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Welcome to the zachd.com Marvel vs Capcom 2 archives. As "king" of my local scrubby arcade back in 2002, I thought I was pretty good. Then I played Rattana, one of the guys who'd been to Evo, at an arcade further away and got destroyed. I wondered how much more there was to know about this game. I remembered reading Tips and Tricks magazine and hearing about the legendary Alex Valle and Ricky Ortiz, but all I knew about them were their names and pictures. How did they play? How did great players play? A friend of a friend said they had a VHS tape of awesomeness, but I never saw it. So when I started playing semi-seriously, I made it a big point to try to help share my experience with others: to build knowledge and community. I started to collect and mirror footage from others around the world via file-sharing software on the old Go-For-Broke DirectConnect hub. Eventually I started traveling around the country myself, filming various major tournaments and sharing that footage, setting up this site when Go-For-Broke died. YouTube's inexorable march eventually destroyed almost every other site, but this site remains to help mirror the tons of content others and myself produced over the years. In some cases I simply don't know who made a video, so couldn't put it up on YouTube even if I wanted to. :\

This site contains well over 500GB of match videos and combo videos from around the world. Some are excellent, some are terrible, but the opportunity is here for you to learn from and enjoy over a decade of one of the best games ever made. This site can be hard to navigate through: the links on the left and the search engine are probably the most valuable places to start and should direct you to good stuff.

These days MvC2 is now mostly a side game at tournaments, but does have a good following online on XBLA and PSN. I personally still play on XBLA, but really only casually: it's hard to get really high-level Marvel when the game is always a couple frames behind. But it's still a helluva game, and it's been a helluva journey.

Please enjoy the site.

Peace,
Preppy
PS: Rattana is still way better than me. But I did beat him in a tourney once: you have to start somewhere.


* About links at top: logos courtesy of those sites, Magnetro, Master Chibi, and Diego.

 

 

 

Other stuff:
Please do not put stuff I recorded up on YouTube. I have my own YouTube account. If it's not up on YouTube, it's either something I forgot about or have been asked not to put on YouTube. If you want me to put something up on YouTube, please ask me and I'll look into it. :)

Unlock All MvC2 Characters
The official CapCom document on how to unlock all characters on US MvC2 arcade board is here (my easier summary of it is found here. (Obot pointed me to a Text write-up of the Japanese steps.)

Tiers
A lot of new players don't know the tiers. Marvel is a pretty complex game, but this very handy Frame Attack Data page does divide up the tiers almost perfectly. I realize that most people these days actually haven't seen top quality play of the non Top 4 characters, but ... yeah, those tiers are really accurate.