SDCC '10: Capcom Earns That S-Rank

The father of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and director on Mega Man Universe, Akiko Ito at their signing.

I know I've said this before, but if there's one game company that always brings their A-game to SDCC, it's Capcom, and this year had to have been their best Comic-Con yet. Sure, they had lots of playable games, the something-rad-to-buy at the Capcom store, raffles, and panels, but Capcom had something extra special for this year. They had a bunch of their Japanese producers and directors at the show to meet fans and sign autographs. They had signings at SDCC last year, but this year's signings were much bigger in scope. It was amazing that Capcom was able to get so many of their game-makers out this year, because meeting a big name Japanese game producer can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a fan.

Who did Capcom have at their booth? Well, just check this awesome list out. Keiji Inafune: the father of Mega Man, producer on countless games, and current projects of Mega Man Universe and Dead Rising 2. Yoshinoro Ono: Producer of Street Fighter IV, Super SFIV, has worked on many older games, and one of his current projects is the freshly announced at SDCC Street Fighter X Tekken. Hiroyuki Kobayashi: Producer of Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 4, and current project of Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes. Shinsaku Ohara: He has worked on many games, but his current project is Dead Rising 2. Ryoto Niistuma: He did a little work on Street Fighter IV but is currently the producer on Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Motohide Eshiro: He worked on the Onimusha games and is currently the producer on Okamiden. Akiko Ito: Currently working on Mega Man Universe. Shu Takumi and Hironobu Takeshita: The writer/director and producer for Ghost Trick Phantom Detective. Frank Tieri: Writer for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (I know, he's not Japanese, but he was there.)

There was a specific exclusive poster for fans that was given at each signing. Of course, you could also bring whatever old games or merchandise you had with you and they would all happily sign it. Many fans showed up to meet the people responsible for their favorite games. Unfortunately, Keiji Inafune was originally scheduled for four signings, but had to leave back to Japan on Friday night of SDCC, so two of his signings got cancelled. Hopefully Capcom will do this again next year, or possibly sooner, because the fans really loved it.

Yoshinoro Ono also did a signing at the Udon booth, which was just diagonally across the aisle from Capcom's area. There, a fan brought a copy of Saturday Night Slam Masters for the Sega Genesis for Ono to sign. Ono just burst into a ball of excitement when he saw it. Ono said that he had never seen the American cover art for the game before and it was the first game he ever worked on. He signed it and took a photo of the game with his Blanka figure. Quite an awesome moment for him, the fan, and everyone watching.

As for the rest of Capcom's SDCC, you could literally have spent your entire time at Comic-Con just at the Capcom booth because of everything they were doing. I talked to a Capcom fan about everything Capcom had going on at the show. He was only at SDCC for that day and was spending most of his time just at the Capcom booth and panels. So yes, you can literally spend all your time just doing Capcom-related stuff at SDCC.

Capcom's booth was chock full of demos for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Dead Rising 2, Okamiden, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes, and Ghost Trick Phantom Detective. Every hour on the hour, Capcom would give away 50 foam Mega Busters; far cooler than a giant foam hand. There were raffles to win sweet prizes and panels to attend. The panels were for Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter Mania, Dead Rising 2, and the all-inclusive Capcom 2010 and Beyond. Announced at SDCC were new characters for MVC3 (Trish, Chun Li, Amaterasu, Doctor Doom, Super Skrull, and Thor) as well as the surprising Street Fighter X Tekken. Man, I did not see that coming. Well, except for the rumors online a day or so beforehand.

The Capcom Store had tons of goodies to buy, but a debut item at the Capcom store was the Servbot Bobble Bud. The little figure is a round Servbot head, but when you open it up there's a body you can attach the head to. Made by SOTA Toys, it is supposedly just the first and more Bobble Buds based on Capcom characters will be on the way. Also there was an exclusive at the show was a Street Fighter Vs. Tokidoki T-shirt.

All in all it was a fantastic showing by Capcom once again. Capcom didn't bring their A-game, they brought their S-game. I'm giving Capcom that coveted S-Rank for the show.

- Shawn - 7/28/10

The easily excitable Yoshinoro Ono and his favorite Blanka toy.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi worked on Devil May Cry and is currently working on Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes.

Shinsaku Ohara does that cool guy head cocked smile.

Ryoto Niitsuma is making Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 as awesome as it can be.