My shrine is about the games for the CPS-1 and CPS-2 systems. But there were some other Marvel games Capcom made for other systems, and this page takes a quick look at them.

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse was released late on in 1994, exclusively for the Super Nintendo. The game is a mixture of platforming and fighting, and you can play as Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Gambit and Beast. The story focuses on the X-Men team heading to Genosha to free captured mutants, but Apocalypse has other plans. However, Magneto also has plans of his own. Each character has a variety of special moves and techniques, done with Street Fighter style joypad motions and button presses. Would I like to do a full shrine for this game? Maybe one day, but I'll have to play it a lot more before I could start something like that.



Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems was released in 1996, and was again exclusive to the Super Nintendo. It plays a lot like Mutant Apocalypse, but features different characters. It also seems to ramp up the difficulty considerably. The game is an adaption of The Infinity Gauntlet, but also adds characters to fight from the sequel comic book series Infinity War. Playable characters include Captain American and Spider-Man, and each character has several moves and abilities. For example Iron Man has a double jump, whilst Spider-Man can climb walls. Several of the moves in the game were taken from the arcade version of Marvel Super Heroes, such as Doctor Doom's photon shock and Spider-Man's web ball.



Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 was released in 2000. It has just about every character from all five of the one on one fighting games Capcom had previously done, so characters like Thanos, Iron Man, Rogue and Silver Samurai all return. The only characters not to make the cut are Norimaro, Apocalypse, Onslaught and the palette swap secret characters from MSH Vs. SF and the original Marvel Vs. Capcom (although Sakura has a hyper combo to become Dark Sakura, and Zangief has one to become Mech Zangief). Several new characters were also added to the game, such as Guile, Cable, Anakaris and Marrow. In total there are 56 characters to choose from.

In addition to the huge roster, the gameplay has been changed dramatically. Fights are now 3 on 3 battles, and you can call on either of your partners to perform assist moves. But you can also choose what kind of assist you want. Most characters have offensive moves, but some have other options, such as Jill being able to restore some health. Cross-over combinations now have three characters appear on the screen, and the hyper combo gauge goes up to 5 bars rather than the 3 bars seen in the previous games. "Snap-backs" allow you to use a hyper combo bar to do a move which knocks your opponent off the screen, and prevents them from coming back on for a few seconds. The controls are also different, with now just two buttons for punches, two for kicks, and then two more for either assist.

This game is the most popular in the series, and has seen console ports for the Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Xbox, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS, with the Dreamcast version being seen as the best of the lot. The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions have online multiplayer, but the netcode for this isn't very good, resulting in laggy matches and other problems. Would I like to do a shrine for this one? Definitely. But it'll have to wait until Naomi emulation has been perfected.



The next Marvel Vs. game wouldn't appear until 2011, and was available on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 has completely new graphics, and the roster is very different to the previous games. Whilst some characters return (like Ryu, Wolverine and Morrigan) there are a lot of new characters, including Haggar, Deadpool, Wesker and Thor. New features to the gameplay include team air combos, where you can use each member of you team in an air combo. X-Factor is something you can use once per fight, and will greatly boost your character's speed and strength for a limited amount of time. The controls were also changed again, with three attack buttons, a button for launchers (to start air combos) and two buttons for assists.



Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was also released in 2011. The main draw of this update is the expanded character roster, which adds several new fighters. New characters include Strider Hiryu, Phoenix Wright, Ghost Rider and Nova. Old characters have some new moves, there have been some gameplay tweaks, along with some new backgrounds. A new "Heroes and Heralds" mode was added, allowing you to collect cards as you fight, which can be equipped to power up your fighters in different ways. This updated version is the one to go for if you want to play Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and you can get it for Playstation 3, Playstation Vita and Xbox 360.

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