SSF2 Turbo: Revival is a port of the
Capcom's classic arcade hit, Super
Street Fighter 2 Turbo made exclusively for the Gameboy Advance. Capcom's
Edayan (previously known for his amazing work on the Rival Schools
series) created brand new character artwork for the entire SSF2 roster,
including new character select and win portraits.
The amazing Edayan strikes
Along with the brand new artwork, SSF2
Revival features new
stages & BGMs for several characters (a few borrowed from the SFA
& SFIII series). SSF2
features a simplified control scheme due to the GBA's button layout. For the
most part, the game controls very well on the GBA's d-pad, although some of
those 360 techniques can be a bit tricky. SSF2 Revival was also the first game in the SFII
series that allowed to use of Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu during a match.
Graphically, Revival is an
impressive Gameboy Advance game, and a rather nice looking version of SF2
with re-touched, "brighter" character sprites. Overall, the
game runs as smooth as you'd expect and was one of the best handheld fighting
games at it's debut. All the classic
Street Fighter 2 characters return, with all of their priorities and special
moves, as well as their "super combos" from Super Street Fighter 2
Pretty crisp for GBA.
The Gameboy Advance
D-pad leaves a bit to be desired in the control department, especially with those 360 moves, but
overall it's a very playable once you get used to the controls. Extra modes
include a cool Survival mode, where barrels and fighters come at you at random;
time attack mode (self explanatory); and a standard training mode.
is a quality handheld version of SF2 and a great pick up for any GBA (or
NDS) owner. Of course, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo is still a "dated"
2D fighting game in the
year 2001, and to some may be considered a bit "played out" when
compared to some of the newer 2D incarnations of Street Fighter. Still, if you're
a fan of the original SF2 series, you'll no doubt appreciate this compact title.
My favorite part about Revival is easily the new artwork by Edayan.
Seeing brand new artwork debut on a handheld port of a fighting game is a pretty
rare thing, and you gotta appreciate Capcom for going the extra mile. Edayan's
badass artwork looks sweet on the GBA's
bright screen, and might even be reason enough to own this game. If you're an
"old school" SF fan and have a GBA or
Nintendo DS, you'd be wise to pick up Revival. ~TFG