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The most extensive edition of the Street Fighter Alpha series is revamped for this PlayStation Portable game. While the basic 2D fighting of earlier Street Fighter games remained the centerpiece, the original Alpha titles introduced new characters, and incorporated new speed ("turbo") and stance ("-ism") options, and The King of Fighters-styled three-on-three battles to deepen gameplay.
This PSP edition is based on Street Fighter Alpha 3, the most expansive game in the late-'90s sub-series, but adds additional, "new for 2006" content and options of its own. Along with the more than 30 characters of the original, Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX features another four, who join the competition from related brawlers such as Capcom Vs. SNK 2. This PSP game is also enhanced by a number of new multiplayer modes, made possible by the handheld's wireless communication capabilities. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide