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.