By Ryan Collins
Last Thursday night, Capcom and i am 8-bit hosted the final "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" Fight Club in Los Angeles. Fans from all over began lining up at 1 a.m. the night before, eager to battle with their favorite Marvel and Capcom. Though the biggest draw was a chance to play MvC3 prior to to its February 15 release (on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), the event took fans for a ride with a host of other attractions.
|Fans battling one another at the event|
Capcom and i am 8-bit have hosted these Fight Clubs across America, including stops in Atlanta, Chicago and finally Los Angeles. Capcom's Seth Killian--fighting game guru and Special Advisor to MvC3--described the Fight Clubs as a way for Capcom to "put the game in front of the fans," allowing Capcom to hear feedback through their development cycle and really give fans what they want. The Fight Clubs are also a great way for Capcom to thank their loyal fans by letting them try the games early, in an exciting environment with hundreds of other players. Now in the home stretch, Capcom treated the Los Angeles area fans to the biggest Fight Club yet, which clocked in at over 1,500 guests all duking it out in, as Marvel's Chris Baker put it, “the most awesomely crowded fan event I've ever attended."
|A crowd shot of the packed Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Fight Club|
At any given time, nearly every corner of the main floor and upper level were comprised of lines eager to get their chance at the game. The event featured plenty of places to play "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," with a brand new 30-character build of the game complete with each of the characters' alternate color schemes, giving players the most complete version of the game seen by the public yet. Not content with just that, fans were treated to a few fighting game surprises in the form of old classics and something new altogether.
The basement housed an area known as the "Classics Lounge," a large room with a series of couches for fans to just hang out and enjoy the legacy that has formed the Marvel vs. Capcom series to this day. Capcom supplied arcade boards that could be played on normal TVs or projectors that featured copies of every Marvel and Capcom fighting game, starting with 1994's "X-Men: Children of the Atom" and leading all the way up to 2000's "Marvel vs. Capcom 2."
|A fan dressed as Pinsert caption here|
Upstairs, Capcom also supplied something that very few fans have gotten their hands on, let alone seen in person: a Nintendo 3DS with a copy of "Super Street Fighter IV" 3D Edition. This proved to be a huge draw for the night, with many fans crowding around the system, hoping to get a shot at a few rounds on it.
The event had more than just games, though. At the Bruise Bar, makeup artists decorated fans with artificial contusions and battle scars. Seeing how some fans had been in line since 1 a.m. the previous night, it's safe to say these battle scars were well-earned! Not stopping the entertainment there, live music featured DJ R-Rated's brand of hip hop, plus Miles Moseley and his band bringing fans a Marvel vs. Capcom battle royale in the form of musical intepretation, using popular tunes from each universe and putting them head to head live. Even some of the voices behind the fighters were there, including Spider-Man (Josh Keaton), Ryu (Kyle Hebert), Felicia (G.K. Bowles) and Storm (Susan Dalian) delivering iconic lines to the cheers of the crowd.
If you couldn't make it to the event, "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds" smashes onto PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 15 with a full cast of characters waiting to continue gaming's greatest crossover battle! Also available on the PlayStation
Don't forget to pick up your copy of "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" for Xbox 360 or PS3 on February 15, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest on the ultimate 3-on-3 fighting game!