Street Fighter Needs To Be Like Soccer

Illustration for article titled emStreet Fighter/em Needs To Be Like Soccer

Well, that's what Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono thinks. And he's even got an analogy to explain why.

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"Until very recently fighting games have been a niche," Ono tells the Guardian. "In order to play you needed to understand all the rules, you had to know exactly what to do in every situation." In turn, this has isolated Street Fighter from non-hardcore players. What Ono wants is Street Fighter to be a tool, like playing cards or a chessboard.

"You just need the pieces and everyone can play, not just the elite," he says. But Ono believes it will take a few generation, and the 3DS version of Super Street Fighter IV is a step in the right direction.

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How will the game keep from alienating those hardcore fans, though? According to Ono:

A quick metaphor: think of the Premier League. When Manchester United play Chelsea, you have the most professional, skillful players taking part, so any kid just out of school can't join that team. However, just because not everyone can play for Manchester United doesn't mean no one plays football. Until recently, we only ever aimed Street Fighter at the high end, we've been neglecting people who want to play at their own level. So what we've done with Super Street Fighter IV 3D is, we've retained the hardcore elements, but we've lowered the entry barrier, so people can play in the way they want to play, rather than having to aspire to be hardcore. We've established a very important milestone here.

Manchester United sucks, and everybody hates it. Ono's analogy is pretty good, however.

Yoshi Ono: why Street Fighter has to be more like football [The Guardian]

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The entry barrier wouldn't be so steep if it didn't use 6 fucking attack buttons. Soul Calibur has 3 (we're not counting guard/block/assist/whatever as an attack button). Tekken, DoA, Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Marvel vs Capcom all have 4. Street Fighter has 6. Fucking 6. 2 fucking attacks are assigned to shoulders buttons. That alone is alienating to, not only gamers, but even fans of the fighting genre. (Though, one might argue, if you're a fan of the fighting genre, you probably play SF, but that's neither here nor there.)

It's mind numbing really, and a ridiculous learning curve that's difficult to get used to. And I know there are plenty of SF enthusiasts who will balk at such claims, but this isn't about you. This is about the people who pick up SF, rage at such a ridiculous control scheme on a standard controller, then put it down to go play something else. No fighting game should require anything more than the 4 face buttons. Shoulder buttons should be reserved for special actions.