Ono talks Super Street Fighter 4 arcade release, Darkstalkers

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • March 16, 2010 at 9:51 p.m. PDT
Ono talks Super Street Fighter 4 arcade release, Darkstalkers Super Street Fighter 4's producer, Yoshinori Ono, was interviewed by Shacknews.com. This piece mostly focuses on a potential arcade release for Super Street Fighter 4 and that Ono would prefer to do Darkstalkers as his next project.

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Shack: Since there's no planned arcade version for Super Street Fighter IV, do you think the future of SFIV is geared toward American and European audiences beacuse they are more console-based players? Do you hope to convert Japanese players into console players?

Yoshinori Ono: To address your first part, like you say, the market has shifted. Obviously the West has been the center to a lot of activity. Certainly there are more people so there are more players. The world champion of Street Fighter is still [Japanese player] Daigo Umehara. Right under him you have [American] Justin Wong and other really powerful players.

For me personally, Street Fighter is an arcade game. It always has been. I'd love to do an arcade version, but the company is focusing more on console games right now, so [an arcade version of Super] didn't really pan out. That said, if there are people out there that want to see an arcade version, by all means, be vocal about it and let us know.

Shack: So it's still a possibility?

Yoshinori Ono: It's not impossible. If you know any arcade collectors or operators in the US, please tell them to write us letters saying they will buy 100 machines.

Kotaku's Brian Crecente: Would it have to be driven by the US market?

Yoshinori Ono: American interest would be awesome to push us in that direction. In the best-case scenario, you have got maybe a couple hundred arcades that are really serious and would probably buy machines from Capcom, but if we don't get orders in the thousands and thousands we can't get factories mobilized. It would have to go beyond North America and be a worldwide interest.

Thanks to Yes4me and Sanvy for pointing this out.


PhinnyCupcakes said on March 16, 2010 at 9:55 p.m.

aaaaand PC?

BADerRules said on March 16, 2010 at 9:57 p.m.

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TylerX5 said on March 16, 2010 at 9:59 p.m.

At least Ono isn't trying to shift the market on arcades to consoles, rather market interests have already done that. If Capcom started making non economical decisions, it could have a negative impact on games themselves.

Psycho said on March 16, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.

just don't make them purchase 4 Arcade machines per buy and there you go, operators will buy them in a heartbeat.

GoldenTrophy said on March 16, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.

Yoshinori Ono: The project I really want to work on right now is to take my wife to Disneyland again. We've been married for 10 years and haven't been back since. That's my big project at the moment.

As far as a dream project is concerned, there is another fighting game series established shortly after I started at Capcom. A little something called Darkstalkers. If I was given the resources and permission to do so, I'd love to make a new Darkstalkers.

Shack: Would it use the Street Fighter IV engine?

Yoshinori Ono: It would probably mimic the visual style, but because the animation in Darkstalkers involves a lot of exaggeration and deformation, it might require an actual Darkstalkers engine, so to speak. We'd probably have to work on it a lot.

Kikimaru said on March 16, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.

Lies. This game is just new software for any current owners of Taito X2 arcade boards, JUST like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.

Darkness said on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.

Who goes to bloody arcades anymore? How about a release for the PC? That's more important.

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 10:58 p.m.

I drop 5 dollars easy when I go to a sf4 arcade

chickenwings said on March 16, 2010 at 10:59 p.m.

honestly, i cant see myself paying a buck and up per play rather then pay 40 bucks and play it all i want NAKED in my house. Thats a killer for the arcades in general. ANd when it comes to fighting games where u can lose ur money in 20 seconds i dont see why its worth it. I honestly dont see it happening, unless they want to bring back the old school arcades with OLD SCHOOL prices.

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11 p.m.

Darkness if Ono dosen't mention it...sorry to say this BUT IT'S NOT IMPORTANT

Anyway a New Darkstalker/Vampire Saviors title should be like SF4 where it goes back to the most well known cast with a few new guys in it

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11:01 p.m.

75 cent over where I live chickenwings

Paine said on March 16, 2010 at 11:01 p.m.

If there was a large arcade scene here, I would go to it.

kara said on March 16, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.

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chickenwings said on March 16, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.

@ex ein

Thats alittle better, its a buck 1.50 here. Im not gonna say arcade play isnt fun, but look at the prices. Its really hard to justify it. When i go out to ctf(super rarely) i honestly never play sf4, i rock the turbo machine since its 25 a pop.

recovery said on March 16, 2010 at 11:14 p.m.

controller ports. Arcades will be full

chickenwings said on March 16, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.


Why do u say that? The best thing about the arcade is the hardware. BUt i dont see why it cant be an option, i seen a tekken machine with the same deal.

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.

yea I can justify it either when about 60 games(on aracade) are about as much as I spend on the console version (played over 200 matches before I traded in 4)

Gutter_Trash said on March 16, 2010 at 11:20 p.m.

They'll probably do an illegal arcade cab in Japan arcades. I've seen it done before and it's really not that difficult to do. We have many of them here in many stores but, I have to say some of the joysticks really suck azz. Plus it's a cheap way to save a ton from buying those really expensive authentic cabs.

zUkUu said on March 16, 2010 at 11:24 p.m.

they should just build a modded pc in a "arcade" like boc. then it wouldn cost like 15.000 dollar, and more ppl would buy one.

Bolton said on March 16, 2010 at 11:36 p.m.

pc version is a joke, don't even kid yourselves. blame the pirates.

Dicktator said on March 16, 2010 at 11:41 p.m.

"please tell them to write us letters saying they will buy 100 machines."

Recession hurts, eh?

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11:48 p.m.

no it's just cabinets cost alot and with Arcades not making much money BEFORE recession outside of japan it's not going to get better anywhere when the recession hit

Dicktator said on March 16, 2010 at 11:53 p.m.

@22 Engrish, do you speak it?

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.

No, I do speak English...

Ex_Ein said on March 16, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

Anyway why dose proper use of caps and punctuations matter on an internet chat, involving something we can't control and isn't exactly life changing.

Better? because I did that just for you, so get off my sack.

skeptical said on March 17, 2010 at 12:44 a.m.

great, so this means less of a chance for future balance updates. learn from your mistakes capcom...

jupiter said on March 17, 2010 at 1:39 a.m.

omg, i super super hope that Darkstalkers makes a comeback! i agree with Ono that due to the animation of Darkstalkers (deformations, animation, etc), 2D would be the way to go. can NOT wait!

also, here in southern california, there are plenty of 25cent japanese arcade machines scattered around. James Games in Upland, CA has 4 single japanese arcades linked up with eachother, each just a quarter to play.

i hope they decide on a SSF4 arcade release...there's absolutely nothing like the competitive atmosphere at the local arcade joint that you can't get at home with friends. it's almost like watching a movie at the theater versus watching it on DVD at home. just not the same experience.

Ex_Ein said on March 17, 2010 at 1:54 a.m.

2.5d cause it's easier to animate 3D models then do hand done sprites

tstvicentini said on March 17, 2010 at 2:51 a.m.

we want the PC version!!!
come on Mr. Ono!!! :D

riku45 said on March 17, 2010 at 3:03 a.m.

@ PhinnyCupcakes (1)

An arcade version would pretty much equal a PC version. Im hoping that that do decide to do a PC version becase I'm really not up for buying a console...just for one game :S

Rufus said on March 17, 2010 at 4:33 a.m.

One dollar a game at chinatown fair In NYC...such a ripoff when I hear its 25 cents a game on the west coast.

Telvanni said on March 17, 2010 at 4:34 a.m.

No.. not really..

It wasn't capitalization or punctuation that mattered.. it was grammar. There's a big difference, if you read it back you'll notice there are some words missing.

quicks said on March 17, 2010 at 6:49 a.m.

instead of churning out new cabs capcom just do a software update and stop being silly

juanrock said on March 17, 2010 at 6:51 a.m.

please please PLEASE! a new darkstalkers game!

Soulfighter said on March 17, 2010 at 7:27 a.m.

sf4 arcade are simple PC with special optimized drivers...
they could easly upgrade the game without changing the cabinets, plus these arcade pc are cheap and old (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_Ty...).

That guy is just full of lie , he wants to make the maximum money while spending the minimum. Capcom could easly afford arcade release but they won't do it because they won't get as much money as they would with the console version.
Greedy capcom is killing the vsfighting level & community.

juxtapose said on March 17, 2010 at 8:25 a.m.

I don't understand why they need to sell a whole bunch of cabinets to make a profit.

Why can't they just sell upgrades to existing cabinets, and then they can relase a PC version to compensate for the development costs.

Either there's something I'm not getting here, or Capcom is just plain being lazy. Way to kill your Japanese fanbase.

juxtapose said on March 17, 2010 at 8:35 a.m.

Capcom keeps talking about how hard they're listening to the fans, but it sounds more like they're listening to the market to figure out where the real money is.

The time and resources they put into the iPhone version could have easily been put towards an arcade and PC release, but in the end they realized the iPhone version would make them more money because it would appeal to casual gamers rather than the die-hard fans.

I'm not opposed to a new Darkstalkers game at all, but it sounds to me like they believe they've milked the SF4 cow dry and now they're going to move on.

scherz said on March 17, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.

It's just looks like a arcade version is the same as a PC version one but with that "coin system" because both run in the same kind of hardware...

Damn...release a SSF4 PC version already...
I don't understand you PC version haters with your fancy consoles...We are poor but also human beings! =(

yes4me said on March 17, 2010 at 10:08 a.m.

nob in agreement @38
Please Capcom with lots of sugar ^_^

PainKiller said on March 17, 2010 at 10:40 a.m.


poor yeah, get me a pc that costs 200 bucks and will run ssf4 smooth

Inmortal2k10 said on March 17, 2010 at 10:48 a.m.

we need a new Darkstalkers game :)

bananainsaneface said on March 17, 2010 at 11:05 a.m.

There aren't even 100 arcades left in America so who's gonna order those machines lol.

Ex_Ein said on March 17, 2010 at 12:17 p.m.

Actually there a over 40 arcades in the bay area of California, about 5 or 6 have sf4 cabinents.

PC guys how much did sf4 actually sell in actual number of units? Hint:less then half as many units were pirated last year for the 360

Aquaman said on March 17, 2010 at 12:29 p.m.

PC gamers just want to pirate the game and mod it. I understand why Capcom doesn't want to release it for them, filthy beggers.

toge said on March 17, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.

I bet the Japanese will have some illegal arcade 360 set up going on to accommodate SSF4 - 100yen for 5 minutes or whatever

scherz said on March 17, 2010 at 4:22 p.m.

I said "poor" because everybody have some sort of computer and PC/Win are indeed the most "popular" and it can run games to play AND does a lot of other things...
Meanwhile, you PC version haters have both, a computer AND a console...i can effort to have only one...and i guess, between a console and a PC, the PC is indeed a better choice...
I don't know what "bucks" are, but here where i live, a good PC enough to play SF4 is cheaper than any console...
Dude, please tell me how much do YOU lost because of piracy or whatever...geez...I really don't know what's your problem...Your only argument against this isn't valid at all... =/
It's not good to have a bigger amount of people playing this game? Why this limitation?
I do understand why Capcom don't want release it at first instance...But how will you, PC version haters, be prejudiced with the release of a SSF4 PC version? You will loose money? Your dog will die? Seriously, i don't think so...=/
Let other people be happy too! =)
Well, i just had to use my rights to defend my opinion and interests, without "trolling" nor "flames", but only arguments and common sense...good night...

Jerm said on March 17, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.

Arcades are dead in the US anyway, and the arcades aren't evenly distributed everywhere in America...so what is the point of hoping for an arcade release...?

Tonedef5959 said on March 18, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.

seems like Capcom is playing hardball. They want operators to buy the game AND the machines, rather than just the game as an update.

@ #9 Chickenwing. You make valid points, but it is still cool to come out and play. The social aspect of hanging out and not being a hermit indoors is why i pay $2.25 each way to get to the arcade and play $1 per continue. I cant afford it all the time but hanging out with like minded players provides something you cannot get with the much more affordable online experience. Again, if you are serious about SF, assuming that you are since you bother to post online, then come out and try it if you havent done so

@ #46 Jerm... why? because the elite players play at arcades and it drives interest in the game for other elites and for casual players. Then, it would be like basketball without the NBA to make people excited.


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