Update #2 [Fri 11th Jun, 2021 10:55 BST]: We've had confirmation from Twitter user drewjcostello that Ultra Street Fighter II is once again available for download on the eShop. Phew!
Update [Sat 5th Jun, 2021 05:25 BST]: It turns out Ultra Street Fighter II is also currently unavailable for purchase on the eShop in Canada - so the NA region, in general, has been impacted by this. The same source of this information has also been informed by a Nintendo representative that the game is likely to be made available in the coming days.
"I’ve been informed that it’s also unavailable in Canada as well. I have also talked to a Nintendo rep some hours ago while it doesn’t really help, it at least puts it on their radar. They just told me it’ll likely be available again in the next few days, so take with that what you will."
If we find out the reason behind all of this or hear anything else, we'll share an update.
Original article [Fri 4th Jun, 2021 04:45 BST]: The Switch launch window title Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is currently unavailable for purchase on the eShop in the US.
This discovery was made by the Nintendo Switch subreddit user IvyBoi64 when they were browsing the Switch eShop. While you can still view the game listing, you can't actually purchase a digital copy of the Nintendo version in this location right now.
This seems to be an isolated case, with the game still available on various other stores, as mentioned below:
"Idk, if i’m only one who have seen this, but Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers has been delisted from the eShop. It seems to just be the only in US, as it’s still available on the EU and JP eShop. It’s only letting you buy the physical version. It may be temporary, but it’s been like that since yesterday morning."
While it's not clear what exactly is going on at the moment, some in the same thread seem to think it might just be a mistake.
The last time something like this happened was when SNK Gals' Fighters was mysteriously removed from the European eShop not long after its release and returned the following month.
When we get an update on this, we'll be sure to let you know. Any theories or ideas as to what might have happened to the digital version of this 2017 release? Tell us down below.
Eh whatever there are better Street Fighter games on the Switch anyways.
Well now I suddenly want it!
“It’s only letting you buy the physical version”...?
Reverse shadow drop = games suddenly disappear from eshop.
Forgot I even had this game! Guess I'm covered.
Hope it comes back. I still need the digital version. However I do have it physically if worst comes to worst.
maybe the artwork license ended?
Didn't they have UDON redraw everything when they created SSF2T HD Remix. I see that version is still up on Xbox but it's not BC
I actually noticed this yesterday. I figured it had been gone for a while. Had I realized it was a new development I could have told people and been famous instead of IvyBoi!
The Illuminati strikes again!
Fortunately there are other versions of the exact same game on the SNES, Wii, Wii U, Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBOX 360, XBOX ONE, PC, Mac, Arcade, Dreamcast, 3DS, PSP, PS Vita, Genesis, IOS, Android, Tiger Electronics, and the switch itself in collections.
It's been like that for a long time now...
My favorite relaxing Donkey Kong music also just suddenly got removed from youtube. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly someone has it out for Street Fighter and relaxing DK music.
@PBandSmelly The 'Tiger Electronics' one was great!
What I want to know is where is the Darkstalkers collection?
❗And they say Digital is better than Physical.
Some kind of weird licensing issue probably.
@tourjeff At this rate never gonna happen. I dont think resurrection sold well enough, so it is locked on ps360. I would like to see mvc come back too.
I have a physical copy of this and a digital copy as Nintendo couldn't get the game out to me on time so they gave me a code for a digital copy so that I could play it on launch day.
Clearly this is the work of Angry Ryu and Irritable Ken (I forget the proper names)
@Ryu_Niiyama I'd love to see MvC series coming back too, specially those entries from the very beginning (X-men Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-men vs Street etc...) but that would be extremely difficult to happen as Marvel /Disney would be involved.
Darkstalkers, however, wouldn't be a expensive effort and could bring them some 'change$' but I suppose they currently have other priorities.
@HotGoomba which one then? I think Ultra is the only version with proper/stable online mode
@Krambo42 Aww. I nominate you for the Tesla award, my personal award given to people who just missed the chance to be recognized because someone else did. So hooray you! You noticed it even if you didn’t report it first! You’re awesome!
nobody cared who i was until I got removed from the US eshop
They need to adjust the price of USFII. It's stupidly too high.
@dojmin : It was stupidly overpriced at launch for what should have been no more than US$15 (which I would argue is also overpriced), and even more so now considering what you can get for your money.
I caved due to the launch drought, and while I did get a few hours out of it, it was a complete rip-off. It should have been included as part of the anniversary collection that had come along later.
The 30th anniversary collection which came out the following year is much better value for the same price anyway. I have this and you're not missing much by not having the extra two characters and the motion control 1st person mode.
@HotGoomba @JohnnyC @PiXeLSteF Online play makes Ultra Street Fighter 2 the best Street Fighter game on Switch for me... I can never find a match in the collection, the online seems to be completely dead.
Ultra Street Fighter II might be the "definitive edition" of Street Fighter II, but the popularity still lies within Super Street Fighter II Turbo, which I believe is found within the 30th Anniversary Collection.
@Clyde_Radcliffe Prefer SF 4 and 5 for online. The only way to play SF2 for me has always been local multiplayer with your mates. I imagine the collection struggles for online due to the high number of versions. I usually have to wait a while to get a match on Ultra so gave up on that a while ago re online.
I got it physical so no worries here but the collection is still better anyways.
@JohnnyC 4 and 5 are not on Switch. 😔
@ModdedInkling Though I like playing online, single player isn't the best in Ultra... God only knows why they saw fit to not include the barrell and car bonus rounds! Makes it feel incomplete, those bits are a nice break from the fighting.
@PiXeLSteF Street Fighter 30th anniversary collection is the overall better game, although I will admit, Ultra Street Fighter 2's online is likely the best.
I actually love this little game. Bought it at launch. I was always annoyed it was never updated to capture video. The artwork is beautiful, and I had to have this version even if it IS recycled. Had a ranked match the other night. 👊🏻
Yeah, the Tiger Electronics version is the best way to play SF II by far.
@Clyde_Radcliffe Agreed, all SF games are generally poor for single player. The campaign in SF5 wasn't bad, but Capcom could learn a lot from the Mortal Kombat and Injustice games.
Another reason why I prefer physical over digital. This is my favorite Street Fighter game! I prefer it over the 30th Anniversary Collection. I've had this game since release and I purchased another physical copy not long ago because it supports local wireless play. I figured I'd buy another copy since it was getting more difficult to find as time went on. Glad I have 2 in my collection 😊.
This is the best version of Street Fighter II, and its online works better than the one in the 30th Anniversary Collection, reason why I sold that one.
@JayJ You must mean aquatic ambiance. That got removed? No bueno 😬
The price was always too high for this game, but I jumped on it one of the few times it went on sale digitally. It kind of blows me away how well SF II holds up after these years mechanically. The updated visuals is the reason I play it over the various SF II versions in the 30th Anniversary collection (I'm so used to a bulkier Sagat, haha). Hopefully the game comes back to the US store and Capcom celebrates with a big sale!
Third Strike and the Alpha games are more fun than either version of SF2 but if I were going to play SF2 I would play Ultra SF2.
Anybody looking for street fighter games in the switch should buy the 30th anniversary collection instead. But if you are looking specifically to play some version of SF2 then I can tell you that the bigger roster, color customization, and HD sprites make Ultra SF2 a much more enjoyable experience than Super Turbo. Not to mention the AI is tuned better for enjoyable single player.
Ultra Street Fighter 2 definitely has the most active online player base over anniversary collection. You can find good, competitive matches to play no matter if you are a beginner or expert in USF2, no matter the time of day. Anniversary collection can be hit or miss in the online department, and I find that matches overall can be laggier in the online collection as well. USF2 is actually a must have for any street fighter fans on switch who enjoy online play. And to be fair, USF2 can be cosidered the most "up to date" version of SF2 that is available to play on any console.
This is why you purchase physical copies no one can delete or get rid of your games except you, wish people would wake up and see that digital is destroying the industry and letting us pay for something we’ll never own. This is the best Street Fighter II game on the market and worth every penny from the beautiful visuals to the upgraded music and list of characters compared to the collection.
@Darkknight5 People who already owned the game still have it and can still play it, though. I mean, look, I understand that there are issues with digital games, but this isn’t really proof that people who bought the game should have gone physical or anything like that. Bogus for people who wanted to buy it digitally and can’t now, though (though I suspect it’ll come back at some point).
@Krambo42 see it’s thinking like that gets me in no way should the company ever take the game off of the store for those who choose digital. See I’m fine with people who want that but For me I always prefer the choice because I would never purchase digital games.
A few months ago, I bought USF2 because I wasn't sure how long it would remain on the shop.
This should've had a discount after the 30th anniversary collection was released.
Maybe they are going to add it to their Arcade collection thing.
It's almost like comparing SSBU to SSBM. Both cater to different audiences, yet the games are "generally" the same. (Note: I use "generally" very loosely, as the physics and playstyles are very different).
Yeah, it definitely felt like SOMETHING was missing. I hope that WHEN (and not if) the next version of Street Fighter II comes out, they'll fix all of these issues.
Got it on the eshop on its rare sale last December. Its not worth even that. No loss other than maybe for a digital completionist.
@Darkknight5 if you never buy digital then you’re missing out on some brilliant games
Already got this on a past sale. Cannot tell you if it's any good because I never played it. lol
Oh what horror
Pardon our dust...
@Silly_G Same. In the end I sold my copy on. It was only collecting dust. What I really wanted on Switch was a newer Street Fighter I.e. SFV
@Darkknight5 ...until your Switch game card reader breaks, then you’re screwed! Speaking from experience!
@ModdedInkling disagree. Arcade SSFIIT has a ridiculously hard difficulty even on the easiest setting that makes it not fun to play. Home console ports thankfully fixed the difficulty to have more distinct settings.
@mrbogus nobody can buy every single digital game on the switch. A digital completionist is impossible, or at least would cost thousands and thousands.
@Tim_Vreeland Ultra Street Fighter II was never in the arcades so won’t be appearing on an arcade collection
Once again, I said that it's like comparing SSBM to SSBU. Two very different games with a very similar objective.Did you even read my last comment? The one that was replying to Frontiersman?
I guess this had something to do with SNK. After all this game includes Violent Ken as a playable character and as we know Violent Ken (which originate from SvC: SNK vs. Capcom Chaos) is an SNK created character despite being an alternate version of regular Ken.
@Bass_X0 Its an HD remaster of an arcade game. Im sure they could throw it on there if they wanted to.
@HotGoomba true, but it's still strange...
@Ghost_of_Hasashi of that's the reason this means that SNK Playmore executives are bigger ***** than I thought...also this means no release of SNK vs Capcom and Capcom vs SNK anytime soon!
@Ghost_of_Hasashi All SNK did was give brainwashed Ken the name Violent Ken. There has been brainwashed versions of Ken before in The Animated Movie, the manga adaptation very loosely based upon it, and Street Fighter Alpha 3. SNK doesn’t own Violent Ken any more than Capcom owns God/Ultimate Rugal from Capcom vs SNK 2.
The 30th anniversary collection is better value, even though the online ain't fluid.
But it's quite strange Ultra is removed from the Eshop
I’m glad I have the Game! Very Fun! Definitely the best version by Far!
@Bass_X0 That may be true but SNK did create the character for the game. Remember even though Capcom create a brainwash Ken in the animated SFII movie, they never trademark the character so for SNK to create Violent Ken for a game and got that trademark means the character rightfully belongs to SNK that is unless Capcom bought the rights to use Violent Ken from them.
It's similar to the Donkey Kong situation, though Donkey Kong is a Nintendo IP, the 3D render model of Donkey Kong that was made for DKC is trademark and own by Rare so when Nintendo used that model of DK for any of their future games like Mario Kart 64 and Mario Party series they had to give credits to Rare. It wasn't until after the N64 era that Nintendo finally bought the rights to that model and all assets of the DKC games from Rare that they no longer had to credit Rare anymore before they sold Rare away to Microsoft.
Could be a rights issues with Capcom in the region. Sure we’ll hear something… or it was pulled for something else
@Bass_X0 Maybe so, but the home console ports, while quite good, are still watered down compared to their arcade counterparts. The arcade versions have the best music, graphics and sound effects by far. They are SF 2 as the creators intended.
From the UK so this hasn't effected me
I also got the shoddy street fighter collection that has a few of the games in one.
Only game that's half decent is the very last game, 3rd Strike. But even that is a shell of its arcade version.
My 2 cents:
Maybe Capcom is preparing a new SF Anniversary Collection 2, featuring these games with the best online code (I wish):
Ultra SF 2
SF3 Third Strike Online (Xbox live version)
Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold
Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper (Vita version)
add SF The Movie (just for laughs)
I'd buy this in a heartbeat
@HotGoomba No. No there is not.
Perhaps from a purely casual point of view, yes the package is overall very nice; but when the netcode is nigh unfunctional due to a poor implementation of rollback on all platforms it's on, and there's noticeable input delay in the games that you wouldn't feel at all in the menus prior, AND the selection of online games that can be played doesn't include Alpha 2, the second most widely played classic SF game next to 3rd Strike... I only keep it for the gallery and nothing more.
At least USF2 feels good to play in comparison. Like, I mean in general.
Did they censor anything else?
Why didn’t we get Crazy Pink Gold Chun-Li in this version? 🤨
I just bought this at full price recently ($49.99 in Canada). I loved it when it was on xbox 360/ps3 but that was 10 years ago. Evil Ryu and Violent Ken are pretty great, though. I bought it because of course online is dead for the 360 version. I can always find some opponents on nintendo online so it was worth it in the end, I guess.
Yay it's back! No need to buy it on eBay do $200 USD
@ATaco is ultra street fighter 2 good on Switch. Like it runs well
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