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Street Fighter Alpha 3 is regarding by many to be one of the best fighting games. Which would you consider the best version of it? 
CPS2 arcade version may be the most authentic but has the least amount of characters compared to other versions. 

The home ports have more characters than the arcade. Of those the Saturn version is considered by many to be the best port of the CPS2 release. Even better than the Dreamcast version believe it or not. Nicer colors and slightly more frames of animation (it was actually released AFTER the dreamcast version). SFA3 Upper on arcade is basically the dreamcast version on arcade. Only major drawback of the Saturn version is it's Japanese only. 

The only other home port that is worth mentioning is SFA3 Max for PSP. It is in English and it has MORE characters than any other version. But due to the fact that it's designed for a small screen, this makes the Saturn one more visually appealing on a big screen. 

Before anyone mentions the PS2 collection, It is basically emulation. So SFA3 there is basically the emulated CPS2 version (meaning least amount of characters), and SFA3 Upper is basically the emulated Naomi arcade version (and therefore has the faults of that one and less characters than the PSP version).
Here are screenshots of both the Saturn and PSP versions.
 
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Saturn version w/4Meg RAM cart and saturn controller > DC version which is also very nice. 

 

I've been playing it on PS4 Capcom SF 30th collection though and its awesome. 

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On 4/15/2021 at 8:14 PM, NinjaWarrior said:

Go for the Saturn Version

 

That's the one I play. It's a good balance. Closer to CPS2 than PSP, and more characters than the CPS2. 

 

On a side note, SF3 Third Strike is actually pretty damn good. The 2D animation of SF3 on CPS3 is so incredible and fluid, actually better than most anything since. What really prevented SF3 from becoming popular is the lack of characters everyone knew and loved. I play the CPS3 version on Final Burn Neo. Best version of that game. I'd go so far to say that SFA3 for Saturn and SF3 Third Strike for CPS3 are the best fighting games that exist. 

 

On 4/15/2021 at 10:05 PM, Cafeman said:

Saturn version w/4Meg RAM cart and saturn controller > DC version which is also very nice. 

 

I've been playing it on PS4 Capcom SF 30th collection though and its awesome. 

 

I play the Saturn version on Mednafe Multi System Emu and my PS3 controller. 

 

While that SF 30th is great, it doesn't beat the versions that can be had for free via emulation. 

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