Tatsunoko vs. Capcom faces rights lapse

Capcom can no longer sell Wii fighting game

Capcom has lost the rights to sell Wii title Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars in any format, after its rights to the animation studio's characters expired.

Christian Svensson, Capcom's corporate officer and senior vice-president, alerted fans to the problem on the Capcom forums

"Our rights with Tatsunoko have lapsed fairly recently (so we're no longer allowed to sell the title physically or digitally). Unless Japan were to strike a new deal, I'd say the chances of this happening are slim."

The game was released in 2010 and was a created in collaboration with the Japanese animation studio. Capcom reported that during development the studio denied Capcom access to a number of its popular characters for the the game, including those from the Genesis Climber MOSPEADA or Samurai Pizza Cats series.

"They told us what we could and couldn't use," Capcom producer Ryota Niitsuma told Kotaku in 2010. "If they said no we cut them.

"We weren't privy to a lot of their decision making process. They didn't share a lot of reasons with us. When they said no and we asked why, they wouldn't tell us, but would give us another suggestion."

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Latest comments (4)

David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers5 years ago
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA is best known as the third season of Robotech in the U.S. Given licensing nightmares from Harmony Gold, owners of Robotech in the U.S., that could be the reason Tatsunoko chose to not even go that route.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 5 years ago
I love that game. It is a pity that it could no longer be sold. It is one of the great fighting games on Wii. I am dissappointed that Tatsunoko is being so protective but then it might be more to the story.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
And that's yet another way a game like this shoots up in price on auction sites. Hell, I'd better buy one of these now at about $22, as I can see it getting "RARE! OUT OF PRINT!" and a new price point. Granted, most eBay sellers who own it probably aren't reading gaming news sites, so I think I have a little more time before this happens...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 13th November 2012 6:14am

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Tony Johns5 years ago
I got this game for my Bro in law last year for his birthday.

It seems like this is going to be one of those sad cases of a classic game never going to be able to be released on any future Virtual Console all because of the licensing issues.

Corporation Greed sucks.
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