The game case for Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch leaks online, confirming a new first-person “haDOken” mode for the game.
Capcom threw fighting game fans a curveball last month when it announced Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers would come to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. There’s been at least some version of the classic fighting game released on just about every console since the original Street Fighter 2 hit arcades in 1991, but it’s doubtful anyone saw the Switch announcement coming. Now, it turns out that Capcom isn’t quite done using Street Fighter 2 to surprise people.
Nintendo Everything has discovered that game cases for Ultra Street Fighter 2 highlight a new mode called “Unleash! HaDOken” which has players performing the classic move from a first-person point of view. The time-based, combo-scored mode appears to pit players against waves of Shadaloo soldiers. The Hadoken mode was actually briefly shown during the announcement trailer for the game back in January but it was not fully explained until now.
As for the game’s other new features, there will also be a mode similar to the Dramatic Battle option in the Street Fighter Alpha games that will allow two fighters to team up to take on a single opponent. Ultra Street Fighter 2 will also introduce two new characters with Violent Ken and Evil Ryu. Evil Ryu represents the path the martial artist would have taken if he allowed himself to succumb to the Satsui no Hado, the dark energy that acts as the source of Akuma’s power. Violent Ken is an alternate version of Ryu’s rival who was captured by the villainous M. Bison and brainwashed.
Ultra Street Fighter 2 players will have a choice between using the HD graphics that were redrawn for the game in 2008’s Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix or using the original pixel art graphics from the initial release. The graphics seen in the HaDOken mode are obviously exclusive to this game.
The new first-person mode does sound fun, though we wonder how much depth it will have. Let’s also hope there’s an option to turn voice emotes off, as listening to Ryu repeatedly shout “HaDOken” over and over could wear thin pretty quickly. It’s also worth noting that this mode looks somewhat similar to what one would expect to see if Street Fighter 2 was played in virtual reality. Nintendo is said to be exploring the possibility of bringing virtual reality to the Switch but nothing has been decided to this point. Ultimately, whether Ultra Street Fighter 2 is successful on the Switch or not will likely come down to how well the Joy-Con controllers handle the repeated button mashing. There’s also an option for a third-party fight stick from Hori for hardcore fans.
Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers will release on Nintendo Switch in 2017.