Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite stories

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's under performance more than made up for by Monster Hunter: World as Capcom's consumer sales soar 32% over last year

Though peppered with a few noteworthy victories, it had been a somewhat turbulent last year or two for Capcom in the fighting game department.

Street Fighter 5 has been a roller coaster of ups and downs while Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite failed to become the smash eSports hit many imagined and hoped it would be.

That said, the company has actually seen an incredible 16 billion yen upswing in its consumer sales numbers from last year. That's more than a $142 million increase, and more than double the kind of growth garnered from 2015-2016 or 2016-2017.

One could argue that this was a group effort from Capcom's healthy list of gaming titles, but the overwhelming majority of this success is thanks to Monster Hunter: World, which released in January.

"Monster Hunter: World, the latest title in the flagship series, significantly contributed to increased profitability by delivering record high sales of 7.9 million units..." notes the 2018 integrated report. "... on the other hand, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite delivered a certain level of sales, primarily overseas owing to deep-rooted popularity, but under performed overall."

The implications of such financial prosperity expand well beyond the single IP of Monster Hunter, and, as the sub header says, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Check out the consumer sales chart below to see this year's vast increase as well as previous years' performance and next year's predictions:

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If Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is happening, it should take a page from Super Smash Bros'. book; Maximilian speculates on how Capcom might tackle a new MvC

"People were mad at Marvel Infinite for a good reason... people were mad that MvCI was not up to the standards of which they had set the Marvel vs. Capcom series," states Maximilian during his recent monologue about the latest potential Marvel fighting game news.

There's no hard evidence at all for this, but rumors from the leaker known only as Vergeben have been floating about saying that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be seeing a second wind soon.

The fact that avid MvC fan Peter "Combofiend" Rosas is now working at Marvel Games is also on our radars as a possible motivator for this fantasy to come to fruition.

While the fighting game community isn't exactly convinced, even the prospect of the iconic franchise seeing some action after the rather tragic performance of Infinite has many of us speculating how and what would happen if Capcom and Marvel did indeed green light such a project.

Today we hear Max's take as he shares a few of his own thoughts on how to make the game better. Bringing back the X-Men would be a top priority, and likely very doable now that Disney has purchased Fox.

Returning to the three on three format and a total visual overhaul to make the game more flashy and exciting are just two of said thoughts from the prominent streamer. Head on below to hear everything he has to say.

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Rumor: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite update is happening, will be re-branded as 'Marvel vs. Capcom 4'

Grab your tinfoil hats, folks! It's rumor time, and rumor has it that not only is there a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite update in the works, but it is set to be re-branded as "Marvel vs. Capcom 4."

These latest claims come from none other than prominent video game leaker, Vergeben. Over on Reddit, Vergeben recently shared some new information on the potential future of the currently dormant Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

To preface this, Vergeben has been accurate on a number of different claims, including correctly calling Ridley and Simon Belmont being announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — and when they were going to be revealed — as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being in Injustice 2, which has pretty much become their most famous prediction. Vergeben has had some misses as well, though, so as always with rumors it is best to take what's written here with a grain of salt.

According to Vergeben, an update to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is definitely happening. "No one knows anything substantial," Vergeben wrote in response to a Reddit user. "Believe me. I've been asking around. All that is known is that an update is real and happening. No one has any details that have leaked out regarding what exactly is happening with it or what all characters it will be adding and etc. yet."

They go on to say that the characters who were originally predicted to be in a potential update are the most logical fighters to expect here, though still unconfirmed. Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Magneto, Storm, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Daredevil, Asura, Lady, Gill, Rashid, Captain Commando, Nina, Deis, Regina, Gene, Vergil, Akuma, and Apollo Justice were all originally listed, though this time Vergeben only mentions Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Asura, Gill, Lady, and Rashid / Vergil specifically.

Over the weekend, Vergeben replied to another Reddit user saying that the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite update is in early development and that we likely won't be seeing anything official on it until next year. Both Capcom and Marvel being patient, essentially, as to not ruin the perception of the game again.

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Morrigan looks more like Magneto in this crazy Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite combo, lands 30 Shell Kicks solo with no Infinity Stones

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite might not be in the spotlight much anymore, but one cannot deny the combo potential the Versus series game has. Marvel heads continue to explore the limits of Marvel Infinite's various combat systems, sharing clips on social media of their findings.

Every so often, I run into a combo or sequence that I feel obligated to share. Today we have a combo that uses Darkstalkers' Morrigan, and Morrigan alone.

Twitter user Ketsui_Storm posted a Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite combo yesterday that aimed to land Morrigan's Shell Kick command normal as many times as possible in one combo. Making things extra difficult, this combo does not use the help of Morrigan's partner, does not use any of the Infinity Stone power ups, and does not use Morrigan's Astral Vision super — that which sees a mirrored image of herself on screen resulting in double the attacks.

This is a straight up, raw solo combo for Morrigan, making it that much more impressive. Ketsui notes in the tweet that a whopping 30 Shell Kicks were hit in this combo, and the whole sequence has shades of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Magneto.

According to Ketsui, this combo requires hitting the HK button 37 times, so you might want to have a replacement button on hand if you try to replicate it.

Ketsui has lots of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tech over on Twitter. Be sure to head over there if you're itching for more.


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'Venom' bashed by critics but beloved by general audiences; Rotten Tomatoes reviews show massive disparity between the two

I was fairly disheartened on Wednesday when more than a few reviews for the Venom film deemed the movie pretty damn horrible, but now that it's in theaters we're beginning to hear a different story.

The film currently holds a 33% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the general public is whistling a different tune as they've scored the film with a much more fresh 88%. You can view the details in the image at the bottom of this text.

The first statistic comes from 172 critic reviews while the second is garnered from no less than 9,641 user reviews. Indeed we searched "#Venom" on Twitter today and found nothing but praises and call outs of the disparity between the Rotten Tomatoes review columns.

Obviously it's not unheard of that general audiences and critics would have disagreements on the quality of movies. Look no further than Star Wars: The Last Jedi which was given the inverse treatment from Venom as it scored 91% and 45% from critics and general audiences respectively.

On a more personal note, I lost a lot of faith in the film review site when they scored 2017's Wonder Woman higher than 1994's The Shawshank Redemption (a film that regularly appears on "all-time greats" film lists) with 94% and 91% respectively.

With this new development in public opinion, I'll be making it a point to check out Venom this weekend. If you already have, please chime into the comments with your thoughts. If you haven't please let us know if you plan to.

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There's a good chance the new Venom film will go the way of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite as negative reviews flood the internet

I'm not a serious Marvel vs. Capcom player, but that very well may not have been the case if Venom was part of Marvel vs. Capcom 3's roster.

As one of the most charismatic anti-heroes in the Marvel Comics universe, the symbiote-infused Spider-Man villain has always been a go-to choice for me any time I find myself playing one of the older titles in the MvC franchise.

He's also got his own film coming out in just a few days on October 5th, and there's no doubt a considerable chunk of the fighting game community is (like me) excited to go check it out.

That excitement very well may be dampened for many however, as the film is getting a ton of bad press after critics checked out early screenings. C|Net unapologetically calls it a candidate for dumbest film of the year, Rolling Stone is calling it "a mess that bites" and Variety is going as far as to entertain the idea that Lady Gaga fans are conspiring against Venom to minimize competition for A Star is Born.

Especially with an actor like Tom Hardy behind the mask, it's hard to think there's so little of worth behind a film like this. Indeed many reviews express distaste for the film despite Hardy's performance, noting he's still better than the horror that was Topher Grace's take in 2007's Spider-Man 3.

It seems as though Venom finds itself focused on trying to replicate the comedy of the massively successful Deadpool without much else substance beyond. A PG-13 rating does raise an eyebrow or two, considering this film centers on a vicious alien that eats people's brains.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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CEOtaku 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings in Florida this weekend, as the annual CEOtaku 2018 is taking place.

As something of a CEO spinoff focusing heavily on airdashers or anime-styled games, this event has just grown and grown with every year.

This year, the main game, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has surpassed 300 entrants, with three other games — Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ — also all surpassing 200 entrants, making for a huge turnout.

Besides these four games, there's plenty more to be played — tournaments will also be held for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Koihime Enbu: RyoRaiRai, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

As for players attending, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, NRG|HookGangGod, PG|SKD, WN|LostSoul, WG|Samitto, Kedako, UYU|KizzieKay, LordKnight, Jona, NRG|Supernoon, FOX|Dekillsage, UYU|Cloud805, PurePure, PAG|Grover, Hotashi, FOX|Punk, 1Up|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Nakkiel, Foo, FF|ElvenShadow, Clim, KnowKami, UYU|BeautifulDude, BxA|Argenrost, DATA|TectalEastside and many more.

Streaming is being done at CEO Gaming, DATA FGC and Polarity GG.

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'It's the game that didn't get the attention it deserved' - Maximilian reflects on Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on its anniversary

Of course there were major issues with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Maximilian will be the first to tell you how many missteps MvCI saw during its development and initial release process, but for all of the face and function fiascos, the game actually did turn out to be quite fun.

In a recent video Max has decided to take a look back at Infinite now that its one year anniversary has come. After a quick acknowledgement of the game's issues he delves into some of the positives that made it his "favorite current day fighting game."

While not entirely polished, MvCI's gameplay was both entertaining and showed promise as it revealed that developers had fixed up certain details that ultimately hurt previous franchise entries.

One such example is seen in the way throws were changed from being a death sentence to being a strategic option. The three character system was reduced to only feature two fighters at a time, but still the levels of chaos and personal expression were to many a player's liking.

It's also pretty entertaining just to watch as Max goes about to singing this game's praises while holding back temptations to rib it for any of its many follies.

Let us know if you agree with his sentiments and if you still play Marvel Infinite now that we're one year beyond its official debut.

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Martin Wong's fighting game cosplay photos are all total KO's

We're excited to share some absolutely stellar photography from Martin Wong as he captures gorgeous models in top tier cosplay outfits.

These quality images feature characters from a wide range of franchises including Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom and others.

Such cosplayers as Jessica Nigri, Vera Bambi and Meg Turney bring all new life to characters like Fox McCloud, Spider-Man and the pool party versions of Chun-Li, E. Honda and Cammy White.

Mr. Wong doesn't limit his craft to gaming and pop culture characters alone, but also specializes in portrait, fashion, surreal and wedding photography.

As you'll surely see when looking through the selection we've garnered for you here, these images exude professionalism from start to finish.

You can see more of Wong's work by visiting his (somewhat NSFW warning due to boudoir photos) Instagram as well as his personal photography site. Check out the gallery below and please share your favorites in the comments when you're done gazing through.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite... one year later

It's hard to believe that it's already been a full year since Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was officially released, but here we stand on the first anniversary of a game that everyone expected to flourish, but was doomed before it even hit shelves.

Stumblebee has taken a detailed look back at the anomaly that was MvCI to juxtapose the various missteps during development that wound up creating something of a perfect storm of fan distaste.

While there was never much negativity to be spread in terms of the game's actual play, fans took issue with various non-gameplay aspects as more and more of Infinite was slowly revealed.

Already with a poor taste in their mouths from the rocky release of Street Fighter 5, Capcom faithfuls were ready to pounce on any fumbles they could. Chun-Li's early development-stage face (along with a few other characters') started social media wildfires and is remembered to this day despite being updated well before MvCI's launch.

Top player shill accusations, the lack of X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, developer interviews gone awry and more all but sealed MvCI's fate before most players even reached the character select screen for the first time.

Here's a solemn look back at a fighting game title that tragically didn't get much of a chance to flourish.

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SoCal Regionals 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big shebang this weekend is SoCal Regionals 2018, taking place in Ontario, California.

This is a huge event by all counts, with the biggest part of it being that it is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, also a Premier event on the Injustice 2 Pro Tour and a Ranking event on the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these three major tours, the event will also be hosting tournaments for the yet-to-be-released Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Pokkén Tournament DX and ARMS.

With Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition over 250 entrants, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ close to 200 entrants and Super Smash Bros. 4 at around 150 entrants, there's going to be a ton of competition in every game present, for sure.

Notable players attending are too many to count, but among others, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, FD|Fujimura, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, CYG|Fuudo, FOXSaint, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Punk, FOX|Justin Wong, Jimmy J Tran, Reynald, Ghost|NuckleDu, Gachikun, Noble|Tweedy, PG|Nakkiel, FOX|Dekillsage, EQNX|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, BC|ApologyMan, Noble|Semiij, EQNX|Dimeback, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, Shadow20z, NASR|TekkenMaster, PG|Hayatei, UYU|KizzieKay, MnT|Trungy, UYU|Princess Ling, Nisshin, Noble|Rewind, Pokchop, UYU|BeautifulDude and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, NetherRealm, 2GGaming and SilentScope88.

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From 1995 - 2017 here's a look over Spider-Man's fighting game history

The gaming world is excitedly exploring the all new Marvel's Spider-Man as it officially released today on the PlayStation 4. To celebrate we figured we'd take you on a blast through the past and recap all the fighting games the web-slinging super hero has been in.

You'll recognize some of these right off the bat as the recent Marvel vs. Capcom titles have been all over this site and you've probably spotted an older Marvel Super Heroes arcade cabinet or two in random bars or arcades over the years.

Some titles like X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 and Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects are a little less commonly known and very well may be new sightings of the web head for many of you.

Things started off back in 1995 with Capcom's Marvel Super Heroes, which actually had six Infinity Gems that players could activate by meeting certain criteria. This concept would be revisited in the most entry to the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise though executed very differently.

From there we had Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter in 1997, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes in 1998, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes in 2000, X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 in 2001 and Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects in 2005.

Despite the regular and even rapid pace fighters featuring Spidey were coming out, it would then be a six year gap until Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds dropped in 2011. Another six years until the aforementioned Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in 2017 and that rounds out the list. You can view footage from all eight titles below.

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Summer Jam 12 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Summer Jam 12 is taking place this weekend in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour, so there are almost 200 people showing up to compete in Tekken 7.

Besides that, it's also a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, with 130 people signed up for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

There's also tournament play set for Dragon Ball FighterZ, a pre-release version of Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Fighting EX Layer, Injustice 2, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, King of Fighters 14 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend include UYU|Jeondding, Ghost|NuckleDu, EG|NYChrisG, RB|Anakin, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Speedkicks, FOX|Punk, EQNX|JoeFury, SperoGin, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, SB|JB, EG|Ricki Ortiz, DG|KaneAndTrench, UYU|Princess Ling, EQNX|Dimeback, Walker|Furumizu, Walker|Kagemaru, W2W|Binchang, UYU|Yuyu and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, Bifuteki, KPB Live, Funky P, TSB Blaze, Bros Calamity and Atari FGC.

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First Attack 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

First Attack 2018 is taking place this weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so points are on the line for anyone showing up to compete.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the event will also host tournament play for Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and potentially a few more games.

There are over 60 entrants fighting for those CPT points, so expect a lot of action as we whittle it down to the very best.

Players attending are Rise|Caba, Rise|Smug, WBG|CJ Truth, LPN, LU|Alex Valle, SB|Doomsnake, DR Ray and many more.

Streaming is being done at LevelUp Live.

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Magion's art will pull you in and send your eyes for a wonderful ride

All we know about this artist is that their handle is "Magion" and they have some pretty great fighting game art.

The first image in our gallery here is very cartoon like in nature, but as you'll see immediately afterwards Magion is also very skilled over on the more realistic side of the spectrum.

Android 18's gaze captures us where we sit, and Vegeta's cotton candy swirl of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (did I get that right?) hair commands our attention before raining beams of energy send us down to the rest of the image.

The piece featuring a beaten down Chun-Li at the hands of Cammy not only tells us a captivating story but also showcases a wonderful grasp of visual depth as we start with the extreme close up of Chun's bracelet in the bottom right and the focus shifts gradually farther back as we move up and to the left.

Throw in a sketch of Akuma fighting Kratos from God of War and you have yourself an artist that can seemingly hit you from just about every artistic angle.

Give the gallery a look through here and let us know your thoughts. If you'd like to see more from the artist you can view their NSFW Deviant Art page.

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A very good place to start: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Razer Panthera arcade stick review

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite may not have made the waves that Capcom had hope for, but there was still buzz about the title at this year's E3 for something other than the game when Razer and Capcom first showed off their official Marvel Panthera arcade stick.

This new arcade stick from Razer is now available worldwide after launching in Europe earlier this Summer, and the peripheral company recently gave me the opportunity to test out and try the new controller for myself.

Players have been showing us for years now that pad players can perform just as well as stick players, but I had been looking for the chance to change over from pad for quite a while now. I finally got my chance and can say that I'm quite pleased with the Razer Panthera as a first time stick owner.

For the stick's specifications, it comes with 10 black "tournament-grade" Sanwa buttons, a Sanwa joystick with ball top, a 13-foot / four-meter detachable screw-lock USB cable, a touchpad for PlayStation 4 use, L3 and R3 buttons on top, PlayStation 3 support and a lock switch for the Start / Options and Select / Share buttons.

The MvCI Panthera weighs about seven pounds and comes with its own screwdriver to make modding simpler. It currently retails for $219.99 USD or €239.99.

You can check out the official images for the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Panthera in the gallery below and my full impressions of the stick after the jump.

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