Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is back, here’s how to add Captain Marvel, Evil Ryu, new Wolverine, and more
Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 is seeing a resurgence these days. After the death of MVCI, UMVC3 suddenly gained popularity as a sort of “retro” alternative, if you can count a 10-year old game as being retro. It has also suddenly seen a competitive resurgence, as players use Parsec and independent web servers (usually hosted via Amazon) to create low-latency remote play, much better than the game’s built-in netcode. In fact, this netcode solution was good enough that Twitch Rivals together with popular fighting game streamer Maximilian put together a high-level competitive tournament late last year and it was a huge success.
But that’s not all. Several modders have been working overtime to make the PC port of UMVC3 even better than ever with new balance changes, new mechanics, and even new characters! The best part, if you are using Parsec you only have to mod the game once. Just mod your game, invite your friends to join your Parsec session, and you are done. They don’t need to version match or anything.
So let’s walk through installing some of the most popular mods out there.
Capcom cut off support for UMVC3 shortly after it was released, but what if they didn’t? That’s what UMVC3: EX is. It completely rebalances characters, gives them new moves, new assists, and in general makes a lot more of the roster viable (It also removes TAC infinites, for anyone who was upset by those).
There are two different ways to install this, normally and with an “edition select” add on. Edition select allows you to play as normal versions of each character simply by selecting normal colors and keeps rebalanced characters in their “herald” color slot. Normal install just overwrites every character’s base move-set and, personally, I think that’s the better way to go. You can find both of them here.
To install the mod, you will have to navigate to where it is installed on your machine. With the Steam version, you can do this by right-clicking the game in your library, selecting “manage,” and then selecting “browse local files.” It should take you to the “SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3” directory.
Then, open up the compressed .rar file from the mod’s download page. Inside it, there is a Mod <version number> folder. Inside that, there is a nativePCx64 folder. This is the folder you want. Copy it into your game directory, choose to overwrite all files, and boom, the mod is installed. Note, that this mod also comes with a “back up files” directory that has a copy of all the original game files, if you ever want to go back.
If you want to see the mod in action, check out notable UMVC3 pro and YouTuber MarlinPie who spends a lot of time breaking down the mod and holding high-level competitive matches.
Palette Swap Characters
So, back in Marvel vs. Capcom 1, Capcom saved money by creating “Palette Swap” characters. You would highlight a certain character, input a code, and then you would get a special color of that character with changed move properties. This gave you characters like “Orange Hulk” which trades in Hulk’s super armor for more HP and quicker moves, or “Shadow Lady” an incredibly buffed version of Chun-Li with screen destroying beams. These characters played differently but would be considered “clones” by modern-day standards.
Well, modders have brought this tradition back! They have overwritten certain costume slots with new character versions, and in some instances, completely new characters! For example, Orange Hulk, Shadow Lady, and MVC2 Sentinel are some new characters that are just clones, but X, Captain Marvel, and Ken have new models, new voices, and new move-sets that break beyond the definition of “clone.”
There are seventeen new characters to add in total, four from EMC’s EX DLC mod found at the same link that you can download UMVC3: EX from, and 13 by Tab, which you can find here
The new characters are:
- All-New Wolverine
- Captain Marvel
- Evil Ryu
- King Thor
- MVC2 Sentinel
- Orange Hulk
- Phoenix & Maya
- Red She-Hulk
- S.T.A.R.S Chris
- S.T.A.R.S. Wesker
- Scarlet Spider
- Shadow Lady
- Shin Akuma
- U.S. Agent
Note, that there is one major problem with these mods. They cannot mirror match with their Palette Swapped versions. So, Ryu cannot fight against Evil Ryu, for example. Modders are still working on making this a reality.
But installing them is easy! In fact, they are installed the same way UMVC3:EX is. Just copy the nativePCx64 over the one in your UMVC3 directory and you are good to go (Note, these mods don’t come with a backup folder and they don’t quite work in Arcade mode, so use at your own risk).
There you have it, a vastly expanded UMVC3. Now we can only hope that maybe, someday, Capcom will actually give us MVC4.