The game features local and online multiplayer. Online multiplayer includes a point-based ranking system based on a player’s wins and losses. A “standby” feature has been added to the game’s arcade mode, which allows other online players to challenge and take the place of the CPU opponent that the player typically battles in arcade. A local cooperative game mode, known in the Alpha games as “Dramatic Battle”, has been added in Ultra Street Fighter II now known as “Buddy Battle”. It allows players to team up in a two versus one fight against a CPU player. Additionally the game includes a simplified one-hit knockout mode.
In addition to the standard 2D gameplay, there is also an exclusive new Street Fighter V/Street Fighter IV-styled first-person battle mode known as “Way Of the Hado”. In this mode, the player controls Ryu in a first-person perspective to defeat as many Shadaloo Soldiers as possible (Sometimes, M. Bison will also appear as a boss). For this mode, the player must hold the Joy-Con controller in both hands to perform attacks such as Hadouken, Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in order to defeat enemies. As the player progresses throughout the game, the player can earn growth points to power up Ryu. Stage Mode has three difficulties: Beginner, Standard and Extra. There will also be a practice mode for practicing attacks as well as an Endless mode, that lets the player fight until Ryu’s health bar is empty.