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Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers seems about as definitive as the classic can get

by Ron Duwell | April 18, 2017April 18, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

We all know the jokes and jabs we take at the Street Fighter series and how frequently it releases full priced expansions. Ultra Edition, Alpha Edition, Triple Strike Turbo Edition. This latest release from Capcom almost seems to be poking fun at itself with a title like Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers.

Don’t let it fool you though. This very well could be the last release of Street Fighter II we ever need, given the absurd amount of content Capcom has lined up inside. In the trailer below, I count:

  • two new characters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken
  • a color editing mode, allowing players to dress up their favorites in any color
  • both the HD and classic 16-bit graphics
  • additional game modes, including a co-op Marvel vs Capcom-esque tag team mode
  • casual, ranked, and arcade standby matches
  • that silly “Way of the Hado” move that puts players in a first-person Ryu minigame
  • the ability to play it in TV Mode, Tabletop Mode, and Portable Mode
  • Super Moves available through the touchscreen for casual players
  • enough digital art to fill an entire library

And man, oh man, that classic theme song is just so sweet.

Paying $40 for a video game that’s now 25 years old might be a bit too high for some gamers, but if you imagine that this could be the last time you ever pick up Street Fighter II, the admission is a reasonable one. It’s still one of the most balanced and endearing games in the franchise, and its legendary reputation among hardcore and casual fighting fans speaks worlds to the value you are getting.

And the music is great too!

Capcom also released a teaser showing off the two different versions of every classic stage theme. Both have a remixed and a classic version that you’ll be able to fire up when you play.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will be released next month on May 26 for the Nintendo Switch.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...