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Sakura in Street Fighter IV

The schoolgirl street fighter is back. Sakura Kasugano returns as a playable character in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows versions of Street Fighter IV. Randolph Ramsay got to go a few rounds with her at Tokyo Game Show 2008.

Just as with the original world warriors, Sakura’s look in Street Fighter IV sticks extremely closely to the design seen in her debut in the Street Fighter Alpha series (she still sports her trademark short blue skirt, red sneakers, and red sparring gloves). Her move list also remains the same: a weaker version of Ryu’s hadouken, a modified shoryuken with a small run-up, and her own tatsumaki senpuukyaku spinning kick. We played several rounds with Sakura and found her to control as well as she did during the Alpha games. She’s got greater speed than Ken or Ryu, but does quite a bit less damage, which means that you’ll have to rely on smart combos to get past bulkier characters.

Previously announced characters exclusive to the home versions include Dan and Fei-Long. As you can see from this gameplay footage, Sakura is quite animated on this outing.

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