Wherever Capcom goes, Mad Catz is sure to follow...

by: Jeremy -
Although the news was unofficially release to the internet previously, Mad Catz officially announced at CES that they would be producing an "exclusive" line of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom arcade sticks for the Nintendo Wii.  The arcade sticks will be released alongside of the game on January 26, 2010.  The sticks that have been developed are right in line with the quality of the previous sticks released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Street Fighter IV.  These sticks are built to a very high quality and provide a near-perfect arcade experience right in your living room.  The nice thing about the Wii version(s) of the arcade stick is that they will plug directly into the bottom of the Wii-mote, through the Nunchuck port, rather than directly to the console itself.  This will give gamers a lot of flexibility as they won't be physically tied to the system and are basically getting a wireless arcade stick to use with both Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars and other fighting games from both retail and Virtual Console releases.

For those of you looking to get a jump on the competition, you can preorder the fight sticks directly through the Mad Catz website.



Mad Catz® Announces Licensed
Tatsunoko VS. CapcomArcade FightStick
For Nintendo® Wii™

First Time the FightStick is Available on the Nintendo Wii

San Diego, January 05, 2010

Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, today announced the licensed Tatsunoko VS. Capcom Arcade FightStick for the Nintendo Wii expected to ship alongside the US launch of TASUNOKO VS. CAPCOM™: ULTIMATE ALL-STARS in January 2010.

TATSUNOKO VS. CAPCOM: ULTIMATE ALL-STARS pairs well-known characters from Capcom®’s roster of games with some of Japan’s most beloved characters from anime powerhouse ‘Tatsunoko Production’. With a roster of more than 20 colorful combatants to choose from, gamers can create the ultimate video game tag-team combination, in a title which is sure to appeal to hardcore fighting fans as well as gamers new to the genre.

Available for the first time on the Nintendo Wii, the Tatsunoko VS. Capcom Arcade FightStick features a newly developed high-performance Joystick and Action Buttons, alongside striking artwork provided by famous Japanese artist ‘Shinkiro’. Dual-speed Turbo functionality for each button complete with LED Indicators allows gamers to execute moves with lightning speed. The eight-button arcade configuration means that those familiar with arcade fighting games will feel instantly at home. An integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Left or Right Analog Sticks for maximum compatibility, while a locking switch prevents accidental operation of the Home button or Turbo settings, securing uninterrupted play.

Connecting directly to the official or Mad Catz Remotes for Wii, the Tatsunoko VS. Capcom Arcade FightStick does not need to be connected directly to the console, thus providing tether free operation.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented, “With the introduction of our FightStick for Wii, our line of Arcade FightSticks are now available on all three console platforms (Microsoft® Xbox 360®, Sony® PlayStation®3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles). We are delighted to continue our partnership with Capcom by introducing our new FightStick for Wii in conjunction with the Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars game launch.”

“Capcom is pleased to continue working with Mad Catz to introduce the FightStick to the Wii community and allow fans of Tatsunoko VS. Capcom to experience the game in the way it was meant to be played” said Christian Svensson, vice president business development & strategic planning at Capcom Entertainment, Inc. “Many Wii owners are already enjoying Capcom fighting games via the Virtual Console facility and with the launch of Tatsunoko VS. Capcom, we thought it important to give our fan base the opportunity to play with the Arcade FightStick.”

The Mad Catz licensed Tatsunoko VS. Capcom Arcade FightStick for the Nintendo Wii video game console is expected to be available across North America mid-to-late January 2010.
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