Ask anyone who has played Capcom's classic crossover fighter Marvel vs. Capcom 2 what is most indelibly burned into his or her memories of the game, and the response might be a huge roster of more than 50 fighters; dream matchups pitting the likes of Mega Man, Ryu, and Strider against Wolverine, Spider-Man, and the Hulk; or the near-constant screen-filling insanity of the action. Then again, the response could just as easily be "that *%#$&^*% theme song."
That song, and its incessant refrain of "Take you for a ride," may be blaring anew from gamers' speakers in the not-too-distant future. In a post on Capcom's official Web site yesterday, one of the publisher's bloggers listed a variety of auctions currently being held, including one auction for something secret. Although the text of the post gives no indication of what the secret is, a picture for the item to be bid on shows the Capcom logo underneath the Web site address " tu4ar.com." Although it isn't spelled out (and what good teaser campaign ever is), tu4ar fits perfectly as shorthand for the accursed theme song's featured lyrics.
Actually visiting the site in question provides another clue. The site features a countdown clock and a variety of flags in front of a nearly black "2" on a completely black background.
This isn't the first indication that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 would be in for a rerelease. Last October, the Entertainment Software Rating Board added the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to the list of consoles for which it rated the title. That was followed up last month by a public acknowledgment from the publisher's vice president of strategic planning Christian Svensson that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was its most requested title for an HD Remix, adding that it "would be great to do."
Whatever the teaser site is for, gamers won't have to wait too long to find out. The clock is set to expire on Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Pacific time.