Capcom formally announced Akuma will make an appearance in the arcade version of Street Fighter IV today. Very cool news, but I think most Street Fighter fans expected Akuma to make his way into the game one way or another. The description makes it sound like he just comes out and challenges players now, but if Akuma is Street Fighter IV he will eventually be playable. If there isn’t some Super Street Fighter II Turbo style code to unlock Akuma in the arcades Capcom will add Akuma as a playable character to the console port.
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