Without doubt, one of the most obscure announcements so far this year, and not just because it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch, is the reveal of Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers. The last release of a Street Fighter 2 title legitimately was in 1994, before we had HD remasters last generation. This came as a surprise!
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers brings the 16 classic characters back; the World Warriors, the bosses, and the likes of Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay and T. Hawk. The two new characters are Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Violent Ken is actually new to me, but apparently he is known in the Capcom community.
“Violent Ken is the result of M. Bison kidnapping and brainwashing Ken, enhancing his abilities with Psycho Power and twisting his brotherly rivalry with Ryu into hatred. Violent Ken is more ruthless, aggressive, and fearless with moves that feature purple flames instead of his signature fire.”
Another new feature being added to this Nintendo Switch version is the return of Dramatic Battle by the look of it. A feature found in Street Fighter Alpha, which saw both players take control of Ryu and Ken, to fight a more powerful Bison. It’s a superb idea to bring it back, but I’m not sure it’s the right game to bring back either.
While Street Fighter V is limited to the PlayStation 4 and PC, I think a version of Ultra Street Fighter IV would have been better suited. It’s more modern, it’s extremely popular, and would definitely be more appealing to newcomers, rather than this jaded, while still a classic, fighter.
More details are due today during the Nintendo Treehouse event, where Yoshinori Ono, Executive Producer of the Street Fighter series will be showing it off in more detail. You can watch that later here at 9:30am EST.