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The Nintendo Switch version of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection contains a bonus mode that was previously exclusive to Japan

An obscure piece of Street Fighter history

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 19, 2018 at 6:34 p.m. PDT • Comments: 24

We're around two months now from the launch of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversay Collection, and players finally got first-hand experience with the games over the past weekend at Final Round in Atlanta, Georgia.

The collection features 12 "arcade perfect" versions of Street Fighter classics from the original Street Fighter through Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. These versions are so arcade perfect that they even seem to retain the bugs and glitches of the original versions.

The Nintendo Switch version of the game will also contain a bonus mode in Super Street Fighter 2 that was previously only found in Japanese arcades.

Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers – The Tournament Battle was perhaps ahead of its time when it first released to arcades as it featured four arcade units linked together to provide a tournament of matches across the different units.

Up to eight players could join into a tournament without the need of a paper bracket or someone keeping notes as the game created its own and kept track of the winners although it was limited to single elimination tournaments and required players to move between cabs.

It ultimately flopped due to its costly nature considering it required four cabs that would each take up a good chunk of space and the limitations of its features at the time.

Although there seems to have been no release of the mode outside of Japan until now, an old arcade flyer/ advertisement suggests the features were there or available.

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Capcom has not detailed The Tournament Battle on Switch officially yet, but it seems this feature will allow players to link up up to four Switch systems and eight players to fight though it still seems fairly costly. You would assumedly need four copies of the game to go along with the four Switch units already required.

It is also unknown if the tournament itself will have any new features, but its doubtful given the nature of the collection and seems like there will still be the need to move between Switch units.

The Tournament Battle will only be on the Switch version of the collection since LAN connections seem to be a thing of the past now.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is set to release this May for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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