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YMMV: Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes

  • Broken Base: While a majority of the fans of the series consider MvC2 to be the best incarnation of the game so far, a good portion of fans, specifically those put off by the latter's steep learning curve and seeming imbalance, prefer the older entries.
  • Critical Research Failure: About the default colors for some of the Marvel characters:
    • Light blue Venom. It may have been a mistake or stylistic choice, given that his alternate color is in fact black, like the one in Marvel Super Heroes. However, has anyone seen a light blue Venom outside of Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2?
    • Orange and blue Spider Man.
    • The weird alternate colors were mentioned by a Marvel vs. Capcom 3 developer in one of his blog posts:
    "Remember Gold Storm from the comics? Thought not."
  • Designated Hero: This game has the subtitle New Age of Heroes, and includes M. Bison, Shadaloo-era Cammy, Akuma, B.B. Hood, Tron Bonne, Servbot, Dr. Doom, Thanos, Magneto, Juggernaut, Sentinel, Spiral, Silver Samurai, Omega Red, Sabretooth, Shuma-Gorath, and Blackheart...
  • Ear Worm: The character selection song. Gonna take you for a ride *do do do do do* , gonna take you for a ride *do do* ... Repeat until your brain melts. Best part, it's back for Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Because of its Contested Sequel status, mentioning Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to die-hard fans of this game can trigger this in spades. God forbid you do so much as mention that you prefer 3.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The competitive scene uses nicknames for several commonly-used teams. Aside from acronym names (such as MSP for the team of Magneto/Storm/Psylocke) some of them include "Santhrax" (Sentinel/Storm/Captain Commando, named after competitive player Sanford), "Scrub" (Cable/Sentinel/Captain Commando), "Matrix" (Storm/Sentinel/Cyclops) and "Clockw0rk" (Sentinel/Strider/Doom, after another player of said name).
    • They also coined the acronym OCV (One Character Victory), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a Curbstomp Battle with only one character. It's even an achievement in the XBLA version to win 50 full battles like this.
    • M. Bison's white costume gained the nickname "The Milkman".
  • Fountain of Memes: Competitive player IFC Yipes. Almost all of the entries on the Memetic Mutation part of the pages are his quotes.
  • Game Breaker: Sentinel, Storm, Magneto, and Cable in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, a.k.a. "The Four Gods".
    • All of them, however, have specific counters to them even among the low tier (everyone has a character specific infinite against Sentinel), however you just have to be really good to use them.
    • Iceman's nigh invincible block, though War Machine is able to run through it with his missile attacks.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • For some strange reason, Shuma-Gorath is popular in Japan.
    • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in general has a much larger competitive scene in America than in Japan. This is justified, since half of the cast was from American comic books and that was one of the reasons why Capcom decided to create Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, so Japanese players can have something they can relate for.
    • Played straight in the Philippines as well where the game still sees regular play in the arcades, even with its sequel already available.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Or more precisely, glitches, in this case. The game was so poorly put together (one porting team stated that its code was held together with "string and glue") that glitches became an integral part of competitive play. This lead to a unique situation where the competitive game is still growing since glitches can lead to new strategies and tactics that are countered by even more glitches.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The infamous MAHVEL BAYBEE video takes a new meaning when you remember that Marvel made a deal with the NBA. Sadly, there's no Mango Sentinel for the New York Knicks in this one.
  • Magnum Opus: Of the entire Marvel vs. Capcom series. To this day, 14 years after its debut, there is still a thriving community for this game.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mexicans Hate MVC2: Zig-zagged: While the game is still played as much as is played in the U.S., it's also disliked in Mexico for the same reasons already mentioned (unbalance, copypasted characters, lame final boss, etc), if not even more, not to mention the arcade machine didn't reach to many Mexican arcades as their predecessors did in the past, partly due to its price.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Abyss' endless laughter in his 2nd form.
    • HAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHA!
  • Most Wonderful Sound: When you strike a metallic character.
  • Nightmare Fuel: DEAR GOD, ABYSS...His second form might be worse than his final one.
  • Porting Disaster: The PS2 port is very disliked, due to the game having many of the small Good Bad Bugs and glitches utilized in tournament play being nerfed or removed outright.
  • SNK Boss: Abyss is a surprising subversion. Oh sure, he's a cheating bastard like the rest of his fellow Capcom vs. Whatever bosses, with stupid high-offense and no hit-stun, but he's surprisingly easy to beat regardless unless you have an all-melee team.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Clock Tower BGM music has some similarities with Mezzoforte's Spring Fever, according to a few comments on Youtube.
  • That One Attack : Cable's Air Hyper Viper Beam. No Delay, Insane priority, easily comboable, spammable, and chain into itself. You can basically do a massive combo just by repeating this move.
    • Tron Bonne's drill attack. Comes out quickly, deals lots of hits, great range, and easily spammable. Drill, baby, drill.
    • On the Assist side of things, we have Captain Commando's Captain Corridor. Comes out quickly, has insane vertical range, and is invulnerable for the first few frames of the move. No wonder he's one of the top Capcom characters chosen.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Cable, the bane of many a player annoyed by his run and gun tactics. Not to mention Air Hyper Viper Beam.
    • Roll herself has gotten this unfortunate circumstance as well, to the point of being so bad that she has her own Tier below Bottom Tier. What the hell was Capcom thinking?!
  • Vindicated by History: The Character Select music was almost always used as an example of Soundtrack Dissonance by critics of the game in its early years. When it returned in remixed form for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, however...