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Since the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition has been revealed I thought it high time I made this post I'd been meaning to make for months.

At the very end of last year an Arcade called Game Spot Versus (once Game Inn Sakura) in Tokyo started a 'Danisen League' or better put a 'Dan Ranking League'. Since then it's popularity has exploded and spread to include several more top flight arcades:

  • Game Spot Verus (Tokyo)
  • GAME41 (Sapporo)
  • POPY (Niigata)
  • Game Box Q2 (Nagoya)
  • Gamespace Vegas (Osaka)
  • Subculture (Fukuoka)
  • Amusement Sendai (Hokkaido)
  • ゲームインナハⅡ (Okinawa)

Even Denjin Arcade has begun it's own Danisen League.

Why the popularity? Well, it's a much more fun and entertaining set-up than straight tournaments or ranking battles, both for players and especially spectators. It's similar to the Virtua Fighter ranking system if anyone's familiar with it but here's how it works.

Players register a character e.g. Kuroda enters Ryu, into the league. Starting at the bottom or 1st Dan, players then compete in a winner stays on system earning points. A win earns +1 point and a loss -1 point, when a player reaches +3 points they're promoted to the next rank and visa versa -3 points a demotion. There are 10 'Dans' or 'Ranks', upon reaching 10th Dan there are more special Dans to reach such as 'Strong', 'Man of Valor', 'King' plus a couple more, to reach these you need to earn +5 points for promotion but -3 points still leads to a demotion.

The best thing about this system is that you can enter again using multiple characters, attempting to 'level them up' through the competition to reach these prestigious titles, which means lesser tiered and importantly seen characters get aired for us to delight in. In fact the recent best of 3rd Strike compilations have included footage from these Dan Leagues but there have been some exemplary demonstrations from the likes of Higa's Ibuki, Genki's Alex, TM's Q, Yakkun's Necro and KO's Elena etc. for instance.

Skip to 14:43 for an example of KO's Elena in Strong Dan!

I'm keeping playlist dedciated to the Danisen League which is kept fairly up-to-date with Game Spot Versus arcade's footage so far but if you want peruse everything that's on offer including the current up-to-date rankings of Japanese players then head over to the official Danisen site run by Game Spot Versus.

All in all this type of system would be very welcome in a online mode for 3S Online Edition as long as droppers & disconnects where dealt with properly e.g. drop/disconnect = -1 point regardless. Maybe even the option set-up your own league? An iplaywinner Danisen league? Yes please!

Reader Comments (11)

Ok, now I understand it a lot better. I tried playing in a DanBattle on GGPO via SRK but I didnt understand what was going on.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuniorMints

Sounds fun. I wouldn't mind if they used this system for 3s Online ranked matches.

July 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterCheesus

I really like this concept; I'd like to see this applied in places here, and it's a refreshing alternate.

I'm guessing this is something that isn't locked into Third Strike, that other games can be used for this.


July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

A dropped connection and -1 point. That is not a fair system, because imagine you just ranked go into a match, then a blackout. Your demoted. I know it is impossible to tell the difference between a legit disconnect and someone pulling the plug. So it more useful it to be done at an arcade. The game will end up with some leveling/points system, so the trouble putting this together (and it will be a lot, since of online) will seem a bit a pain in the ass. So you kind of need a lot interest. It nore on the lines of a Ranbat than tournament.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterforeignTsuka

Gamerbee and the Taipei SSF4 community have a Danisen league as well. Gamerbee just hit 10th dan yesterday actually.

July 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterProtocol Snow

I'm looking forward to more of these posts.

July 25, 2010 | Registered CommenterBigApple3AM

So happy Third Strike is back with this online version, woot woot! Not that it ever left though.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryosuke

To add some kind of Danisen Ranking-feature to the online mode is a tremendous idea actually!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPedram

I don't like adopting Tekken's ranking system. I kinda prefer the SF4 points. That's just me.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmooth_Hazama

Adopting Tekken's ranking system? You mean Virtua Fighter's ranking system, which Tekken copied. :P

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOichi

I'd like to see the internal Grade System influence bonus points won for online rank battles. This is to emphasize skilled play in addition to wins and losses.
For example:
S: +2 points
A: +1.25 points
B: +0.5 points
C: +0.25 points
D: +0.125
"+": +0.125 each
I suppose if people are allergic to decimal points, whole numbers could be used and points needed to Rank Up could be adjusted (Rank Up at 10 or 20 points, doubling each additional Rank).
I agree that a point should be deducted from both competitors for dropped connections, but only after passing a certain threshold (some percentage based off of total disconnects versus total matches played) should a disconnect result in a point penalty or demotion. In other words, habitual ragequitters and REALLY bad connections remain at 10th Kyu or 1st Dan forever.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiga-Oh
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