Capcom Have Lost the Rights and No Longer Sell Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

It all started with the following question on Capcom’s Community Board by a regular user:

This may have been asked already, but I was just wondering if TvC is backwards compatible with the Wii U? I love this game and would really hate having to switch between the two systems over one game.

He was answered by moderator Deva Ashera and he stated:

Prof. Icepick is right, the Wii U is able to play any Wii game and use any Wii specific peripherals (WiiMote, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, Fightstick, etc), but is not able to play Gamecube games or work with Gamecube Controllers or Memory Cards.

So, to answer your question, yes, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars will be backwards compatible with the Wii U.

So the good news that Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, like many Wii games, will indeed by backwards compatibility, so that’s the good news. Bad news arose when Capcom employee who goes by Sven told us some pretty dire news:

Our rights with Tatsunoko have lapsed fairly recently (so we’re no longer allowed to sell the title physically or digitally). Unless Japan were to strike a new deal, I’d say the chances of this happening are slim.

The funny thing is, the question at hand had nothing to do with the above answer, but it did bring us a realization that is a bit saddening to hear. So unless Capcom renews the licenses, they will no longer be able to print up any new copies. The option to sell it digitally on Wii U will also be negligible. The thought of a possible remake for 360/PS3/Wii U or even just a sequel are right now out of the question.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom was a pretty ambitious project, as many thought the game would have no chance of ever being localized. The announcement that they were indeed localizing came to us as a huge shock and praise was everywhere. The stories you hear on how they made it a reality on acquiring almost every single license, besides Hakushon Daimaō and the use of cutscenes, is staggering. Capcom took a big risk and it paid off, and many enthusiastic fighting game fans who considered it on the easy side found it to be a worth while endeavor.

It was originally on the Arcade, then ported to the Wii with the subtitle Cross Generation of Heroes in Japan with some exclusive content. The localized version had the subtitle Ultimate All-Stars.  It may not have had everything when it was brought over, but contained even more extras, including 5 new characters not included in the original release to make up for some of the loses. Trust me, it was good trade off in the end.

So I implore you! If you own a copy, keep it safe; remember Marvel vs. Capcom 2 on the PS2 & Xbox (Though the circumstances were different I will admit). If you have not yet experienced it, do so now! Even if you aren’t the biggest fighting game fan it’s a worth while look, I guarantee it.

About David Fernandes

(Community Manager) David is an assistant admin and community manager at oprainfall. He joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning, and became one of the staff as the first wave of new volunteers were needed back in mid June. He is an avid video game collector, and lover of most game genres. David spends much of his time in a futile effort in clearing out his ever growing video game backlog.




  • I saw this news Friday morning, immediately found a retailer online that was selling it for $20 which included shipping. I’m sure the price is only going to go up.

  • I’d like to clarify a couple details:

    1. Every single Wii game is compatible with the Wii U; if they featured the ability to use GameCube accessories though, those will not be usable since the Wii U lacks GameCube controller and memory card ports.

    2. The terminology used is slightly incorrect, regarding compatibility: The Wii U is backward compatible with Wii games, meaning it supports older — or “backward” — software. Wii games are therefore forward compatible with the Wii U, as they are supported by a newer — or “forward” — system.
    Hope that helps clarify things!

  • Interesting… I haven’t really gotten too much into the game, but I play it from time to time.

  • Yamtendo

    WOAH. I was going to sell my Wii, along with this game. I am most certainly going to hang on to both now. Thanks for the information!

  • SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT!!! I need a copy NOW!!!

    • dubaloseven

      GO GO GO GO!!!

  • Antononye

    Through this entire paragraph the writer has failed to mention the direct and simple reason as to why Capcom has no longer rights to this game is this vise versa with  Hakushon Daimaō

    • We can only go by what Capcom has stated, which makes it plainly clear that the licensing deal that Capcom struck with Tatsunoko has lapsed.

    • Sorry, but what you see is what you get. A representative of Capcom just states that the rights are now out of their hands unless they renew them which the rep. himself doubts that Capcom of Japan will follow through with it.

      This sort-of thing happens a lot as licenses expire, now it’s up to them as I have stated if they want to renew it.

  • Sniper D. Luffy

    time to find a copy with the whole enchilada…