At Comic-Con 09, producer Ryota Niitsuma revealed that the biggest obstacle to bringing Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars the U.S. was licensing. The company had to go through an arduous process to bring all the Tatsunoko characters to America. Things were so bad that Capcom almost missed out on the rights to the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets in America) characters. Niitsuma said:
"The licenses were all over the place. We had to go through Tatsunoko one at a time for each character. There were problems with some that were okay in Japan and weren't okay in America. The ones that were okay in America weren't okay in Europe. It was just a big rigmarole, trying to get them all and that's one of the reasons why it has taken so long to bring the game to America -- the licensing issue alone.
Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets -- out of the Tatsunoko side, those are the characters that are the most well known in the States and those are the ones that we almost couldn't get the rights to, because they're so hard to get a hold of for America. We said, 'No, we gotta have them because Americans know Gatchaman.' So we worked hard with Tatsunoko to make sure we got the rights to have Gatchaman in the game."
Niitsuma also gave a general overview on bringing a fighting game to the Wii and his background at making fighters. It's a great interview with some awesome footage, particularly for Gatchaman fans. Ken "G-1 The Eagle" Washio (Mark in Battle of the Planets) is shown kicking all sorts of ass, while Berg Katse (Zoltar) is shown being all evil and androgynous.