No Arcade Release For Street Fighter IV

No Arcade Release For Street Fighter IV


It's a truly lamentable shame, but the fight must go on.

What a travesty; a game all but tailored to be the perfect arcade fighting experience will be skipping arcades in the U.S. altogether. Capcom has confirmed Street Fighter IV will be the first game in the long-running brawler series to not be released in American arcades.

"At this point, it does not look like Street Fighter IV arcade machines will officially hit the U.S. arcade market," Capcom's Chris Kramer told Edge Friday. "There's not really an arcade business in the U.S. anymore. It's sort of like an 'amusement' business that sometimes has arcade games in it."

Enjoying the vitriolic, curse-spewing, button mashing bliss, and competitive gameplay induced by the series with friends in your living room is certainly one way to play the game, but there's something timeless and appealing about schooling complete strangers with a crowd gathered around the arcade cabinet. Street Fighter IV screams for a place in your local arcade. However, the extreme decline of arcades in the U.S. has made that unfeasible. To experience the game in the way it was truly intended, you'll have to hunt down one of the rare imported arcade cabinets or travel to Japan where the arcade industry continues to mysteriously flourish.

Fortunately, it's not a total loss. An arcade joystick peripheral is in the works to allow players to recreate the experience at home. Kramer touted the Mad Catz controllers as being "awesome." Street Fighter will launch on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on Feb. 17, 2009. A PC version is in the works, but an official date has yet to emerge.


He does have a point, the only real arcades in the UK are London and the seasides...and they're not getting as much 'abuse' as the Slotties.

There are still arcades?

There are still arcades?

Confined to Theme Parks and Board Walks for the most part. However in Asian countries they flourish.

Arcades are a myth, like unicorns, dragons, and virgins

Arcades are a myth, like unicorns, dragons, and virgins

Virgins UNICORNS exist, I am one.

Yeah, I wouldn't expect Capcom to set up an arcade release. After all with the home console market the way it is there's almost no reason to go to an arcade.

That really stinks. I was saving up for one of these badboys to go in my garage, too.

I know true SF fans would prefer it on the arcade but with it being on a console and you hvae a HDTV with HDMI you get to take advantage of the awesome GFX


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