There was a time when fighting games for handhelds were pale imitations of their console big brothers. Anyone who remembers Mortal Kombat on the Game Gear, Street Fighter 2 on the original Gameboy or Pit-Fighter on the Atari Lynx will know what I’m talking about. Only the Neo-Geo Pocket actually managed some decent fighting games, but even they were a long way away from a console experience. It’s only really in recent years with games like Tekken on the PSP and Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Dead or Alive: Dimensions on the 3DS that the genre has come into its own.Street Fighter X Tekken should hopefully continue this trend when it is released at some point next year. It was announced during Sony’s E3 conference and shown in play (albeit at an early stage with no on-screen HUD etc) on an actual PlayStation Vita. What’s even more exciting is that the character fighting stalwart Ryu was none other than Cole, hero of Infamous and of course this weeks big release Infamous 2. What we saw of his attacking style saw copious use of lightning and electricity as we might expect, but as a character he should fit in to the Capcom and Namco universe very well. Whether he will still be as big news this time next year remains to be seen, but maybe Infamous 3 will have been announced by then!
Street Fighter X Tekken is the first part of a collaboration between Capcom and Namco which will also see a release of Tekken X Street Fighter at a later date. Whether that game will see release on the Vita remains unclear, particularly as the Nintendo conference showed a Tekken game running on the 3DS, perhaps indicating that series will find its home on Nintendo hardware in the future. It would be an interesting turnaround if this is the case, given Tekken and Namco’s history with the PlayStation brand. Street Fighter X Tekken will also see release on the PS3, it is unknown at this stage whether there will be any cross-platform co-operation between Vita and PS3 versions.