Street Fighter IV Volt [$6.99] launched back in June and although it played strikingly similar to Capcom's original Street Fighter IV [$4.99] on iOS, it did contain a few significant upgrades. Namely, it featured every character from the original as well as 3 new fighters and competitive online play via Game Center. We really loved the first Street Fighter IV so it wasn’t surprising that we enjoyed the enhanced Street Fighter IV Volt even more in our review.

Capcom fed a pretty steady stream of new characters and features to the original Street Fighter IV, and their new iteration is gearing up to start off on that same foot. According to Andriasang and, the first set of new characters for Street Fighter IV Volt will be a pair of female fighters, Sakura and Makoto. Sakura is a long time favorite from back in the Alpha series, and Makoto first appeared in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and made a triumphant return in last year’s Super Street Fighter IV on consoles.

There are plenty more screens of both Sakura and Makoto over at, and as for what may be coming in future updates some enterprising members in our forums may have a lead on that as well. After digging around through some of the game files in Street Fighter IV Volt, they have come across a character list that includes every character already in the game plus Sakura and Makoto, and has spots for Evil Ryu and Fei Long too. This doesn’t necessarily confirm those characters are coming, but it sure is a strong possibility.

There is also another character in Street Fighter IV Volt that was conspicuously absent from the original game, the long time fan favorite Akuma. You fight Akuma as a second boss character after M. Bison in arcade mode, assuming you don’t lose a single round along the way. You can unlock Akuma as a playable character by playing and beating him with every character in Arcade mode or by playing 100 matches online, both potentially time consuming endeavors.

If you want to bypass all that, then there is a very easy way to unlock Akuma if you already have the original Street Fighter IV installed on your device. Simply fire up Arcade mode in Street Fighter IV Volt and at the character select screen tap on the characters in the following order: starting at Ryu, select Abel, Guile, Cammy, then end back on Ryu. Pause for about a second at each character, and when you return back to Ryu tap on him again to reveal Akuma, who will stay unlocked permanently at the character select screen from now on.

Unfortunately, my dodgy Google translating of the articles didn’t divulge a release date for the Sakura and Makoto update, but we’ll keep our eye out for it and let you know when it hits.

[Via and Andriasang]


  • Anonymous

    I guess I have a reason to reinstall the original one now. Thanks for the tip!

  • Captain Obvious

    Is it just me, or do the sprites for the new characters look better?

    • Paradim

      Thanks, Captain Obvious .____.

  • Allen Ibrahim

    Oh hey! Thanks Toucharcade. I really didn't want to do 100 online matches because I play Akuma primarily in every other version of Street Fighter IV. Now I can play as him here too! Also, yay new characters!

  • Ryan Huggins

    I just recently lost my iPhone. Horrible experience to go through during summer vacation honestly. Especially with tons of new games and updates coming out to games I enjoyed playing. D:

  • Anonymous

    Hey can anyone verify the unlock trick for Akuma?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I can't get it to work.  Anyone else having luck?

      • John Doe

        You need to make sure you're in the character select screen in ARCADE mode. The first time i tried it, I attempted it in free-sparring. Apparently it only works in ARCADE mode, though once you've unlocked him he's available in everything.

        Also any reason why i shouldn't delete SF4 now that i have akuma?

    • Evan

      I can't get  Akuma to unlock, either.

      • Godaime

        well i had both games on gamecenter, but I just went to arcade, u start at ryu, you tap abel, wait a little, guile, wait a little, cammy, wait a little, then retap ryu,vhis portrait should change to akuma.
        thanks TA for the tip :]
        ( I was working on beating arcade with each character  and after 9 it got tiring since I'm not much of a blanka user for example...)

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I tried a few more times, and I still have no luck.  Hrmm...

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I tried a few more times, and I still have no luck.  Hrmm...

      • Foofad

        It's not super clear. You don't just TAP on their portraits, you actually select them as a character (such that their costume select popup appears) then hit the back button then select the next guy and so on.

      • Anonymous

        I appreciate the assistance.  Unfortunately, still not working.  Oh Capcom....

      • Ben Ruddock

        This is wrong, you just tap on them once, you don't go to the costume select. Works great, thanks TA.

      • Tony

        This worked for me.  Don't know why the other ppl are having problems.  I couldn't get it to work till I did the trick where the costume select comes up, press back each time and once you get back on ryu and tap him again for the costume change, Akuma pops up.


      • Evan

        Just worked for me, too. Did the same as Tony. On Ryu, select him first until his costume choice pops up, hit the back button, select Abel, Guile, Cammy, then select Ryu. Presto, Akuma pops up!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I tried a few more times, and I still have no luck.  Hrmm...

  • RoderickThe13

    If Evil Ryu is coming next, that would be great!

    • Chelsea55

      exactly man! i was looking forward to evil ryu and gouken as new characters.. oh well, sakura and makoto it is.

  • Anonymous

    I still haven't got him. Maybe you have to be connected to wifi

  • Daniel_vader_97

    Are they going to add any new stage like the secret laboratory??

  • Drhyse

    hah wow thanks for that. just in case this is helpful to anyone:

    when i first installed the game it would run very slow even in solo arcade mode. uninstalling it and then reinstalling it has apparently solved that problem...

  • Nono

    Worked perfectly!