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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  • ELpork - April 28, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    GHAAA that creed comparison!? why?
  • bobalou27 - April 28, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    awesome. just awesome
  • PK64 - April 28, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    3 oh yeah wolverine is homosexual
  • GoldenMe - April 28, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Oh you two, calm down. Let's just keep hoping that Wolverine can face Ken again in Marvel vs Capcom 3. Capcom, please?!
  • Koouunn - April 28, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    u guys make fun of the genesis 1, but that 1 was my favorite. then was Marvel vs Capcom 2
  • CNnegative1 - April 28, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    I laffed at the creed comparison.... well played GR....well played
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - April 29, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    When I was reading this, I found out that if you say x-man around 30 times to yourself, your mind will explode! good work by the way, really good read.
  • twishart - April 29, 2009 12:59 a.m.

    man, I played the SHIT out of Mutant Apocalypse.
  • Dead - April 29, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    Also I now have to buy Web of Shadows just to see Venom-Wolverine.
  • BoondockSaint54 - April 29, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    I loved that old arcade game. The one thing I didn't like about the X-Men games was you could only use the powers to much before they went bye-bye for a while.
  • iKOemos - April 29, 2009 4:32 a.m.

    That venom-Wolverine is BAD-ASS!
  • Mittenz - April 29, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    So is the new game NOT going to suck? reCAPTCHA:suntan goldie
  • Geminiman82 - April 29, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Nicely done "Sugar" Shane! Any full article on Wolverine is a good one in my book.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    Yeah, but Wolverine is in Ultimate Spider-Man too, he's one of the bosses when you're playing as Venom.
  • Analogic - April 29, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Ignore my last comment, just looked at the timeline, without reading through the article, thus missing the last page where you mentioned it. c:
  • Gingerbread - April 29, 2009 9:31 p.m.

    is spider man pissing on the wall
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    Wolvie rocks!! I'm seeing the movie this weekend. Maybe on the game though.
  • Skykid - April 29, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    @Mittenz: Dude, since when does shedding bad guys, while being indestrutible, suck? Name me ine time?
  • SirChukSumthng - April 30, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    If anyone reads this they will be angry. I HATE Hugh Jackman.
  • Ravenbom - May 1, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    I know I'm in the minority, but I love the 80's brown and tan costume. Maybe because I grew up on that costume or maybe because he's wearing blue haines outside yellow spandex in his classic blue and yellow costume.

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