Capcom Releases Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting for Xbox Live Arcade

SUNNYVALE, Calif. ¾ August 2, 2006 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today released its first title for Xbox Live® Arcade, Street Fighter® II’ Hyper Fighting. In addition to several offline modes and numerous leaderboards and achievements, the game takes advantage of the new online features of Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the console’s powerful processing capabilities to create a seamless online multiplayer experience. Among several online game options is an exclusive mode called “Quarter Match”, which introduces a new way of reliving the exhilarating arcade experience at home. Xbox 360 users can connect to the Xbox Live® online game service and access Xbox Live Arcade to download a free, feature-limited version of the game which offers two playable characters for one match. When they are ready for the ultimate retro gaming experience, users can then unlock the full version of the game, enabling players to choose from all eight original characters as well as four boss characters, each with their own special endings and home levels. Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting is now available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Capcom on Xbox Live Arcade,” said Greg Canessa, Group Manager of Xbox Live Arcade at Microsoft. “Street Fighter is one of the most recognized and successful game franchises in history and it is an absolute honor to bring the arcade classic Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting to Xbox 360 users across the globe. Offering this flagship title in Xbox Live Arcade and imbuing it with full Xbox Live support is the answer to many gamers’ dreams, including mine.”

Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting includes the following features:

· Online game options

o Before entering a game lobby, users can choose from “Ranked” or “Player” options

· Ranked Match – this competitive setting affects a player’s rating and ranking on the worldwide leaderboard and features 1 vs. 1 fighting with no immediate rematches after a fight

· Player Match – this casual environment does not affect ratings or rankings and offers the choice of Traditional or Quarter Matches

o Traditional Match – 1 vs. 1 fighting which allows rematches at the end of a fight

o Quarter Match – entirely new mode for Xbox Live Arcade which is a spectator-based system as a tribute to the arcade roots, allowing online competitors (2 competitors and up to 2 spectators) to use a “virtual quarter” to “buy into” heated two player matches

o Once the type of match is selected, players can then choose from three options

· Quick Match – jump into a match quickly for instant action

· Custom Match – the best possible match is determined by sorting through a set of filters including number of rounds turbo speed, chat on or off and friends only

· Create Match – the most popular method for coordinating invite-only matches among friends which allows you to choose among several settings

· Offline game options

* Arcade Mode – simulates the single-player Street Fighter experience where gamers must work their way through a ladder of opponents until they face off against the final boss
* Vs. Mode – allows two friends to select characters and battle it out
* Training Mode – lets gamers practice their fighting skills against a CPU character
* CPU Battle – duke it out against a CPU opponent

· Comprehensive leaderboards

* Overall – the most coveted leaderboard showcases the best overall players from around the globe as determined by a simple point-based system
* Monthly – uses the point-based system to designate the best players in the past 30 days
* Best Character – rankings based on who is the best at using each game character
* Consecutive Wins – tracks winning streaks to see who has won the most matches in a row

· Achievements – complete more than 10 offline and online objectives

· Fully customizable control options – players can map attacks to any of the main buttons and have the choice to map all three punches and/or all three kicks to a single button which simplifies complex moves

· Updated menu screens provide easier navigation

· Sound options control the volume of the music and sound effects

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world renowned franchises including Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry and the Onimusha series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More information about Street Fighter, Capcom and its products can be found on the company’s web site at www.capcom.com or www.capcom.com/streetfighter/.

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