman Blade, which was edited as Teknoman here in the 90’s, along w/ Sailormoon and Dragonball.. D-Boy (Aiba Takaya) / Blade became “Slade”… reminds me of Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade :)

          • JeremyR

            Well, actually, Battle of the Planets started in the US in 1978, to capitalize on the Star Wars craze (as I mentioned). Was shown afterschool. And Speed Racer was always on in syndication. Used to watch that in the mornings before I went to school.

            Anyway, my point was, people who grew up in my generation (X) are probably more familiar with Speed Racer and G-Force/Battle of the Planets than they are with Ryu and co. If only like me, remember seeing that beak helmet.

            Whereas people who grew up later (Generation Y and whatever came after), with the SNES/Genesis are more familiar with the Capcom characters but have no idea about the shows…

          • ElTopo

            I don’t think there was a SF show…just those terrible movies. There was a Darkstalkers show and that was probably one of the worst abominations to appear on Saturday morning programming.

            Yeah that was before my time, born in 87′ means I very rarely saw reruns of these shows, and even the SF explosion of the 90s was just a little early for me. I still say SF was bigger though, mainly due to the arcade explosion in the early 90s and the continued success of the franchise.

  • Advent_Andaryu

    I love the new cover, Ken the Eagle looks badass! He was always my favorite to use in the original version.

    The only thing I would change is Casshern and Tekkaman’s place. Casshern is pretty popular here, and you can barely see him! Zero should look more serious but I’m not complaining.

    • Aoshi00

      I thought something was off about Zero, he has more of an X expression… both the Jpn (frontal) and the US (sideways) covers look nice and complimentary to each other, “almost” makes double dipping less of a complaint haha..

  • cowcow

    A last minute reveal would be a smart move for Capcom as it is still 3 months away till we all receive this game. So anything in between that time to generate more hype and buzz could help them.

  • pressstart

    What happened to the Tatsunoko logo seahorse?

  • melvin2898

    I counted 26.

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