E3: Tatsunoko Vs Capcom comes west

US release confirmed for 2009, UK still waiting

Wii gamers will be served up some fast-paced fighting action with Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars coming later this year.

The game originally launched in Japan in December last year. As well as the added subtitle, the new localised version, being shown at E3 as we type, dons five new characters over the Japanese version (although it loses one Tatsunoko character, Hakushon Daimao), online multiplayer support, and enhanced story mode and extra mini games.

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'Capcom' in the title means you'll see street Fighter favourites like Chun Li and Ryu in there, as well as characters from other games like Batsu (Rival Schools), Alex (Street Fighter III), Morrigan (Darkstalkers), Soki (Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams), Mega Man Volnutt (Mega Man Legends), Roll (Mega Man), Saki (Quiz Nanairo Dreams), Viewtiful Joe (Viewtiful Joe) and PTX-40A (Lost Planet).

Tatsunoko characters include Ken the Eagle, Jun the Swan (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), Yatterman, Doronjo (Yatterman), Casshan, Tekkaman, Polymar, Karas, Ippatsuman and Gold Lightan.

Players choose from the combined roster of fighters to create their favourite two man/woman/cyborg/robot tag team, rotating on the fly between the two players throughout the course of each match.

The game is playable with the Remote and Nunchuk, Classic Controller or GameCube Controller.

It'll be out in US this winter. A UK release is yet to be confirmed.