Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
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  1. Apr 6, 2011
    This is a full-featured port on a new platform, and it is without question the best portable fighting game ever released.
  2. Apr 6, 2011
    Street Fighter IV 3D is an excellent fighting game that packs a reasonable challenge in one-player mode, but truly excels in multiplayer mode, where its lag-free fighting is surprisingly effective and fun.
  3. Apr 11, 2011
    If you've got a 3DS and like good games, this one is a no-brainer. Get it. Love it. Fight me. Go on, I dare ya.
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    While much of the content is lifted directly from the console version, 3D visuals, new control schemes, and a deep Street Pass mode make this the ultimate version of Super Street Fighter IV.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    Even though the 3D can be frustrating at times, it does add a new element to one of the best fighter franchises in the world
  6. Apr 6, 2011
    The funny thing is, it isn't even the 3D effect that makes this game so awesome, it's everything else.
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    It's so damn near identical to the home console versions that it's almost worth checking out just to see how close Capcom managed to get. It also helps that it's immensely playable, with a working online mode that can quickly match you up with other players worldwide, with little to no lag to boot.
  8. Easily the best fighter game on a Nintendo handheld and a must for fans of the series. [Apr 2011, p.75]
  9. May 22, 2011
    This is easily the best title in the 3DS launch lineup, and it's proof that the potential is there for the slow-starting system.
  10. May 3, 2011
    One of the best fighting games on the consoles makes a triumphant debut on the 3DS.
  11. Apr 15, 2011
    Overall, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a must-buy for any huge fans of the series craving the latest incarnation on the go. More casual players might be better off either renting it or sticking with any other portable SF game they have because they might not get $40 worth of value out of it, but anyone who plans on playing it with any regularity will have no trouble doing that. This is probably the best overall game on the 3DS right now, and easily its best-looking.
  12. Nintendo Power
    Apr 13, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is not only the best Nintendo 3DS launch title; it's simply one of the best fighters I've ever played. [April 2011, p.74]
  13. Apr 8, 2011
    Despite the detour with the some of the controls, Super Street Fighter IV 3D stands as the tour-de-force for fighting games on-the-go and a must-own addition to the 3DS.
  14. Apr 8, 2011
    The deeper combat mechanics haven't been watered-down in the slightest.
  15. Mar 31, 2011
    Being able to snap the lid closed after a round and pick it up again hours later while I'm standing in line at the bank makes Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition the ultimate version of the title. The portability factor and ease of use, even without the production values of the console version, just made it easier for me to get into.
  16. Mar 31, 2011
    It essentially puts a PS3/360 game in the palm of our hands.
  17. Mar 30, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is a perfect port and then some. Everything its bigger console-version brother had, you'll see return on the smaller screen of the 3DS. The extra options are fun additions, but don't really improve on the game itself. That brings us to a nice and simple conclusion: are you sick of Street Fighter IV yet, or what?
  18. 90
    There's no real news here if you're already a Street Fighter ace on the home consoles, but it's still the Street Fighter IV that we know and love. For newcomers, the little helper buttons on the touch screen are a clever addition that makes the game more accessible. The 3D effect is neat but nothing mindblowing, although the optional over-the-shoulder camera angle confuses more than it helps. But all in all an excellent fighting game.
  19. Mar 26, 2011
    While the tiny screen and the sometimes cramped controls may keep it from being tournament ready, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition easily one of the best titles the 3DS launch has to offer.
  20. Mar 24, 2011
    For single player matches the 3DS version is even better than its console counterpart, and the online fuctionality is impressingly solid. And despite all the similarities with its older brother the combo shortcuts, accessibility and Street Pass makes this a perfect choice for a dose of Street Fighter. And the 3D is an excellent bonus in itself.
  21. Mar 23, 2011
    A near perfect conversion of a fan favourite entry in the long-running Street Fighter franchise.
  22. Mar 23, 2011
    Pure classic Street Fighter with some brilliant modern day additions.
  23. Mar 22, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV 3DS reveals itself as a true Top Player in Nintendo's newborn portable. Awesome visuals, incredibly well-adapted controls for newcomers and hardcore gamers, solid online gaming and a good 3D experiencie. Go for it, go for broke!
  24. Mar 21, 2011
    It might not gain anything from being on the 3DS, but the mere fact that Capcom's fighter also loses nothing is a hugely impressive achievement.
  25. Mar 18, 2011
    A great adaptation of the classic arcade game, with almost all the features of the home version, great graphics and good 3D effect.
  26. 90
    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is a complete package that features all the content of past Street Fighter IV titles and more.
  27. Mar 16, 2011
    As good as any portable Street Fighter game can be. The touchscreen implementation, in fact, makes it a little better than that baseline, by adding an exclusive input method that actually works. It's no replacement for a genuine arcade button layout -- and you'll never forget that for a minute -- but it's a unique, and differently effective, way to interact with the game.
  28. 90
    An impressive, feature-complete and more accessible portable edition of this generation's greatest fighter.
  29. Mar 16, 2011
    Capcom has somehow been able to miraculously squeeze every bit of bone-crushing fighting action onto the portable screen of the 3DS and still managed to toss in a staggering number of added features and options to go along with it. Even losing a few frames of character and background animations is a small price to pay for the stunning 3D visuals.
  30. Game Informer
    Mar 7, 2011
    A complete game. Super Street Fighter IV is one of the best fighting games around, and players owe it to themselves to give it a shot. [Apr 2011, p.94]
  31. Mar 23, 2011
    Capcom creates the best launch title for 3DS, a graphically impressive game, with an outstanding gameplay and a stereoscopic impact on each punch, kick and combo. It's basically SSFIV made accessible, portable and 3D.
  32. Games Master UK
    Mar 31, 2011
    The best handheld brawler we've played, but this is more of a warm-up than a main event. [May 2011, p.60]
  33. Mar 29, 2011
    Don't miss one of the best fighters ever to grace a portable system.
  34. Mar 27, 2011
    Of all the developers who went and released their first 3DS efforts, Capcom was the one who surprised me the most. It may be their Xth version of Street Fighter, but they're the sole development house who actually took the time to embrace the technology offered by Nintendo and create something great.
  35. Nintendo Gamer
    Mar 17, 2011
    A staggering port of an exceptional fighting game, but for all its accomplishments this is not the definitive version of the game. [Mar 2011, p.47]
  36. Dec 12, 2011
    As of the writing of this, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D is the best title that I've had the privilege to play for the system. Not only are the fights fast paced and enjoyable, but the use of 3DS features such as Streetpass show some promise and the in game figure collection/battle system is something that is sure to keep people engaged for some time.
  37. Apr 28, 2011
    The clever use of the touch screen makes the 3D Edition something that no other version of the series wished to be until now: accessible.
  38. Apr 14, 2011
    This is probably the best 3DS launch game and a true testament to Capcom's fighting games legacy. If you just bought Nintendo's new handheld device, this should be your very first choice.
  39. Apr 1, 2011
    The best 3DS game on the console launch is also a title that doesn't really take any advantages from the 3DS exclusive features. Super Street Fighter IV is a fantastic achievement and a gorgeous adaptation, even if the controls are unable to replicate the original arcade experience.
  40. Mar 28, 2011
    Despite some defects in the control system, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is one of the best fighting game ever developed for a mobile console.
  41. Mar 26, 2011
    What's most impressive about Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is how few compromises have been made to the core gameplay in its transition to the 3DS. From the fantastic visuals to the speed of combat, it's as great a fighting game as you'll find on a handheld, encompassing most of the features of the console versions.
  42. Mar 24, 2011
    No matter if you're new to the franchise or have played Super Street Fighter many times before, this game is definitely worth its money. It looks amazing in 3D!
  43. Mar 22, 2011
    A great game. It's not only the best launch game for the Nintendo 3DS, but will certainly be regarded as a great purchase for years to come.
  44. Mar 22, 2011
    A great game and 3D is a nice gimmick. Although I played more than an hour, my eyes couldn't quite handle the flaring screen. You always have to have the right angle when looking on the screen, not too close and not too far. But when the game uses the capabilities of 3D, you will see some fireworks.
  45. Apr 12, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition is most certainly the strongest launch title of the bunch. With console-mimicking portable gameplay, strong online functionality, and an addictive figurine collection mode, this game utilizes most of the 3DS's many capabilities. Sure, it may not be the pure fighter that some may be looking for but as a handheld fighter, you'd be hard pressed to find a better experience.
  46. Apr 4, 2011
    Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is pretty much a must have launch title for the 3DS.
  47. Mar 28, 2011
    An excellent fighting game, especially for a handheld, and just about the best 3DS launch title. But if you already own Super on a console, gimmicky 3D and a small smattering of new features doesn't come close to warranting yet another purchase of the game.
  48. Mar 24, 2011
    While the game manages to capture a surprising amount of content and features from the console/arcade versions, it's still hamstrung by control methods that aren't entirely up to the task.
  49. Mar 27, 2011
    The 3DS rendition of Super Street Fighter IV is a smart adaptation that looks, functions, but most of all, plays just like the genuine article. If you can live with the compromises it makes with controls, then it's a solid pick amid a lukewarm lineup of welterweight launch games.
  50. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 20, 2011
    A fast and pretty arcade beat 'em up. You can do several hard special moves just by touching the lower screen, but that's fine, since you can't use an arcade stick. [May 2011]
  51. Apr 17, 2011
    Nice use of the 3D effect, a lot of content, great controls and simply the best release game on the console.
  52. Apr 12, 2011
    Fighting fans who picked up a 3DS would be foolish not to make Super Street Fighter IV 3D part of their collection. It's a very faithful representation of the franchise, available anywhere you want to play it. Don't miss it.
  53. Apr 11, 2011
    Take the Super Street Fighter IV package and stick it on a handheld. They said they were crazy. We say they're brilliant.
  54. Apr 7, 2011
    You can't really go wrong with Street Fighter, and that's the case on the 3DS as well. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edtition is tons of fun and the best launch title on the console.
  55. 80
    It is undeniable that the 3D version of SSFIV unlikely to reach the level of competition that emerges from the domestic versions.
  56. Mar 30, 2011
    This wonderful game belongs in your collection, regardless of whether you're new to the franchise or an experienced player that needs a fighting fix on the go.
  57. Mar 27, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV 3D, despite being a beat-em-up, is one of the most grown-up-feeling games we have ever encountered on a handheld console. It is commendably lacking in compromise and makes good use of the 3DS's unique abilities.
  58. Mar 27, 2011
    A commendable achievement, and absolutely contains everything that made the console version great. However, our recurring problems with multiplayer (online and off) and the unavoidable concern of button layout hindered an otherwise amazing experience.
  59. Mar 25, 2011
    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is a great portable version of the Capcom popular fighting game. The differences between the traditional controls and the new version for the Touch Screen are big enough to change the original gameplay, creating a new and interesting version of Street Fighter.
  60. Mar 25, 2011
    A great launch title. It's a different experience than the one for bigger consoles, but it's far better than the iPhone port.
  61. Mar 23, 2011
    Getting into online matches quickly and easily is probably Super Street Fighter IV's strongest component. It even seems to be faster and more reliable than its console counterparts, with none of the "unable to join session" errors that plague Capcom's other fighting games, but once a rush of domestic players get their hands on the system, it's anyone's guess about how that will change.
  62. Mar 23, 2011
    The 3DS' first fighting game happens to be a version of one of the genre's best, and it's lost little in the conversion to a portable system. Token additions, such as the cute-but-unworkable Dynamic (3D) View, bulk out the package, but it's what's stayed the same that's the real triumph here. SSFIV is just as vibrant, fluid and confident as ever – and it's just been unshackled from your TV.
  63. Mar 23, 2011
    "Committed" sums up Super Street Fighter IV 3D rather well. Ok, so it's yet another update of a two year old game, and there's no way it could ever be the definitive version, but it's a conversion built with such skill and pride it's hard not to fall for it all over again.
  64. Mar 23, 2011
    No, it's not the 3D effects that make us stay in front of Capcom's portable fight fest. It's the exhilirating battles, the great graphics and classic character gallery.
  65. Mar 21, 2011
    Capcom put everyone straight in 2009 with Street Fighter IV. The company then hammered it in with Super Street Fighter IV in 2010. And now in 2011, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition sets itself, easily, as the best fighting game on all portable consoles. Gamers can feel like walking on clouds, now that they can play with a super comprehensive fighting game everywhere.
  66. Mar 16, 2011
    A pint-sized facsimile of the massively successful home console brawler, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition overcomes its minor interface issues to become one of the finest portable punch-ups we've experienced in years.
  67. Mar 16, 2011
    It's hard to see Super Street Fighter IV on 3DS becoming a serious alternative for high-level players, but no-one really expected it to. That Capcom gets so close is a tremendous achievement, and while let down on occasion by the awkwardness of the control layout, the game makes up for this through its innovation, depth, style and the endless joy of a fireball in the chops.
  68. Mar 23, 2011
    If you're a hardcore fighter fan, you'll be annoyed by the button layout and the associated lack of precision. If you're a newcomer who has yet to play Street Fighter IV, you're better off picking up one of the previous editions; it'll cost you little more than a tenner, rather than the £30 you'll pay for the 3DS version.
  69. Mar 22, 2011
    Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition could arguably be the best portable version of the core series yet produced, but this is testament to the severely limited nature of what came before rather than any standout success on this game's part.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 232 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 232
  1. Mar 28, 2011
    SSF4 looks amazing on the 3ds and i can't stop playing it. Its great in short bursts and the online is fantastic! The 3d effect suits the gameSSF4 looks amazing on the 3ds and i can't stop playing it. Its great in short bursts and the online is fantastic! The 3d effect suits the game well and the controls are very easy to learn. Full Review »
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    True to form, Street Fighter 4 3D is addictive, fun and the 3d works really well. Despite its average graphics in the console realm, SSF4True to form, Street Fighter 4 3D is addictive, fun and the 3d works really well. Despite its average graphics in the console realm, SSF4 looks great on the 3DS, really proving its new processing power. Of all the games on the launch lineup, SSF4 and Ghost Recon are by far the best. The controls translate well to the 3DS and fights are smooth and really fun to look at, not to mention that the tilted camera angle shows off the 3D really well. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2011
    Graphically, this game showcases the power of the 3DS and the fact that it is basically the same exact game as it's PS3 and XBox 360Graphically, this game showcases the power of the 3DS and the fact that it is basically the same exact game as it's PS3 and XBox 360 counterparts is a true accomplishment. However, one thing holds this game back, and that is the 3DS's design itself. Since Street Fighter is my favorite game series I figured that even if the controls were not up to par that I would at least enjoy the game. The problem is, half of the fun of this game series is mastering the input required to unleash your moves and combos, and with the 3DS's controller layout it is simply not fun. As a casual gamer, the touchscreen can make up for that fact but even then every character is severely limited which takes away much of your options. If you're a casual fan who is just picking this up to mash some buttons and beat up on some people, add a point or 2 to this score because at least the core game is solid. But as a hardcore fan who has played Street Fighter for 20 years, this was a day one return for me simply because of how uncomfortable it is to play. Full Review »