One of the most celebrated fighting games in history returns for another round! Nine years after taking the arcade gaming scene by storm and over six years after making its original home console debut, "Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes" will soon juggle-combo its way onto Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade and PS3's PSN!
In anticipation of the "MvC2"s next-gen debut, we're bringing you daily showdown spotlights pitting a Marvel character against a Capcom character. Each entry features official game artwork, character bios and polls to determine which universe really brings the heat.
Enjoy today's Gambit vs. Hayato spotlight, make sure to vote in the poll below, visit the official "Marvel vs. Capcom 2" site and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
Fighter Name: Gambit
Real Name: Remy LeBeau
Universe: Marvel, X-Men
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #266
Marvel/Capcom Game Appearances: "X-Men vs. Street Fighter," "Marvel vs. Capcom," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"
Brief Bio: Gambit likes: cards, stealing and women, probably in that order. When the Ragin' Cajun charges any object with kinetic energy, explosions ensue. Orphaned in New Orleans, he was taken in by the Thieves Guild and trained to be a master thief. The Guild tried to force him into an arranged marriage but Gambit, never one to be tied down, absconded and made himself a man of the world, relying on his lock-picking skills and charming personality to keep him alive. Then Remy met Mr. Sinister and everything went downhill. That is, until he joined the X-Men and met his beautiful teammate Rogue. Granted, the two have a relationship worthy of any day-time soap, but somehow they make it work. Even when the deck seems stacked against him, you can bet Gambit's got an ace up his sleeve.
Powers: Gambit's unique mutant ability allows him to charge objects with kinetic energy, turning them into ticking time bombs.
Special Moves: Kinetic Card, Trick Card, Cajun Strike, Cajun Slash, Cajun Escape, Royal Flush, Cajun Explosion
Quote: "Style means everything and you don't have any."
Fighter Name: Hayato
Real Name: Hayato Kanzaki
Universe: Capcom, Star Gladiators
First Appearance: "Star Gladiators"
Marvel/Capcom Game Appearances: "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"
Brief Bio: The main character of Capcom's first 3D fighter, the energy sword-wielding Hayato Kanzaki may not be one of Capcom's biggest stars, but he's definitely an all-star class fighter. In his native universe, he battles the evil, Nobel Prize winner/cyborg Dr. Bilstein in order to save the orphanage he grew up in—and the planet that it's on. Making the transition from 3D to 2D, Hayato has proven he's more ready to handle anything "MvC2" throws his way.
Powers: Hayato wields a plasma energy sword that can cut his enemies to pieces.
Special Moves: Shiden, Guren, Shirotora Hou, Plasma Series, Rasetsu Zan, Engetsu, Plasma Field, B. Hayato
Follow the official Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel Games feeds on Twitter!
Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution", "Wolverine and the X-Men" and "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes"now on iTunes!
Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now!
Check out the official Marvel Shop for the best mighty Marvel merchandise!