As far as 2D crossover fighting games are concerned we have seen various titles that were considered be huge attractions over the past twenty years. Crossover 2D fighting games started to become popular shortly after the release of X-Men vs Street Fighter back in ’96 which eventually lead to the start of the Marvel vs Capcom series back in ’98. Shortly, after the release of Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes back in the late 90’s the game became one of the most beloved arcade fighting titles in countries such as America & Japan. In fact, there are some people who would put Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes above the likes of Marvel vs Street Fighter (1997), X-Men vs Street Fighter (1996) and even Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes (2000).
While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes only had about fifteen playable characters along with a few hidden ones it was still very addictive because it was both challenging and fun. With the addition of characters such as Jin Saotome, War Machine, Captain Commando, Venom and Onslaught as the main antagonist Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes was one of the most memorable 2D crossover fighting games of the 90’s. While Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes was a big attraction for the Sega Dreamcast the PS1 port was generally criticized for its limitations since it was unable to live up to the standards of the arcade version.
Another game that was big back in the late 90’s was Tekken Tag Tournament which came out in Summer of ’99. While Tekken Tag Tournament was not considered be a crossover fighting game featuring characters from two different universes it was still a title that had tag team action and was considered to be very popular in arcade centers between 1999-2000. In fact, Tekken Tag Tournament has a much bigger roster than Marvel vs Capcom 1 with the inclusion of at least 35 different characters including Nina Williams, Michelle Chang, Jin Kazama, Heihachi Mishima, Forest Law and many other characters that had appeared in the first three Tekken games between ’94-’97.
Tekken Tag Tournament was also considered to be a big deal between ’99-’00 mainly because it was considered to be the first major 3D tag team fighting title that the gaming world got to see during the time. In terms of which game was more popular between Tekken Tag Tournament and Marvel vs Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes depends on what one is looking for in a fighting game. Those who are huge fans of 2D fast paced crossover fighting titles with tag team action would probably argue in favor of Marvel vs Capcom 1. However, the Tekken series as whole had managed to remain more popular throughout the ’00s until Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds was released in 2011. In terms of which game was more popular of the two in ’99 many probably argue in favor of Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes; especially since we have now seen three different sequels to the game with the latest being Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite from late 2017. The last Tekken Tag Tournament game that the world saw came out back in 2011 and there are still many people who would love to see a Tekken Tag Tournament 3 sometime in the future.