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Finally my custom fight stick made it’s way all the way from Indonesia to the States. Props to Victor and Arcade Stick Indonesia for making such an awesome fightstick.
- Dualmoded board
- Seimitsu buttons
- Sanwa JLF stick with octagonal gate
Ahoi, Last weekend, I was in Tokyo, leveling up my SF4AE skills at actual arcades for the Indonesian fighting games championships. Tokyo’s called the mecca for fighting games and didn’t disappoint. Arcades were seemingly everywhere and skilled players were the norm.
Of the arcades I went to, the Taito station in Ikebukukoro had the most players and even a few that I recognized; Nishikun, Gotcha Boi and Chocoblanka. The atmosphere reminded me of Le Louvre, spectators/students watching the masters and then taking a couple rounds to apply it. It’s rather impressive how well arcade players convert cigarette smoke and energy drinks into amazing SSF4 ae gameplay, if we could somehow focus that ability on global warming, it’d be taken care of within two 99 second blocks. The most popular characters I saw were: Vega, Adon and of course, Ryu. Gameplaywise, I have never seen so few dropped combos. One hit and you will took a full combo, no questions asked.
Adon being a popular choice meant that everyone was well prepared and used to much better play than what I do and as such, my battle rank reflects it, 4000bp, C rank, 26% winrate. The Japanese arcade ranking system is much different than on XBL, level ups happen every 1000 points, every loss nets 50 or so points, and each letter rank has 3 sub ranks; D/DD/DDD/next rank. Now to what makes Japanese players the best in the world. It’s not the amount of time they practice or being shoulder to shoulder with the pros,
It’s this monstrosity: Dear mother of all that is holy, that is a Street Fighter movie cabinet in all it’s Jean Claude Van Damme flash kicking glory. For those who are slacking, they know a trip to the penalty box awaits them shooting lightning from Bison’s hands.
With news of Guilty Gear Accent Core getting an update as well as the need for a break from Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition, I recall fond memories of playing Milia Rage long ago and decided to dl it. The transition between SSF4 ae and GGxx Ac was rather simple, having played before but getting used to bursts and the different types of blocking is a bit of a pain.
On to the SSF4 AE player to GGxx AC player observations:
- Airdashing everywhere makes Oni seem out of place in Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition
- GGxx AC Feels much faster paced than SSF4 ae
- Lack of players with playable connections on XBL means long wait times between games.
- With much longer combos, button mashing is much more productive than in SSF4 ae
- Milia Rage reminds me of a cross between Viper/Ibuki. As such, I’ve been looking to other characters for a feel like Adon’s.
- Faust reminds me of how fun fighting games can be.
- I also see a lot of Yomis influence from Guilty Gear.
If I really get back into playing Guilty Gear Accent Core, you can expect to see more articles and maybe even a guide or two.
After looking far and wide for a comprehensive Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition list of international communities, and finding nothing, here is a list to help level up your game on your next vacation. As this is an international list, not every site will be in English, so remember your dictionaries/google translate and learn a new langauge while you’re at it.
Canada: Canada Cup
Japan: List of arcades in Tokyo
Brunei: Counter Attack
Hong Kong: HKfighter
Thailand: Street Fighter Thailand
Malaysia: Malaysia FGC
Italy: Arcade Extreme
United Kingdom: Fighting Games UK
Spain: Arcadia Fighters
Baltics: Baltic FGC
Czech Republic: Czech Arcade
Brazil: Treta Championship
Kuwait: White Tower Q8
If you don’t see your Super Street Fighter Arcade Edition community listed, let me know so I can add them.