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We don't have Tekken. We don't have Street Fighter. We don't have DOA. But Namco just gave fighter fans one hell of a reason to celebrate: the original SoulCalibur is now available on Android. The Dreamcast port of this arcade fighter favorite has long been considered one of the gems of the genre, and you can play it on your phone right now. It's a pricey $6.67 and compatible with Gingerbread and up.

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SoulCalibur (and to a lesser extent the original Soul Edge) shook up the young 3D fighter genre by introducing swords and other melee weapons. Each character in the game uses a unique weapon and fighting style, from swords, to quarterstaffs, to nunchucks, to... whatever the hell it is you call those freaky chopping knives that Voldo uses. When it was released on the Dreamcast way back in 1999, the combination of tight gameplay and fantastic graphics made it nothing short of the most advanced fighting game of its time. It's since been released on XBLA and iOS (almost two years ago - thanks, Namco) before finally making it to Android.

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The Android version includes all the varied characters and stages from the original game, plus the single-player modes and artwork museum. Google Play Games support is included, but unfortunately it's only for achievements and leaderboards. There's no mention of multiplayer or support for external gamepads, which puts a serious damper on the title. Still, there will be more than a few die-hard fans (including yours truly) who spend their money just to watch that awesome intro sequence one more time.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Trent Russell

    omgomgomgomgomgomg. so many wasted hours on gamecube...

    • RitishOemraw

      Wasn't that SC2?
      I have it on my GC and it was definitely 2 not 1

      • Dennis Ulijn

        Yes it was (SC1 was dreamcast only), and it was awesome.

        • Matthew Fry

          And arcade :) or was that just Soul Edge?

          • A.M

            S>E was for the Ps1 it's was kinda of diffeernt cause you had the wooden raft going down the canyon as you were fighting

          • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

            Soul Edge was Soul Blade on the Playstation (One). It was wonderful.

            SoulCalibur was in the arcade, but in relatively low resolution, just a step above SoulEdge. The Dreamcast version added beautiful antialiased graphics and a bunch of extra modes. Some of the extras were left off when the game was ported to Xbox 360 a few years back. The iOS version was like the 360 version. I didn't have the Android port long enough to explore the options -- I got a refund as soon as I realized there wasn't controller support.

  • Sorian

    I see my N7 battery drain fast if I start playing.

  • TheOtherJames

    Does this have all of the same extras as the Dreamcast version?

    • A.M

      yea

    • AkumajoBelmont

      I've had a poke around, and it seems to be missing a couple of things. As far as I can tell, the Intro is missing, as is the Mission Mode. Disappointing, but in line with all the ports of the game up to now. The XBLA port had no mission mode either, and all the characters were unlocked from the start, which was horrible. This version has character unlocks, and that's a good thing. Other than that, it's a solid 30fps, at least on my Note 2, instead of the 60fps of the Dreamcast original and the XBLA port. The IOS version was 30fps too, so it's not like we're getting the short end of the stick when it comes to framerate amongst mobile devices. Still one of the greatest fighters around. I'm hanging for controller support, but the touch controls are better than they have any right to be. I'm absolutely loving this, and it blows my mind that I can carry this game around in my pocket. The more Dreamcast ports, the better, I say. I would KILL for a port of Grandia 2...

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Instant buy! 19 Characters... OMG

    • ah fik

      mine only 10 characters..how to get 19 characters?

  • Tejstar

    The soul still burns.

  • Sean Lumly

    Bring on the ports! Seriously, if there was ever a justification to buy a Moga Pro (or power), this is it. I really like this trend.

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      It would be a great justification, but no controller support makes me just want to play the Xbox Live Arcade version instead. The iOS version is similarly behind the times -- no controller support, and no widescreen display. I hope both are updated soon. They just HD-ified Soul Calibur 2 for consoles.

      • Sean Lumly

        No controller support?! There is no excuse for a game like this, and the fact that the API has been available for some time now. This is very disappointing.

        • Brandon Fletcher

          I can't justify spending any money on these things until controller support is added.

  • Timothy Bennett

    Doesn't work on my nexus 5 :(

    • BangIShotYou

      ■AT&T
      HTC One X,Motorola Atrix 4G,Samsung Galaxy Note II,Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

      ■Verizon
      Motorola DROID 3,Motorola DROID X2,Samsung Galaxy Nexus,Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

      ■Sprint
      HTC EVO 3D,Samsung Epic 4G,Samsung Galaxy S Ⅲ

      ■T-Mobile
      HTC ONE,Samsung Galaxy S II,Samsung Galaxy S IV

      ■Other
      Nexus4,Nexus7(2012 model),Nexus10

      Those are the devices listed as compatible. Below that is the following warning.

      "[CAUTION](1)Models other than the ones mentioned above, as well as OS versions prior to that mentioned above are not supported."

      • RyanWhitwam

        Yeah, but look how ridiculous that list is. The Droid X2? Epic 4G? Evo 3D? What year is it?!

        • TheOtherJames

          I like how it's listed by carrier, and how apparently the Galaxy S2 and S4 work, but only on T-Mobile, while you need to be on Sprint for it to work with the S3.

        • BangIShotYou

          Oh, I'm not arguing or defending the list. I'm just posting it for people to see. All my devices are supported. I buy Nexus ones only just to avoid issues, that and get the latest updates. (Which I, shockingly to some, sideload because I am an actual non-whiny power user who prefers to do that rather than whine online. : ))

        • TSON1

          I'm so confused... "Nexus 7 (2012)" and not the 2013 model? "Nexus 4" and not Nexus 5? "HTC One" and not Max? How is this even?

      • TheOtherJames

        If they're not supported, they shouldn't allow people to install the game on them. The store lets them put restrictions on it.

        • Elemetrix

          But as it stands at the moment you have a choice of buying it during the sale for your unsupported device and hoping it gets added soon.

          Or wait til it's supported and pay more.

          Given the supported devices list it's a shame the sale is now...

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    No Moga = no sale. Or at least some HID controller support. Once you've played games on a Moga you never want to put up with the touchscreen again.

  • fzammetti

    I do believe that's the most expensive game I've ever purchased... and I didn't hesitate one bit :)

    • fzammetti

      Although, that list of supported devices does give me pause... how are they not supporting the SGS4?!? (on Sprint anyway, looks like T-Mobile got lucky)... but at least it's good for my 2013 N7, which is where I'd probably play it most of the time anyway.

      • sean

        It worked on my galaxy s4 from sprint.

        • fzammetti

          Same here :) Didn't work on my 2013 Nexus 7 though... 1 for 2 ain't bad though.

          • sean

            That makes no sense..

          • lizardman

            Worked on my 2013 N7 just fine.

  • Dan Hearne

    "But Namco just game fighter fans one hell of a reason to celebrate...."

    Shouldn't that be "Namco just gave fighter fans" //grammarnazi

    • Alex

      I think that just makes you a typo/spelling nazi :)

  • Gav456

    Did Talim appear in the 1st game? Never owned a dreamcast, went straight from mega drive to ps1. So only played SC2 on Xbox, still play it to this day on 360. Gonna buy this and just wait for nexus 5 support.

    • Kokusho

      no

      • Gav456

        That's a shame, I liked Talim.

        • healthydose

          you can get ppsspp and play SC Broken Destiny, Talim is there, along with other 27 character from SC4.

          • A.M

            yea but to play it need a strong device I ran it on my S2 & its laggy

          • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

            Try Soul Blade in FPSE (Playstation emulator) maybe?

          • A.M

            Yes that will work I'm talking about Soul Calibar for the PSP that will run smooth all day

          • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

            It has more characters, but it's slow and chunky compared to this.

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Supporting the Nvidia Shield with nothing but touch controls is just cruel. Booo!

    • Maniac

      I uploaded a mapper to the Shared Drive folder, but I couldn't get down to work just right.
      https://drive.google.com/#folders/0B4sy4xxp8QsmZVRXT1NiVUs3Zms

      The mapper doesn't work quite right in this game.

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        That's a good effort. Somewhat on topic (speaking of old games on new mobile) -- do you know if DosBox Turbo has a working Nvidia Shield mapper? I don't see it in the list. Thanks!

        • Maniac

          I'm pretty sure DosBox Turbo works natively with Shield Controls. Check the Geforce Shield forums for more information....

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        I ended up buying the game and got the mapper to work acceptably well. Remember that "down" isn't "crouch" in this game, it's often a side-step.

        • Maniac

          That's the problem though, mine only crouches, I can barely get it to sidestep down :)

    • A.M

      I say flawless game play wise no skips nothing smooth as butter would like to see in the future update the you can take off the on-screen buttons & use a blue tooth controller kinda hard playing for me cause I want really get into it & do the moves Device: S2

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Can't imagine playing this on a touch screen... how does it play?

  • http://www.davepellegrin.com/ Otakonx

    Here's hoping Hydro Thunder follows! Edit: Though Midway is no more so...

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      Hydro Thunder Hurricane is on Microsoft thingies, and it's pretty good.

      Riptide GP 2 is by the same developers, and it's pretty much the same thing. It's also pretty good. Arguably better because it runs on more stuff (and supports Google Play for game synching across devices).

      As is Shine Runner.

      And unlike Soul Calibur Android, they actually support external controllers!

      • http://www.davepellegrin.com/ Otakonx

        Thanks for the info! Hmm I think I might have to buy Hurricane on XBL...

        I played through the first Riptide and though it was enjoyable, it didn't have the same arcade feel that Hydro Thunder did for me. I should just hook up my old Dreamcast haha

        I can't believe SoulCalibur doesn't support external controllers at release.

  • JeffColorado

    Does not work on my Nexus 5. I get a black screen. Refunded.

  • Mike

    Favorite game of all time. On Android. 👍👍👍

  • healthydose

    This is perfect! I'll give a try on weekend, hopefully my phablet is compatible. *finger crossed*
    Though it might be a little too late, I already played SC Broken Destiny on my phablet using psp emulator.

  • Elemetrix

    The reviews are rapidly filling up with disappointed N5, N4, N7 and S4 owners. How did they not see this coming.

    • shadowdude777

      Because they probably have one developer porting this, who tested it on his GS3 and went "oh hey it works time to publish it to the Play Store!"

  • Chris Stubbs

    But we do have Street Fighter. It's just not in the USA for some reason. SF4 is very much downloadable and playable from Google Japan Store. ;) I can't justify paying this much for this.

    • A.M

      Apk link http://www.apkmania.co/2013/11/soulcalibur-v100-apk.html

      for the data Internal/Android/obb then install apk & enjoy

    • Primalxconvoy

      It's not available to everyone in Japan. I couldn't see it there and i just checked it via my note 2. I think they "did a Japan" and blocked it for non Japanese hardware or severely limited it to select hardware.

  • http://www.dogspelledforward.com egoebelbecker

    Beware: not really "Gingerbread and up." if you expand the description you'll see:

    [Recommended OS]
    Android 2.3.3 or above

    [Recommended Models]
    ■AT&T
    HTC One X,Motorola Atrix 4G,Samsung Galaxy Note II,Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

    ■Verizon
    Motorola DROID 3,Motorola DROID X2,Samsung Galaxy Nexus,Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

    ■Sprint
    HTC EVO 3D,Samsung Epic 4G,Samsung Galaxy S Ⅲ

    ■T-Mobile
    HTC ONE,Samsung Galaxy S II,Samsung Galaxy S IV

    ■Other
    Nexus4,Nexus7(2012 model),Nexus10

    -----------------------------------
    [CAUTION]
    (1)Models other than the ones mentioned above, as well as OS versions prior to that mentioned above are not supported.
    (2)Depending on usage conditions, the software may be unstable, even on recommended models.
    (3)Operation is not guaranteed on the newest iteration of an OS, even if it is the recommended OS.

    #3 means "KitKat just gives you a black screen"

  • jeffmd

    Awesome game, works great on my evo 3d (evo v 4g on VM) and hisense pro 7 (nexus 7 clone).Both run stock, so 4.1 and 4.2 android.

  • Primalxconvoy

    "we don't have street fighter"

    Orly?

    - http://phandroid.com/2012/12/31/street-fighter-4-drops-lg-exclusivity-now-available-for-android-devices-in-japan/

    (I'll admit that it was only released on a handful of devices in Japan, where i can't see it at the Japan Google play shop)

  • Mr. X

    I played a few rounds on my LG G2 without issue.

  • Renaud Requiston

    Doesn't work on my 2013 Nexus phone: black screen.

  • Wanderer

    I bought this game on the international gs3 cos i'm a fan of this game, but it's giving me bile because it keeps force closing and bandai couldn't give a toss, no answers for a fix after trying many time, and no chance of a refund😡