Video Game: Capcom vs. Whatever

Followed by Capcom Vs Rankin Bass.

Games like this make it seem like Capcom has a lot of enemies. Everybody wants to fight them.

A lengthy series of Massive Multiplayer Crossover games (mainly Fighting Games), all of which feature Capcom and another company (hence the "Whatever" in this page's title).

It's composed of several crossover series, which are listed chronologically:

Fighting games

Non-fighting games

Non-game media

There were also other crossovers and pseudo-crossovers with other companies:

Psikyo:

Certainly the most obscure of the lot, Taisen Net Gimmick: Capcom & Psikyo All Stars is a Mahjong game for the Dreamcast developed by Psikyo, a now-defunct arcade developer of vertical Shoot Em Ups and pornographic Mahjong games. Not much else is known about it.

Data East:

Not a game, but rather a lawsuit, Capcom v. Data East (N.D. Cal. 1994). In 1993, Data East published Fighter's History, a clone of Street Fighter with Serial Numbers Filed Off. Capcom sued for copyright infringement, but a California judge ruled in favor of Data East on grounds that the copied elements were scène à faire, or commonplace elements in the genre, and thus not subject to copyright. (Fighter's History never crossed over with anything by Capcom, but it did cross over with Capcom's rival SNK in the Japanese cell phone game Garou Densetsu vs. Fighter's History Dynamite.)

Microsoft/Epic Games:

Well, kind of. A few days before the American release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Capcom teased at a new title for the Xbox 360 to be revealed on the release date of said game, with the teaser banner "Capcom x Microsoft." The game turned out to be a 360 port of Monster Hunter Frontier, thus irrelevant to this page...

... but Capcom immediately followed that announcement with the news of an actual Capcom x Microsoft crossover: Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiagonote  will be appearing in Lost Planet 2 (add to that the fact that Wesker is a Pre-Order Bonus skin and... yeah). Watch the announcement trailer here. (And for extra laughs, compare the premise of that trailer with the premise of Ryu's Tatsunoko vs. Capcom ending. Apparently, "Ryu" and "Gears of War protagonists" are interchangeable terms.)

Sony:

To balance things out, the PlayStation 3 version of Lost Planet 2 let you play as Helghan troopers from Killzone.

Then, of course, there's Cole MacGrath (from inFamous) and Toro & Kuro (Japanese Sony Mascots) making an appearance in the PS3 and Play Station Vita versions of Street Fighter X Tekken making that game a triple crossover of sorts.

Lastly, Dante (in his DmC incarnation) appeared in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Technically, because of the game's other guest characters, this is a crossover not just Sony, but also with Namco (via Heihachi), Konami (via Raiden, see also below), Take-Two Interactive (via Big Daddy) and EA (via Isaac Clarke).

Konami:

Beginning with the second Boktai game and the fifth installment of the Mega Man Battle Network series, Capcom and Konami began cross-promoting both series by including hidden features that require players to exchange data from Boktai 2 into Battle Network 5 and vice-versa. However, Boktai 3 was never released outside Japan due to the low sales of the first two installments and all connectivity with the game was removed for the overseas versions of Battle Network 6. Likewise, Konami choose not to keep the Mega Man Star Force connectivity with Lunar Knights, the overseas version of Boktai DS.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features a Monster Hunter area among its ludicrous amount of Product Placement. Yeah, you get to hunt down monsters as Big Boss. With guns. In return, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd features a DLC quest which allows players to farm for Big Boss's battle armor as it appears in Peace Walker, including a Snake face mask. Wearing the entire set changes the player's voice into Snake's and also changes various sound effects into Metal Gear sound effects, including the well-known "!" Scare Chord.

Level-5:

Level 5 announced a crossover of their and Capcom's brain-teasing adventure series, entitled Professor Layton vs. Gyakuten Saiban. It features a combination of puzzles and trials as Phoenix Wright and Maya team up with Professor Layton and Luke in investigating a medieval-esque setting. The keyword to this game is Witch Trial, as the characters solve the mystery of a girl who is accused of being a witch, and the motives of the Story Teller, the main villain of the game. Shu Takumi, the original creator of the Ace Attorney series, wrote the script. It was released on the Nintendo 3DS handheld.

Nintendo:

At the end of the E3 2013 trailer for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U, Mega Man was confirmed to be joining as a guest star, making his first playable crossover appearance in years, missing out on Capcom's own Marvel Vs. games. While this crossover mainly involves Nintendo characters, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Namco's Pac-Man are also involved. At around E3 2015, months after the release of both versions of the game, Ryu was confirmed to join Mega Man in the ranks of Smash as Downloadable Content, making him the second Capcom representative.

Louis Cha novels, Cyborg 009, Detroit Metal City, and Metal Heroes at the same time:

Yes, this actually happened. In 2008 Capcom made a Japan-only PC game called Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation, which sadly got discontinued in 2009. Among the regular Street Fighter fare, it also featured characters from Rival Schools, Cyborg 009, and several Louis Cha novels, as well as Gavan and Johannes Krauser II.

Hello Kitty:

In 2012, there was Street Fighter x Sanrio, a line of merchandise featuring Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters cosplaying as Street Fighter characters.

They really do accept all challengers. Unless they come from Mortal Kombat (the higher ups apparently aren't too fond of the idea of Scorpion ripping off Ryu's head and whatnot).

Tropes:

  • Badass: Given the source material, this was inevitable. Just about everyone fits into this trope (and some characters represent a multitude of badassery, whether it be their clothes, their angst, or being bereft of any discernible superpowers), almost to the point that you could argue that this series is one big Crossover Of Badass.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: This is a recurring element for the Capcom side. For instance, characters like Ryu, Batsu, and Alex have their home stage themes as their background music, even though in their original games the background music are not tied to them but to the stages. Another example is Mega Man Trigger/Volnutt receiving the theme that accompanied the Flutter vs. Gesselschaft Boss Battle in MML1 which followed him from NxC into Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (Tron herself would later get this theme for herself in Marvel vs. Capcom 3).
    • The Marvel heroes also get this treatment. The two most prominent examples are Spider-Man and Captain America, who have re-used the same theme since their initial debut in Marvel Super Heroes.
  • The Cameo: If a particular character isn't a playable fighter, there's a high chance that they'll instead be found on the sidelines or (if they're lucky) as an Assist Character.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: The whole point behind these series. The most beloved characters in the video game history clashing it out between Video Game/each other, and with comic book and anime superheroes and villains.
  • Counter Attack: Pretty much a staple thing in these games. In some of them, some super attacks are counters as well!
  • Fake Crossover: Don't expect the events of these games to ever be referenced in any of these anime/game's main series.
    • Subverted, somewhat, in one instance: During the [[Spider-Verse]] storyline, the villain Morlun drops in on Spider-Man of Earth-30847, who is explicitly shown to be the Marvel vs. Capcom version of the character, up to and including having a confused player standing at the arcade machine, watching the scene unfold.
  • Fanservice: Of both the sexual and non-sexual variety, but we'll leave the former for another time. The sheer amount of references, nods, and throwaway gags to each company's individual mythos (and, in certain cases, preceding games in each sub-series) is staggering, to the extent of having a page dedicated for that here. Something is going to appeal to you.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser/Enemy Mine: You'll often see team-ups between characters who are mortal enemies in their own series. Penny Arcade references this in this strip.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Naturally.
  • Name's the Same: Besides the Ryu and Ken subversion noted below, MOMO and Wonder Momo in Namco x Capcom, which is lampshaded in the ending.
    • In addition, this series has now brought three Mega Men, two Zeroes, and two Rolls, who now cross four different Mega Man sub-series. Thankfully, there has been at most one version of each character from each game.
      • Amusingly, they even brought back the Mega Man from the Box-Art of the first game in Street Fighter X Tekken.
    • Hi Joe! Oh, um... which Joe exactly?
    • And the two Kings.
    • Now there are two characters named Sakura.
    • Ken (Street Fighter) and Ken the Eagle.
    • Rock Howard and Rock (Mega Man)
    • Phoenix (Jean Grey) and Phoenix Wright.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Kind of necessary, especially in the Marvel crossovers, where you have Ryu and Zangief taking on the likes of Thanos, Phoenix, and Shuma-Gorath.
  • Shout-Out: With its own page.
  • Superheroes: You'll see (most of) the best known ones from the West (Marvel) and the East (Tatsunoko). And Bravoman and Wonder Momo (Namco).
  • Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: In almost all Capcom Vs games expect Street Fighter to be the most prominently featured series. In the Marvel Vs games there will always be more X-Men then any other hero group.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack
  • Switch Out Move
  • Trope Overdosed/Troper Critical Mass/Wiki Magic: This whole page had to be divided into 18 different pages. And still counting...
  • Versus Title
  • Wolverine Publicity: One could say that's the whole point of this series with the non-Wolverine examples.
    • Expect Ryu and Chun-Li to be present in any crossover game.
    • To a much lesser extent you also have Ken Masters (who was absent in the first and third Marvel vs. Capcom titles and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom), Zangief (who was replaced by Alex in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, by Hugo in SVC Chaos, and Haggar in Marvel vs. Capcom 3) and Morrigan (who was replaced by Demitri in SVC Chaos, a game which, unsurprisingly, wasn't developed by Capcom).
    • Let's not get started on the non-Capcom examples, especially the Trope Namer. He is the only Marvel character who has appeared in every single Marvel vs. Capcom entry from X-Men: Children of the Atom all the way up to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He even has TWO versions of himself in MvC2.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: The only way to explain many, upon many, upon many, upon MANY of the specials and supers in this series.

Alternative Title(s):

Capcom Vs Whatever

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