Written by Jon Scarr
Capcom’s Street Fighter II is quite arguably the most pivotal fighting game of the 90’s. It helped shape and define the fight game genre as we know it today. Over the years there were several different iterations of Street Fighter II that added new characters, moves, and even sped up gameplay. Read more in our Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Preview.
Fast forward to 2017, to mark the beginning of Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary celebration we have a brand new version of Street Fighter II coming to the Nintendo Switch. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is packed with goodies that veterans and new comers alike will enjoy.
It’s been over 20 years since Super Street Fighter II was released, and that was the last time we saw new characters in the Street Fighter II series. In addition to the 17 fighters that were in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Capcom has added two new characters—Violent Ken and Evil Ryu.
Violent Ken, making his first appearance in a Street Fighter game, is the result of M. Bison kidnapping and brainwashing Ken. Having only appeared in the crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Violent Ken abilities have been enhanced with Psycho Power and twisting his brotherly rivalry with Ryu into hatred.
As a result, Violent Ken is more ruthless, aggressive, and fearless and now his moves feature purple flames instead of his signature fire.
Evil Ryu, who first appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2, has succumbed to the Satsui no Hado and is now obsessed with fighting in order to prove he is the strongest. His former honorable self has been purged, allowing him to enjoy absolute power and embrace an unquenchable bloodthirst for battle.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is playable in two different graphical styles. You can choose between classic pixel-art graphics of the original 16-bit game. Complete with a 4:3 aspect ratio and the original arcade soundtrack and voice-acting—it’s the ultimate retro nostalgia trip for Street Fighter II fans.
Or, you can enjoy HD graphics in similar style to Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Graphics were created by UDON Entertainment, famous for the Street Fighter series of comic books from 2003-2010. The game is played in 16:9 widescreen, includes the characters’ Japanese voices from the Street Fighter IV series and newly-remixed music.
Utilizing the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, gamers can challenge each other both locally and online in multiplayer fun. The Arcade mode has a stand-by feature that allows other online players to challenge and take the place of the computer opponent that the player typically battles in arcade mode. Furthermore, there are online ranked and casual matches to test your skills against the rest of the world.
Local cooperative play includes a new mode called Buddy Battles, which allows you to team-up with a friend to fight against the CPU at the same time. Additionally, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers includes a simplified one-hit knockout mode that is sure to push your skills to the max.
Street Fighter II has long been one of my favourite fighting games. After playing Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers at the Nintendo Switch Preview Tour here in Toronto it had me hooked. Considering how Nintendo caters to a wide variety of gamers, I believe that Ultra Street Fighter II will be a perfect fit for the Switch.
Ultra Street Fighter II will be a walk down memory lane and its gallery mode that contains over 1400 illustrations and each fighter’s modern or classic-styled stage music is sure to bring back memories.
Releasing on May 26th, I can’t wait to get my hands on Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers and deliver a fatal Spinning Bird Kick to my opponent. Let me know in the comments section below what your favourite Street Fighter II memory is.
About the Author: Jon Scarr
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.