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Capcom Ships New Mega Man & Street Fighter Releases

Capcom released MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6 in two versions CYBEAST GREGAR and CYBEAST FALZAR for the Game Boy Advance, and STREET FIGHTER ALPHA ANTHOLOGY for the PlayStation 2, a compilation of the STREET FIGHTER ALPHA series.

For MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6, the popular net battle series reaches a dramatic climax as familiar heroes, Lan and Mega Man, find themselves on unfamiliar terrain both in the real and cyber worlds. They will face the mightiest threats the series has ever seen but also wield the greatest power ever available. MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6 CYBEAST GREGAR and MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6 CYBEAST FALZAR are now available at retailers across North America and are rated E for everyone by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board).

In MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6, Lans father has received a job transfer and the family moves to Cyber City, a town known for conducting various technological experiments. Lan will meet new people and build new friendships in the real world while Mega Man befriends helpful Navis and encounters dangerous new enemies on the virtual plane. Together they will face threats far more powerful and perilous than they ever have before.

A long time ago, two ancient creatures with unimaginable power ravaged the net. These two behemoths, called Cybeasts, clashed against each other with such force that the entire virtual landscape was changed forever. One embodied the form of a vicious wolf, with massive fangs and horrific howls that reached far and wide. The other was a ferocious bird with razor sharp claws and immense wings that flapped mightily, blowing over everything in its path. After their last known battle, a giant crater was all that remained and it was named the Underground, where they have lain in slumber until now. Through the actions of a mysterious foe, they have been awakened and unleashed upon the net. Mega Man is able to intervene and manages to successfully contain one of the beasts within him.

In addition to the shifting story, new features change up the gameplay. A new Cross System allows Mega Man to utilize the special power of allies in battle. Mega Man will encounter several Link Navis along the way which, when defeated, will lend their own cross ability that can be used in battle. Though very useful, each has a particular weakness. Another powerful advantage is the Beast Out system, resulting from Mega Mans absorptionof the powerful Cybeasts. The option to use the ancient monsters power during battle will become available, offering a boost in speed, ability to rapid fire Buster shots, double a Battle Chips attack power and more. While a Cross is equipped, Mega Man can also Beast Out, combining the forces of these two systems to maximize the power of the Crosses even further. However, the use of the Beast Out system is very limited and if Mega Man becomes fatigued, he may succumb to an uncontrollable overdrive mode called Beast Over. In this state, Mega Man will be very powerful for a short period of time, but then when he is released from this mode, he will be left in a very weakened state, close to dying.

The STREET FIGHTER collection features direct conversions of STREET FIGHTER ALPHA, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2 GOLD and STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3 which have never before been available together in one package. As an added bonus, the pint-sized SUPER GEM FIGHTER MINI MIX (also released on consoles as POCKET FIGHTER), is included which brings the total to five games on one disc. STREET FIGHTER ALPHA ANTHOLOGY is now available at retailers across North America and carries a T rating for teen audiences by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). To date, the STREET FIGHTER franchise has sold more than 24 million units worldwide.

All titles in the collection feature three core gameplay options. Arcade mode pits competitors against a series of CPU controlled opponents in order to beat the game. Versus mode allows two players to choose among the cast of characters for intense head-to-head battles. Fighters can practice special moves and combos to hone their skills in the training mode. Additionally, all four Alpha titles feature survival mode as well as a dramatic battle mode which allows 2-on-1 tag team matches.

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world-renowned franchises including RESIDENT EVIL, STREET FIGHTER, MEGA MAN, VIEWTIFUL JOE, DEVIL MAY CRY and the ONIMUSHA series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More information can be found at www.capcom.com.

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