Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 lets Vita be a PS3 controller

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 shows some unique capabilities of the Vita

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 game

Capcom shared some interesting news about the upcoming port of the updated MvC3 for Sony’s upcoming portable console PlayStation Vita. Apparently, we will be able to use the Vita as a controller for the PS3 version, most likely utilizing the touch controls. Even though that does not seem like the best alternative for the good old arcade stick, it’s definitely something that could prove very interesting. Additionally, the portable version will include the “Gold Herald Mode”, giving all characters golden skin and essentially making the fights look like they’re fought between animated golden statues.

The Vita port of UMvC3 as well as the quad-core ARM Cortex-equipped portable console have been out in Japan since December 17th. The console itself also launched in Hong-Kong and South Korea yesterday, December 23. North American gamers will have to wait until February 15th 2012, exactly a year after the launch of the original Marvel vs Capcom 3 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The home console version for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been available since the middle of November and has been praised for addressing a lot of issues that existed in the original, as well as a much more refined multiplayer experience. The most common complaint was the underwhelming amount of new features beyond the new characters, which are hardly worth buying the same game again, even at a budget price.

UMvC3 features several new characters previously planned as DLC. The Marvel side is joined by Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Nova and Rocket Raccoon. The newcomers to the Capcom side are Nemesis, Strider Hiryu, Vergil, Firebrand and Frank West. There is also a new mode that allows the player to use Galactus, the final boss from the original Marvel vs Capcom 3.

There are also some tweaks to X-Factor (less duration, but can be activated in mid-air), as well as increased emphasis on button mashing through Hyper Combos, which deal increased damage as the player presses a button repeatedly. Another addition is the team-based “Heroes and Heralds” mode, where players can customize their characters and fight on the side of either the good guys protecting the Earth or the villains who serve the world-devouring Galactus.

UMvC3 is a launch title for the PlayStation Vita, along with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, a new Killzone, Little Big Planet and Call of Duty. Those and other games for the PlayStation Vita will be distributed through proprietary flash cards resembling an SD card and ranging in size from 2 to 32 gigabytes, as opposed to the Universal Media Disk on the PSP.

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