Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition Review

Information At A Glance
Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a Nintendo 3DS game in the Fighting genre. The game was published by Capcom and developed by Capcom. The game has an ESRB Rating of T (Teen 13+) and was released on 2011-03-27. The game's official site can be found at

Overall Game Ratings

Graphics 10.0
Sound 10.0
Gameplay 6.0
Replay Value 9.0
Enjoyability 7.0
Overall 8.0
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SSF4 3D is a great example of the power of the Nintendo 3DS, but the controls need some work.

User Ratings

Graphics 10
Sound 10
Gameplay 6
Replay Value 9
Enjoyability 7
Overall 8

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I picked up my Nintendo 3DS pre-order yesterday and decided to purchase Super Street Fighter 4 3D edition to test it out (I was actually deciding between Nintendogs and Cats and SSF4 3D, but SSF4 3D seemed to be getting better reviews overall which is why I chose it). I own Super Street Fighter 4 for the Xbox 360 and this game literally looks almost identical, which is really impressive considering its on a portable device. All of the characters are here, but I did notice that some of the backgrounds had fewer animations than the 360 version which I found to be an acceptable compromise.

The whole "3D" effect for this game I found to be somewhat gimmicky, it doesn't really add anything to the gameplay. Overall, I found myself playing with the 3D effect turned off more than on for the most part. The developers also included a feature whereby you could perform combos and other special moves via the touch screen by simply tapping a box on the bottom screen. I found myself not wanting to use this feature as I believe that it "cheapens" the experience and the skill required to play the game, but after finding it incredibly difficult to perform the special moves using either the analog pad or the directional pad, I wound up relying on this feature which was kind of disappointing.

This game should last me a long while - not only is the amount of single player content enormous, the game also has online functionality which works extremely well (though there are quite a few cheap tactics that make playing against others online somewhat annoying). Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition should tide me over until some of the first-party games come out in the coming months like Ocarina of Time 3DS and Mario Kart 3DS. Overall, I found most of the launch lineup rather disappointing, but at least Street Fighter provides hope for the games coming out in the future and what the Nintendo 3DS is capable of. The hardware is much more powerful than I expected, but I hope developers don't rely so much on the 3D aspect that they forget to focus on the actual gameplay. Overall, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D edition is an above average portable fighter. Actually, despite its shortcomings I feel its the best portable fighter on the market - if Capcom just worked a bit more on the controls and on incorporating the 3D aspect better it could have been perfect.

Review Posted By Tordle On 2011-03-28 At 14:42:28

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