Super Street Fighter IV 3DS Review (Australian Exclusive) - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 9.1
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.9
Value 9.2
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
4G
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

9.1


Super Street Fighter IV

Just before the release of the Nintendo 3DS, I was given a hands on opportunity to play some of the upcoming games for this console and Super Street Fighter IV was in that lot. Apart from Nintendogs and Pilot Wings Resort, this was the game I was looking forward to review because not only did it pay homage to the original Street Fighter franchise but it contained a nice splash of 21st century twists. Thankfully after playing this game religiously for a week, it still mirrors my initial reaction that Super Street Fighter IV is a must have game for this brand new console.

One of the reasons why Super Street Fighter IV is so entertaining is because of the classic gameplay that remains intact on the Nintendo 3DS version. The next point is the very cool 3D graphics that have these characters almost jumping out of the screen and third, this is probably the best fighter to be released on a portable Nintendo console in quite some time.

Apart from the detailed combo moves, the game contains all the characters from the game, 35 to be precise including their bonuses and variant costumes. Another highlight is the interesting "over the shoulder" camera that looks fantastic in the 3D mode but a little difficult to play as opposed to the traditional view.

For those who have never played the Street Fighter franchise before, the game does contain a rather in-depth training mode which is great to learn the basics of the characters, even just to familiarise yourself with the 3DS controls. Add in the traditional arcade mode and a versus mode that allows you to challenge either a friend (wireless link-up), people via the internet or the AI and this game has it all.

Of course what Street Fighter game wouldn't be without the car smashing and barrel smashing levels and yes, they are included on the 3DS. You can even compare your scores online with other Super Street Fighter IV players. I was also amazed as I walked the streets of Melbourne that my console actually picked up a few other owners of this game via the Street Pass mode which challenged their characters and even won a few virtual figures for my collection.

With such a good looking game, the 3DS port even boasts some relatively decent controls. Although I messed up a few of combo's, generally, everything felt quite right, especially using the much needed circle pad. Playing Super Street Fighter IV on the 3DS was like coming home again as the controls were almost identical to the original arcade game but just smaller. For those that find the combinations a little difficult, the developers have added shortcuts to the touch screen that allow you pull off one of the more difficulty manoeuvres. It was very tricky for me not to use this feature due to the simplicity of its nature. All in all, this was the game to have on the 3DS, especially if you love fighters!

Graphically, Super Street Fighter IV looks quite impressive on the 3DS with its cell-shaded like characters that are quite cartoony but it still has this real mature layer to it that is rare on Nintendo consoles. Then you have the great 3D depth perception that almost looks like the characters hover between the screen and really assists in getting you captivated, both for newbies and veteran gamers.

The characters are also animated well and contain all the manoeuvres of their big screen arcade counterparts that come off flawless in this version. Honestly, I believe that the graphics are just as good as the console and arcade versions of this game and really pays homage to this franchise by keeping its traditional look with a touch of 21st century finesse.

In the end, Super Street Fighter IV is a great launch title for the Nintendo 3DS and if you like your fighters, I would really recommend you check this out at one of your friendly neighbourhood gaming stores. It's quite amazing to see the portable version in action as it's almost identical to the other versions but supports 3D. Even though the 3D can be frustrating at times, it does add a new element to one of the best fighter franchises in the world






 
 



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