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Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition

by James Charlton - January 8, 2011, 11:50 pm PST
Total comments: 7

The game with the name that keeps getting longer!

(Full disclosure: I haven’t played Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV on the HD consoles, but I’m a fan of Street Fighter 2, which is what they’re all based on anyways.)

With so many features available in the 3DS version of SSFIV, I was wondering which ones were going to be shown at the Nintendo World event.

As I waited to play the game, a trailer showing all the awesome modes was shown on loop: passer-by challenge mode, figure battles, online play, single-card download play (you can even give it to two people who don’t own the game and they can play together without you), online spectator mode, and many more.

The mode that was shown at the event was a simple arcade progression mode. Capcom had unlocked all characters and allowed them to be selectable, and there were so many different fighters that I practically lost count.

After I’d picked Ryu, I was given a choice of ultra combo, then viewing mode. I’ve played Street Fighter games from the side for about 15 years now, so I went for the new 3D angle. This mode puts the camera at such an angle that you can see your character from behind, yet still allows easy viewing of your combatant.

The game then plays exactly as normal in 3D mode, with no moves or directions are changed at all. It’s just a cool new way of viewing the action.  It really emphasised the 3D as Ryu really popped out of the screen, especially when I did a jump backwards.

The graphics in general are fantastic, much better than the iPhone version and more akin to the HD versions in terms of the visual quality of the characters.  Some things have been scaled back for this portable version, however. For example, the background characters are 2D sprites; this isn't much of a problem in normal view, but in the 3D view I could see behind them quite easily.

The controls are just how I remembered them from the SNES days, with L and R being your strong punch and kick, with  the rest of your moves mapped to the face buttons. However, there's a new control option introduced in this version in the form of touch screen move presets.  The lower screen is split into four sections; top and bottom-right were my fireball and hurricane kick, and the left sides were my super combos. Once my super meter was full, I just tapped the screen with my thumb and Ryu unleashed a massive fireball, finishing off my opponent. It's very satisfying.

I got about four characters in before my time was up, but this was more than enough to whet my appetite. I think this could be the Street Fighter game to get me back into the franchise, as it looks great, plays perfectly, and has a tonne of options. Plus, I can play it on the train.

Talkback

ControlerFleXJanuary 09, 2011

Sounds like the pick up and play is there but will the fighting fanatics(people like me) really want to pick this up?  It's on a hand held, small buttons, is there force feedback?, sweaty thumb re-tintionability.... Stuff like that matters if the title is to be taken serious in pratical application....

GKJanuary 09, 2011

My main gripe about the GBA version Street Fighter Alpha 3 was that pulling off a super combo was pretty much impossible with the D-pad. If I can pull off super combos without needing to use the touch screen, I'd be satisfied.

Ultras on the other hand...yeah, I may need that touch screen after all. Recently played an HD version & discovered that many of them require you to hit all 3 punch or kick buttons at once. PS3 has two extra shoulder buttons that have 3 punches & 3 kicks preset.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)January 09, 2011

Quote from: ControlerFleX

Sounds like the pick up and play is there but will the fighting fanatics(people like me) really want to pick this up?  It's on a hand held, small buttons, is there force feedback?, sweaty thumb re-tintionability.... Stuff like that matters if the title is to be taken serious in pratical application....

The 3DS d-pad is basically the DSi one, if you can handle that you'll be fine.
As for sweatiness, it could be a problem, I could see people dropping the system in moments of frantic play!
Force feedback? No. The 3DS doesn't have rumble.
I think the possibility of challenging strangers is a really neat idea, although how that would fit outside of Japan I'm not sure!

BboyJanuary 09, 2011

Hey man nice job on all the impressions, they're the only good ones I've read coming out of this event. :) Informative and well written.

MarioIsFrenchJanuary 09, 2011


Thanks for the impressions, James. I've been curious as to how this is going to work. I play fighting games alot but i can't play them on hand helds. i'm so used to playing them on the stick that it feels awkward playing them on pad/handheld now. Still, i wouldn't mind getting this but i'm still on the fence with this one. i wanna read the review first and see how it compares to SF4 or SSF4... since i enjoy SSF4 immensely.


btw james, do you recall seeing 2 characters by the name of "Yun" and "Yang"? i'm curious if this is the SSF4 build or the SSF4: Arcade Edition.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)January 10, 2011

Quote from: MarioIsFrench

btw james, do you recall seeing 2 characters by the name of "Yun" and "Yang"? i'm curious if this is the SSF4 build or the SSF4: Arcade Edition.

Thanks for the comments guys :)


I'm sorry I don't recall those characters and I just didn't have enough time to sit and write the whole roster out...
I'm sure Capcom will release an official list soon enough, sit tight!

JasonMaiviaJanuary 11, 2011

Why don't they just add R. Mika, Poison, and Elena?
The rest of the world would finally be at peace.

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Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Box Art

Genre Action
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Worldwide Releases

na: Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Release Mar 27, 2011
PublisherCapcom
jpn: Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Release Feb 26, 2011
PublisherCapcom
eu: Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Release Mar 25, 2011
PublisherCapcom
Rating12+
aus: Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Release Mar 31, 2011
PublisherCapcom
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