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; updated: 4/17/2012
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Although their hasn't been a full Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster leaked as of yet, 19 characters from the two franchises have been announced, with plenty of new faces and old favourites alike. Read on for the full list of these characters and some further postulation on future announcements...
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Roster Leaked?
One of the most appreciated fighting genre games series, Marvel vs. Capcom pits characters from both Universes against one another, with the result being some 3-on-3 arcade style devilry. Due to the recently announced Marvel vs. Capcom 3, players will yet again be able to fulfil their desires, cross-pollinating the two very separate worlds of a comic book super hero magnate & one of the premier Japanese game developers.
This article aims to list the current Marvel vs. Capcom 3 characters that have been announced. Also, given the nature of this information being dripped out of Capcom, there will be some extra information on any & all statements where the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster leaked. So read on for a list of the confirmed characters set to appear in next year’s fighting game sequel.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Characters: Marvel Entries
Currently there are 19 confirmed Marvel vs. Capcom 3 characters with 9 coming from Marvel and the remainder being Capcom regulars. Of the Marvel announcements, five will be making a return from the previous game, released over 10 years ago. The full rundown of Marvel characters is below with all nine of the currently released lineup listed and new characters being bolded;
Some major omissions include Spiderman, War Machine, Thanos, Blackheart & the many X-Men affiliated characters. Although the roster isn’t finalised just yet, with a purported 30 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 characters being available out-of-the-box, there seems to be a real lack of X-Men with the exception of newly added Deadpool and series veteran Wolverine.
With 6 or so Marvel inserts estimated to be added before release, it would be wise to assume that developers Capcom will no doubt add a couple more X-Men based mutants into the fray, even if it means leaving out Elektra or Venom.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Characters: Capcom Entrants
There are 10 confirmed Capcom characters in the game, with five returning from the previous installment, much like the Marvel characters list. Here’s the list, with a bolded indicator for new additions where necessary;
Similar to the lack of X-Men characters, the apparent hole where Street Fighter characters should appear is quite big, with Zangief, Dhalsim, Guile, Akuma, Cammy, Dan, Sakura, Ken & M.Bison all being left behind. Other franchise characters seemingly left out of the loop in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 include Strider Hiryu, Hayato, Mega Man, Servbot, Roll, Anakaris and Captain Commando.
These omissions were likely born from the need to incorporate newer franchises into the game, with Devil May Cry represented, along with Viewtiful Joe, Okami and the slicker looking Resident Evil games of this generation.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Roster Leaked Information & Analysis
With five spaces estimated to be up-for-grabs on the Capcom end of things, its safe to assume one or two of the abandoned characters may be given a second chance, with Strider Hiryu & M.Bison having a place within the collective competitive consciousness of Marvel vs. Capcom players. Also, it is worth mentioning that no original characters have been announced by Capcom as yet. This goes against what happened in the previous title, where Amingo, Ruby-Heart & Sonson were all new creations, that ended up being game specific.
The Marvel vs. Capcom 3 characters list is filling up nicely as the hype train towards release day continues to move forward. A major re-imagining and next-generation treatment may just make this one of the best competitive fighting games of all time. Let’s hope Capcom nail down a roster of characters & move lists that every avid fan can be happy with.