Considered one of the best and most iconic fighting games of all time, Street Fighter 2 is getting re-released, again, for the Nintendo Switch, as Ultra Street Fighter 2:The Final Challengers. While Street Fighter 2 still plays great, and doesn’t feel like it has aged much, the amount of content packed in the tiny cartridge, doesn’t feel like is something your wallet might like.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: 2D Fighting
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Easily my favorite thing about this release, is the updated graphics and sounds. Ultra Street Fighter 2 gives you the choice of two different art styles: the original pixellated sprites with unrecognizable faces, or a new, more polished and sharp art style. But the sprites weren’t the only thing updated, every background and stage was redrawn and animated to go with the new sprites, making it look fresh and updated. Another choice you get, is sounds. Every character (stage) theme, and character voice, has been remixed and updated. The great thing is, that you can mix and match both art and sound, so you can have old sprites with new sound, or new sprites with the original (and some better) sounds. Yes, Guile’s Theme is still amazing.
The Way of the Hado
I’m sure everyone was wondering, what is “The Way of the Hado?” It is a new mini game created for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, we’re you play as Ryu in a first person view perspective, throwing all of his iconic attacks of the series. You play with split, detached Joy-Cons, held up against your chest, and pretending you’re throwing Hadokens like a mad man. Strike a pose, push your arms to the front, and yell, HADOKEN! Okay, maybe don’t yell. Simple movements are all the game asks for to do one of the 5 moves the mini game includes, Hadoken, Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Shinku Hadoken, and the most important one, Blocking.
It has three different difficulty levels, the hardest one having M. Bison as a boss at the end, and every time you beat the stage, you get growth points that you can attach to six different categories: Vitality, Attack, Speed, Spirit, Defense, and Luck. Even with that, it just doesn’t feel worth it to do the same thing, over and over and over again. Overall, it’s a fun experience for the first 15-20 minutes, or to show off the Joy-Cons to someone who hasn’t tried them, but after that, it gets old very quick.
Fun with colors and art.
Another fun, new thing included, is a Color Editor! If you’re like me, and want to pretend that Guile is the Hulk, you can… kind of do it. With a simple three category color selection, you can edit the outfit of every character so you can play with your favorite palette. Or make a Dan colored palette for Ryu because why not. There is also a 250 page digital art book included, with selected artwork from an out of print art book. Really nice if you wanna spend time listening to the new theme remixes while looking at pretty art.
I miss punching cars.
The game features a 19 character roster, with two characters being new. Evil Ryu, and Violent Ken. Pretty much almost the same characters, except they have a lot more speed and power. Even with that many characters, I end up always playing Guile. Sonic Boom!
The original arcade mode is in the game, but sadly, no bonus stage where you punch a car like a mad man. Short story at the end of each characters arcade mode, and that’s it. It was something simple that unfortunately, was left out.
There’s a new “Buddy Battle” mode, where you get to fight in co-op battles against the CPU. This was for me, the least interesting game mode. Sure, it’s fun to do some crazy co-op combos, but it’s pointless. You share a health bar with your partner, and have to both work together to beat the CPU opponent. That’s it. Simple as that.
Local multiplayer is great thanks to the detachable joy-cons of the Nintendo Switch. Fight anyone, anywhere you want, and if you’ve played Street Fighter 2 before, you know matches are no longer than a minute and a half to two minutes. Probably great for parties if you ask me.
Street Fighter 2 will always be one of my favorite fighting games, but unfortunately, as much as I enjoyed the Nintendo Switch version, I can’t give it a high score. If you can get past the lack of content for the high price it’s being sold for, it is an enjoyable fighting game and multiplayer experience.
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers gets 6.5 Hadokens out of 10 from me.
Make sure you pick up Ultra Street Fighter 2, May 26, for some fun quick fighting matches, and Shoryuken your way to the top of your friends. Let us know who your favorite character is, and thoughts about the game, over @NerdworkTweets. Now go home and be a family man!