Hadouken! Sonic Boom! I’ve been big into fighting games ever since I first played Street Fighter II in a smelly old arcade, so this news hits really close to home. If you’re ready to take Ken and Ryu with you on the road, you’ll be glad to hear that Street Fighter IV is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch via the App Store.
Not surprisingly, there are several things missing from the iPhone version of the game compared to its console counterpart. For starters, you don’t get all 19 characters. Instead, you are restricted to just eight world warriors: Ryu, Ken, Guile, Blanka, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, M. Bison, and Abel. I would have liked to see Akuma and Gouken in there, but no such luck.
In terms of controls, you’ll be using the touchscreen with an overlaid virtual gamepad. Instead of the three punch and three kick configuration, you are given one punch button, one kick button, and what appear to be a couple of special buttons (for supers and ultras, presumably).
There’s a “Dojo” mode for practice and multiplayer is achieved via Bluetooth. Based on early reviews, it’s a great mobile version of Street Fighter IV. The graphics look decent too. Find it in the App Store for ten bucks.
Street Fighter IV for the Apple iPhone Screenshots