Before I begin this little rant, I would like to state a few things. Thing number one: I am a proud Wii owner that has never regretted his decision to actually purchase his little waggle box. I have played quite a few games that only happened on the Wii. From No More Heroes
to Zack & Wiki
to the many quality first party affairs, the little system that could, who did, is still a mainstay in my gaming circle. Not only that but I have been a very vocal defender
of Nintendo's latest console, to the point that I have been called a Jonathan Holmes Nintendo Disciple
, a rare title given only to the most adamant Wii loyalists. So take this not as a deep criticism or a referendum on the Wii but on Capcom.
Thing number two: I am a fighting game fanatic. What that entails is simply I love fighting games. Where others may enjoy different genres of gaming like RPGs, or the latest FPS filled to the rim with every conceivable gun, I enjoy the greatest genre of them all aside from shumps, fighting games. Why is that? They ask more of you than other games. They require you to learn all its nuisances, to in essence man up, not just to be proficient with it in order to be successful but to take all of that and pit it against your fellow man to see who truly is the best of the best. A truly wonderful fighting game when played by two equally skilled players elevates the game mechanics to new heights. Because once everyone knows the ins and outs of the game, it then falls to see who can incorporate a better startegy than the other, who can out fake or adjust better than the other.
I absolutely love nothing better than playing a fighting game with somebody equal ( or above ) my skill level. It doesn't even matter the fighting game. The competitive nature within me compels me to play yet another match, whether I win, lose or draw. Which leads me back to this. I hate missing out on a fighting game because of any exclusivity it may have attached to it. Luckily, I own all the consoles. Unluckily for me, the game I've been excited the most for lately is coming for the Wii. Why is that unlucky even though I own a Wii? I guess now I can officially begin my rant. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
needs to be on the PS3/360 instead of the Wii for quite a few reasons least of which is, if it was on the PS3/360 it would actually sell and make money. Then maybe we can get a sequel to it or better yet...a Darkstalkers
game with its engine. No disrespect to the Wii here but let us not kid ourselves. This game is going to be a flop for Capcom on the Wii. Even the swag
for it is pathetic. It wont sell. The majority of Wii owners aren't going to give a crap about Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
. The only games that the majority of Wii owners do buy have either the actual words "Wii" in front of it or "The Legend of..." As sad as that might sound, the saddest thing of all is that its true. I can understand Capcom putting it on the console that has sold the most but just because a lot of people own one doesn't mean a lot of people buy games for it. For crying out loud I gave one to my sister last year and she still has one game for it. Wii Sports, the game that came with it. I have a strong suspicion there's a lot of that going around.
Here's another reason. More fighting game fans own a PS3/360 than the Wii. Yeah, I went there with that generalization. But it's true. The home addresses of Street Fighter
, Virtua Fighter
, King of Fighters
, Dead or Alive
are on the PS3 and 360. The thriving fighting game communities are already there waiting. Why have it on a system whose only mentionable "fighting" game is Super Smash Bros. Brawl
? Ummm, I don't get it. The fighting genre is already niche, why make it even more difficult to garner an audience? Go where people will actually play and enjoy the game with one another. Plus who's going to buy another arcade stick just for one game on their Wii? Not me that's for sure.
And finally the most important reason why Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
needs to be on the PS3/360 instead of the Wii is the most blatant and simple of all: online. I know that Capcom is "looking into" applying online to this game for the Wii but I'm just going to put the cart before the horse, put on my prophetic hat and decree that it wont have it. Which begs the question why would you buy a fighting game without online play? It could be the greatest game ever but if I'm stuck just playing local whats the point? It's not like I'm going to have daily tournaments at my house for the masses in my neighborhood. Are you? Do you have such an abundance of real life friends that can drop by your crib to play with you whenever you felt like playing that online functionality in the game wont be an issue with you? If so, that must be nice.
Or it may come to pass that they do have some gimped version of online with no chat, retarded friend code implementation and lag that would sap the enjoyment of the game. Seriously if either of those scenarios come to pass ( which I'm almost positive that it will ), I wont buy it and will urge others to do the same. Why support a flawed business decision on Capcom's part?
Lookit Capcom, just port that over to the PS3/360 and all will be good. We'll even add it to our FNF rotation and sing its praises, otherwise I fear you alienating the very fans this game is meant to be for... real fighting game enthusiasts who want to tussle with the superior online offerings of the PS3/360 with other like minded individuals.
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