tatsboxWii never needed Street Fighter IV.

With no major fighting franchises besides Smash Bros. to be found on the console, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was undoubtedly Wii’s premier fighting game.

And not just by default, but because it was a brilliantly put together package that stood up against the heavyweights other machines were host to, like Street Fighter IV and Mortal Kombat.

Fast, flashy, and difficult, TVC introduced most of the west to a bunch of characters we’d never heard of in the Tatsunoko brand, while letting us get our nostaligia on with a host of Capcom characters we know and love.

And in the case of Viewtiful Joe- know, love, and miss terribly. Where is he, Capcom? Seriously.

Frank West from Dead Rising was in the TVC roster, so were Megaman and Chun-Li.

Even Ryu didn’t mind going back to standard definition, as long as the material was high quality.

I’m not a fighting game aficionado, but I understand the developers of TVC went to some lengths to ensure the game was accessible to the less experienced while also providing enough depth and technicality to keep those rabid hardcore fighting fans happy.

A friend of mine who is a true hardcore technical fighting fan tells me they succeeded.

Great, but all that really matters is the simple fact that TVC is entertainment plus, and it’s rare to see a game that is as much fun to watch someone play as it is to be playing.

This makes waiting for your turn quite a lot easier.

Of course, this type of technical fighter takes a long time to master no matter where you sit on the fighting game experience spectrum.

Thankfully, a detailed instruction manual was included in the box (it was a monster), and so was the ability to have a characters moveset displayed on screen while you play, giving you that little extra guidance.

It wasn’t cheating by any means. It was “training” done right.

Back in 2010, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars was a Wii exclusive the non believers envied, and I’m sure it’s on a few fighting fans’ wish lists to this day.

I’d love a HD remix. Exclusive to Wii U, of course.

ASSIST OK! Did you enjoy Ultimate All-Stars? Leave a comment!