Let the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Nickel and Diming Begin!

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Capcom is already pushing fans to the breaking point with its Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 update release coming within the same calendar year as the original game. (Although UMvC3 is ultimately worth the upgrade, as I’ll explain in my upcoming review.) Now it’s time for the downloadable content roll-out to begin, and as usual it’s the type of nickel and dime bullshit that has made the three-letter DLC acronym a four-letter word to many gamers.

Beginning with the game’s November 15th launch earlier this week, Capcom’s plan is to release regular costume packs through February 21, 2012. Each pack, scheduled to cost $4.00/320 MSP apiece, will contain at least four alternate costumes, and by the end of the DLC spree all 48 heroes and villains will be rocking new, optional duds. That adds up to over $40 — the price of the game itself! — just for worthless costumes.

Once all DLC has been released, Capcom will be compiling a $20.00/1600 MSP Value Pack on March 6th containing all 48 DLC costumes from the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and all 48 alternate costumes from its Ultimate successor. I guess Capcom is hoping fans won’t have the patience to wait it out until March to get the DLC for a reasonable price. Although to me $20 is still a waste of money for character skins. You know, things that used to be–and still should be–free unlockables included with the game from the very beginning.

Here’s a listed breakdown of the DLC schedule along with pics of each alternate costume:

Costume Pack (MvC3) (11/15/11)
· Chris Redfield, Ryu, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Dante

The Rising Dead Pack (11/22/11)
· Frank West, Nemesis, Phoenix, Ghost Rider

The Evil Twin Pack (12/6/11)
· Hsien-Ko, Vergil, Deadpool, Spiderman

Ancient Warrior Pack (12/20/11)
· Arthur, Firebrand, Hulk, Magneto

Brawler Pack (1/10/12)
· Spencer, Haggar, She-Hulk, Iron Fist

Femme Fatale Pre-Order Pack (1/17/12)
· Morrigan, Chun-Li, X-23, Storm

Villain Pre-Order Pack (1/17/12)
· Wesker, C.Viper, Super-Skrull, M.O.D.O.K.

New Age of Heroes Pre-Order Pack (1/17/12)
· Akuma, Strider, Dr. Doom, Sentinel

Animal Pack (1/24/12)
· Felicia, Amaterasu, Wolverine, Rocket Raccoon

Weapon Expert Pack (2/7/12)
· Trish, Zero, Taskmaster, Hawkeye

Viewtiful Strange Pack (2/21/12)
· Viewtiful Joe, Tron, Phoenix Wright, Dormammu, Dr. Strange, Nova

Value Pack (3/6/12)
· All 48 DLC costumes included in the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3 costume DLC Pack as well as all 11 of the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC packs listed above for a value price of $20.00 (PS3)/1600 MSP (X360).

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