With Street Fighter IV arcade cabinets making headway in Japan and in certain parts of the U.S.A with the rest of Asia still pending (not to my current knowledge), one does wonder how the amusement center owners get their hands on these bad boys? Well I don’t, but MTV’s Stephen Totilo does. Via calling up a Capcom PR spokesperson, he mentions that "technically, the average gamer probably could". Here’s how:
1) Get $21,802 U.S dollars, or 2,349,400 Yen.
2) Prepare to buy in bulk, because you are not allowed to purchase only one. Capcom will only take a MINIMUM order of four units of Street Fighter IV. God bless them if they release Street Fighter X: that would amount to ten friggin’ cabinets. On a side note, Bungie Studios is planning to get one. With all the money from Halo 3 and downloadable maps, buying a bundle is doable for a company formerly shilling with Microsoft, I guess.
3) Make residence in Japan. Capcom isn’t selling Street Fighter IV in the U.S or South-East Asia yet. Technically, the current ones you see outside of Japan are just SFIV chip boards placed inside a generic arcade cabinet. Smart way to cut cost, but definitely not approved by Capcom.
4) Have patience and wait. There isn’t an official date of arrival of the cabinets yet. For efficiency’s sake, the chip board idea mentioned above doesn’t sound too bad. Worked for the majority of arcade games in KL.
As you can tell, this isn’t feasible to pull off for an average person, but I just figured you guys and gals might want in on a bit of trivial pursuit. If anyone has seen a cabinet around Singapore or Malaysia, do give us a buzz will ya? Besides, the home versions will be out next February.
(How To Buy A Street Fighter IV Arcade Cabinet)