Play Street Fighter Alpha 3 Online
Release year: 2001 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by Capcom
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (AKA Street Fighter Zero 3, ストリートファイターZERO 3 Sutorito Faita Zero 3 in Japan) is a 1vs1 fighting video game developed and published by Capcom for the GBA (Game Boy Advance) console in 2001. It is the sequel to Street Fighter Alpha 2, and the final instalment (at least for the GBA) of one of Capcom’s best fighting franchises.
The development took a little longer than intended, as bringing the classic arcade game to an awesome handheld device is no easy task. Surely though, the developers’ hard work paid off as it’s very much similar to the arcade version—but nothing’s ever perfect.
The game includes more than 30 fighters (old and new) with 3 fighters that are only found on the GBA. The fighting styles and strategies of the characters in Street Fighter Alpha 3 that are found in the arcade version can still be found in the GBA version.
In the graphics department, Street Fighter Alpha 3 isn’t as detailed as the arcade version but is still very much lively. The characters themselves are quite detailed. The animations and effects are excellent, making it among the most impressive GBA titles in terms of visuals.
As for the audio, well, it’s good but not great. The background music is similar to that of the original. However, there are noticeable problems. For example, the voice samples can mostly be heard clearly, but some are omitted in the GBA version—probably due to the need to fit everything in a single cartridge.
Surprisingly, gameplay is the biggest downside of the GBA version of this game. Since the original arcade version works around six buttons, it’s a little hard to convert the combination for the punches, kicks, and special moves into only four buttons. But on the bright side, you can customize the controls to an extent.
The GBA version also enables two-player mode via link cable, but you have to finish the game before unlocking every content like survival mode and time attack mode. It has a lot of hidden features, which surely makes it a bit more exciting even in single mode.
Overall, Street Fighter Alpha 3 despite having a few flaws, is still one of the best fighting games for the GBA—even arcade veterans might appreciate it, especially if they’re on the go.
It has been ported to Arcade, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance (this version), PlayStation, PocketStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Sega Saturn (Japan only).