Report: Street Fighter IV hits US arcade

More than a decade after the arcade version of Street Fighter III first started chokin' down tokens, the fourth proper installment in Capcom's classic brawling franchise has reportedly arrived on US shores. As pointed out by SDTekken, a Tekken fan site for San Diego-based players, Street Fighter IV...

More than a decade after the arcade version of Street Fighter III first started chokin' down tokens, the fourth proper installment in Capcom's classic brawling franchise has reportedly arrived on US shores. As pointed out by SDTekken, a Tekken fan site for San Diego-based players, Street Fighter IV is available for play at Super Arcade in Walnut, a Los Angeles suburb.

GameSpot's call to the arcade had not been returned as of press time, but the report was backed up by users on the fighter-focused fansite Shoryuken.com. However, Street Fighter faithful may want to wait a bit before making a pilgrimage to Super Arcade. Multiple posts on Shoryuken have indicated problems with the game, including a lack of HD displays and unresponsive joysticks.

Those who don't happen to live near Walnut (or any representative of the increasingly rare species known as the American arcade) may be comforted to know that Street Fighter IV is headed to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC early next year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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zlyrikal10
zlyrikal10

I found an arcade here in suburban philly, but something tells me this arcade is not going to get sf 4 so i cant wait for the 360 version

Hager117
Hager117

dude every thing at super is broken except tekken 6 and its all about wangan there

Dramacide
Dramacide

Bring the coin op to London... I got a sack full of pennies!!!!

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

i rather buy it on my console.it's better then with a stranger.

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

i rather buy it on my console.it's better then with a stranger.

chnkyboiZero
chnkyboiZero

Yay super arcade!! This game seems to be really slow, so maybe Zangief might be one of the best characters to use. haha xDD If theres going to be that many people playing all the time, i think im gonna be stuck playing ID4 or something -__x

padrenes86
padrenes86

thats just a few minutes from where I live.

Gadeos
Gadeos

Game's taking too long to hit consoles

negrizz
negrizz

The arcade died!!! i know, it is inevitable, but i still remember the first time i play SFII in arcade or Killer Instinc it was awesome!!!

FooMaster
FooMaster

I can't wait too bad the arcade here is super tiny and mainly has DDR machines.

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

It is very sad to see arcades die, yeah - they were such a big part of my childhood. The ever increasing cost to produce these games has just made them too expensive to play, and of course the quality of home systems is just as good, if not better than the stuff they put in the arcades these days. That said, there is still no substitute for finding arcades still full of old-skool machines that remain 10p a pop - they may not be 3D powerhouse machines and games, but nothing beats the feeling of pumping a few quid 10p by 10p continuously into older games like 1942 etc. There are still a few surviving arcades on a coast nearby me that thrive on the older gamer playing these games. Not one 3D machine made past 1990 or so in sight - glorious!

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

I agree with the general sentiment here about arcades, but given the current technological standards with regard to home entertainment, arcades are obsolete. Arcades used to be a place to play games in a way you could never experience on your console at home, but now it's pretty commonplace for the average home entertainment system to contain an arcade-sized monitor with a respectable sound system, and video game hardware and software that's comparable, if not superior to what arcades have to offer. Taking into account the expense over time of what continuous arcade visits, and it's simply more cost effective and convenient to invest in your own 'personal arcade' at home, whether it be through a console or PC.

DryvBy4Ever
DryvBy4Ever

Yeah, arcades are dead in America. Sad. I think it's because they made it like $5 a game, and in the fighting world, that's steep.

Brukpoket
Brukpoket

It's unfortuneate that arcades are becoming a dieing pass time. I miss those days of going to an arcade. My local place recently shut down, so it doesn't look like i'll be playing the arcade version any time soon.

Brukpoket
Brukpoket

It's unfortuneate that arcades are becoming a dieing pass time. I miss those days of going to an arcade. My local place recently shut down, so it doesn't look like i'll be playing the arcade version any time soon.

Storm82
Storm82

Just info for anyone interested, at one point there was a 30 person wait in the afternoon, you had to write your name on a list to keep the order. When tekken 6 came out there, it had a lot too but not nearly as much as street fighter iv. It went from 50 cents a game (best of 3 rounds) to 75 cents. Terrible!

TheNetworkZ
TheNetworkZ

The console versions come out next year....-_-

condemned100
condemned100

I remember in Arcades the best of the best would wait in line to challenge the best of the best to X-men vs street fighter or marvel vs capcom 2. :) I can't wait to see the same thing with Street fighter IV in the Arcades. And compete myself with people in the Arcades.

cowmaster2k3
cowmaster2k3

haha wow thats my arcade! nice to make the news :D If you see a group of dudes outside smoking say wassup!

pirategunner
pirategunner

I cant wait to play this on the PSN Online!

pirategunner
pirategunner

Hey! I used to play 3rd strike at that same arcade, now I have a reason to go back

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

It's good to know that there are still arcades out there where people actually interacted and said good game. The only arcades that I see are the ones in movie theaters that have games from 2005.

Henninger
Henninger

Im lookin 4ward 2 play this game. I'll play it if & when it comes 2 the mall where I live just 2 c how certain characters (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li) play & then I'll wait in agony untill it comes out on console.

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

hmm pass on the arcade version... I like the console version more because u only gotta pay once to play it.

sparkypants
sparkypants

@ zeke2040 ...your part of the reason the arcade experience is dead :(

sparkypants
sparkypants

Awww come one send more to other arcades!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeease

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

As far as I know, the only arcade around me is one at my mall. But it hasn't been updated in quite some time.

gardami
gardami

No doubt I will be going to super today! I'll post how my play goes.

hikari33
hikari33

all the asians in my place hang around the arcades, trust me arcades are not dead, asian ppl love to play gundam games, music games and driving games

condemned100
condemned100

The only Arcade where i live that would have Street Fighter IV is in my local Mall. But is very far away from my House. And i'm not too sure they will even have Street Fighter IV inside the Arcade. However I know they do have Marvel vs capcom 2 working and taking coins. And also they have X-men vs street fighter. It's been months since i've gone to the Arcade though. I'll take a look though to see if they have Street Fighter IV in the Arcade to put coins in to play it. :). Hopefully people challenge me to a Match. And not me by myself playing the Story mode. Or Arcade mode. :). Nothing can beat the Arcade experience of a 2D or 3D fighter in the Arcades unless a perfect or almost close Port of the Arcade version. I can't wait for Street Fighter IV to come on Xbox 360 and PS3. :). Personally I'm looking forward to the Xbox 360 version since I don't have a PS3.Hopefully it's a perfect Arcade port or close to it. :)

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

The only arcades left around me are by the shore on the boardwalks and like maybe 3 that I know of, one at a mall, another at Sports N Stuff and Funmania. Sports N Stuff has the only remaining 90's arcade that I know of.

kos1085
kos1085

YAY!!! SFIV is in the arcades.....Now if I can just find an arcade.

zeke2040
zeke2040

who cares about the arcades, we want it on the consoles

V-r0cK
V-r0cK

@Baseman28 ahaha yea i understand you. ive just had sum bad experience with gross ppl at arcades thats all. Some console games just cant do it like arcades do just as you mentioned like Crisis Zone. Arcades just need alot of their games to be more interactive or something thats impossible to experience at home, imo.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

I think a better headline would've read "This Just In: There are still arcades in the US!"

Baseman28
Baseman28

@V-r0cK Lol, settle down, man. It isn't that bad. Yeah, arcades are weaking but they aren't dead... yet. The problem is that game developers aren't making many arcade games anymore and people are starting to lose interest in old(er) games (and standing when playing games =P). It's a pity since arcades still have some good games that haven't ever been released on consoles, or the arcade version is better (example: Crisis Zone). What the arcades need is some innovation that would be too hard (to fit) on consoles, like VR style games. Though it wouldn't happen for sometime....

V-r0cK
V-r0cK

Arcades are dying. It cant deliver the enjoyable quality a console game can such as a story etc. Its a fun-looking environment to go to time to time but not something i really look forward then to sit back and enjoy a more comfortable playing area. Arcades are full of broken joysticks covered wit billions of germs from dirty people sneezing or picking their noses then uses the controls. I wonder if the workers ever clean the machines. Yea ill stick with home console playing full games and ill give SF4 a try when its on console.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

It would be interesting if you could download SFIV on the Xbox 360, then use Points to play. Every 40 points would be like $.50 and the game would self-delete the day that SFIV was released on disk.

Harvestbuddy
Harvestbuddy

Super Arcade is a japanese arcade that carries a lot of import games such as Drum Mania and Guitar Freaks, Tekken 6, Maximum Tune, Initial D 4, and of course Street Fighter IV :D

martialbullet
martialbullet

So it's in just one arcade in the U.S.?! :( I find it a bit ridiculous but I guess it's better that way since hardly anyone goes to the arcades anymore here. It would be a waste to have more cabinets if not that many people will play it. An arcade near where I lived just closed down which also made me a bit sad. I can only dream that acrades would become popular again.......

Harvestbuddy
Harvestbuddy

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0678
0678

@AranJatt then leave

punkpunker
punkpunker

OHHH..MAN!!! i think if my local arcade receive this, the machine is going to be vandalize because all those button mashing and coin slots going to have a problems :D

FFXero
FFXero

I live in Okinawa, Japan (Military). i recently checked out a local arcade on a whim and i found SF4 there. THey have an awesome setup for arcades here, 4 stations set up where they are paired up. you play across from eachother, sitting down. this game is phenomenal, it brought back all sorts of memories. The new additions are great as well, the game feels greatly improved upon. I feared it was going to feel gimmicky, but instead i got a fresh exciting game. me and a friend played the hell out of that game, probably spent 15 dollars on it (its 100 yen per play which is roughly one dollar). it looks GREAT in HD (the arcades are top of the line with HD LCD's on each terminal. im going back every weekend until this game comes out! w00t!

snake289
snake289

Too bad when this comes to UK Arcades I won't beable to play since theres none near me =-(

Storm82
Storm82

I played there today, yesterday controls were messed up but today they were fixed. They aren't HD cabinets so it doesn't look that pretty (Tekken 6 has an HD cabinet). The 2nd cabinet messed up today. All and in all, very good game, sure to bring sf2 fans and casual gamers back. They need to patch Rufus, that guy does too much damage and is real easy. Too many ryu and ken players.