Capcom today announced its first title for Xbox Live Arcade, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting. In addition to several offline modes and numerous leaderboards and achievements, the game takes advantage of the new online features of Xbox 360 and the consoleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s powerful processing capabilities to create a seamless online multiplayer experience. Among several online game options is an exclusive mode called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Quarter MatchÃ¢â‚¬?, which introduces a new way of reliving the exhilarating arcade experience at home.
Xbox 360 users can connect to the Xbox Live online game service and access Xbox Live Arcade to download a free, feature-limited version of the game which offers two playable characters for one match. When they are ready for the ultimate retro gaming experience, users can then unlock the full version of the game, enabling players to choose from all eight original characters as well as four boss characters, each with their own special endings and home levels. Street Fighter IIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Hyper Fighting will be available on Xbox Live Arcade in early 2006.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are extremely excited to partner with Capcom on Xbox Live Arcade,Ã¢â‚¬? said Greg Canessa, Group Manager of Xbox Live Arcade at Microsoft. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Street Fighter is one of the most recognized and successful game franchises in history and it is an absolute honor to bring the arcade classic Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting to Xbox 360 users across the globe. Offering this flagship title in Xbox Live Arcade and imbuing it with full Xbox Live support is the answer to many gamersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dreams, including mine.Ã¢â‚¬?