Yoshinori Ono, the producer of the Street Fighter IV series, has said that a Switch re-release of Street Fighter IV and V would be Nintendo’s choice, as stated during a panel at EGX 2019 (via Destructoid). 

Eurogamer interviewed Ono at the event as part of a panel, and a fan inquired whether Street Fighter’s Blanka would ever appear in Smash. He joked that Masahiro Sakurai has no idea who Blanka is, so the Super Smash Bros. series creator wouldn’t consider him for a starring role in the hugely popular fighting game. Ken Masters, Ryu, and Terry Bogard have appeared or will appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and judging by Ono’s comedic remark, it’s likely that no more Street Fighter characters will receive the exalted envelope. 

Maybe the future is brighter for a Street Fighter re-release on the portable platform. After being asked this question, Ono replied that Nintendo would have the final word on whether the games would come to the Nintendo Switch. That’s a rational expectation, and now Street Fighter fans know how feasible it would be, but Ono’s lighthearted mood was boundless. He said to the fan, ‘Can you go over to the Nintendo booth and maybe just shout that at the VIPs backstage, because they're the ones you need to talk to, not me.’

‘Even our previous Nintendo title [Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers], Nintendo came to us and said we want to do something with Street Fighter II, because it's been 25 years since we did something with Nintendo consoles, so mob that booth,’ he instructed. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers came with a cool choice of graphical styles that were either retro pixel art or high-definition renders on a widescreen resolution. 

Each of these used a soundtrack and voice-acting that matched either the classic arcade version or a modernised Street Fighter version. It also fixed a few technical snags and adjusted the game’s balance, as well as including two playable characters. The game sold well, and Capcom has expressed interest in preparing other Switch releases. However, if players want a Street Fighter IV and V iteration on the console, it’s Nintendo’s choice. Picketing the developer and publisher’s offices was a joke by Ono, so don’t actually round up your pals, fly to Kyoto,  daub yourselves in green paint, and rub a balloon over your hair. 

Right now, Capcom is focusing on supporting the Arcade Edition of Street Fighter V. At EVO 2019,  E.Honda, Poison and Lucia were revealed to be arriving to the game as part of the Summer 2019 Character Bundle. Street Fighter V is out now for PlayStation 4 and PC. 

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