It was a pleasant surprise when browsing mobile phone game downloads one day to find the legendary Capcom’s Street Fighter 2 available for immediate download and installation. It proved to be a pretty decent quality remake of the original classic unfortunately missing only one important major feature: the 2 player option.
I and many others no doubt hope that in a future release Capcom will add a 2 player feature as it could surely bring the game back to life for a new generation and era of friendly competition.
One of the biggest personal draws to the game back in the day was that with two player stations people could compete against each other. The winner remained on the game to take on the next challenger that had a quarter up without having to pay or at the very least could go on against the computer in the single player mode for awhile more until the AI beat them or they finished the game. This way a really good player could play in the arcade on a coin operated machine for many minutes and even hours with a steady flow of new and old challengers vying for the winners spot.
Graphically, it looks very identical to the original game but it is scaled down to the mobile phone’s resolution. The moves are all still there with all the corresponding movements and buttons but it takes a little getting used to in the cell phone layout’s format. With 7 difficulty settings it opens the game up for people of all ‘handicaps’.
All the original characters are there from the first 8 (Ryu, E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Ken, Chun Li, Zangief, and Dhalsim) and the final 4 (Vega, Balrog, Sagat, and M. Bison). The catchy original music themes are there too and featured much more prominently sound wise perhaps to make up for the lack of character voices and combat sound effects. The ending you will get depends on the difficulty setting.
There is an informative and easy to comprehend tutorial section off of the main menu that allows you to study and learn every playable character’s moves in detail from E. Honda’s ‘Hundred Hand Slap’ to Zangief’s ‘Spinning Pile Driver’.
With hopes to the future of a multiplayer release, it may be a good idea to get a copy to get comfortable with the new control format. If you love the game as much as I do then like me you’ll be happy just to have the single player version to play so you can partly relive the glory days of when ‘SFII’ was the king of the ‘cade.