Super Street Fighter IV once considered for PSP and DS

While no one has been able to see a whole lot of the game, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition still managed to do a small number on the E3 showroom floor. And while the title is without a doubt heading to the upcoming Nintendo 3DS, a recent interview between producer Yoshinori Ono and Famitsu magazine revealed that the title was once considered for DS and PSP.

“We thought about a DS or PSP port when we were considering porting SSFIV to a portable system, but neither system would’ve been able to produce a port that I would be satisfied with,” Ono said. “That’s around the time when the 3DS was announced to us, and we decided that we could produce Street Fighter on that system well enough that everything fun about the series would shine through. There was also the fact that we could use all of its network abilities to help gamers communicate with each other.”

As it turns out, the 3D aspect of SSFIV 3D will be for cosmetic purposes only, with the port being a faithful remake of the 35-man fighter. Ono backs this notion, saying that “the system itself is still purely SSFIV — we’re thinking about ways 3D can be used in the visuals instead.”

Other questions aside from the 3D aspect of the game were also raised, such as the possibility of Ono simplifying the gameplay for a younger audience, given that SSFIV will be coming to Nintendo hardware. “We don’t have an intention of pandering to children here,” Ono said, presumably with his chest sticking out. “We’d rather make a game that a kid wants to strive to become better at. Of course, we’d like to make it a little more accessible since it’s not on a home console, but we’re not thinking about kids so much as people who stopped playing SF after the Super NES version.” In other words: man up, kiddies! Those fireballs aren’t going to throw themselves!

No release dates have been planned yet for the handheld version, as the 3DS itself hasn’t gotten a release date yet.