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Want Tatsunoko vs. Capcom? Better Buy It While You Still Can

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In 2008, Capcom struck a deal with Japanese animation house, Tatsunoko Production, to publish a cross-over fighting game titled Tatsunko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

 

Featuring Capcom characters such as Ryu and MegaMan, and Tatsunoko ones like Ken the Eagle and Casshan, the game was developed by Eighting and released for the Wii. Capcom then released Tatsunoko vs. Capcom in the west in 2010, with enhancements such as online multiplayer.

 

Soon, you may not be able to find Tatsunoko vs. Capcom in stores anymore.

 

Capcom’s rights with Tatsunoko lapsed “fairly recently,” so they are no longer allowed to sell Tatsunoko vs. Capcom either physically or digitally to consumers, Capcom USA’s senior VP, Christian Svensson, shares on the company forums.

 

So, if you still want the game, you should probably pick it up soon, as stores won’t be receiving new copies once they run out of their existing stock. The chances of any kind of re-release are slim, too, unless Capcom were to strike a new deal with Tatsunoko.

 

Food for thought:

Earlier in the year, another licensed Capcom fighter, Fate/Unlimited Codes—also developed by Eighting—went past its expiry date, too. Hopefully, everyone who wanted that game managed to grab it in time.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.