"Marvel vs. Capcom 3" is a much more accessible game than, say "Street Fighter 4." Almost all of the special moves can be pulled off with quarter-circle punch or kick and super combos don't require nearly as much dexterity. But, for non-fighting game fans, "MvC 3" is still a bit of a challenge, as button mashers will quickly lose to more skilled players. In an effort to level the playing field, Capcom has introduced Simple mode.
The idea behind Simple mode is to make every special move accessible to anyone. To do this, Capcom changed the control scheme so that there are really only two main buttons you have to worry about. One button handles all your basic attacks, and just tapping it will perform some basic combos. The other handles all your special attacks. In Simple mode, every special attack just requires hitting the special button and a direction on the control stick. That's it. Even hitting no direction at all will call up a special attack. If you know how to hold a controller, you're officially able to pull off every special move in "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," thanks to Simple mode.
If this control scheme sounds familiar, it's because it's a heck of a lot like the one in the "Super Smash Bros." games. It's also worth considering that, despite the "Smash Bros." controls being basic, there's a tremendous amount of strategy involved in that game. The same goes for "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," even in Simple mode. All the mode does is take the memorization of the special moves out of the equation, letting two players go at it using pure tactics and timing.
Interestingly, Simple mode actually encourages more tactics and less button mashing, as hitting random buttons in this mode will likely cause your character to perform lengthy special attacks, leaving your defenses wide open.
"Marvel vs. Capcom" veterans may scoff at the prospect of Simple mode, but I think it's a great way to bring new fighting game fans into the franchise without inundating them with mile-long special move charts. Who knows, we may even start to see Simple-only competitions.