Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Nintendo Switch) Preview

By Adam Riley 23.01.2017

Review for Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch

Just when you thought the last of Street Fighter II had been seen, along comes a new challenger in the form of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch. Capcom has taken the fifth instalment in the sub-series, the 1994 smash hit from the Super Nintendo, Super Street Fighter II Turbo (which also eventually came to GBA in the fantastic Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival), and given it a much needed lick of paint, with some fine tuning to ensure it plays as well as it did before, but takes certain modern day changes in battle style into consideration. Is this set to be the ultimate edition?

At the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, Capcom hit hard with a superb iteration of its fourth mainline Street Fighter, with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition receiving high praise from all corners of the globe, and selling well beyond initial expectations. Sadly, though, that 2011 release was to be the last on a Nintendo format, with both Ultra Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V bypassing Wii U and 3DS. Virtual Console releases were all that remained.

Attempting to rectify the matter, and appease Nintendo fans, Capcom is trying to do something different for Nintendo Switch. Rather than merely port Street Fighter V, instead the company is trying to tap into the nostalgia of older Nintendo fans, resurrecting the multi-million selling second series entry, and it is indeed a smart idea that works brilliantly in its execution. Jumping back into the arena during the demo play felt like the years had rolled back and the good ol' days had returned, with classics such as Guile, Blanka, and Chun-Li all there, present and correct, complete with all of their traditional moves, and all within a familiar setting that simply had a more polished look than the SNES could possibly have ever coped with.

Screenshot for Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch

Being the 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter, this is exactly the right time to tap into the memories of those that played back in the Super Nintendo days, whilst also drawing in more casual fighter fans of today thanks to the added elements (grapple breaks) and re-balancing in general (combo timing), as well as the visual facelift, to help this look retro enough, yet not so archaic that it would put newcomers off.

Even after just a few rounds, it was clear that the old '90s Street Fighter II charm was still as ever-present as before, and the inclusion of Violent Ken (from SNK vs. Capcom) and Evil Ryu (from Street Fighter Alpha 2) may seem trivial but they do add some spice to proceedings. Old school fighting fans and newcomers, alike, get ready for the battle of your life when Ultra Street Fighter II lands on Nintendo Switch this year.

Screenshot for Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch

Final Thoughts

Capcom is definitely onto a winner with Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch. This re-tuning of the classic Super Nintendo fighter brings enough nostalgia to the table so as to appeal to older gamers, yet has enough re-balancing and extras to ensure newcomers can enjoy the ride, as well. Hardcore or not, there is something for every level here in The Final Challengers. Mixing nostalgia with new content is sometimes a recipe for disaster, but here it already smells like a delicious dish that many will be supremely eager to consume.









C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10 (1 Votes)

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I really used to love SFII back on the SNES, and this brought memories flooding back. Sadly, though, I was nowhere near as good as I remembered! Think I'll need to be doing a lot of practice for this...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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