Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pac-Man, Mega Man Teased for Street Fighter X Tekken on Vita

Ahead of the game's release in March, Capcom has released a variety of new Street Fighter X Tekken content today and confirmed the identity of six more fighters. But it's a short teaser in one of the new trailers that is the most noteworthy bit from what the company had to show today.
The newly-announced characters include three from either side: Street Fighter provides Balrog, Vega, and Juri, while Tekken offers up Paul, Law, and Xiaoyu. It's nothing terribly unexpected, and the surprise guest characters remain Cole from Infamous, plus Toro and Kuro.
But watch all the way to the end of the trailer above and you'll see a tease for the Vita version of the game. Besides a brief gameplay clip reinforcing that Vita is likely to be the absolute best handheld for fighting game fans (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is also on the way to the system, as is the just-revealed Vita version of Mortal Kombat), the image below is shown teasing that both Pac-Man and some version of Mega Man will be included in the game. 

Mega Man has made fighting game appearances before, having been a playable character in the first two Marvel vs. Capcom games (before being suspiciously absent from both MvC3 and Ultimate MvC3). Just which version of Mega Man we might see here is unclear; some believe it to be Bad Box Art Mega Man, while others think it's Dead Rising's Frank West donning the Mega Man attire.
Although it feels as if Mega Man has been put on the back burner recently between the cancellations of Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, Capcom says it remains a "key brand" for the company. With it looking like Capcom plans to celebrate the series' 25-year anniversary, it shouldn't come as a complete surprise that Mega Man will be involved with Street Fighter X Tekken.
Pac-Man would be the bigger shock of the two; whereas Mega Man felt like a notable omission in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, there weren't flocks of fans clamoring for some Pac-Man fighting action (although keep in mind Pac-Man comes from Namco Bandai, not Capcom). Still, it's UMvC3 that would be the more appropriate game for Pac-Man to show up as a playable fighter, though if Pac-Man (and Mega Man) are only available in the Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken, it could be that Capcom simply feels it can get away with more in the handheld game. Then again, Cole prove Capcom and Yoshinori Ono aren't exactly hell-bent on providing the most serious fighting game experience possible.
Between those three, Pac-Man, and Mega Man (assuming the latter two are Vita exclusives), it's looking like the Xbox 360 version of the game could be the most lacking if it doesn't have even a single character all to itself. Microsoft wasn't concerned enough to try countering Kratos in Mortal Kombat last year, and it seems like that situation will repeat itself barring another secret character being revealed in the next month or so.


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