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Given that Nintendo is playing up the nostalgic qualities of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, one would expect that the game would be playable at Nintendo’s Switch event in NYC with the lone star Joy-Cons. But, instead, Capcom was only demoing the game with Pro Controller. The Pro Controller was comfortable and responsive. I had no issue controlling Violent Ken, one of the newly announced for the latest version of Street Fighter 2. Capcom did not disclose if Violent Ken, alongside his more commonly known counterpart, Evil Ryu, needed to be unlocked or if they were immediately accessible. When asked about any specific tweaks or balance fixes, the Capcom rep would not comment, other than to say that seasoned players at the event had noticed changes from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

 

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Ultra Street Fighter II looks identical to the previous release, with the one notable exception. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix retained the same exact aspect ratio of the arcade original, meaning the action was presented in 4:3, with black bars to both sides of the screen. Ultra Street Fighter II, to fill the 16:9 frame, the camera is pulled in, meaning the characters appear bigger and we see less of the backgrounds, with the top portion effectively cut off. Otherwise, the game looks identical, with Udon’s redrawn sprites.

Matt Hawkins

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