Thanks to a few
choice words delivered from Peter Moore at CES the other day, we all know that Street Fighter II’ Hyper
Fighting will be making its way to the Xbox 360's Live Arcade "in early 2006." What we didn't know was
the extent to which the coin-op classic would be emulating its arcade roots in the process.
The "Quarter Match" system will follow up on the Live-lobby efforts of original-Xbox title Dead or Alive Ultimate, staging a spectator mode where interested parties can "use a 'virtual quarter' to 'buy into' heated two player matches," and to check out potential friends and rivals alike. What really has SF aficionados stoked, however, is the free "feature-limited" demo planned for download on Live, which will allow players to try out "two playable characters for one match" -- just the thing to lure 6-button fighting fans back into the fold. (Ken or Ryu vs. Chun-Li, anyone?)