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Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 5:47 PM

'Super Street Fighter 4' is the best game for Nintendo 3DS

Photo credit: whysoseriousgamers.files.wordpress.com

A screenshot from the all new Super Street Fighter 4 video game.

by Ryan Porter
rporter1986@yahoo.com

 

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I am a huge Street Fighter fan and Street Fighter 4 has been fun with every version I have played and the 3DS version is no different. It plays exactly like the console version which is very impressive considering in all of handheld gaming history, handheld ports always get cut down to less than what the console offers. That is not the case with this game, it is nearly identical to the console version. It has all the characters, moves, and even comes with the DLC costume packs! Which is pretty cool since I never bought them on the console.

What it’s missing is some online features like the endless lobby or tournament mode. It also doesn’t have a replay channel like the console version. But the online functions really well. There’s about as much lag in this version as the console which is to say not much.

The 3DS version has some special touches like allowing you to map quick buttons to the touch screen like Ultras, Supers, Focus Attack, Throw, or common special moves you want quick access to. It also has a street pass feature which is sort of like an RPG mini game. Basically you set up a team of trophies which you collect by playing the game. Those trophies all have different properties of attack, HP, defense and overall level. There are 400 of these to collect.

How it works is while your 3DS is off it will constantly search for other teams to “fight.” They fight without your knowledge (unless you do it on purpose with a friend) and then later you see the results. It’s a nifty idea…but personally I haven’t gotten it to work yet as I haven’t run across anyone who has bothered to set this feature up, and I also don’t have it with me 100% of the time.

This game shows off the 3D really well too. It adds a lot of depth to the fight, and you can also choose a 3DS only over the shoulder perspective while you fight. It is interesting, but can get awkward if you are used to the classic Street Fighter perspective.

Some problems crop up with the controls in the game however. As expected the controls for a 6 button fighter do not translate well to a controller that only has 4 face buttons. What’s worse is in this game you are required to hit three buttons at a time while doing fast motions on the D-Pad or Circle Pad. This becomes VERY hard to do, and all the while I long to use the arcade stick I have for the console version. Another issue I have is with the circle pad. It does not register holding diagonals well, like up left or down right etc.

It’s very hard to gauge where to place the pad while playing if you want to block low or jump a certain direction. It’s great to use to pull off moves like a hadoken or shoryuken though. What is annoying is it isn’t good for dashing or doing charge moves. Often I find myself switching between the D-pad and Circle pad during the match just to do moves I want correctly and accurately. Overall the D-Pad works better in this game, but really tires my thumb out.

For now, this is the best game to get on the 3DS without question. It’s the most fleshed out offering the 3DS has with options galore, and you can play online. It uses the most out of the 3DS and allows you to experience nearly all the features the 3DS has.

 

Photo credit: www.3dsbuzz.com

Super Street Fighter 4 box art

 

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