RATING T for Teen

PLOT Marvel heroes fight Capcom's guys

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $60

BOTTOM LINE Worth the wait

In this corner: Marvel Comics. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk, all with their own comic books, movies, action figures and lunchboxes.

Across the ring: Capcom. Ryu, Chun-Li, Dante, Chris Redfield.

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While Capcom's characters don't have the star power of Marvel's superheroes, they have anchored long-running video game franchises like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. And Ryu and Chun-Li, the headliners of the Street Fighter series, proved long ago they can hold their own against the likes of Magneto and Doctor Doom.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds brings all these icons together for the first time since 2000. Their goal: to pound the living daylights out of each other. If you need to ask why, you're probably not a fan of this genre; like most fighting games, MvC3 provides the barest thread of a plot to hang all its mayhem on.

Instead, it delivers plenty of the flashy, frenetic fisticuffs that Street Fighter fans have come to expect. Each brawl is a three-on-three tag team affair, and you can mix characters from both universes. You can start with some swordplay from Dante, have Thor deliver the thunder, and finish off your foes with some brute force from the Hulk.