Street Fighter X Tekken: Ono and Harada face-off at Gamescom

Perhaps sensing that no videogame can answer once and for all the question of “who would win in a fight out of Street Fighter and Tekken?”, the respective franchise heads, Katsuhiro Harada and Yoshinoru Ono, seem bent on settling the matter one-on-one. Of course, an all-out brawl would be far too obvious, not to mention undignified – so the surrogate challenges of strength and manly will are getting increasingly ludicrous. At Gamescom, the two reprised the rivalry kindled at Comic-Con, matching up for a series of Teutonic-themed tests of character. What does pretzel-tossing have to do with Tekken? Well…

While Harada put on a good showing in the pretzel-toss and arm-wrestling challenges, Ono’s prowess with a hammer, beer stein and cadre of mallet-wielding sidekicks saw the Street Fighter developer victorious on the day – resulting in an undignified capitulation from Harada as troublingly emasculating as it was hilarious. Here’s hoping the continuing challenges remain civil, at least until SFXT’s March 2012 release, because be honest: if it did come to a brawl, wouldn’t your money be on Harada?

Aug 31, 2011

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