The many faces of Wolverine

X-Men: Children of the Atom (Capcom, 1994-1998) – Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation
Marvel Super Heroes (Capcom, 1995-1997) – Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation
X-Men vs Street Fighter (Capcom, 1996-1998) – Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation
Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter (Capcom, 1997-1999) – Arcade, Saturn, PlayStation
Marvel vs Capcom (1998-2000) – Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation
Marvel vs Capcom 2 (2000-2003) – Arcade, Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox

These six arcade fighters are all lumped together because for the most part Wolverine doesn’t change much. Sure, new combos and tag team partners were added over these showings, but his overall appearance and move-set are largely not changed. The coolest tidbit? Cathal Dodd, Wolvie voice actor for the X-Men animated series returns to voice the badass Canuck. Oh and in MvC2, Wolverine has a “Bone Claws” costume.

Above: We sure did, CHUN-LI


X-Men: Mutant Academy (Activision, 2000) – PlayStation, Game Boy Color
X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 (Activision 2001) – PlayStation, Game Boy Color
X-Men: Next Dimension (Activision, 2002) – PS2, GameCube, Xbox

These fighters are a mixture of 2D gameplay in 3D backgrounds. And since these were released around the hype of the first X-Men movie, each is somewhat related - like the movie costumes being available and Patrick Stewart narrating Next Dimension. Don’t remember any fanfare around these titles. Wolverine’s involved, but the results aren’t pretty.

Above: Now with several polygons!


Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (EA, 2004) – PS2, Xbox, PSP, GameCube, DS
When EA and Marvel partnered up, they were like “Hey, let’s create some no-name heroes and have them fight Marvel heroes and people will give a shit.” Clearly not the case, Wolverine battled such Imperfects (a very telling title) like Johnny Ohm and The Wink. Combat was like Power Stone, only suckier. And Wolverine looks like a douchier version of former Creed frontman, Scott Stapp.


Above: Can you take me higher, Wolverine?


Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (Activision, 2001) – Every console ever at that time
Along with Spider-Man, Wolverine made an appearance as a secret character. You could flip Christ Airs and a special unlockable “Snikt” move.


Ultimate Spider-Man (Activision, 2005) – PS2, Xbox, GameCube, DS
In order to prove how strong Venom is, you get to beat the crap out of Wolverine and throw him through a window.


Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (Activision, 2008) – PS3, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Wolverine thinks Spider-Man (played by you) is infected by a symbiote and throws down in a brief fight. Later on, the symbiote attacks Wolvie and makes Venom-Wolverine!


Above: And all the rest…


Above: And here’s Logan’s X-Force threads

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  • dan-lozanovski - October 1, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    .the MegaDru"v"e's .
  • chack2685 - February 16, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Man you missed Wolverine Adamantium rage
  • Pocotron - May 1, 2009 midnight

    was ole Wolvie fighting starfire in the Mutant Academy??? reCAPTCHA: Not launched... oh great
  • kingofspades94 - April 30, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    Umm... this is all nice and good and stuff, but does any one know where i can find screen shots for the psp version? An d nice article, you guys are awesome!
  • renegade2013 - April 30, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    holy shiz venom wolverine is awesome and he looks so real.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - April 30, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    i luvved me some x-men on NES, though i'd probably hate it now.
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    ps: im listenig to a led zepplin III cd. the third. it kicks ass. reCAPTCH: points maddened
  • nik41507 - April 30, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    ive never played a wolverine game. i might play one of the newer ones. 36TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reCAPTCHA: the deuce when i switched it,it was : cars shafthing?????????????
  • Demonflare - April 29, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    X-Men is so stupid. If you get powers, you would never get uh knives out of your knuckles? Storm powers? Laserbeam out of your eyes? WTF? Lame. N the movie is retarded.
  • Frexerik - April 29, 2009 7:32 p.m.

    Great article, Wolverine is BADASS :D
  • MacGyver1138 - April 29, 2009 6:13 p.m.

    I can't wait to play as Wolverine again in the upcoming PSN/XBLA Marvel vs. Capcom 2 remake. Ridiculous combos and special attacks will never go out of style.
  • d0x - April 29, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    His name as Logan wasnt incorrect in Arcade's Revenge. Not only does he call himself Logan all the time but when the game came out I dont think his original story had his real name. It wasnt till long after the game that we found out his name wasnt really Logan.
  • Unoriginal - April 29, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Can you get any more awesome? No you can't. Thanks for the retro.
  • StefanGrey - April 29, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    Single most overrated comic book character ever. heck he's not even the coolest x-man (Deadpool? Oh, no wait, he only thinks he's one). Gambit's cooler, though they say he's in the movie for about 15 seconds. Don't know why marvel continues to waste a great character that teh fans love.
  • Billium - April 29, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    No X-Men: Children of the Atom!
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    Oh man I'm getting a HUGE nostalgia rush from that mention of X-men for Genesis. As hilarious as I now realize it was, that was the soundtrack to my childhood.
  • Corsair89 - April 29, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    Wolverine kicks ass. I can't wait until Marvel vs Capcom 2 comes to XBLA. reCaptcha: formerly peabody
  • nyef - April 29, 2009 12:33 a.m.

    "One day Logan, everything the sun touches will be yours" lol gotta love the lion king
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    sorry, that would be x-mEn
  • RebornKusabi - April 28, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    As a huge Venom fan, I ****ing loved Venom-Wolverine in Web of Shadow's! One of the coolest parts of the game, hands-down.

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