Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Shoryuken indeed.

Today marks the release of Capcom's Street Fighter IV for the Xbox and PS3, some 11 years after the third installment of the series. I've never been much of a gamer, but this is one franchise that gets my support. And not just me, apparently...according to Capcom's own numbers, the Super NES version of Street Fighter II (released in 1992) is STILL their best selling game of all time. Must have hit that ellusive sweet spot between the hardcore fans and mainstream dabblers.

Looks like the IV installment is going for that same vein, with the original cast of characters coming back (plus some additions). Judging from the screenshots on the official website, it remains a 2D game, with what appear to be some 3D effects.

Hard to believe that the first Street Fighter Arcade games were produced in 1987. Is the demographic that this franchise resonates with still gaming?


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