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The first Marvel vs. Capcom's graphics were so impressive at the time that IGN called it 'visually orgasmic' in their review

An intriguing history report about one of fighting game's most important titles

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 5, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. PDT • Comments: 32

We've yet another history lesson from Top Hat Gaming Man as he tackles the very first Marvel vs. Capcom title, (it was actually the third franchise entry) Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.

Believe it or not this game launched a mere six months after its predecessor, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, but the 1998 crossover still brought plenty of innovation and bar-raising attributes to the burgeoning Versus Series.

Top Hat details all the new bells and whistles that MvC:CoSH brought with it, noting the growing and evolving roster breadth on both the Marvel and Capcom ends of the character select screen.

Crowds near the turn of the century really enjoyed Clash of Super Heroes, and that sentiment is perhaps best described by this excerpt from an old IGN review.

"At even the most frantic moments of combo-madness, the backgrounds and characters move just as fluidly as they did before the insanity began. In fact, it's so visually orgasmic that I couldn't help but smile and smile big whenever something cool happened. 32-Bit systems can't do this stuff folks."

While I can't say that I'd ever described it in those terms, I certainly can appreciate what the writer here is saying. Many of us recall the thrill of seeing this game sandwiched between a Hydro Thunder and one of those impossible skill games where you had to make a super bouncy ball roll up a plastic mountain, and being particularly captivated by both the characters and how they looked.

Check out the video below and if you like what you see, be sure to visit THGM's historical reports on both X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Street Fighter 3, and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.

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