Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is one of the major releases planned for the Nintendo Switch in 2017, and it’s every bit as desirable as Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. In fact, the resurgence of games like Street Fighter and Bomberman (in the form of Super Bomberman R) is the reason why the Switch is a true return to gaming’s humble and exciting roots.
Watch the trailer of Ultra Street Fighter II, you can see clips of the launch of Street Fighter II Turbo on the SNES early on, and man was that a magical thing to experience firsthand. What’s great is that we get to relive that magic once more on the Switch, and just in time for the 30th Anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise (25 years for the flagship Street Fighter II itself). Ultra Street Fighter II looks to reinvigorate the gamer of yesteryear, and unite them with the current crop of fighting fans who have been enthralled by the likes of the hugely successful Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V lately.
Ultra Street Fighter II is going to dial the fighting genre back to when it was all about mechanical simplicity, but strategic and skillful execution. The simplicity of Street Fighter II alone is what makes it an incredibly deep and satisfying experience for players of all skill levels. Fighting games have become incredibly complicated and technical as of late, and the release of Ultra Street Fighter II will serve as a reminder of the core foundation of the fighting genre. Essentially, Ultra Street Fighter II represents the innate,pure essence of fighting games, and a true testament to the adage that less is more.
However, it must be acknowledged that Ultra Street Fighter II essentially builds on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, a game that was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2008, borrowing its graphics and gameplay engine. That being said, however, Ultra Street Fighter II is not a lazy expansion of the 2008 release at all. The Switch exclusive will add two new characters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken (perhaps even more), it will also feature new modes such as the uncommon dramatic battle mode (made famous in Street Fighter Alpha 3), and best of all Ultra Street Fighter II will allow players to switch between the HD remastered visuals and the classic sprites of the original Street Fighter II games.
Above all, what better way to enjoy your shiny new Switch console with family and friends than with a few rounds of vintage Street Fighter at its very best. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is no doubt one of the real gems in the Switch’s impressive 2017 lineup.