Even as someone who is into fighting games as a competitive medium, I still find myself strangely excited about this news! This week’s issue of Famitsu revealed that Super Street Fighter 4 will see a return of the bonus stages of Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 3. The ‘wreck the car’ bonus stage is practically confirmed, but we have yet to see what other bonus stages will be included.
And, for those of you who were hoping for less kitschy news, we’ve got some of that, too. When SSF4 was first announced, it was announced that there would be improvements to online play. The Famitsu article also provided the first news of what new online modes we can expect from the new and improved online experience.
First up is the much needed quarter matches. They’ll appear in the form of a game mode called “Endless Battle”, a lobby mode that allows up to eight players to join. Next up is “Team Battle”, which will (unfortunately!) not be a Dramatic Battle mode, a la the Street Fighter Alpha series. Instead, you’ll get a group of 2-4 players and pit them against 2-4 other opponents in a team tournament style. Finally, there will be a new “Replay Channel”, where one can check out other replays while talking to other players in voice chat (perhaps to discuss or dissect the video), and even save them to your hard drive.
Stay tuned for more developments as they come! Super Street Fighter 4 is slated for a Spring 2010 release for XBox360, PS3, and PC.