by Adam Einhorn
At the Street Fighter X Tekken panel, there was more Street Fighter news than just the upcoming Tekken crossover title. Ono and Harada were both in attendance once again.
Before any actual announcements, Ono wanted to mention that Darkstalkers aren’t dead yet, but asked all attending who would buy a new Darkstalkers game to wave a $10 bill over their heads so he could tae a picture and show to his bosses back in Japan.
The first announcement was the final release date for Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, August 23 for Playstation Network, and August 24th for Xbox Live Arcade. They also announced YouTube uploading capabilities, right from the game.
Ono also touched on an update to Street Fighter IV Volt, the recent upgrade to Street Fighter IV for iPhone. They will be adding Akuma and Sakura to the roster, as well as a few other characters yet to be announced.
Street Fighter IV : Arcade Edition will also be getting some balance changes and a new costume pack for the new challenges to the title.
There was a mysterious appearance of an image of Hello Kitty dressed as Chun Li, with apparently more info coming soon on that.
As far as Street Fighter X Tekken is concerned, they covered a few new systems, like charging regular moves, and a new system called Cross Assault. In this, you can call out your partner to fight alongside you, similar to Dramatic Battle in the Alpha series. Of course new characters were also announced.
From the Tekken side, we have Steve the American kickboxer, and sword wielding fan favorite Yoshimitsu. From Street Fighter we got Dhalsim, and a surprising announcement of everyones favorite androgynous Final Fight member, Posion.
Several people of various gender came out dressed as Poison, Ono himself having snuck out to be one of them. Apparently Harada asked to be a playable character in the game, to which Ono replied that they needed to decide this through a series of challenges.
We were treated to a comical video of Ono Vs Harada in various challenges including a hot dog eating contest, a dizzy race, among others. In the end, Ono came out on top through sneaky means. Unsatisfied, Harada challenged him to a round of the new title, which Ono won.
Update: We have pics from the convention, and a video of the challenges! Worth watching if you’re a fan of the series.