Before Marvel vs. Capcom became synonymous with “Marvel fighting game,” Capcom developed two 1v1 fighters for the famous comic book empire. Marvel Super Heroes was the second entry of the series, and featured a wide variety of unusual mechanics–most notably it’s Infinity Gem system. World-famous Mikado Arcade showed off what this game has to offer in a great tournament recently.
The Infinity Gem system allows players to enjoy a wide variety of subsystems and buffs, which you can read further about at the SRK Wiki. The gems have to be obtained manually as they appear, creating a interesting mental game where you may potentially want to give up pressure to go chase down a gem. Furthermore, gems spawn after fulfilling in-game actions, such as getting the first attack in a round, or by entering a low health state. In a way it can be considered a early example of a comeback mechanic, although more nuanced and creative one.
After the tournament, Mikado went the extra mile and did a Thanos exhibition. In a game known for its long, high-damage combos, Thanos’ are some of the easiest and most threatening. If you’ve only played Marvel vs. Capcom 2, you may not be familiar with how strong the Mad Titan was in his original games. After watching him ravage the competition here, you’ll have an idea of just how terrifying this character could be were he to show up in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite.