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Ultra Street Fighter II will cost $40 on the Switch, and that’s ridiculous

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The original Street Fighter II was released in arcades in 1991. Since then, its developer Capcom released a truly breathtaking number of versions: Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Hyper Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and last but certainly not least, the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter II for the Nintendo Switch. Today, Capcom announced that Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will be available on the Switch on May 26th for the ludicrous price of $39.99.

Ultra Street Fighter II adds some new features to the mix, including the option for updated visuals and voices, and some new gameplay balancing, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that it’s essentially a lightly updated version of 1994’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo, a game that costs between $10 and $15 on other platforms — a price that, 20 years after its release, is itself dubious. All of which is to say, Street Fighter II is not a new game. And simply put, to charge $40 for a reissue is absurd.

The Switch needs games to succeed. Passing off remakes with a few new features of classic titles and gauging prices is not the solution.