Title says it all. It’s new, and our scene can get a jump up on the rest of the U.S. simply because we’re able to play it. The console versions [while playable at TGS] probably won’t be released for a while due to an attempt to appease the few arcade owners that remain.
Right now, 2 arcades in the Pacific NW have head-to-head setups for SF4. Arcade info jacked from Preppy’s thread.
1511 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Brunswick Narrows Plaza and Bowl
2200 Mildred St W
Tacoma, 98466 - (253) 565-1007
Both places have 2 cabs, but only one person can play on each cab a la Japanese versus setup. The U.S. version of the arcade board has yet to be commercially released. In Japan, operators have to order SF4 in batches of 4 cabinets. The cabs are networked, and players with streaks are automatically paired to fight each other. From a marketing standpoint, Capcom says that players of closer skill levels will be matched together. Realistically speaking, it’s to keep money flowing in. In theory, only one person can run long win streaks. Also, people are forced to play each other no matter which cab they sit down at.
Some arcades have 16+ cabinets networked together. And such features do ensure that the money keeps flowing in. But importers end up having to buy cabs in bulk, and are jacking prices up hella for American operators. For this reason, importing Japanese setups can be expensive for local arcade owners. So if you have an interest in this game, support your local arcades and get a leg up before the console version ships.
A-Dhalsim is running bi-weekly ranbat tournaments out of the Narrows venue. Thread here.