Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Zero 3, and Vampire Savior Heading to Taito’s NESiCAxLive Network

By on August 23, 2014 at 1:54 am

During the Isshuu Sengeki Cup in Tokyo earlier tonight, Capcom and Taito made a special announcement regarding the future of their relationship in Japanese arcades.

The two companies revealed that a handful of classic Capcom fighters will be making their way to Taito’s NESiCAxLive arcade system. Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Zero 3 (known as Street Fighter Alpha 3 in North America), and Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers 3 outside of Japan) are set to be distributed through the network, complete with widescreen support.

A mobile site will also be launched to collect battle records as well as player names and their accumulated points.

While a concrete release date was not discussed at this time, attendees at the Taito’s upcoming Osaka qualifiers on August 30 will be able to take part in a public test and provide feedback.

Images from the broadcast have been included below, so feel free to check them out and let us know what you think of the titles chosen for this new partnership in the comments.

Source: Taito, images via Furious, translations courtesy of USD

  • Deemo Kun

    Wow, that came out of left field, I’m assuming these games will be emulated?

    • TiredOcean

      (You might have read something like this already Deemo :P)
      It’s incredibly unlikely that Capcom have made a native Windows port just to release this on NesicaxLive, but I’m still hoping for it.
      Even if it is an emulator, Capcom might be able to make something very close to the original arcade version because they might have access to documentation on the CPS3 hardware to improve it compared to 3S OE (which was a port of Capcom’s emulator for the PS2 release of the game).
      EDIT: I realised that I was thinking only of 3S, haha. You can say the same things about the other games though.

  • Ms Shawerma

    Maybe those KOF releases on NESiCA are doing good ?

  • CrazyMobius

    These are great games but what does this mean to the average Joe?

    • TiredOcean

      Not much if you don’t live in Japan. NesicaxLive is a distribution system for arcade games in Japan, where you can download games from a server to your Taito arcade boards. Think of it as a Steam for arcade games.
      Considering the Taito Type X series of arcade systems, which NesicaxLive works with, are Windows PCs, there is like a 0.1% chance of a PC port of these games, but don’t hold your breath.

      • If it’s not much work then you better believe Capcom will re-release them, as they’ve done with all of their games time and time again.

  • CrimsonMoonMist

    Great. I’m all for making these classics easier available in arcades.


    Considering that the NesicaxLive platform is a customized PC… maybe those games will find their way onto Steam sometime in the future? That would be cool.

    • RunningWild1984

      Or you could just play them on GGPO.

      • Not Third Strike. It looks like shit on ggpo

      • xCROOKEDx

        I could. But I still hope for them to come to Steam.

    • luggage lad

      That’s some pretty wishful thinking…

      Capcom seems to be pretty bad at making sensible conversions like that.. But who knows, maybe recent things like Ultra could be changing that.

  • Bushin_Cat

    I know this is not related, but doesn’t Playstation home have some hubs from Capcom or Namco that are designed like Japanese arcades, and if you have one of their fighters (SAF4 AE ,ex.) downloaded, you can play the game there? Even online vs?

  • VicViper

    There’s no reason for anybody in Japan arcades to play any of these.

    Who’s going to drop 100 yen on a shitty looking emulation with typos when you can spend 50 yen on original hardware?

    • prince_david

      Are older arcade games common in Japanese arcades? They might not have hte hardware you know? And this is probably a cheap distribution system.

    • Emezie Okorafor

      According to Nuki, one of the reasons Daigo got into SF4 so hard was because of the points/card system that tracked your performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj_T6c-_L6A (press CC for subtitles)

      Never underestimate the power of a “leaderboard”.

      We already see this online. Give people a goal to work for, and suddenly people will want to work toward it. Original versions of these games have no such goal. Now they will.

    • fernando Rivera Jr.

      Just FYI, 100 yen is usually equivelent to about $1 USD. One yen is basically a penny.

    • taitaisanchez

      See above, depends if Capcom keeps repairing suicided boards and carts.

      Easier to port them to NESiCA and shut down the service division that repairs boards.

  • pootnannies

    long live 3rd Strike and fuck suicide batteries

  • La Lunatica

    Little Help, what other Fighting games does Nesica currently have?

    • TiredOcean

      Tons. You can find the full list of games here: http://nesica.net/playtitle/ However, I do not know if these are games that are distributed through Nesicaxlive or simply use the card system to track stats. I’ll list all of them anyway:
      – Ultra Street Fighter IV

      – Persona 4 Arena: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hod

      – The King of Fighters XIII Climax

      – Chaos Code
      – Arcana Heart 3 Love MAX!!!!!
      – Blazblue Chronophantasma
      – Chaos Breaker
      – The Rumble Fish 2
      – Aquapazza
      – Arcana Heart 2
      – Samurai Spirits (i.e. Samurai Shodown)
      – Battle Fantasia
      – The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition

      – The King of Fighters 2002 UM
      – Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

      • La Lunatica

        Sorry for the late reply, but thanx for the listing.

  • Ndebe

    Original hardware is always going to be the choice of diehards over emulation. I really doubt that the old school players are going to be attracted to the emulation, and I really doubt the new school players are going to be attracted to the old games.

    • taitaisanchez

      The problem is suicide batteries.

      Right now, Phoenix edition exists, if you have access to a ROM burner, and there’s a way to revive CPS3 carts to play any CPS3 game. But they’re a massive hassle. Like, to revive a CPS 3 cart you have to desolder the encrypted custom SH2 and solder in a new, unencrypted SH2 and use a hacked CD to bypass encryption.

      Plus, I’m not sure what the legal situation in Japan is, but, I’m not sure if running a revived games for money making purposes is legal.

  • shakunetsu

    its just a strech out version of the original game not even an filtered HD port unlike the 3strike and zero3online korea in 2005.

    they should have choose the sf alpha 3 max with EAGLE, MAKI, INGRID and YUN.

    nice choice for HYPER ST but need to be HD port like 3strike filtering so it would be the superior sf 2 of the decade

    Snk have done better revival of there series sometimes includes new content(3d stages) and characters.

    capcom should have done some new visual update unlike sthd by udon but rather similar to 3s updte better backgrourd stages like KOF 99 did in KOF 99 evolution in dreamcast.