If you aren’t a fighting game fan right now, then 2011 just might change your mind. Following the huge success of Capcom’s Street Fighter 4, it seemed as if the fighting game genre had been revitalized. Yeah, you can say Tekken was still popping out games left and right, but I never really saw them as the powerhouse that Street Fighter is. You can also bring up the Smash Brothers series, but whether or not that is considered a “real” fighting game is a hotly debated subject among fighting game enthusiasts. Capcom’s success with its latest entry in the Street Fighter series were soon followed by an announcement for an arcade edition of Super Street Fighter 4, a sequel to the decade old Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 and NetherRealm’s (formerly Midway Games) reveal of Mortal Kombat 9, which features a revamped fighting engine.
The most intriguing games to me right now are the two Street Fighter and Tekken crossover games in the works. Both Capcom and Namco will each have their own shot at combining the two fighters instead of a collaboration between the two companies to create a single game. How the fighters are implemented into unfamiliar territories will be the most interesting for me to see. How is Ryu going to fare having his fireball pressure and spacing game neutralized by the sidestepping in the Tekken universe? Will the Tekken characters be able to deal with having their juggle combos limited in the Street Fighter world by making full use of the super and ultra meter system? Will it feature a tag system similar to the Tekken Tag series? Will Guile and Paul share hairstyle tips? WILL NINA AND CHUN-LI KISS BEFORE OR AFTER THEIR FIGHT IS OVER????? We are likely not to hear much about these games for a while so speculation is all we have and I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that, with all of my fighting game knowledge, Nina and Chun-Li are kissing after the fight. You heard it here first.
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