Grab your copies of Tatsunoku vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars and set it on a shelf kiddies. That’s not a “playing” game anymore. It’s a “collector’s item” thanks to Capcom’s latest announcement. See, Capcom fighting games that are crossovers tend to get pretty rare and valuable after a while, and that time has just come for Tatsunoku vs. Capcom. It’s all because a deal between Capcom and Tatsunoko Productions lapsed.
See, Capcom made Tatsunoku vs. Capcom, but had to enter into a deal with Tatsunoko Productions to have its anime characters appear in the fighter. A couple deals, actually, since the game was actually released outside of Japan. It’s been four years since it was released in 2008 in Japan and two years since the rest of the world got it in 2010, which is apparently plenty of time for the arrangement made between the two to lapse.
Christian Svensson, Capcom’s Senior Vice-President and Corporate Officer broke this news in a Ask Capcom thread and it has serious repercussions for Capcom vs. Tatsunoko. Capcom can no longer print new copies of the game and can not sell new copies of it. That even applies to digital copies, so you won’t be seeing the game appear on the Wii U eShop even. It’s just gone.
That means if you want a copy of Capcom vs. Tatsunoko, you better act fast and hope you can find a reasonably priced new or used copy soon. I’m guessing a year from now, the price will have at least doubled. It’s a fantastic game, so maybe it’ll even triple.
If you live in the Chicago area and have always wanted to try Capcom vs. Tatsunoko, but don’t have a Wii, head to the GameWorks in the Streets of Woodfield mall. It has the arcade machine version of it.