SNK a.i. in high difficulty are always a challenge to most people. so that doesn’t get old to single players.
the competitive seen has too easy opponents and too hard opponents, so I’d say some would rather have beatable opponents,
than unbeatable opponents, and most can’t stand losing to a player.
not entirely, otherwise these games wouldn’t have a.i., and the fighting game sales would only be 1/4 of what they are making
due to people that know they will play the game mostly or entirely solo. even back then when SF first appeared on consoles, I’d say over 90% of the owners only played it on their Genesis or SNES alone against CPU, and those games lasted years, and it wasn’t until generations later when consoles started to have online play for the genre, and fighting games online on consoles didn’t become standard and mainstream until the PS3/Xbox360 generation.
either way SS Anthology wouldn’t do it justice. PS2 limitations, and especially the load times that would dumb it down from streamlined arcade standards. I’m so glad the ACA version of Samurai Shodown came to PS4 if it was the SSA version wouldn’t be as authentic and smooth. and Hamster added cool things like adjustable widescreen and filters
now look at the SSA version of SS1, so limited, fuzzy, low resolution, some slowdown, just stuffed in there, and SSA games generally have loadtimes that really hiccup the whole experience. plus the portable owners got really bad version. and there’s no online (even mediocre netcode is better than no online, especially these days)
yes, at first, before this, I felt they should of brought SS Anthology, since that’s better than nothing, and has most of the games.
but I’m glad the things turned out, no SSV on PS4 and the months of no new SS ports,
is gonna make SSV Special on PS4 even more amazing.
SSV Special can be the most polished and definitive Samurai Shodown game to a lot of fans. and that’s worth more than the first 5 SSs combined!!
and like you said, fighting games are about playing with other players, so with online, that makes SSV Special even more important than a SS Anthology port, though if they later added that, I would get that too. but quality and features do enhance a port, and
SSV Special has the best chance to earn a larger fanbase for the series (of course a new AAA game would do wonders too, though SSV Special is gonna be more affordable and authentic, and chances are modern SNK is probably too squeamish to make a modern Samurai Shodown as epic, graphic and violent like the true SSV Special. So if a new SS is not up to SSV Special standards, fans will probably just play SSV Special as their primary fighting game.)