Tokyo Game Show: Marvel vs. Capcom, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more fighting game news

Despite the all-too-common criticisms of Tokyo Game Show being dominated by reboots, remakes, and mobile games, Japan’s largest video game expo had some pretty big announcements for fighting game fans. We saw new characters and trailers for all upcoming games as well as recently released titles.

Let's break down the big news, game by game.

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite


It appears as if the first piece of DLC we are getting for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is Monster Hunter, a character who made a small cameo in the story mode. Even though MVCI just released, fans can’t wait to see how the DLC character will play. Monster Hunter is a character who utilizes multiple weapons, consisting of a pair of shortswords, a gigantic two handed sword, and a longbow to decimate her enemies.

Each of these weapons provided a different method of attack. All of her two handed sword moves cause her to travel across the screen while scoring multiple hits. Those moves are slow but have a ton of armor, making them great tag cover. Her longbow fires projectiles either straight at the opponent or up into the air. Not only does she have these three weapons but she has an invincible command roll and whopping five different super moves to use.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

 Bandai Namco released a new trailer showing off gameplay footage of all the characters in DBFZ so far. This includes the Super Saiyan Blue versions of Goku and Vegeta! While both characters have largely the same normal forms, there is a lot of variance with the special and super moves. Not only are the moves different, their base stats are different from their normal counter-parts. SSB Goku and Vegeta will supposedly be selected like EX characters, i.e. you cannot have the normal and SSB version of the same character on the same team.

At the end of the trailer we got to see a new look at DBFZ’s story mode. We don’t get to see much more than what we have already, but we did get a glimpse of the newly revealed Android 21. Unfortunately we still haven’t seen her in action but apparently she plays an important part in the story. Maybe she’s the one making all these clones of the Z fighters.

Arika Fighting Layer EX

Arika’s new fighting game, a spiritual successor to Street Fighter EX, has received yet another trailer that showed off all the characters revealed so far, as well as a new entrant. Allen Snider was teased back in June, but now we finally get to see him in action, if only briefly. We only got to see a few of his attacks in the short teaser trailer. His fireball seems to have remained intact as have his multiple rising kicks. Sadly, these were the only attacks we got to see for now. His general gameplay, normals, and combos are still unknown. Judging by what we have seen so far he will likely have moves fairly reminiscent of his original Street Fighter EX incarnation.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT


Perhaps the least surprising announcement to come out of TGS is that Noctis, the latest Final Fantasy protagonist, will be coming to Square-Enix’s new crossover fighting game. Noctis appears to be Dissidia’s first character that focuses solely on mix-ups and mobility. He has access to his iconic teleport strike, which allows him to move around the battlefield at incredible speeds. He also appears to have access to multiple weapons, just like in Final Fantasy XV. He uses both a short sword and a spear in the trailer.

A Certain Magical Virtual-On


Last but not least, let's talk about the weirdest fighting game announcement to come out of TGS, the reveal of A Certain Magical Virtual-On. This revival of the classic arcade mech fighting series mashes up giant robot combat with popular characters from anime, manga, and light novels, such as A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. As if giant robot fighting wasn’t anime enough as it is. The result of this mash-up? A lot of cute anime girls in skirts riding giant robots who for some reason also have skirts. Sure… why not?

On the upside, it appears as if the classic Virtual-On combat system has survived the mash-up intact. Robots zip around the battlefield at high speed, strafing each other and firing projectiles.  A Certain Magical Virtual-On is scheduled to release February 15, 2018 in Japan.