Marvel vs. Capcom 3 FightSticks shipping in time for the game

Chances are, a lot of people will be looking to buy an arcade stick with Marvel vs. Capcom 3 next week. Mad Catz, anticipating this obvious interest, is producing one just for such an occasion.

The "Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition" keeps the hardware design and Sanwa Denshi brand arcade components from previous Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition FightSticks and adds new, surprisingly restrained Marvel vs. Capcom 3 artwork to the top panel of the stick. Like the most recent iterations of the FightStick, it also includes a locking mechanism to prevent accidental use of the turbo switches.

5,000 MvC3 FightSticks are being produced and will be available from Mad Catz's online store. No price has been named, but previous Tournament Edition sticks have retailed for around $150.%Gallery-115490%
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Mad Catz® Announces Licensed
MARVEL® VS. CAPCOM® 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Arcade FightStick™ Tournament Edition

Individually Numbered, Collectible FightStick Set to Debut In Time for Game Launch on Microsoft® Xbox 360® and Sony® PlayStation®3 Video Game Entertainment Systems

San Diego, February 01. 2011

Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today a licensed Marvel® Vs. Capcom® 3: Fate of Two Worlds - Arcade FightStick: Tournament Edition, being released under the companies' Mad Catz casual gaming brand and expected to be available in time for the launch of the game February 15th for the Xbox® 360 video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system.

It's been a decade since Marvel® vs. Capcom® 2: New Age of Heroes was first released and now the most popular Marvel and Capcom characters join forces again in a re-envisioned team fighting game for a new generation with Marvel® Vs. Capcom® 3: Fate of Two Worlds. Fill the shoes of legendary characters from both the Marvel and Capcom Universes as you battle in a living comic book art style powered by Capcom's MT Framework®, an advanced version of the graphics engine used for Resident Evil® 5. Popular returning characters include Spider-Man, Ryu, Wolverine, Morrigan, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Felicia, Chun-Li, Tron Bonne, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Viewtiful Joe will make his debut in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise. New characters joining the playable cast for the first time in fighting game history include Chris Redfield, Thor, Trish, Super-Skrull, Amaterasu, Dormammu, Wesker, X-23, Arthur, Deadpool, Nathan Spencer, M.O.D.O.K. and Dante!

Based upon the companies' award-winning range of Tournament Edition Arcade FightSticks, the brand new Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Tournament Edition FightStick features arcade-quality components sourced by legendary Japanese arcade manufacturer, Sanwa Denshi™ as well as a Japanese-style ball-handled joystick, 30mm Action Buttons, and button placement matching the Vewlix™ arcade cabinet configuration. The D-Pad control switch and Dual-Turbo functionally add twin levels of turbo control to any of the action buttons, enhancing the arcade experience for both new and seasoned players. Complete with detailed touches such as screw-on rubber feet for solid surface play, unobtrusive placement of the start and select/back buttons, a locking mechanism preventing accidental activation of turbo settings for tournament play and exclusive Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds artwork, the Arcade FightStick: Tournament Edition represents the best possible choice for gamers and comic book fans alike.

Approved by Marvel and Capcom and presented in 'Collector's Edition' packaging, the Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 FightStick is limited to a production run of just 5000 units, with each FightStick individually numbered to further enhance the collectible appeal to the dedicated comic book and fighting game enthusiast.

The new Marvel® Vs. Capcom® 3: Fate of Two Worlds Arcade FightStick™ Tournament Edition is to begin shipping in time for launch of the game, expected February 15th, 2011. The FightStick is expected to be available from the Mad Catz web store at http://store.gameshark.net/.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.