Five new Capcom characters that should be added if we ever get another Capcom versus game

Whether it's VS Marvel, VS Tatsunoko or VS Capcom itself doesn't really matter — just that we get to play them in fighting games

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 15, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. PST | Comments: 45

We recently published a piece I wrote about five characters that should be back if we get another Capcom crossover fighter, and this story is closely linked with that one. This time, however, it's going to focus on Capcom characters that have never been playable in the versus series but really should be.

Capcom have a wide breadth of popular intellectual properties, and while we've seen many of their icons show up in the versus games in the past, there are also some fantastic characters who have remained overlooked throughout the years. If we were to get a new fighting game crossover project (even if it were simply an in-company crossover like Teppen), here are five Capcom character picks that I think absolutely need to be added to it.

Before we dive down to which characters I've picked as my candidates for a Capcom versus title, let me preface this list by saying that I don't play Monster Hunter at all, so if you're expecting some crazy beasts to show up, you're unfortunately out of luck. To clarify, I'm absolutely not opposed to Monster Hunter characters (I thought the Monster Hunter in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was really cool), I just don't have any personal experience with them and don't even know where I'd start to theorize character additions. If you're a Monster Hunter fan and have some cool ideas, please share them in the comments. Now, on to my picks!

Leon S. Kennedy (Resident Evil)

Easily one of the most iconic protagonists to ever grace the Resident Evil franchise, it honestly feels like something of a travesty that Leon S. Kennedy who co-headlined and solo-headlined two of the franchise's by far most popular games (Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4, respectively) hasn't been given his due appreciation when it comes to crossovers.

Now, you could be thinking that there's only so much you can do with regular human gun-wielding characters from a semi-realistic series like Resident Evil, but we've already seem Jill Valentine (the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 version) and Chris Redfield work very differently from each other, and there's definitely room for more if you just want to get a little bit creative. After all, nobody who plays fighting games seriously would argue that the Street Fighter Shotos are all the same, so why would you scoff at too many guns-a-blazing Resident Evil protagonists?

Given that Leon is the poster child of Resident Evil's shift from heavily horror-based to more of a fast-paced action game back in Resident Evil 4, he makes even more sense for a fighting game like Capcom's versus series that's all about fast pace and high-octane action.

With the Resident Evil 2 remake being a big success for Capcom, selling 4.7 million copies by the end of September this year (which is the last time we got an update), the franchise has gotten new life breathed back into it (together with Resident Evil 7 which also did very well), with Leon at the forefront once more. Not only is he an extremely beloved character from Capcom's biggest franchise, but the timing is absolutely perfect too... Well, assuming we'd get a new versus game any time soon. It would be a real slam dunk.

Nero (Devil May Cry)

Devil May Cry is relatively new as far as Capcom's franchises go (despite being almost 20 years old at this point — wow, time flies!), so it wasn't until Marvel vs. Capcom 3 where we got a taste of Devil May Cry in a fighting game setting, and good lord was it ever glorious. Dante, Trish and Vergil all joined the roster, albeit the latter was available first in the second version Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and it was a very solid spread of the franchise's history up until then.

Since then, the franchise had been in a sort of awkward limbo where it was unclear if Capcom were ever intending on following up on the story threads from Devil May Cry 4 where the demon-armed Nero made his first appearance, but with this year's successful revival in Devil May Cry 5, it's clear that Nero (although he doesn't look like Nero at all in that game) is going to be sticking around, and so will the Devil May Cry series itself.

You could really go many different directions with Nero as a fighting game character. His gameplay in Devil May Cry 4 is heavily based around his demonic arm, while Devil May Cry 5 has him lose it and gives him all kinds of replacement arms with various gimmicks at his disposal, so there's a ton of source material to draw from to give him a highly stylish moveset, much like his other Devil May Cry co-stars who have already appeared in Capcom's versus offerings.

Kind of along the same line as Resident Evil's Leon, though to a slightly smaller scale, Nero is the type of character who just fits these types of games like a glove and seems like he's just waiting for his turn to join the roster. Much like Leon, the timing is absolutely perfect too, with his successful re-emergence earlier this year.

Gill (Street Fighter)

I know that I wrote in the subheader that I wanted characters who could be new additions to fighting games, which doesn't quite fit with Gill, the main antagonist of the Street Fighter 3 series. He was playable in home console versions of Street Fighter 3 although he's always been banned from competitive play because, well ... He's broken. They made no effort at all to tone him down, and he remains a boss character in playable form, which is hard to balance out.

In the versus style of games, though, we see all kinds of extravagant and flashy stuff from the participating cast, so even if you wanted Gill to be just as crazy as he can be in his original appearance, he honestly can. Meteor Strike? Seraphic Wing? Resurrection? Hell, give it all to him, and just make sure that everyone else can counteract him too. Phoenix effectively had an even stronger version of Resurrection in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and worked fine. Well, fine in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, at least.

While Gill hasn't made a gigantic impact on the Street Fighter series as a whole just yet, his emergence is teased in the Street Fighter 5 cinematic story mode A Shadow Falls, so it's clear that Capcom still have plans for the character and consider him a very major antagonist in their premier fighting game franchise, so let's bring him over to the crossover properties. Honestly, given his god-like stature and powers, he'd probably be a better fit for a game in this extravagant style anyway.

Samanosuke Akechi (Onimusha)

I can't say that I'm the most well-versed in the world when it comes to the Onimusha series, but I do know that this was one of Capcom's most popular properties during the PlayStation 2 era, and that it holds fond memories for many players.

One of the big things about the Onimusha series which was largely unheard of at the time was their using of actor's likenesses for their characters, with the first game's main protagonist Samanosuke Akechi being modeled after Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro, who also voiced the character.

Originally envisioned as a Japan-based feudal era Resident Evil-style game, this is a Samurai story where you do battle against various Oni and Genma and have the ultimate goal of stopping the historical Japanese figure of Oda Nobunaga.

Basically, Capcom have a badass Samurai franchise that takes inspiration from real life and mixes it with creatures of myth and legend, and this has barely been part of their versus franchises... Why? It's no secret that Samurai are some of the most popular warrior depictions in the world, and these games did very, very well for Capcom at the time.

To clarify, the least successful main game in the series, Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (which was outside of the originally envisioned trilogy) had its main character Kaijin no Soki appear in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, but that's it.

While the franchise largely lays dormant today, it's an important piece of Capcom history that they could revisit any time, and bringing Samanosuke Akechi, the original protagonist (who also plays a role in both Onimusha 3: Demon Siege and the aforementioned Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams) to a versus game would be a highly appreciated throwback, and give us some feudal Japanese flavor which is always a welcome addition.

Simon Blackquill (Ace Attorney)

At one time it seemed like an impossible dream, but fans pushed very hard for getting some Phoenix Wright representation in Capcom's versus games, with the only issue being that, well ... He doesn't really fight. Thankfully, fans voices were heard and Phoenix Wright joined the roster of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, with a very in-character moveset that worked well in the game.

Given how creative they got with the character, hopefully they'll be looking to bring him back in the future if we get any more versus games, and when they do, my most wanted character to accompany him would be Simon Blackquill.

Although he doesn't have that strong of a personal connection to Phoenix Wright, being more of an adversary to Wright's allies if anything, he is one of the most impactful prosecutors the franchise has seen as he prosecutes cases while himself being a criminal on death row.

He's a good representation for the newer era of Ace Attorney games, and he'd be a fitting show of the more serious sides of the franchise. Not only is he typically seen in chains, he actually cuts at his opponent without even wielding a blade, like a true Samurai opponent, and has a hawk at his beck and call which he will send to attack his opponents.

The Ace Attorney games are still going strong, and Blackquill is a clear mark that they never lost their charm as far as interesting and engaging characters with appealing designs go. Plus, the character's theme song "Distorted Swordsmanship" is amazing.

Well, these are my picks for five Capcom characters I'd love to see make the cut if we got another versus game. Who would you be itching to see? Let us know in the comments.

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