Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition gets an over-the-shoulder camera, purists get livid. Probably

You know those ideas that seem utterly brilliant until you think about the realistic practicalities? Like eating an entire cake shop's worth of chocolate eclairs, or becoming a Watchmen-style superhero in your home town? This is one of those ideas.

Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for the 3DS is going to have an optional over-the-shoulder camera, for added, close-up 3D-ness. To find out what it looks like, zip to 1:22 in this Japanese news report on the Tokyo Game Show.

All well and good for a bit of friendly "HeyJimmylookatthisI'vegota3DSandit'ssocoolandyouhaven'tsoyouLOSE" action during launch week, but for playing Street Fighter at a decent level? Yack. I can only imagine a situation similar to an F1 driver using one of those comedy circus cars with the reversed steering in an attempt to show everyone how awesome he is. Yeah, it'd be a cool feat to witness, but he'd still lose.

How the hell are you going to correctly guage the depth of a jump-in? How are you going to get a proper impression of counter-windows during close-up combo work when your view of your opponent is obscured by your own character? How are you going to know how far you've pushed yourself away with a block string combo? And aren't cross-up combos going to be a nightmare? Even with the added depth perception the 3DS screen will bring, I can only imagine it being really messy.

Still, as Justin has just pointed out while I've been ranting all of these points at him, this mode has probably not been made for the likes of me. It's been made to show off the 3DS tech in shops, and to piss off Jimmy during launch week. And as such, it will probably work perfectly. But what do you reckon? Will you use it for more than five minutes?

And while you're mulling that over, have a look at the new trailer, which details some cool, and slightly mad, new ambient connectivity functions.


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  • seabassuk - October 4, 2010 10 a.m.

    I want to marry that Japanese news reporter :D. I'm gonna call her Miss TV Tokyo. The shoulder thing? It's optional so the purists have the right to be pissed off...Since they would like it to be the main feature.
  • philipshaw - October 1, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    Is it just me, or does that song in the middle of trailer sound like Lily Allen's The Fear
  • bassfu - October 1, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    Haha silly silhouette of a woman, your 3DS won't work in your womb.
  • AlpineGuy - October 1, 2010 3:16 a.m.

    PLEASE BE OPTIONAL I SUCK AT STREET FIGHTER ENOUGH AS IS. Regardless, I'm pretty excited to play an SF game with a D-pad that actually works.
  • Dondada - October 1, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    Owning a 3rd copy of SF4 I'll pass but thanks.
  • Psylockerules - September 30, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    i wont use it online but glad they're trying something different, good for Capcom
  • FACANAWESOME - September 30, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    Hey why not try it it's optional right? Besides I suck at Street Fighter anyway!
  • EliaKimTheGigas - September 30, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    You're being a baby, its optional and its Capcom's best franchise on a revolutionary handheld. I'm sure it will require a bit of a learning curve but like those crazy looking characters on that TV show my son is always watching say, "Try it, you'll like it!" See? All better.
  • Joco84 - September 30, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to this game, but I can't help but wonder whether the Wifi features will ever get used by anyone in the UK. Wifi in the UK sucks and the only places you'll ever find it is in your own home, hardly ever on a train and certainly not on a park bench!!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 30, 2010 1:37 p.m.

  • infernox - September 30, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    im sure you will be able to judge depth since its in 3D.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 30, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    It's optional, so piss off, purists. -_-
  • EgonSpengler - September 30, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    If it's optional, why cry over it?
  • Hydrohs - September 30, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    Well considering it's optional I don't see it as a problem. Based on those two seconds of play it looks decent, at the very least. I'm sure it will appeal to someone.
  • Hotdiddykong - September 30, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    not bad I guess, Ill probably turn the 3D off when im fighting online