|Release: May 26, 2017|
|Players: 1-2 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p||Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence|
I do appreciate the ability to adjust the graphics style of Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. You are able to choose between the nostalgic design of the original Street Fighter II and the brightly colored and smoothly animated style reminiscent of the visuals used in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I found myself swapping between the two often, enjoying the variations of each, both in visuals and sound. The only snag is that you have to go back to the Options in the Main Menu to switch between them. I would have liked a more accessible option, either in the pause menu while in a match or assigned to controller button, to quickly switch between styles. Like the illustrations in the Gallery, the backdrops in the menu screen don’t yield to one particular artist and mixing up the artwork showcases many different creative strokes.
Outside of combat, there’s little praise that can be given to the sound department. The subdued and redundant elevator music on the menu screens doesn’t instill much hype, though it does harken back to the original score. The voice acting also lacks vigor and the brawny tone you would expect for a fighting game. During a match, though, everything is pitch perfect, from Ryu’s shrieking calls to the round winning groans as a defeated character is thrust to the ground.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is getting a lot of attention as a release for the Nintendo Switch and for good reason. It adds a solid fighting game to the system’s slowly growing roster and highlights the partnership of two gaming giants, Capcom and Nintendo, which will hopefully flourish as the console continues its strong launch. The game does carry a few glaring omissions, however, and the highly-touted Way of the Hado mode feels thrown together and out of place. The price is also a sticking point for what is essentially a glorified port of a decades old game. It has its appeal, but I’m sure many will skip this match and wait for the next round.
Senior Contributing Writer