Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition

Common Sense Media says

Brutal, bloodless fighting game with skimpy outfits.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stories vary by character, but they are invariably filled with anger, and all problems are resolved through fights.

Positive role models

While some characters are heroes, they fight just as nasty as the villains, trash talking their opponents and showing no depth of character.

Ease of play

It's easy to figure out the controls and "button mash" your way through the game, but to learn the most powerful moves, you'll have to practice often. And even then, they can be difficult to pull off.


Players engage in one-on-one battles filled with fist fights and high flying kicks in a battle to knock the other out. Fighters can also execute special attacks such as tossing fireballs, electrical strikes, and rapid cuts with a bladed weapon (such as a knife or sword). Despite the violence, there is no blood or gore featured. Players do, however, hear players grunt and cry when they're hit.


Some female fighters wear skimpy outfits, exposing cleavage. Some also wear tight clothes that highlight their buttocks.


Words like "damn," "hell," and "bastard" are used throughout the game.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One level takes place in a "Historic Brewery" but no characters drink in the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is an updated version of the 2009 game Street Fighter IV. Like last year's Xbox 360 update, the game is a series of nonstop battles in which opponents use their hands, feet, and mystical attacks (like fireballs and electrical strikes) to knock out their opponents. The game does not feature any blood or gore, but enemies yelp with pain when hit. Female fighters often wear skimpy outfits. Players can compete with strangers via the Internet, but the system does not offer any personal identification other than a username chosen by the player. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning all parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.

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What's it about?

Players can choose from one of 35 characters and guide them through a series of fights with other characters. Arcade mode is the most story-intense part of the game, with each character having a different story (but all of them are rather one-dimensional). Training mode lets players hone their skills. But the real appeal is the game's multiplayer options, letting them compete against players around the world and friends across the room. The matchmaking system isn't quite perfected yet, though, so you may end up facing a player whose skills are much better or worse than yours when playing via the Internet. This is quickly noticeable when they attempt special attacks that deliver extra damage, often via fireballs or electrical bolts.

Is it any good?


While Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is one of the best (and most elegant) multiplayer games to ever appear on a Nintendo platform, it's worth remembering that this is, at its heart, the second update of a two year old game. That means the graphics aren't as impressive as you might expect from a launch title for a system whose main selling point is its graphical differences. In 3D mode especially, the backgrounds appear incredibly static -- almost cardboard-like.


At its core, though, the game remains a good fighter. The action moves quickly, and there is a tremendous variety of moves among the large collection of characters. Finding a random online opponent is easy (though the matchmaking service isn't fully up to snuff yet), as is connecting with friends. Fighting in the system's 3D mode takes some getting used to, but it's a nice (though unnecessary) addition, letting the characters stand out as they battle. Longtime fans of the series don't need to buy yet another version, but for new 3DS owners looking for a quality game for older teens, this isn't a bad choice. 

Online interaction: The game will let you play with strangers over the Internet, but no personal information is exchanged and there is no voice chat. Similarly, you can play against someone close via local wireless. And the system's StreetPass mode lets your system compete with other players on its own. Again, no personal information is exchanged.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it is right to solve problems through violence and the differences between cartoon violence and real-world fights.

  • Families can also discuss whether they think the 3D effects add to the game or are just a distraction.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:March 27, 2011
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo 3DS)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byashowiscool April 5, 2011
I really dont see a thing wrong with the game. The skimpiness you can see in my town by going outside, and every kid is saying alot worse already.
Kid, 10 years old January 1, 2013

Not the best fighter in the world but good

Super Street Fighter 4 3d is a good launch title for the 3ds. But the graphics suffer. Like the backgrounds do not move at all. It is a good game for 3rd graders but there is a bit of swearing. The violence is not a big problem in the game but there are some painful finishers. Some of the girls in the game have some pretty revealing costumes but nothing major. The game is not really for intense gamers because of the touch-screen moves which are usually very hard to pull off. I do recommend parents to take a look at the trailer before letting their kid get it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old April 17, 2012


the game is really good i am 10 and i find it ok it can be a bit voilence but a 10 years might handle it and i dont really find girls wearing skimpy outfist
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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