TiPb Apps 4.3: Street Fighter IV for iPhone (GDC 2010)

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Live from GDC 2010 Rene talks to Tezuka-san, Street Fighter IV [$9.99 - iTunes link] iPhone producer for Capcom (via translator) about making Street Fighter for the iPhone and iPod touch, getting the controls right, and whether or not we might see Street Fighter for the iPad.

Tezuka-san points out how Capcom decided to make the controls very customizable, allowing users to choose whether they want the button low down, in the middle, or high up, and set the level of transparency. This means you can hold the iPhone or iPod touch anyway you like and set up the controls just the way you like.

I had a chance to play it just before release and while I got my butt kicked in multiplayer, the game looked gorgeous and handled very well. I could pull off what few moves I remembered from my childhood in the arcade, and I could resort to button (er... screen) mashing when all else failed. (Yes, just like my childhood in the arcade.)

For the iPad, they're going to sit down and figure out how the controls work and what the experience is like on that screen with that form factor. If it makes sense, they'll do it. If not, there are other Capcom games that certainly might. It's all about the quality of the end product for them.

Watch along after the break!

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Rene Ritchie

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L££T says:

I need to buy this today

L says:

It's not very comfortable to play. The touch screen controller is just not the same... this type of game really needs an analog controller.

reptar. says:

I don't get this Tipb Apps mac world thing. Why is this Tipb Apps "4.3". Where do they get 4.3 from? And when the hell was mac world?

Kwaku Farrar says:

Does anyone know what happened to the game? I'm trying to download it and iTunes is telling me it's unavailable!

Kenji O. says:

Wow, that game looks REALLY sharp. Great interview and thanks for putting up the video!

Sweet Pete says:

I got it...amazing. I don't mind the touch screen controls. You might need to restart your phone to play it if you have the 3G.

Adam says:

Got it earlier too a while to download.
Now, I had it set to easy... As I'm no hardcore gamer and it took me 8mins to complete. I'd like to see alot more fighters.
Also, when completed, what's with the "super" street fighter IV trailers/videos? Is this game coming out aswell? On what platform?

microtitan says:

The game is awesome! You can actually pull off the super moves. I was worried about that. You can make it easier and turn on the assist.

iPhone Application Development says:

Street Fighter is an awesome game and now it's good that we can play also play this on iPhone.

Who Dat says:


ack154 says:

I don't even care how the game play is... I still want it!

lagmefragme says:

A-ru-kin! I may not get any work done after this.

B Dub says:

Loved this game growing up.

etc says:

The controls look a bit difficult, maybe it would just take some getting used to. The game itself looks great however.

Mikey says:

I have a SF4 for every console now. Ha!

Jin Lim says:

This is a great post. I LOVE SF4. I'm surprised at how well it ported over to the iphone.

bdizzel1982 says:

this game makes me feel like a kid again, lunch breaks just got a whole lot more fun :)

Joe D'Amato says:

This is a great port of the XBox360 version. Surprisingly easy to control...I'd just like more characters.

Jo3Bingham says:

I haven't gotten to play it, but it looks as though the controls would get in the way?

Freiteez says:

after watching this i got the app. Hopefully there is in app purchase for new characters. Im so surprised how well this works. its awesome

Jason Tsai says:

street fighter is an epic game !!

GrandmaBetty says:

All I can say is - "All You Can!!"

Chobbs11 says:

I really hope they will make it for the ipad! But, I'm gonna get it for the iPhone anywho!

Michael says:

I have played SF a lot over the years and am looking forward to getting it for the iphone to take with me wherever I go.

BoGuS says:

This looks sick. It's refreshing to see the big name developers actually put out some quality content.

ken says:

cant wait to play this. Always thought it was cool that my name is one of my favorite characters.

mike m. says:

I've been waiting for this for along time. I don't care if you "need" a controller for this game you can't carry a console.

AndyLu says:

i've read that you can only play other players over wifi. correct me if i'm wrong. if i'm right it would game wouldn't be as fun. it would be better if you can log onto a server and player others from anywhere. i might be asking for much though. maybe some time in the distant future. other than that the graphics looks amazing

RRobinson4633 says:

Street fighter always seems to validate a gaming system. Can't wait for this..

KSDolo says:

Wow I haven't played street fighter for a long time looks like it may be time to get back into it.

jhoffmeyer says:

Downloading for myself now and then I'm going to get my brother to download as well. It's been forever since we've played this game!

Wolfmore says:

awesome graphics but still wish I could play these game via wireless remote on iPhone.

Orangensaft says:

I could see the controls taking some getting used to, but other than that, this looks like a great throwback to the original classic!

tyrran says:

This brings back absolute waves of nostalgia. The game is definitely worth the price tag, and it handles even better than it shows in the video. If possible, i would love to get my hands on a bluetooth controller and try to play it that way, but even the touch screen seems natural. Suddenly I'm a teenager again and yelling at my brother to stop being E.Honda and hitting the low punch over and over. Good times...

Dyvim says:

Brings back memories of SF on SNES. I had the big ass arcade style controller that cost more than the game cartridge! Not too sure about the on screen virtual controls. An iPad version would be really hot!

Davo says:

I need this game so bad... I'm just having a little difficulty justifying the cost until I get some hands-on time with it... I guess I'll have to see if the local apple store has it on display

Joebin says:

Oh watching this has got me looking at the app store right now. Let me check if my son has it on his iPod Touch first. If not, one if not both of us will get it. Can you imagine what this would look like on the iPad. Yup. Just bought it before this TiPb video finished.

Poldi says:

Great Iphone port of a great game. The controls work much better than i would have thought and the overall design (menu/command list/etc) is just done really well. Maybe a bit pricy but meh.
Online Versus would have been nice though :(

sputnik says:

This will look great on the iPad.

ninjamattic says:

I used to go out to pizza with my family every Wednesday night. I think my friends and I about wore out the joystick and buttons on the machine there...

hpfontenot says:

I love the Street Fighter series. Hopefully there won't be any lag in the game though.

zeagus says:

Must... resist... buying my 1,000,000,000,000,000th game :) Don't have a fighter, though... hmmm...

coolkendude says:

I don't have this app yet but it looks like the Shoryuken might be hard to execute on the iPhone. Also, if you're trapped by your opponent on the left side of the screen, would you still see your character?

dondondon says:

I don't like how you have to play with the phone oriented so that the home button is to the left of the screen. I'm just so used to playing games with the home button to the right of the screen. Anyone feel me on this one?

JKarma says:

To the guy above me: You can change the screen orientation in the settings. I agree though, the default setup was weird to me. This game is amazing overall, takes a little practice to get good with the controls, but after a while, FADC ultras can be accomplished pretty consistantly without using the special move shortcuts.

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