Ingredients: (4) Nintendo Switch consoles, (4) copies of SF 30th Anniversary. Mix and enjoy!
One thing that the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary collection strives to be is as arcade-perfect as possible. That means that all 12 games in the collection, from Street Fighter 1 all the way to Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, are as close to their actual arcade counterparts as they can possibly be. You can even enable Street Fighter 3: Second Impact’s widescreen mode, which was the only CPS-3 arcade cabinet to have native widescreen.
But there’s one mode in Super Street Fighter 2’s arcade cabinet that is simply not possible to realistically emulate on a PS4 or Xbox One, though it is possible on the Switch.
Tournament Battle required four Super Street Fighter 2 cabinets to be linked up together in order to allow eight players to simultaneously take part in a small tournament. Each player would play a single round against their opponent, then once all fights were settled, the game would automatically adjust the bracket and tell you which cabinet to move to for your next match. After three matches, you’d have one undefeated champion that would be proudly displayed on every screen.
On the Switch, this works pretty much exactly as you’d expect. You’d have four Switches set up next to each other that would act as the four arcade cabinet screens and up to eight JoyCon that you’d keep connected to each Switch that would act as the arcade stick and buttons. CPU characters can fill in for empty seats as necessary.
Of course, getting four Switches in the same room, each of which have Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection installed is a feat in and of itself, but if all the stars align just right, and you’re able to experience this mode as it’s intended, it’s one of the best ways to play this all-time classic.