Street Fighter III: Third Strike online version on the way

Man, it seems like Capcom is really milking this Street Fighter thing, aren’t they? It seems they’ve realised how much the world loves the game – even some gamers who aren’t all that into 2D fighters – and they’ve decided to sell us as much Street Fighter merchandise as they can manage. And I’m such a hopeless fan I’ll keep on lashing out for all of it. But during Comic-Con, in what can be described as the best news I’ve heard regarding DLC in a long time, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono announced that they were indeed working on an online edition of Street Fighter III: Third Strike. He didn’t comment on whether or not the game would be updated for widescreen, or be given the HD treatment. I strongly believe the former and seriously doubt the latter. I was nearly jumping for joy when I read this, not least of all because the only copy of Street Fighter III: Third Strike I have is on my Dreamcast, and those machines aren’t known for their reliability, and the day will come when it gives up the ghost entirely. We never got the PS2 version of SFIII:TS here, so I don’t have one of those either. But soon I’ll be able to have one my PS3. Yay. If you’re not sure why you should be excited about this, then just know that Street Fighter III: Third Strike is perhaps the very pinnacle of hand-drawn 2D animation in fighting games – contested only by SNK’s Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves. The animation is silky, silky smooth and has a feeling of weight and impact like nothing ever seen before. It doesn’t hurt that the game itself is a technical masterpiece and damn good fun to play. I’d imagine it will be coming some time early next year.

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