Back in 2011, I was mostly a retro gamer. Sure, I had a Wii and a DS, and there was good stuff on there. But most of gaming was done on my Gamecube and GBA. I remember hearing about this new Street Fighter IV game and looking at screenshots and being unimpressed. It looked too "new." Where were the sprites? It doesn't even look 2D!
Then one day my wife and I went to do some shopping at the mall (remember malls?) and I stumbled upon a kiosk where you could freely play video games. Can you even imagine such a thing? That sounds so quaint doesn't it? I mean, I'm writing this from within a pandemic right now. The thought of going to the mall and playing video games on a Saturday afternoon sure sounds like a whole other world. Wow.
Anyway, they had Street Fighter IV hooked up to an Xbox 360. I played it. And then I told my wife to go browse for clothes, I'd be just fine at this kiosk for as long as she needed.
I was hooked! Instantly hooked!
It wasn't long after that that I got myself a PS3 and a fight stick and a copy of Street Fighter IV. (And it wasn't long after THAT that I promptly flip-flopped and traded my PS3 for an Xbox 360, but that's a different story). I became obsessed with SF4 for a while. I had strategy guides, and each new installment (Super Street Fighter IV and Arcade Edition and maybe there was another one? I don't remember now).
Anyway, I had friends back then who were equally as into SF4 and we hooked up weekly fight nights online. It was awesome. Really, a cool and unique time in my gaming life. But those times are long in the past. You get older. You lose touch. You have less time.
Feeling a bit nostalgic lately, I picked up a copy of Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for the 3DS. It's been a long time, and my muscle memory ain't what it used to be. But y'know what? This game still rocks.
Now I'm just playing the arcade mode, but I'm having fun. I'm going through my list of favorite characters and aiming for a 1CC. First up was Chun-Li - my favorite since Street Fighter II. But no avail. I'm too rusty. Then Blanka - who my friends would say was my best. Still no good. Then Vega - who's alright - and I got up to the last boss, and whittled him down to a sliver of health before he finished me off.
Obviously playing a technical fighting game on the semi-cramped New 2DS XL isn't ideal. I really wish that this game was on Switch. But it's still a really solid experience. I must admit that the ability to tap the screen for specials is a helpful touch. Not something I'd care for if I was playing online with friends or whatever. But for casual rounds? Sure. It saves my fingers some pain on this small handheld.
Anyway, I'm definitely pleased to find that this game still holds up. It holds a special place in my heart and gaming history. Let's see if I can get that 1CC again - like I said, I'm rusty.