Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (アルティメット マーヴル VS. カプコン3 Arutimetto Māvuru bāsasu Kapukon Surī ) is a crossover fighting game developed by Capcom in collaboration with Eighting. It is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, the fifth installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise. The game features characters from both Capcom's video game franchises and comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The game was released in November 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and was featured as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita in 2012. The game was later ported to PlayStation 4 in December 2016, and Xbox One and Microsoft Windows in March 2017.
In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, players select a team of three characters to engage in combat and attempt to knock out their opponents. As an update, the game utilizes largely identical gameplay mechanics to the original. However, both the aerial combat and X-Factor systems, introduced in Fate of Two Worlds, have received adjustments. In addition to gameplay modifications and new playable characters, the game features several aesthetic changes.
After the events of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disrupted the development schedule for downloadable content for Fate of Two Worlds, the additional content was created into a standalone title, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, for a discounted retail price. The game received generally positive reviews upon release; critics praised the expanded character roster and improved online experience, but criticized the lack of new features and game modes. A sequel, titled Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, was released in September 2017.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Synopsis
- 3 Characters
- 4 Development
- 5 Release
- 6 Reception
- 7 Legacy
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, an arcade-style fighting game, and changes little from the basic gameplay of the original. Players select teams of three different characters to engage in one-on-one combat. The game utilizes the same tag team-based fighting mechanics as its predecessors; players may choose to swap between their characters at any point during a match. Players must use the various attacks in their arsenal, such as character assists, special moves, and hyper combos, to exhaust their opponent's life gauge and defeat the entire enemy team, or have the most cumulative health when time runs out. While the core mechanics remain the same, a number of aesthetic changes have been made in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with a stronger emphasis on the comic book motif. The HUD, character selection, and stage selection screens have been redesigned. In addition, many returning characters receive balancing changes, which include new moves and animation tweaks.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 uses the same simplified, three-button control scheme of undefined light, medium, and heavy attacks introduced in Fate of Two Worlds. The "exchange button", used to launch opponents into the air and switch between characters while performing air combos, returns. The aerial exchange feature has been altered in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3; players can either remove meter from their opponent's Hyper Combo gauge, add meter to their own gauge, or simply deal more damage. The "X-Factor" mechanic, which grants increased damage output, speed, and health regeneration for a limited time, also reappears from Fate of Two Worlds. In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the attack and speed boosts for each character while using X-Factor have been adjusted. X-Factor can now be used while in the air, as opposed to the previous game, in which activation was restricted to characters on the ground.
Modes[edit | edit source]
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 includes several game modes from the original, including Arcade Mode, where the player fights against AI-controlled opponents to reach the final boss character, Galactus; Versus Mode, where two players engage in combat; Mission Mode, which includes a series of trials for each playable character; and Training Mode. "Heroes and Heralds" is a free downloadable single-player and multiplayer team-based mode where players earn new abilities with upgrade cards, customize their characters with new powers, and compete in factions as either the heroes defending Earth or as one of Galactus' Heralds. The "ability cards", which feature various characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes, unlock special power-ups, such as invisibility and projectile invincibility, for use during mode-specific combat. Up to three different cards may be equipped at once, with more than 100 cards available to collect. A new offline mode, called "Galactus Mode", allows players to fight as Galactus against AI-controlled opponents.
An optimized netcode is present in the game, providing smoother online play compared to Fate of Two Worlds. A new spectator mode allows up to six players to watch online matches between other players. Rematch features and leaderboard functionality have also been improved to enhance the game's online experience.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
"Doctor Doom was recently working on a way to conquer the world...when suddenly, he reached a contact with Albert Wesker from a different universe. The two came to an alliance with many major villains from each universe to merge the two universes together and conquer them.
One week later, Wolverine had just defeated his arch foe, Sabretooth, in Doom's universe; while Ryu had finished training with his best friend, Ken, in Wesker's universe. All of a sudden, they both felt an earthquake in their respective universes and came across each other in a surprise. Discovering their universes were merging, and believing each other to be the cause of this catastrophe, they fought each other. Soon, Wolverine is aided by three other Heroes and anti-Heroes from his dimension: Iron Man, Hulk, and Deadpool; while Ryu is aided by three fighters from his universe: Morrigan, Chris, and Dante. Suddenly, Doom and Wesker reveal themselves and reveal their intentions to the heroes and fighters. To stop this threat, Wolverine, Ryu, and many others from their universes fight against the villains in a tournament to determine the fate of two worlds. If the villains won, the two universes would be merged and conquered. If the Heroes and Anti-Heroes won, both universes would again remain separate.
But little do the fighters know that these actions could awaken a threat that could destroy both universes..."
Characters[edit | edit source]
Every character from the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3 returns as a playable character. They have all been rebalanced and most of them have new or upgraded moves. Alongside that, 12 additional fighters (5 new Capcom characters, one returning Capcom character and 6 new Marvel characters) are included in the game, making the roster a total of 50 playable characters. Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath, the two characters released as downloadable content (DLC) for the previous game, remained available for download, up until all DLC content for the game was removed from online stores in December 2013; however, they are included with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC re-releases.
+ = Veteran in the MvC series.
- = Originally introduced as a non-playable striker in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
¤ = Debuted in the original MvC3.
(DLC) = Downloadable Content character.
Capcom[edit | edit source]
|Akuma +||A fighter who took on the name of "Master of the Fist." He seeks a true battle to the death with Ryu, and to make him into a worthy opponent, he tries to lead Ryu down the path of the "Satsui no Hado".
In his ending, he is not pleased with his battle with Galactus. He has defeated everyone (mostly three other playable Street Fighter characters in MvC3) in his path. The world is no longer of concern to him. He continues to seek an opponent worthy of the challenge he craves.
|Albert Wesker ¤||A very calculating and dangerous individual, he will do anything to further his own gains. Having perfected the Uroboros Virus, he plans to infect the global population with it, leaving only the chosen ones, such as himself, to create a new world.
In his ending, Wesker captures many of the heroes who were fighting Galactus and uses them as test subjects for his Uroboros project.
|Amaterasu ¤||100 years ago, Amaterasu sealed away True Orochi, but lost her physical form due to injuries sustained in battle. Her spirit was contained within a statue, and she was later resurrected, although without her Celestial Brush powers. She began a journey to restore beauty to Nippon while regaining her powers. She looks like an ordinary wolf to the average person.||Thor|
|Arthur -||The legendary knight who jumped into the demon world all by himself to save the princess who had been kidnapped by Satan. While best known for his dauntless courage in the face of terrifying monsters and life-threatening traps, he also enjoys wearing strawberry-print boxer shorts. Though he looks like an old man, he's really only 28 years old.||Magneto|
|Chris Redfield ¤||Ever since the Raccoon City Incident, he has been fighting continuously against the spread of bioterrorism despite the dissolution of Umbrella. He is also searching for his former partner Jill, whose whereabouts are unknown.
In his ending, Chris finally caught Wesker and send him to trial for the Raccoon City incident in 1998. Matt Murdock is the acting lawyer representing the people in this case to assure that Wesker is finished.
|Chun-Li +||She tirelessly continues her investigation to take down the criminal organization Shadaloo. While her strong sense of duty and obligation are readily apparent, she also longs to live the life of an ordinary woman.
In her ending, she arrests Kingpin.
|Crimson Viper ¤||When it comes to work, she leaves honor and emotions behind and keeps it about business. Her diligence and efficiency earned her the nickname "Miss Perfect." However, in front of her daughter she becomes a gentle, loving mother.||Storm|
|Dante ¤||Half-man half-demon born from the Legendary Dark Knight Sparda and his human wife Eva. When he was still young, his mother was killed in a demon attack. To hunt down those responsible, he became a Devil Hunter and opened up a shop named "Devil May Cry".
In his ending, he is approached by Mephisto who wishes to make a deal for his soul. Not interested, Dante counter offers Mephisto to give him a job in exchange for his life, Mephisto agrees to hire Dante to kill Blackheart.
|Felicia +||A catwoman who was taken in by a gentle Nun, she is very kind and cheerful. She worked hard to achieve her dream of becoming a musical star. In order to help children who shared her circumstances, she now works as the Sister of an orphanage.
In her ending, she goes on a musical tour and befriends Dazzler.
|Hsien-Ko ¤||Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling are twin sisters who transformed into a jiangshi using Igyo Tenshin-no-Jutsu. They fight to save their mother's soul from the darkness. Hsien-Ko does the fighting, while Mei-Ling transformed into the charm on her hat in order to keep Hsien-Ko's powers under control.
In her ending, she and Mei-Ling are transported to the Majegen following the fight with Galactus. There, they meet up with Thor and prepare to fight through a gauntlet of foes lead by Hela and Jedah, while the sisters argue about who is going to ask out Thor.
|Jill Valentine + (DLC)||To save Chris during a fight, she threw herself off a cliff along with Wesker. Her body was never found and she was presumed dead; however, she survived the fall, and was taken by Wesker for one of his experiments. After being subjected to Uroboros tests, she was outfitted with a mind control device, making her into a puppet soldier.||Shuma-Gorath|
|Mike Haggar ¤||Former professional wrestler who became the mayor of Metro City. Calling himself the "Fighting Mayor," he teamed up with his friends and took on the Mad Gear crime syndicate, paying back the destruction the gang had caused in spades.
In his ending, he is elected the President of the United States.
|Phoenix (Jean Grey)|
|Morrigan Aensland +||She is a succubus, a demonic creature able to seduce men. She is well known for her voluptuous figure and her titillating clothing. Although she is the head of the Aensland house, one of the three major houses of the demon world, she often abandons her dull duties to go look for excitement.
In her ending, she is in a "demon bar" with fellow demons Mephisto and Satannish and has a good time.
|Nathan "Rad" Spencer ¤||Once a hero of the war against the Empire, he was branded a traitor and sentenced to death by his government following the Bionic Purge. However, with the emergence of a new bionic threat, he has answered the call to return to the battlefield.
In his ending, he and She-Hulk take out the BioReign terrorists. Spencer thought she loved thrilling attractions, but She-Hulk wanted to go somewhere nice. He promises her a romantic dinner later, but she doubts it.
|Ryu +||Ryu's name gained great recognition among martial artists after he defeated the Muay Thai king, Sagat, in the final match of the first 'World Warrior' tournament. However, instead of claiming his fame, Ryu began to wander the globe, hoping to become a true warrior. He continues his journey, engaging in battles with fighters he meets along the way.
In his ending, he successfully obtains the power of the Iron Fist, overcoming the Satsui no Hado. After donning a mask similar to Iron Fist, he attacks Akuma with the "Iron Shoryuken".
|Strider Hiryu +||He is a member of the Striders, a secret organization specializing in kidnapping, assassination, demolition, etc., that has worked behind the scenes throughout history. Having obtained A-Class status at a young age, he is the organization's best assassin.
In his ending, he and Wolverine encounter Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers. Deathstrike wants to take on the X-Men, but Hiryu refuses and insists her to leave. Hiryu calls forth his Legion, along with Wolverine, Forge, Cable, Rescue, Death's Head, and Deathlok and attacks Deathstrike and the Reavers.
|Trish ¤||Originally created by a demon in order to lure Dante into a trap, she fell to her target's charms after working side by side with him, and betrayed the demon world. Now, she serves as Dante's partner in his business.
In her ending, she engages Nightcrawler in a fight, but he begs her to stop because she is mistaking him for a demon.
|Tron Bonne +||The only daughter of the Bonne family of air pirates, she is extremely prideful and is a sore loser. However, she can be charmingly awkward in front of someone she has a crush on, and values her family above all else. She travels the world in the hopes of getting rich quick, but her misadventures usually only end up adding to her debt.
In her ending, she asks MegaMan Volnutt to go out for a bite to eat. If he says no, he would have to deal with Servbot #42, which is a Sentinel newly "initiated" into the Bonne Clan.
|Viewtiful Joe ¤||Before becoming Viewtiful Joe, Joe was just a 17-year-old who loved the movies. His girlfriend Silvia often became angry over his immature ways.
In his ending, he, along with his life-long hero Captain Blue and his life-long rival Alastor, is starring on a cop show directed by Mojo and produced by Spiral. Mojo gets frustrated with him for ad-libbing his lines.
|Zero ¤||Ever since he was found in a cave by Sigma, he has worked tirelessly as a Maverick Hunter. Beneath his cool exterior lies an extreme intolerance for evil; once he gets into a fight with a Maverick, he won't stop until his enemy has been mercilely cut down. He is best friends with X of the Maverick Hunters' 17th Elite Unit.
In his ending, The Silver Surfer travels with Zero to take him back home, but the Surfer (who is confused by the plethora of Mega Man worlds) takes him by mistake to Neo Arcadia, the home of Mega Man Zero.
New (Capcom side)[edit | edit source]
|Firebrand||Firebrand is a type of gargoyle known as a Red Arremer. He will stand up to any threat posed to his home, the Demon Village, without any fear. Firebrand is considered to be an elite warrior among the Red Arremers, gaining him hero status among his peers.
In his ending, he is hailed as the new lord at the Castle of Astaroth and commands his minions to destroy Arthur and feast on his bones.
|Frank West||Though he's armed only with his strength, if there's a scoop to be had (like the outbreak from the Parkview Mall in Willamette, CO), he's got the courage to take anyone on. His willingness to dive head-first into any dangerous situation has saved his life as many times as it has put him in mortal peril.
In his ending, Frank and Mr. Fantastic discover the zombified Marvel superheroes devouring their own world and are planning to cross over to do the same. Mr. Fantastic builds an interdimensional machine and the duo try to save their ravaged world.
|Nemesis T-Type||A Tyrant-type B.O.W. tasked with eliminating S.T.A.R.S. and anyone connected to them. Retaining a fair amount of intelligence due to the Nemesis parasite, he is able to effectively carry around a rocket launcher.||Doctor Strange|
|Phoenix Wright||Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney who specializes in criminal law at the Wright & Co. Law Offices. Although he has encountered several extremely difficult and mysterious cases, he has overcome overwhelming odds and turned the cases around for every one of his clients.
In his ending, he goes to trial and calls his defendant Galactus to the witness stand. Galactus renews his request for a change of venue.
|Vergil||Son of the Legendary Dark Knight Sparda, and Dante's twin brother. Vergil blames himself for not having been able to protect his mother at a young age, and believes that power is everything. Unlike Dante, he has embraced his demonic heritage, and is willing to do whatever it takes to gain absolute power.
In his ending, he has acquired the Immortal Ending Muramasa Blade, severely injuring Wolverine in the process. He is not yet sated, as he and the soul of the sword thirsts for more power.
Marvel[edit | edit source]
|Captain America +||The sole recipient of the Super Soldier Serum, Steve Rogers' deep love for his country and his unparalleled sense of justice make him one of the most respected heroes today. He has also been the long-time leader of the Avengers, a group dedicated to keeping the world safe from harm.
In his ending, he is honored by Nick Fury for his heroics against Galactus.
|Deadpool ¤||To cure his terminal lung cancer, Wade Wilson attempted to obtain mutant powers artificially. However, the side effects of the procedure disfigured him and also caused psychological damage. Although he loves having cheerful conversations, because of his madness no one really knows what he's saying.
In his ending, he throws a party in Galactus' worldship with other Marvel and Capcom characters after defeating Galactus, but committed "Deadpoolicide" by boosting the power to the DJ booth and margarita machine which, in turn, destroyed Cleveland. The police are looking to arrest him and his accomplice, "Player". Deadpool breaks the fourth wall in his ending by not inviting the player to his party, suggesting the Power Points were enough for him/her and the player having a role in the act of "Deadpoolicide".
|Doctor Doom +||The masked genius scientist and dictator of Latveria, Victor von Doom plots for world domination. While his physical strength is only average at best, the technologically advanced weapons he develops, as well as his sinister plans have given his super hero foes plenty to worry about.
In his ending, he captures a portion of the Power Cosmic from Galactus and ushers in the Age of Doom.
|Dormammu ¤||Formerly a being made of energy residing in the Chaos Dimension, he gained a body made of metal and crossed over to the real world in the hopes of conquering it. Currently he serves as the ruler of the mysterious Dark Dimension.
In his ending, he attempts to travel to the Capcom universe, but finds opposition in the form of various Capcom villains including Albert Wesker, Firebrand, Dr. Wily, Devilotte, M. Bison, and Akuma demanding that Dormammu look elsewhere.
|Galactus ¤||Galactus is a godlike entity which nourishes on entire planets, and his hunger is never sated. Galactus serves as as the game's final boss. In the original version of the game, Galactus was unplayable. But in this game, Galactus is playable in "Galactus Mode", a new mode that allows the player to play as him through arcade mode.
In his ending, he consumes the energy of both worlds and destroys them.
|Hulk +||A genius scientist, Robert Bruce Banner accidentally absorbed huge amounts of gamma radiation during a bomb test. As a result, when his anger or negative emotions reach a boiling point, he transforms into the green-skinned Hulk, complete with incredible power that sets the standard for strength.
In his ending, he teams up with Chris Redfield; they go to the Umbrella Mansion and encounter Nemesis, who Hulk defeats handily. From there, they encounter Albert Wesker and defeat him.
|Iron Man +||Captured by a terrorist group in a war-torn region, Tony Stark created a battle suit to help him escape. Afterwards, he improved the battle suit to become Iron Man, and has dedicated himself to protecting the peace since.
In his ending, he creates the Galactus-buster armor after collecting data from his battle with Galactus.
|Magneto +||A survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, Max Eisenhardt (also known as Erik Magnus Lensherr) developed the idea that genetically superior mutants should be the ones to rule over mankind. Fighting for the sake of mutantkind, he is a calculating character who stops at nothing to achieve his goals.
In his ending, he realizes his dream after defeating Galactus. He uses his home planet, Taa II and his worldship as a new home for mutants, free from hate and prejudice.
|M.O.D.O.K. ¤||Formerly just a regular human, A.I.M. technician George Tarleton was forced to become a living human experiment and was subsequently turned into M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). Calling himself the Scientist Supreme and using his vast intellect and psionic powers, he annihilated all those who were involved in his experiment.
In his ending, A.I.M. recovers Galactus' helmet and M.O.D.O.K. puts it on, showing it off.
|Nathan "Rad" Spencer|
|Phoenix (Jean Grey) ¤||While returning from space, Jean Grey was exposed to lethal levels of solar radiation. Her life was saved by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, though its power has at times consumed her to the point of evil as Dark Phoenix. Jean is married to Cyclops, leader of the X-Men.
In her ending, Jean has defeated Galactus, but transforms into Dark Phoenix, posing a new threat.
|Sentinel +||A robot mutant hunter developed by Bolivar Trask, a scientist who felt that mutants were becoming a threat to mankind. Without developing their own artificial intelligence, they dutifully obey their orders, no matter who gives them.
In its ending, the Sentinels initiate the Master Mold program with improved Sentinel models with Galactus-shaped heads. They are collecting data from all fighters as they prepare to eradicate the human population in seven days. Dan Hibiki is shown as a captive.
|She-Hulk ¤||Robert Bruce Banner's (Hulk) cousin. After being gravely injured, lawyer Jennifer Walters received a blood transfusion from Banner which allowed her to transform into She-Hulk. Her transformation extends as far as her personality, going from meek and mousy to strong-willed and confident, so much so she prefers to stay in her She-Hulk form, having much greater control over it than her cousin.
In her ending, she is a judge with her own court show, "Jen's Justice" (a parody of real-life court shows like Judge Judy). She is about to deliver her verdict between Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth. She bangs her gavel, destroying the judge's seat in the process, scaring both lawyers.
|Shuma-Gorath + (DLC)||God of another dimension. As he will assume the form of whatever it is that people fear, he has no true form. Having taken a liking to Earth, he has tried to rule over the planet many times since the prehistoric age, but has usually been thwarted by a shaman or magic user, such as Doctor Strange.
In his ending, he is praised around the world for his victory over Galactus, much to his surprise. He then hosts a game show in Japan.
|Spider-Man +||While attending a public science exhibit, young Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider; this granted him special abilities, and he became the hero Spider-Man. When his beloved uncle was killed by a criminal Peter could have apprehended but chose not to, he swore to live by the creed of "With great power there must also come great responsibility."
In his ending, Peter Parker presents photos of Spider-Man defeating Galactus to J. Jonah Jameson. However, Jameson, as always, still believes Spider-Man is a menace, implying that he and Galactus were working together. Jameson demands that Peter gets better photos of Spider-Man or he will hire a better photographer.
|Storm +||Though she survived the ordeal, Ororo Munroe's parents died when a plane crashed into their home. Being buried under rubble proved a traumatic experience that would leave her with severe claustrophobia. Orphaned, she became a street thief in order to get by. She was later recruited by Charles Xavier, and decided to put her powers to use for good as a member of the X-Men. Much later on, she marries Black Panther and, as a result, is crowned Queen of Wakanda.
In her ending, she returns to Wakanda after defeating Galactus, but has doubts in her heart that humanity was worth saving, stating that mutants are still facing discrimination. Black Panther eases her doubts. He stands by her side to face any threat that comes to them and their people.
|Super-Skrull ¤||Kl'rt is a genetically-engineered super soldier created by the Skrulls to defeat the Fantastic Four, who stopped their invasion of Earth. His pride and tendency to look down on others is not unique to him, but a characteristic of the Skrull race in general.
In his ending, he defeats Galactus, leaving only his helmet, to avenge the loss of the Skrulls' home planet, Tarnax IV. He assembles the Skrulls and urges other races and species to join them and protect the universe.
|Taskmaster ¤||Tony Masters learned many moves by watching videos of heroes in action, and used his photographic reflexes to copy them and make them his own. With an obscure past on S.H.I.E.L.D. and considering himself a businessman, Taskmaster opened a mercenary school for training criminals in the fighting arts.
In his ending, he airs a commercial, accepting any customers, except the Avengers, to train with him. He jump-starts a business with his own line of exercise DVDs, health supplements, and clothing line.
|Thor Odinson -||Thor is the son of Odin, ruler of Asgard, the home of the gods. Known as the strongest warrior in Asgard, his prideful ways were reformed after spending time living as a human. Currently, he is a member of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers.
In his ending, he requests Heimdall to watch over the Capcom version of Earth.
|Wolverine +||Beneath James "Logan" Howlett's gruff and crude exterior lies a noble spirit who genuinely treasures his comrades. However, in the face of his enemies he is merciless, often employing extreme measures in his methods.
In his ending, he goes to a strip club to take a break. Morrigan offers him a lap dance, which Wolverine accepts, but he wants to finish his drink first.
|X-23 ¤||Cloned from a damaged Wolverine gene sample, Laura Kinney, alias X-23, was created for one reason: to be the perfect killing machine. For years, she proved herself a notable assassin, though a series of tragedies eventually led her to Wolverine and the X-Men, with whom she now seeks to turn her life around.
In her ending, she proves Wolverine wrong by beating Galactus and getting the title "the best there is", apathetically given to by Wolverine.
New (Marvel side)[edit | edit source]
|Doctor Strange||Having studied under the tutelage of the Ancient One, Stephen Strange became the Earth's greatest sorcerer and hero. Having gained superior insight and knowledge through his studies, as well as obtaining valuable knowledge and consultation from other heroes, Strange acts as a consultant for all things related to the paranormal.
In his ending, he calls a meeting with fellow sorcerers (Scarlet Witch, Wiccan, Doctor Voodoo and Shaman from the Marvel side and Tessa, Donovan, Garr, Agathe, and Priest from the Capcom side) to prevent Galactus' invasion from ever happening again.
|Ghost Rider||Bonded to the demon Zarathos through Mephisto's manipulations, Johnny Blaze becomes the Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider, who can project and control Hellfire. He manipulates mystical chains that can transform into other weapons.
In his ending, he captures Mephisto with the help of Dante and Trish. Mepishto is left with two choices, either he agrees to tear up the contract, freeing Johnny Blaze's soul or have his throat torn by Dante.
|Hawkeye||Trained to be a master archer by a traveling circus at an early age, Clint Barton joined the Avengers as Hawkeye in order to protect the world from evil. While a bit overconfident and rash to act, on the battlefield he is often the catalyst that raises everyone's spirits.
In his ending, he forms a new West Coast Avengers, with him taking the lead, recurring members War Machine, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man, and Moon Knight, and new members Jin Saotome, June Lin Milliam, Leo, Rikuo, and Rei.
|Iron Fist||Having studied martial arts in the mystic city of K'un L'un for 10 years, Daniel Rand was their strongest student. Defeating the dragon known as Shou-Lao the Undying, he gained the title of Iron Fist. He is good friends with fellow martial artist hero Luke Cage.||Vergil|
|Nova||Chosen by the dying alien Rhomann Dey to receive his Nova Corps powers, Richard Rider began his new life as a super hero, having been a staple of the original New Warriors with fellow heroes like Namorita, Speedball and Night Thrasher. His battles take him all throughout the universe, fighting evil wherever he is needed.||Phoenix Wright|
|Rocket Raccoon||Rocket Raccoon is a raccoon from the planet Halfworld that has received several enhancements, upping his intelligence and battle awareness. He protects the colony as a ranger, and currently explores the realm outside of Halfworld as an interplanetary explorer.
In his ending, he travels to Raccoon City for rest and relaxation, only to find a horde of zombies swarming him and he fires at them.
Development[edit | edit source]
On July 20, 2011, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, Capcom announced that an updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds was under development. The update, titled Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, would add new characters, stages, modes, and other enhancements to improve the game's balance and online functionality. According to Capcom, many new features and refinements, such as the addition of a spectator mode and tweaks to X-Factor, were the results of fan feedback. At the 2011 Tokyo Game Show, Capcom video game producer, Yoshinori Ono, would later announce that the game would also be released as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita. The handheld edition promised to contain the same content as the console versions, in addition to touchscreen control support.
After the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, the game's development team had plans to release more downloadable content. However, after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, in addition to staff health issues, delayed the development schedule, former Capcom producer Ryota Niitsuma and his team decided to release the proposed DLC, along with rebalanced gameplay and other additions, as a separate installment. As a result, the makeup of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is split "about half and half" between DLC meant for Fate of Two Worlds and brand new content.
Character selection was a collaborative process between Capcom and Marvel. According to Seth Killian, a former community manager for Capcom, Marvel presented a list of their own characters that they were interested in seeing in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Capcom then provided input regarding moveset possibilities in order to reach a consensus. Each company also had their own set of interests and priorities. Marvel characters, such as Rocket Raccoon and Nova, were chosen to cross-promote upcoming products. On the other hand, Capcom sought to bring more diversity into the cast. For example, Capcom wanted a monster-like character that could fight while in the air, leading to the inclusion of Firebrand.
Release[edit | edit source]
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 15, 2011 in North America, November 17 in Japan, and November 18 in Europe. The PlayStation Vita version was released on December 17, 2011 in Japan, and February 22, 2012 in North America and Europe. People who ordered the PlayStation Vita "First Edition" bundle in North America were able to receive an early copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on February 15, 2012, one week ahead of the console's official launch date.
To promote Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, special retailer-exclusive costume packs were available as pre-order bonuses. If the game was pre-ordered from GameStop, the players received the Femme Fatale Pack (Chun-Li, Morrigan, Storm, X-23). Amazon offered the New Age of Heroes Costume Pack (Akuma, Doctor Doom, Sentinel, Strider Hiryu), while Best Buy gave access to the Villains Costume Pack (C. Viper, M.O.D.O.K., Super-Skrull, Wesker). After the game's launch, several other costume packs became available for purchase on specific dates through the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network. The Ancient Warriors Costume Pack, consisting of Arthur, Firebrand, Hulk, and Magneto, was originally planned to be released in December 20, 2011. However, on December 19, 2011, Capcom announced that the pack would be delayed until March 6, 2012, due to existing controversy with Magneto's alternate costume. The costume in question, which was based on Magneto's appearance in Marvel's House of M series, bore similarities to the attire of the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, and was later removed from the pack.
Prior to the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, both Capcom and Marvel announced that the game would include reversible packaging. The front cover art featured the work of Capcom illustrator Shinkiro, while the reverse side featured the art of Marvel Comics' Mark Brooks. Brook's alternate cover featured all twelve of the game's new characters in his own comic book style. Both pieces of art were printed on a single reversible cover for the entire first run of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in North America.
On December 13, 2013, Capcom announced that digital versions of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its DLC would be removed from online platforms towards the end of the month, following the apparent expiration of Capcom's licensing contracts with Marvel Comics. The game was pulled from the PlayStation Network on December 17 and 19 in North America and Europe, respectively, and from the Xbox Live Arcade on December 26.
However, on December 3, 2016, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was re-released digitally for the PlayStation 4, coinciding with the announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite; digital re-releases for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows were released on March 7, 2017. These versions included all previously released downloadable content, including Jill Valentine and Shuma-Gorath, a new gallery mode containing artwork from Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works, and an improved 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. Physical copies of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were made available for a limited time through GameStop and EB Games. The physical editions included updated cover art and a 10-page comic book featuring the artwork of Marvel Comics' Sean Chen and Gerardo Sandoval.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released to generally favorable reviews, garnering scores of 80/100 and 79/100 from Metacritic for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, respectively. The PlayStation Vita version received a score of 80/100 from Metacritic.
The game received praise for addressing several gameplay issues prevalent in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and refining the online experience. Daniel Maniago of G4 praised the game for its "simple, yet deep gameplay", character roster, and improved online features. 1UP.com's Neidel Crisan cited the game as a major improvement over the original. GameSpot's Maxwell McGee stated that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was unquestionably the superior version, highlighting the series' "unique blend of structured insanity".
A common criticism amongst reviewers for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was the lack of additional on-disc content beyond the expanded character roster and gameplay tweaks. While IGN's Steven Hopper praised the inclusion of new characters, he criticized the lack of new features and modes. As a result, he stated that the game's US$40 price tag was "a little hard to swallow". Tim Turi of Game Informer stated that while hardcore fans would appreciate Capcom's balancing tweaks, casual fans who already played Fate of Two Worlds and were only interested in new characters would "likely be left wanting".
Reviewers praised the PlayStation Vita version for its technical performance, despite hardware constraints, and for providing the full console version experience on a portable system. Hopper complimented the graphics, stating that the Vita port matched the visual fidelity of the console versions. Martin Robinson of Eurogamer claimed Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was one of the Vita's "finer-looking launch games," praising its detail and faithfulness to the original. However, he criticized the addition of touchscreen controls, stating its implementation fell short of the mark laid down by Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 reached number 19 in the United Kingdom PlayStation 3 sales chart and number 24 for the Xbox 360. The game sold approximately 600,000 units worldwide for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 during the first two months of its release. As of March 2015, the game sold 1.2 million units across its various platforms.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Sequel[edit | edit source]
Following the release of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the PlayStation Vita in 2012, Marvel's new parent company, The Walt Disney Company, which acquired Marvel in 2009, chose not to renew Capcom's license with the Marvel characters, instead opting to put them in its own self-published Disney Infinity series. As a result, Capcom had to pull both Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes off Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network in 2013. However, in 2016, Disney decided to cancel its Disney Infinity series, discontinue self-publishing efforts, and switch to a licensing-only model, allowing them to license their characters to third-party game developers, including Capcom. On December 3, 2016, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was officially unveiled during Sony's PlayStation Experience event. The game was released on September 19, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This is the first crossover game from Capcom involving Marvel that sees a PC release.
- Chris and the Hulk's endings are most likely tied with each other.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Box art and merchandise[edit | edit source]
In-game win portraits (Capcom)[edit | edit source]
In-game win portraits (Marvel)[edit | edit source]
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