Last week’s announcement of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was followed by a wave of criticism from many gamers all across these internets. Many were upset of the timing, others were still reeling about the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, and the rest were simply not bright enough to research the situation so they decided to follow the herd.
I do agree that the timing of the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in November is an unwelcome event for current owners of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 being that the game was only released in February. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 producer Ryota Niitsuma said that because of the earthquake in Japan, all development plans were thrown off, leading to the idea of going ahead with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Some have already claimed that Capcom is simply using the earthquake as a cover-up for bad planning (which is in pretty bad taste to bring up if you ask me) but then again, Sony made use of the earthquake to try and lessen the blow of the PSN breach, so there.
When speaking with Evo coordinator, Mr. Wizard, we both agreed that the timing of a holiday release was possibly due to the likelihood that Street Fighter X Tekken would see a spring release as have the previous major fighting games from Capcom have done (MvC3 release date, while not quite Spring, was at the end of February). It’s also the possibility that the Capcom wanted a better holiday season to go along with its Dead Rising 2: Off the Record and Resent Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Whatever the case, they’ve made the decision to release the game in November, and it’s time to point out why people need to stop their whining about it.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 May Not Be For You
The Marvel vs. Capcom series has a varied fanbase. Most of the fans consist of fighting game fans that partake in other fighting games like Street Fighter. What some people need to realize is that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 may not be for you. If you’re playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3 right now and don’t see a need for change, then this game is not for you. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has plenty of changes coming, but some people may not even know about the glitches that are being fixed like the DHC glitch or the exchange glitch. Some may feel that X-factor is not a problem in matches or that online play is really that bad. If you are in that crowd, then you’re in luck because you probably wouldn’t care for getting an update. A lot of the changes being made like re-balancing of the characters and gameplay tweaks are being done in response to feedback from the fighting game community. They love the game, and play it so much that they can identify problems that more casual players may not recognize. If you didn’t jump for joy over the announcement and began counting the days until the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 like many of the tournament players did, that’s a clear sign that this update is not something that you neither want nor really care about.
Stop Using The Mega Man Excuse
I know that the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 sucks. That, combined with the cancellation of Mega Man Universe before that, and a lack of Mega Man in the roster for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, makes it seem like Capcom has suddenly forgotten about our favorite blue bomber for whatever reason. Even then, stop using Mega Man as some sort of martyr in this whole ordeal. Mega Man Legends and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 have no ties to each other. Stop trying to piece the two together like one giant conspiracy theory. Also, let us face the facts here: Mega Man was never a great fighting game character. He’s Capcom's mascot, and yes, you would think he’d be on the MvC3 roster, but he’s not. When the Mega Man-less MvC3 character roster was first leaked, no one was clamoring for Mega Man to be added to it. Fans were satisfied with Zero, who’s actually a great fighter, and Tron Bonne. Whether it’s rumors about people getting kicked out for dressing up as Mega Man characters at San Diego Comic Con or the fake cease & desist letter sent to the Protomen, too many disgruntled Mega Man fans are using the Blue Bomber as an excuse to hate anything Capcom is doing right now regardless of logic.
It's Been Done Before
Look at the picture above. Capcom released Super Street Fighter 4 a year after the release of Street Fighter 4 to the consoles. Super Street Fighter 4 was welcomed with open arms, and was a hit in regards to sales and reviews. It amazes me that people that are so enraged over Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 while never accusing Super Street Fighter 4 of being a ripoff. Oh I know why they don’t bring it up, IT’S BECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY A GREAT IDEA! For $40, gamers were able to get the game that was $60 the year before with a re-balanced roster, changes to the modes, and more characters. People loved the game, and with the exception of a few jokes of the use of “Super” in the title reminiscent of the mid-90s Street Fighter games, hardly anyone claimed that the game was a rip-off.
Some uninformed gamers that are jumping on the hate train, like one particularly crazy old coot, have said that this nothing but DLC put on a disc. If you check out the gameplay videos and have an expert player break it down for you, you can see that there is much more to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Capcom did not just add a few new characters to the game and call it a day. There are major gameplay changes in the game that patching may not have been able to fix. If you look at Mortal Kombat right now, NetherRealms has been patching that game regularly, and yet there are still glaring problems that have not been fixed. That’s where a disc release comes in; the publisher can fix all of these problems at once. So if you want to vote with your wallet by not getting UMvC3, go ahead, but I, and many others will be voting with ours, too.
You miss core gamers yet, Nintendo?
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