Kusoru, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and the Mentality of Kusoge Players in Japan

By on March 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm
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As you’ve probably heard by now, Japanese competitor Kusoru showed up to Final Round XV in Atlanta this past weekend, and took home first place in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. While the Marvel series has been regarded in the past as an American dominated scene, Kusoru came into this tournament and amazed everyone with his unique team of Viewtiful Joe, Frank West, and anchor Rocket Raccoon. Every match he participated in was incredibly hype as the local crowd watched a foreigner enter their turf and defeat everyone that stood before him with a team composition people rarely see do well in competition.

That’s when the money match requests began.

See, a lot of the tournament-goers saw Kusoru’s win and wanted a piece of him. Other than Tokido’s win at CEO 2011, recent Marvel tournament results have been completely stacked with United States citizens. So, after seeing Kusoru win so handily, the public went at him. According to his Twitter, he was instantly beset by people demanding money matches. Though elated by his win, he was obviously bothered by the attention. As a member of the Five Gods of Kusoge Games, he didn’t understand the reasoning behind their overwhelming pride.

Kusoge, loosely translated as shitty, are games the Japanese fighting game scene regard as not on par with some of the bigger names like Street Fighter or Guilty Gear, whether for their outrageous mechanics or overall broken nature. Hokuto no Ken qualifies as a kusoge game. As does Sengoku Basara X, the game Kusoru flashed to the stream after every win. And due to its console-only release and lesser emphasis on strict execution, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the latest game to fall into the kusoge camp. It’s an incredibly unique set of games that are played by Japanese players because they love them, not because they strive to be the best.

That’s the main focus behind Sibby’s latest article over on Roman Cancel. It’s a look at the mentality of kusoge game players and how it differs from the American competitive scene, as well as the general history of the games. With Kusoru’s win at Final Round, we’ve been offered a special view of the Japanese fighting game community from one of their most adamant practitioners, so check out the whole thing over at Roman Cancel. It’s a fantastic read.

Source: Roman Cancel, tip via Leo