Street Fighter Alpha 3 Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Dec 1, 2002
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The audio doesn’t live up to the visuals. Digitised audio has been a standard fixture of SF titles for years, but the infamous “Hadoken!” and “Shoryuken!” are both scratchily rendered for SFA3, and the music isn’t much better.
  2. In a nutshell this can be described as the best GBA fighting game on the shelves.
  3. Capcom has reproduced nearly every component that made Alpha 3 the best Street Fighter, despite the GBA's obvious deficiencies. [Sept 2002, p.94]
  4. 90
    An excellent conversion of an already outstanding fighting game. The only real downsides are on a physical level, most notably the system's button layout.
  5. 85
    A masterpiece in almost every aspect, even if it is a conversion of a game from an increasingly long-in-the-tooth fighting series.
  6. It really is impressive seeing Street Fighter Alpha 3 running on the GBA hardware.
  7. While Street Fighter Alpha 3 for the GBA does cut a few corners here and there, it takes a discerning fan to notice any real difference between this version and the arcade original--and that's pretty amazing.
  8. An excellent translation of its arcade classic. A true pleasure to play. [Winter 2002, p.45]
  9. The audio effects and soundtrack have been pared down, but this is as close as Nintendo's handheld will get in recreating the arcade experience.
  10. It's perfect fighting fun for fighting game afficioniados but could be confusing for players who are new to the genre. [Nov 2002, p.228]
  11. Anyone expecting to reliably pull off a 20-hitter with Adon: Forget it. [Oct 2002, p.204]
  12. 90
    Wow! Steet Fighter Alpha 3 looks and plays great on the GBA with very few compromises made for the handheld. [Oct 2002, p.76]
  13. Almost unbelievable. It looks like the darn arcade version.
  14. 80
    Such a vast amount of data has been squeezed into this tiny cartridge that it is nothing short of technical wizardry.
  15. The four-button (as opposed to six-button) control scheme takes some getting used to, but the game captures the spirit, the fun, the intensity, the depth, and the overall look and sound of the original remarkably well.
  16. 91
    Slightly busted control aside, this is an exceptional port. [Nov 2002, p.74]
  17. A fantastic port on the GBA, but the controls hold it back from being a great title on the system.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. AlexM.
    Jul 6, 2004
    6
    It's good, but there are way to many moves where you have to hold a button for two seconds or so, It has no pick-up-and-play-ability, It's good, but there are way to many moves where you have to hold a button for two seconds or so, It has no pick-up-and-play-ability, and even on the lowest difficulty, from stage 7 upwards, the fighters (especialy Vega) WILL tear you a new mouth in your stomach. Capcom should make EX plus A for GBA. Full Review »
  2. Time2SaiL
    Mar 8, 2003
    9
    This game is not a port from any SNES title, SNES never could run a game like this. Superior in many aspects even de PSX version, and has This game is not a port from any SNES title, SNES never could run a game like this. Superior in many aspects even de PSX version, and has even more characters. Music is not good, but is not too bad as people is sying it is. Gameplay, the most important thing on the evaluation, is Superb. Anyone who likes Capcom games shold buy this cardrigde. I've sayd. Full Review »
  3. ShawnT.
    Mar 1, 2003
    10
    Great carry on from the snes versions. Good job capcom.