SFIV twin player cabinets @ e3, release hits Japan tomorrow

Shaggy July 17, 2008 6

It’s nice to see that there is a small arcade presence at e3 this year, thanks to Capcom bringing the arcade version of the game to the show. It’s still frustrating that no announcement has been made in regards to when it will be released however as it keeps showing up at these events yet nothing is said about the actual release. Anyways, the blog arstechnica has a look at the game, which is show in two player cabinet which I  I had seen before from a video we posted a while back but it has been otherwise rather reclusive.

In other SFIV news, if I am understanding this correctly, it looks like SFIV begins operation in Japan tomorrow. This makes the fact that there has been no news on the international release all the more frustrating. [SFIV Begins Operation, Game Watch]


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  1. editor July 17, 2008 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Well Shaggy, the 2-player cabinet has not been seen anywhere – only the 1-player cabinet playing SFIV.

    The Taito cabinet was one factor blamed for the machine not being taken up by distributors saying they did not want to buy an expensive, non-connected, one player sit-down cabinet… they will have to look for a new excuse now!

    Also no news on the IC card feature at any of the international events?

  2. Shaggy July 17, 2008 at 10:34 pm - Reply


    You must have missed this post:


    I knew I had seen a 2p player somewhere before 🙂

  3. editor July 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reminding me – I had forgotten about GDC.

    A little side note, I am in a discussion with a distributor that was told that there was only one-player cabs for the US and charged through the roof; I actually pointed them to this site.

    Its funny how those three CapcomUSA machines have never been placed on site test, but always get infront of journos and no one talks about a US release of coin-op!!

    I assume by August the rumors about the first Grey Import SFIV kits will start and then Capcom will cry foul! – shame-on-you-CapcomUSA

  4. editor July 20, 2008 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    A number of sources have now confirmed that the SFIV platform can not run two players – though the game has been seen on two player cabinets, they have never been seen working two player games on the same cabinet. This is a major concern as it means the hardware is twice as expensive of the Tekken 6 alternative!

    We are working hard to get confirmation – but rumors are rife that Capcom is having difficulty meeting AM demand for the game!

  5. Shaggy July 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure how they are meeting demand seeing how they still haven’t announced when the blasted arcade version is coming out yet. I also wonder how strong demand will be if they don’t pull their heads out of their asses and use some simple common sense. Forcing operators to buy two cabinets for two player mode is simply greedy on their part and with it being this close to the console release it’s going to have to be pretty darn amazing to get people on board. My excitement for SFIV arcade has diminished considerably as Capcom has continued with these blunders and I am going to find it hard to give them any support.

  6. editor July 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    It would seem that behind the excitement for STIV, there is a big hole – would seem that the Type-X2 has suffered from trying to run the game as the original proposal for two player of one hardware unit. With this Taito have chickened out and run it as a two cabinet game!!

    There is also a shortage of units, and there is even rumors that Capcom have abandoned their arcade operation for a joint relationship with Taito – all these rumors are not helped by mixed messages from CapcomUS and UK offices.

    The game should be launched in Japan at the end of this month, lets see if they make it!

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