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A couple of weeks ago we reported that Capcom would bring out Super Street Fighter IV (which had previously been announced as a console-only title) to arcades if the fans demanded it – and demanded it they have as SFIV producer Yoshinori Ono announced that SSFIV would get an arcade release at the Japanese National SFIV tournament this year.
Chances of it getting an “official” release outside of Japan are pretty low but as long as operators can import the title then it’s certain that a few will take the plunge despite that. As for the price, none has been announced but I’m pessimistically guessing that it won’t be reasonable, as we saw with SFIV. They could always pleasantly surprise us and release it at a point where we see other fighters out of Japan (say a kit in the $2000USD range) and offer a version that lets two players use one cabinet (making it much more attractive to locations that need to consider space and costs). We do have to applaud the fans for being vocal enough about this to convince Capcom that it would be worth a release as it just seems out of place to have a major Street Fighter release not grace the arcade.
UPDATE: When it comes to a release date, AM-Net is listing the game as a “Winter 2010” release. No price is listed yet but we’ll keep an eye on it. Sometimes it’s helpful to look at Capcom’s competition in this arena as another fighter game we mentioned recently does have a release date and price and I wonder if this game had anything to do with Capcom’s decision. King of Fighters XIII will be released in July as a full unit and August as a kit (the HDD is listing for 198,000¥ which currently = 2095.90USD, the full kit about $1000 more). I also found it interesting that AM-Net says that Konami Digital Entertainment has something to do with KOFXIII. We’ll have to wait and see if Capcom tries to compete with other current arcade fighters in price and adds some arcade exclusive content to the game which will be coming out some months after the console version of SSFIV.
I should also point out that in case you don’t care about it being an arcade specific version of the game, there is always the Game Gate VU which let’s you legally put console games into a coin-op kiosk. This received a bit of attention since Amusement Expo so I do wonder if there will be any operators who prefer this over waiting and paying on a full SSFIV arcade machine. You can throw standard coin-op controls into this so would that be good enough for some arcade SF fans?