• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. If you have a Wii and have complained at the lack of mainstream / hardcore games, look no further as Capcom has you covered with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars. TvC may be the most complete package available on Nintendo's console right now.
  2. The fighting is simple enough for anyone to pick up and check out, whether they've played a Street Fighter game in the past decade, or are new to fighters in general. At the same time, there's enough options here to keep high level players interested and entertained, and a diverse enough roster of characters to keep the action from being mundane and boring. Tie that to a multiplayer system that works really well, with the occasional lag issues of course, and you've got what amounts to the best fighter on the Wii at this moment in time.
  3. If you have only a Wii, Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a must-buy.
  4. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is one of the best titles in Wii's library.
  5. Aside from these small issues, though, Tatsunoko’s one of the best you’re going to find as far as current fighting games go, and is without question the best available for the Wii.
  6. A must-buy for fighting fans. Its balance, variety, accessibility, and depth are unmatched on the Wii, and it gives even fighters on other consoles a run for their money.
  7. This is the spiritual successor to Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and you owe it to yourself to pick this one up—maybe it’ll influence more third parties to actually put some effort into the Wii.
  8. A fantastic fighting game which appears basic at first but has a very deep technical side to it.
  9. In conclusion, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is definitely one of the better fighting games on the Wii and even though it's old school, the old analogy of if it isn't broke, don't fix it works perfect with this title.
  10. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom arrives at the western market twelve months after being sent in Japan, in a new version that adds great amount of extra content. TVC: Ultimate All-Stars it is the best fighting game never sent on Wii. An indispensable game for the users of the Nintendo's console.
  11. With zany characters and gameplay and a low barrier to entry, TVC is fantastic for the fighting game novice. On the other hand, there is also a deep fighting system for veteran fighter fans along with a solid online setup. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is an amazing 2D fighting game that is tailor-made for the Wii and its audience.
  12. Nintendo Power
    One of the best fighting games on Wii - or any other current-gen console. [Feb 2010, p.88]
  13. 90
    It’s no wonder 360 and PS3 fans are begging for the game to see a multi-console version, as Ultimate All-Stars is a true gem worthy of the Capcom fighting legacy.
  14. This beat'em-up ROCKS! Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a perfect mix between fun and technique. Its gameplay is great both for beginner and expert players. This is the best fighting game on Wii... and one of the top three of this generation.
  15. A better game than its Japanese counterpart, with more characters, improved balance, and online play. Due to the slightly uneven graphics and the occasional downgrade from the original version of the title, I can't say it's a perfect game, but it's damn close.
  16. It’s an excellent fighting game that deserves to be played despite its commercial handicaps.
  17. A remarkable piece of software and without a shadow of a doubt the finest fighting title currently available on the Wii. Unashamedly old-school in its approach, it nevertheless manages to feel as fresh and exciting as X-Men vs. Street Fighter did all those years ago.
  18. 90
    Wii owners should definitely rush out and snag a copy before it becomes a rarity. If you have even the smallest of interest in fighting games, this is a must-own. There simply isn’t a better fighter on the Wii and this is likely the closest we may ever get to a sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
  19. When it comes down to it, your enjoyment of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom won't hinge on your knowledge of obscure Japanese animes. It's a solid fighter in its own right, bolstered by a provision of new content and features exclusively on the U.S. port. If beating up on Mario has lost some of its punch, definitely give the game a try; you may find that a venture into the unknown can have some pleasing results.
  20. Aside from online registration issues and the way-too-simplified Wii remote control set-up, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is easily one of the best beat-em-ups we've played. Bring on a sequel.
  21. Capcom fighting fans will not be disappointed by their latest offering, even if half the roster is unknown. Make sure you get to know them, because they're just as good as the Capcom guys.
  22. Capcom has really pushed the boat out here, not only does it play like a dream, but it looks and sounds the part too, with beautiful cell shaded visuals with nary a drop in frame rate, it's almost like playing an anime.
  23. If you have the Wii and love fighting games and Tatsunoko characters as well, you must get this game! Otherwise, you must still get Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars! Got it?
  24. The Wii doesn’t have many competitive multiplayer titles, but it now has one of the best in "Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars."
  25. The multiplayer makes it even better; the competitive online gameplay is among the best on the Wii. It doesn’t really matter if you know only half the cast; Tatsunoko VS Capcom is one of the best fighters out there.
  26. 90
    This is the type of title that the console has needed since launch, and should be in any player who loves fighters or all-out action's collection. It's easy to pick up but hard to master, and it's all rounded off with beautiful presentation and a stylish flair.
  27. This is a fighting game that has been made with love, that much is clear. It looks the part and plays the part. Even though the controls are overly simplified, fighting fans will lose themselves in the game thanks to all the characters and options. A fantastic addition to the weak offer of hardcore games on the Wii.
  28. AceGamez
    While the game may alienate some players, anyone interested in the Capcom back-catalogue or indeed Japanese animation would do well to seek this game out.
  29. Even if we had to wait a long year for the game to get outside Japan, Tatsunoko vs Capcom is still a great beat'em up, filled with content and boosting a nice online mode.
  30. Whether you’re a casual button masher who wants to kill a weekend on the couch with a buddy, or a hardcore twitch-warrior looking to spend the next year and a half digging into the guts of a fighter, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom doesn’t disappoint.
  31. Simply the best beat'em'up you can get on your Wii. Suitable both for the pros and for the newbies due to its depth,there's everything we expected: great characters, good graphics, perfect controls. A must have for every fan.
  32. This game is about brutally beating your opponents into unconsciousness with your fists and feet, shooting them, burning them and electrocuting them, over and over and over again. The title music sounds just like my little sister’s 10th birthday party. We’re in for some fun here.
  33. One of the best fighting games on Nintendo Wii.
  34. When all is said and done, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a great example of fan service done right. It's not perfect, but it's close and it fills a niche that has been long underserved on the Wii.
  35. Games Master UK
    Easily enjoyed by all. [Feb 2010, p.78]
  36. 85
    A recommended game with tons of hours of fun.
  37. Don't let the obscure character list turn you off: this deep yet accessible fighter is a welcome addition to the Wii's meagre fighting game stocks.
  38. There’s a lot to experience here as the total package was intelligently crafted. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a glimpse at what the future holds for Capcom and utilizing the Nintendo Wii platform.
  39. Nintendo Gamer
    Loads of variety, some of the most spectacular moves we've seen and a control system that lets everyone get the best out of it. Aces.! [Jan 2010, p.70]
  40. 85
    It's a boon to Nintendo's device.
  41. Despite its relative obscurity, this game feels almost tailor-made for anyone eager to reconnect with the kind of fighting experience that's been in short supply on Nintendo consoles since the end of the 16-bit era. The outrageously fun but equally well-conceived fighting won't disappoint, and if you have friends you've just been longing to beat up with a giant transforming golden cigarette lighter robot, then Tatsunoko vs. Capcom carries the highest of recommendations. [JPN Import]
  42. 83
    TVC, while a fun game, isn't the best in the Versus series. It's definitely better than Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter, but it trails behind Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
  43. 83
    It’s been a while since I’ve happily played a beat’em up. Tatsunoko vs Capcom struggles a bit with its matchmaking online, but even there it’s relatively fluent. It looks decent and everyone can create sparks on-screen by a very simple control set-up. Want to go back in time, then nostalgia will kick in when you play it with an typical arcade controller. Worth a shot? Definitely!
  44. Even though it could have done with a few more options for the lone wolf player, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars has a lot of replayability online and is quite simply the best fighting game offering on the Wii.
  45. 82
    Everybody, young and old, can enjoy this fighter. The control-scheme is simple and the game invites you to come back. Unfortunately Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars isn't offering the same experience as Street Fighter IV. However, Capcom delivers a good fighting game!
  46. Fighting genre fans who spent countless hours mastering the intricacies of the Street Fighter Alpha, Guilty Gear, or King of Fighters series may find Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's control layout to be too forgiving and easily learned, but at the very least it gives casual fans a taste of the maniacal action that they never experienced with the more hardcore titles. [Feb 2010, p.96]
  47. 80
    While Tatsunoko vs. Capcom isn't nearly as deep or as "technical" as Capcom's other offerings, it's still an excellent fighting experience, especially for Wii fighting game fans that don't have a wealth of options available to them.
  48. To say it's a good stopgap for Super Street Fighter IV would be an injustice, as it's a fighter that stands out on its own merit. Those who look beyond the tinted visors will discover not just an excellent Wii game but an all kinds of awesome 2D fighter.
  49. It may not have the depth of Street Fighter IV, but this is just as accessible and fun as its big brother.
  50. The Wii Remote and Nunchuck combo is a depressingly cumbersome way to play the game. A Game Cube controller, or Classic Controller, is the minimum requirement. The hardcore won't touch the game without a fighting stick.
  51. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is one of the best fighting games on the Wii console, and should be must own for any fighting fan who owns a Wii.
  52. Clearly one of the best fighting games you can find right now for the Wii console.
  53. This orgy in crazy fighting and ridiculous scoring is a great way to spend a Sunday night with your friends. The tempo is great and and the special moves are many and varied.
  54. games(TM)
    Yet more evidence that no one makes them better than Capcom. [JPN Import; Feb 2009, p.126]
  55. Tatsunoko vs Capcom is a nice fighting game. The controls are great and is a lot of fun to play against friends. The only downside are the characters, which are unknown in the Western World.
  56. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is incredible - no joke. But, the message needs to be made clear: needing to unlock playable characters is bad. Bad online lobbies are bad. Input delay is bad. If anything keeps TvC from making waves, it'll be these key issues.
  57. games(TM)
    Tatsunoko is certainly its own beast, but compared to a genre highlight like Street Fighter IV it can't help but feel slightly throwaway. [Feb 2010, p.95]
  58. 70
    Unlocking all the characters requires beating the single-player arcade mode no less than 16 times, a mind-numbing chore that borders on Super Smash Bros. levels of grind-ness.
  59. The action is fast-paced and easy to get to grips with, but my major gripe is with the lack of modes on offer and the rubbish rewards for completing the main Arcade mode.
  60. The love and passion for fighting games in 2D can be a pinnacle but even so it may be insufficient to prevent an easy fatigue in a short term.
  61. Once you get over the game’s roster, under the hood is a fighting-game-newbie friendly, flashy button-masher.
  62. 65
    Tatsunoko vs Capcom is a solid entry in the Vs Capcom line and certainly worth experiencing for die-hard Capcom fighting fans, but has a few little rough spots that could have benefited from extra effort.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#32 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 106
  2. Negative: 6 out of 106
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    Best fighting game on the Wii. GRAPHICS: clean, fast, amazing- 10/10. ACTION: Fights are fasted paced and unpredictable, the variety ofBest fighting game on the Wii. GRAPHICS: clean, fast, amazing- 10/10. ACTION: Fights are fasted paced and unpredictable, the variety of characters is great, and the mini-games are awesome. Basically everything you could want out of a fighter- 10/10. MECHANICS: The controls (Classic Pro) are easy to learn unlike some other fighting games. Special moves are easy to learn and each character has their own style- 10/10. EXTRAS: Having half a cast of relatively unknown characters makes the game BETTER in my opinion. No preconceived notions about who should be good, better than X, or whatever and no nerd rage when Magneto doesn't instantly (instantly) kill Iron Man. Having what are essentially blank slates gives the player (or maybe just me) the chance to make up their own stories for the characters, like how Tekkaman is fighting for gay robot marriage- 10/10. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    The shallow fighting game will be enjoyed by hardcore fans, but anyone else will be mystified by its sheer lackluster gameplay. There isn'tThe shallow fighting game will be enjoyed by hardcore fans, but anyone else will be mystified by its sheer lackluster gameplay. There isn't enough content for a $40 pricetag, especially in the terms of characters. There is are three or so standard modes of "story" (there really isn't any, if you're wondering), arcade, and versus. They're all more or less decent, but get into the the gameplay and problems arise. Firstly, the two character swap out of place and useless. It's actually reallllly annoying, and can drag down any good match. The backdrops are poorly done and uncreative, just like the rest of the game. It's still fun... kinda... but the constant sticky controls, icky graphics, and lack of desirable content just makes it another mediocre installment in the capcom fighting franchise. Full Review »
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    No fighting game is ever perfect. But there are a handful of fighting games that are near perfect. Tatsunoko vs Capcom (TvC) is one of them.No fighting game is ever perfect. But there are a handful of fighting games that are near perfect. Tatsunoko vs Capcom (TvC) is one of them. There are only a few minor problems, the main one is that not many people know or even heard about Tatsunoko, therefore some of the characters will be brand new to the gamer. Secondly, like nearly all fighting games, there isn't much of a story. Well for the majority of this game, it is excellent. The graphics are good (for Wii), the fighting is intense and very addictive, the hyper specials are awesome and multiplayer is just great. If you are a die-hard fighting game expert or you're still a rookie this game would fit perfectly into your Wii games collection. Full Review »