A look at the history behind this Super Street Fighter spin-off, and why only the Switch is getting it.
It was recently revealed that the Nintendo Switch version of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is getting an exclusive addition: it will be tho only platform that gets a version of the somewhat rare Super Street Fighter II: The Tournament Battle.
In a recent article, Stephen Kleckner discusses the history behind The Tournament Battle: an ambitious four-cabinet variation of Super Street Fighter II, released at the height of the 2D fighting boom, that allowed players to jump right into an eight-player tournament — with the software itself handling all the bracketing work. The article also describes the challenges to acceptance that this game faced, such as the expense of quadruplicate hardware to arcade operators, and the awkwardness (and trolling potential) of cabinet-hopping between fights.
Ultimately, it adds up to why this odd SSF2 offshoot is best suited for the Switch, as the portability of the console lends itself well to the structure of The Tournament Battle. Read the whole article over on VentureBeat!
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch (with the exclusive Tournament Battle mode) on May 29, 2018.