The news that “Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes” was being localized for release in the States came as a pleasant surprise to fans of Capcom’s Vs. fighting series. It was a twisted web of licensed proprieties that finally came together in order to culminate in an almost character-complete roster for the games upcoming release as “Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.” Of the 22 characters that were the game’s original lineup, all but one will not be making the trip across the Pacific, Hakushon Daima?, from Tatsunoko series The Genie Family.
The Wii exclusive character may not have been an integral part of the original, but he did have his own math based mini-game, making him a unique character, in his own way. Sadly, it looks like he is going to be getting the shaft when the game returns to Japan as well.
To keep Stateside fans of the series satisfied Hakushon Daima? had been replaced by four additional characters, a host of new stages, and an online mode. When you add all that up, that makes for almost an entirely new release, in fact, it’s so much new content, that the game is going to be re-released in Japan, with the U.S. roster, stages, and functionality. However, Capcom’s Community Manager Seth Killian confirmed that Hakushon Daima? will not be reappearing in the Japanese re-release. While it seems that they should still have the rights to release a game with him in it in Japan, Killian told me that he was one of the least popular characters, and that the Japanese release was just going to be a localized version of North America’s “Ultimate All-Stars.”
It may be the first time in recent history that Japan will be getting an updated re-release of a game based on a U.S. localized version of a Japanese game, but that still leaves Hakushon Daima? out in the cold. While it is a loss that is well overcompensated for, it looks like “Cross Generation of Heroes” will be the only game that includes the math loving genie, and his mini-game.