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Marvel Super Heroes

by Capcom
Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Teen
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This successor to Capcom's wildly popular X-Men allows you to go one-on-one at home with the Marvel Super Heroes. Your super heroes battle through rounds of competition facing off with Dr. Doom and ultimately Thanos. Take control of the amazing Infinity Gem system which grants super-powers such as healing extra attacking strength and infinite super attacks. Master a variety of fantastic attacks super moves and tons of multi-hit combos. For comic book fanatics and fighting game warriors alike Marvel Super Heroes is a must-play masterpiece!


Marvel Super Heroes is a Street Fighter Alpha-style fighting game that features characters from the classic Marvel Comics lineup. Four characters (Psylocke, Wolverine, Juggernaut, and Magneto) return from Capcom's previous comic-based fighter, X-Men: Children of the Atom. New characters include Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and more. It was an exciting arcade game, but the PlayStation version lacks any real punch and falls flat by comparison.

The game differs from the pack via its inclusion of gems that litter the landscape. You can pick up the gems and use them on command, resulting in brief power-ups to the character's speed, power, life, etc. Other than that, it's just basic Street Fighter action, complete with fireballs, dragon punches, and the like. The arcade version was a great game and differed enough from the Street Fighter and X-Men games to be entertaining. The PlayStation version has virtually the same gameplay.

Graphically, MSH looks all right. The characters and backgrounds are large and colorful. But the game also produces an awful lot of slowdown, and it's missing quite a few frames of character and background animation. The slowdown is even more apparent when picking larger characters such as Juggernaut and Blackheart. The music in MSH is fairly good and the speech is nice and crisp, unlike the Saturn version, which produced tinny, annoying sound effects.

The PlayStation version of MSH is tolerable, but it lost the arcade game's soul in the translation. The missing frames and slowdown don't help much, either. While I found the arcade game a blast, this version just seemed dull and boring. Whether this can be attributed to the translation itself or the fact that several, mostly better, Capcom fighters have been released in arcades since Marvel, I don't know. Rent it first and see if it's your thing, and for all of you who own both a PlayStation and a Saturn, you're slightly better off getting the Saturn version, as it doesn't slow down as much, has better color, and more frames of animation. --Jeff Gerstmann
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  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zachary S. on February 6, 2003
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Don't you remember the times about 7 or so years ago before the vs. games like X-Men Vs. Street Fighter or Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter were out, when you were at your local mall's arcade room, and you spent so much time and needed money on this one game everyone was lining up to play, you kept winning and no one could beat you, you had a blast and you ruled the arcade, you used the Amazing Spider-Man, or Good Ol' Stars and Stripes himself, Captain America, and maybe a little Incredible Hulk was throw in just to show off your skills with multiple players, and you used the Infamouse Yellow, Blue, Green, and all other Gems you could get your hands on to build Speed, Strength, Power, Defence and pretty much eveything else with your character! Well I do, and I was so stoked when it came out, and now you can bring those great feelings back with the PSX Version of this classic fighter from Capcom!

Gameplay: Almost arcade perfect with minimal slowdowns, barely noticeable, and you can still pull off everything in here that was possible in the arcade version.

Sound: Perfect, unmuffled voices that match perfectly to all characters, and music is still here(and still rules)with no remixes(Thank God)! Music plays just like you would hear it in the arcade!

Graphics: Great considering the Ram limitations of the PSX(like that was a problem for this game in the 1st place), and they were done with POLYGONS, yes, POLYGONS!

Characters: You get a line up of the following characters:
1. Spider-Man (My favorite! "Maximum Spider!")

2. Captain America ("Justice Will Prevail")

3. The Incredible Hulk (What's to say, he's a "Monster" hahahahahaha...sorry.)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Gifted One on March 31, 2004
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I still remember when I first bought this game back in 1997. It was when I first got my PS and I wasn't disappointed.
The graphics were pretty crisp and clear and it had a nice little selection of playable characters including Spiderman, Iron Man, The Hulk, Psylocke, Wolverine and others. For those who played Marvel vs. Capcom 2 before this one, the movement may feel a little slow to you. However, this was the first of the Marvel vs. Capcom style games so don't expect it to be as good as MVC2.
The default controls for this game are the easiest to work with of any of the Marvel titles. You'll find it easy to learn and it fits the PS controller perfectly. Air combos can be pulled off easily but it may take a while for some to learn how to do them.
On this game you'll find that the characters hyper combos are much more powerful than they are on MVC2. However, since this was the first of these type of fighter games, the characters have less moves to execute. The thing that really separates this game from all of the others is the Gems. There are 6 Gems that you may use during battle and different ones have different effects on certain characters. For example when Juggernaut uses the space gem, he turns silver and gains super armor. When Psylocke uses the Power gems she creates 3 copies of herself so then it's like fighting 3 of them at once. The final boss on this game is Thanos. He's better than the boss on the other Marvel titles because he's actually a challenge. He automatically starts the match with all 6 gems and he also has 6 different hyper combos he can do with each gem. Also this game actually has endings for the characters and the music is superior to all of the other titles except for Marvel vs. Street Fighter.
I recommend you buy this game if you can find it for a reasonable price. You won't be disappointed. It may seem outdated for those who played MVC2 before playing this but it's still enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gameshark on December 3, 2007
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Marvel Superheroes was another game that came out of the post-Street Fighter 2 blaze of glory days from Capcom. It came out near the same time as the Darkstalkers series and the Street Fighter Alpha series, and not surprisingly, there are a number of similarities between all those games, especially in terms of graphics.

This game plays like a slightly hyper version of Street Fighter with a few twists. The wahoo-super jumps allowed to you go a good 50 scale feet up in the air and do all kinds of stuff while up there, and the super moves were similar to those in Street Fighter Alpha, although graphically more flashy. The game came included with a number of "gems" you could collect and activate during the game for minor bonuses.

The fun part, though, was simply being able to pick Marvel characters (as they appeared in the mid-90s anyway; as they kept using those sprites for years and years they started looking more and more dated) in a good fighting game.

The game comes with a few unfortunate minor nitpicks. 1) A the follow-up to X-men: Children of the Atom, the roster was surprisingly sparse. Only four characters return from X-men, two characters are bosses (Dr. Doom and Thanos), two characters are really quite obscure (Blackheart and Shuma-Gorath) and that means that really only a handful of new characters are added to the game: Spider-man, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man. A broader selection of characters would have been nice. If we had all the Marvel characters that were later to feature in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, that would have been *WONDERFUL*. 2) The Playstation struggles with ports of these types of games, really. This one isn't bad, but there are some notable slowdowns while playing. Some animation frames are missing too, but you've gotta be looking pretty hard to spot those, for the most part.
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