Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars might be the bigger release of the two, if only because the localization of the title came as a total surprise. Due to licensing issues, it looked like the title would be stuck in Japan, but no- it’s coming to America with more characters and online play. This release loses Hakushon Daimao from The Genie Family, but gains Joe the Condor (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), Tekkaman Blade (Tekkaman Blade), Yatterman-2 (Yatterman), Frank West (Dead Rising) and Zero (Mega Man X).
The game is the seventh installment in Capcom's Vs. series. The series has seen much success in the past, thanks to titles like Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK. They hope to continue this success with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, where 26 characters (13 from each brand) go head to head. The playable lineup is as follows:
Kaijin no Soki
Ken the Eagle
Jun the Swan
Joe the Condor
On the other hand, there is No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, the sequel to 2008’s No More Heroes, which won several Game of the Year Awards. Suda 51 is hoping to have similar success with this title, which sees the return of Travis Touchdown. He has fallen to the 51th ranked assassin, and aims to climb back to the top. He also fights to avenge the death of his friend Bishop, who was killed by henchmen working for Pizza Bat Jr. Gamers also have a chance to play as Shinobu and Henry, characters from the first title.
Plenty of new boss fights are available as Travis climbs the ranks. He will go head to head with the likes of Skelter Helter, the brother of Helter Skelter, who Travis kills in the trailer for the first game, Kimmy, a schoolgirl and Travis-admirer, and New Destroyman, a rebuilt Destroyman, an assassin from the first game.
In addition, Travis’s beloved pet cat, Jeane, will be returning. That said, Jeane has grown a bit fat, thanks to three years of overeating, and your interactions with the cat will help her lose some of that weight.
Both these games are released on January 26.