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Canadian retailer appeared to leak Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's announcement for Nintendo Switch, but Yoshinori Ono confirms that's not real

EB Games has since released statement

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 26, 2020 at 6:53 a.m. PST • Comments: 37

Street Fighter 5 initially launched on only two home platforms four years ago, but some recent confusion had fans expecting a new console release for Capcom's flagship fighting game in the very near future.

Retailer EB Games Canada sent out a post to their Twitter account yesterday, January 25, telling fans to pre-order Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition for the Nintendo Switch, which immediately caught the eyes of many, but it turns out that's not the case after all according to both the company and Capcom.

"Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is heading to Nintendo Switch!" read EB Games Canada's tweet. "Pre-order now in-store!"

Speculation then quickly arose that Capcom may have been planning to reveal the Switch port during EVO Japan 2020 finals, but that didn't happen.

Unsurprisingly, Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono caught wind of the apparent leak and quickly responded with a joke to essentially dispel the whole situation.

"Whaat!? No way, where can I get this product?" started Ono's tweet. "Could it be that we didn’t realize that someone are making it? ;D Such item does not exist right now."


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Following the interest that EB Games had generated in a new potential Switch version of SF5, the company has since deleted that initial tweet and released an official statement on the matter. They revealed the post had been made in error and were trying to highlight the PlayStation 4 version of the game.


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Just prior to the Street Fighter tweet, EB Games made a similarly erroneous Twitter post relating to the upcoming Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle... but their image featured the box art of Capcom's Mega Man Zero and ZX Collection instead. That tweet has also been deleted.

Back in 2014, Sony famously claimed "PlayStation 4 will be the only console Street Fighter 5 ever appears on," and that's rung true into 2020 with SF5 only releasing in arcades since its initial PS4 and PC launch.

We'll probably never know the exact details surrounding Capcom and Sony's deal for SF5, but they have stated in the past that the PlayStation manufacturer paid for much of the game's development and partnered with the Capcom Pro Tour as well.

It seems unlikely in the current market that Sony would give up one of its exclusive titles to Nintendo, a company they've held a stark rivalry with ever since the falling out of the failed Nintendo PlayStation in the early '90s.

Sony took years to get on board with cross-platform play between the PS4, Switch and Xbox One though they have finally started loosening those restrictions and also releasing some of their exclusive titles to PC.

While many fans would probably double or triple dip for the opportunity to play Street Fighter 5 on the Switch, we'll probably never see that made into a reality due to Sony's involvement in the project.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's full release is scheduled for February 14 for PS4 and PC when Seth will be joining the roster as the game's 40th character.

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