Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Hands-On

Hyper Fighting begone! We check out the latest downloadable Street Fighter game from Capcom.

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All you need to do is whisper the name "Street Fighter" and folks will come out of the woodwork to see what you're talking about. Such is the overwhelming love game fans have for the Street Fighter series, which is a fact that publisher Capcom is taking to heart in 2008. In addition to being knee-deep in development of the upcoming Street Fighter IV, Capcom is putting the finishing touches on yet another downloadable SF game, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. At a recent Capcom press event, we got to catch up with the game's developers to see how this version of the game is coming along and try it out for ourselves.

Ken and Ryu will be battling it out in the downloadable beta, but the whole SSFII Turbo gang will be available in HD Remix.

A plethora of content is assured in HD Remix. In addition to all-new high-res art of the Street Fighter characters and backgrounds, the game is going to feature single-player and player-versus-player fighting on the same console, as well as online. Super Street Fighter II Turbo purists will also have the option to play the game using the original 2D sprites and the ability to choose from either the original tunes or remixed versions soundtrack.

The developers at Backbone Entertainment have spent a great deal of time looking at the original Super Street Fighter Turbo II, as well as collecting feedback from the fans of the game. One of the results of all of that examination will be an optional rebalanced mode, which, according to developers, results in some changes to the characters in the game. As it was put to us, the purpose was to decrease the gap between the weakest and strongest characters in the game. Now, we aren't talking wholesale changes--in some cases it might be just a couple of tweaks to a move or two--but the result will be that characters will be closer (but not identical) in terms of strength.

A beta version of HD Remix will be underway soon (to sign up, you'll first need to purchase the Xbox Live Arcade version of another upcoming downloadable Capcom game, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3). The beta will run for eight weeks and feature two playable characters (Ken and Ryu) duking it out on a single background. The purpose of the beta? To iron out the kinks of the brand new network code that will be powering HD Remix's online play. Everyone remembers the less-than-stellar online performance of Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, and it seems like Capcom is taking extra special care to ensure that that same sometimes-sluggish performance is nowhere to be found in HD Remix. The full version of HD Remix will include such modes as quarter match, worldwide rankings, and leaderboards organized by character. It will also include full stat tracking for you and your friends.

We had some time to check out the game for ourselves, and beyond being impressed with the high-res character models, we're happy to see that the animations seem very true to the original game. Some highlights to the changes made for the rebalanced Ryu and Ken, according to an information sheet on hand at Capcom's press event, include the following:

  • Ryu will have a new move called the fake fireball.
  • Ken's changes are more extensive. His jab dragon punch and strong dragon punch are invulnerable on the way up; his strong dragon punch will always knock an opponent down. In addition, Ken's helicopter kicks have changed almost across the board. His short helicopter has a shorter duration; his medium helicopter goes slightly farther; his roundhouse helicopter goes much farther, faster, and does half as much "dizzy"; his air roundhouse helicopter goes slightly farther. Ken's "crazy kicks" have simplified joystick motions. In addition, damage has been lowered on the first strike of Ken's knee-bash hold, and the range of his knee-bash hold has been reduced slightly.
So far, HD Remix is looking like the kind of Street Fighter II experience that Hyper Fighting probably should have been in the first place. The game is currently on track for release later this spring, and it's certain that Street Fighter fans will be keeping a close eye on its development. With the downloadable beta available soon, maybe fans will even have a say in how the game turns out.

Discussion

148 comments
shabulia
shabulia

Well, here we are about a month after the last comment... and STILL we have no release date. All these videos of this contest are doing is pissing me off. It's obvious the game is finished and ready to go. There seems to be no logical reason for it not being released already, let alone just giving us a freaking release date. Is there some reason Capcom is screwing with our heads? Seriously, if I wanted to be teased this much with no follow through, I'd go back to my ex-girlfriend! I'd understand if it was being delayed so they could further refine the game to get it perfect, but from what I have seen in these videos, the game is done. What the hell are you waiting for, Capcom?!?! Hell, by the time you do release it, Street Fighter IV will be out and no one will care anymore.

cpmethod2
cpmethod2

Hope the online play is smooth with no interruptions.

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

Where is this game already?? What is taking so long?

bustap949
bustap949

damn release it already! wtf?!

lowkey254
lowkey254

forget sfIV, just give me this, some food and a toilet.

Ed_The_Great
Ed_The_Great

Anybody knows the exact date this game is coming out?I'm looking forward to this, Bionic Commando,and 142 Joint strike.I have the Microsoft points ready.

Icegoten777
Icegoten777

Im looking forward to this game! Super Street Fighter II Turbo is a still a popular game today. People play it all the time on ZBattle.net

other44
other44

sweet! im more pumped for this, than for SFIV

SuperGeekNo1
SuperGeekNo1

This sounds kool can't wait to play it. The fake fire ball has been there since SF Alpha 3 though do a fire ball with select (PS1) and Ryu will do a fake fire ball. I wonder if they will make an Alpha 3 arcade game and if so this time you can actually get to play the game at 7 stars speed?

Forumaddict08
Forumaddict08

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Bad-Chad
Bad-Chad

CAPCOM, you've been milking the SF2 cow for almost 20 years. The cow is dry, it is dehydrated to the point where it is now beef jerky. Make a new goddamn game you lazy brain dead losers.

Bad-Chad
Bad-Chad

Congradulations guys. You successfully made the 312,455th version of SF2. You actually made it before SF4, which is a remake of SF2. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!!

megadisc
megadisc

it's so cool leh it reminds me of my younger days.

Roscoe245
Roscoe245

amazing i love this game brings back the good old days on the SNES, porper bo times!

Aries03
Aries03

can't wait for this and street fighter 4,its going to be great,

bolshackdragon
bolshackdragon

sounds cool. i'm really into these kind of games

sadshadow
sadshadow

yea, SFA3 was great, they should release all of them on the arcade or even the SF3 :D but what about Samurai shodown ???

Tsunami_pt
Tsunami_pt

Street Fighter Alpha 3 was probably my favourite. Anyone knows if there is any plan to redesign it as well?

aaronannie68
aaronannie68

seems like a great game, i am more into virtua fighter etc. though.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Guys I could have sworn that Ryu's supposdely new move the 'fake fireball' could be executed in Alpha 3. Down, right and select right? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

leop4rd
leop4rd

to be honest i think people are looking forward to this more than the new capcom one, i hope its still a mix of the old button mashers and the ridiculous pros :P they were always my fondest memory, of beating a pro with complete button mashing then the pro hating you for life :D

zeke2040
zeke2040

oh my god, i can't wait for this to come out already .... why are you all teasing us!

ZhugeMarc
ZhugeMarc

Testament: every single playable character in the Marvel universe? Are you joking? That would be hundreds upon hundreds of characters, and unless you want their movies to be similar, I doubt that'll happen. And who would *really* want to play as half of them?

Vegeta1120
Vegeta1120

Truthfully, i just want them to remake capcom vs snk2 or better yet make a next gen capcom vs snk3.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I would like them to do Alpha 3 or 3 3rd strike down the road, but with 4 coming out I dont see much need for them. Its nice that after this we shouldn't see capcom milking 2 anymore.... I hope :crosses fingers:

Kayotic81
Kayotic81

Every Thursday I Get Excited About What Might Be On Playstation Store. and I Am Bitterly Disapointed Week After Week When All I See Is a Movie Trailer and a New Theme, Finally A Game Worth Downloading, This Looks Just Like A Arcade Version, Please Hurry and Get This Finished

Akbip
Akbip

It looks like marvel vs capcom but just the capcom fighters... they will add a few tweaks... that's probably about it. I think they should quit remaking Street Fighter II. Although an awesome game, SFII had been remade way too many times... I WANT A "NEW" STREET FIGHTER!

Ghaleon_basic
Ghaleon_basic

Hyper Fighting is balanced, it's ST that's crud. HF with lower damage would be all any SFII fan needs. Surprising at how many changes Ken got already, wow. This is good news: HD Remx should be really great gameplaywise. I hope they don't fudge w/ O. Sagat but I think I'm out of luck.

Icekxg
Icekxg

LOL at the guy calling Capcom a "slacker". They're one of the few companies that are consistently developing great titles (of course there is the occasional flaw). Calling them slackers because they're not doing a Beta on the PSN but instead only on the XBL network is just silly. Please, don't compare Capcoms so called slacking with your dissapointment for Sony.

Testament
Testament

WTF?????!!!! when is Capcom goin to digg deep in there pockets and buy back the marvel license so we can get a WELL BALANCE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3!!!!! and this time lets do it right with every single playable character in the capcon snk and marvel universe

classicfan
classicfan

Capcom is a slacker just like Sony is! Why you ask No demo from Capcom and no Beta test for the PSN version of Super Street Fighter 2 HD Remix and this is killing its user fan base Capcom! Also Sony is not Friendly either they don't have any really good updates for months now! and they over charge with games in there crappy store no good demos means crap to us PS3fans! and No XMB and its so damn pathetic that we can't use an instant chat messenger client when these features were promised more then a year ago! I think they should fire Dylan Jobe and Eric Lempel..They are all losers and liars to us waiting for God more then enough now! Its been 7 months since the last great update.2.17 was a joke by the way Network Stabilty Again?.Ah Bull crap Sony!

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

DarkStalkers 2 please (not DarkStalkers 1, not Darkstalkers 3. But 2 FTW!!!)

Iu_uI
Iu_uI

Can't wait to see other "HD remixes" of other old games eek1

Iu_uI
Iu_uI

Can't wait to see other "HD remixes" of other old games eek1

Iu_uI
Iu_uI

Can't wait to see other "HD remixes" of other old games eek1

z3dd1cu5
z3dd1cu5

Rival Schools and PowerStone baby!!

lawsond
lawsond

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lowkey254
lowkey254

I agree with the earlier comments. Let's get some other fighting classics balanced and placed online. I will say this, SFIIHD looks to be the best remake possible.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Yeah lets get some Vampire Hunter ( darkstalkers ) on xlive the last game i owned for the DC was great and the characters are seconed to none .

Dannutz1974
Dannutz1974

SF looks really nice, new face, online, new moves. Darkstalkers would be fine for next installment, but I've been thinking what about that crossover Marvel vs Capcom 2 new design, and everything we gamers need. Would be excellent.

NoDojo
NoDojo

RIVAL SCHOOLS FTW x 10

TreMattic
TreMattic

Online play!!! I cant wait. It better come to the Network.

VegetaJr
VegetaJr

"since Hyper Fighter on 360 bombed horribly..." It was one of the best selling arcade games of it's time, actually.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

"well done Capcom, focus on Darkstalkers next." Forget that, RIVAL SCHOOLS!

cool_modine
cool_modine

fingers crossed for some kind of system direction. all moves cancelable plz.