I love Resident Evil 4. I bought it the day it came out for Gamecube. Then I bought it for PS2. And Wii. And PS3. And Xbox 360. The only reason I haven’t picked up the iPhone version was because I don’t have one, but it turns out I may be able to get a mobile version of the game soon without having to fork money over for an expensive iDevice: Capcom has announced that they’re porting the iPhone versions of RE4 and Street Fighter 4 over to the Android, but there’s one catch: both games are exclusive to the South Korean market, at least for now.
The port is being done as part of Capcom’s exclusivity agreement with Korean electronics manufacturer LG, and both RE4 and Street Fighter 4 for Android will only be available on LG’s LTE App marketplace until May. These games haven’t been announced for other markets, but given Capcom’s love of getting gamers to buy and re-buy their favorite games over and over again, I’d be willing to bet a sizable sum that we’ll be saying these games show up on American phones sooner rather than later.
Obviously the button and analog stick-less interface on smartphones isn’t exactly the best way to control these games, but while Street Fighter 4 on iPhone had to be dumbed-down to the point of being a different game, I hear that the mobile RE4 is a decent enough diversion in it’s own right. While substantial changes had to be made in order to make it work on a mobile platform, it’s supposed to be pretty decent as far as “real” gaming apps go.
…Or, y’know, you could just play the new Resident Evil on your 3DS.