I play with Ryu and in his footsie game I have to press forward and backward often followed by c.MK, Fireball. My problem is that even if my input is correct (quarter circle forward + HP) the game engine misinterprets my input as Dragonpunch.

Instead of forward, c.MK, Fireball I get forward, c.MK, Dragonpunch.

Is there some kind of trick to force the game engine to do what I want? The input is correct from what I read in training mode.

Edit: I use a MC Tournament Edition Fight Stick.

  • What platform is this on?
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 15:20
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    The platform does not matter, as the game engine is the same. But I use the XBox360 Edition.
    – ayckoster
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 15:33
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    It matters because some controllers (I'm looking at you, Xbox360 controller) are horribly inaccurate for some fighting games (like MK9). Knowing the controller and platform can be helpful to answering the question, so thanks for including both now. :)
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 15:49

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The dragon punch input in SF4 is notoriously easy to trigger--down-forward down-forward is all that's needed to trigger it, because the game counts the first df for both the forward and the down input of the DP motion, forward, down, down-forward. Since you are often jiggling through the down inputs while crouching, it's easy for the game to interpret a dragon punch. You're not alone, many people have this problem and give the SF4 games flak because of it. I think the square stick gate on TE sticks exacerbates the problem slightly, because it can be difficult to get a straight horizontal input, as opposed to a diagonal one.

When going for things like cr.MK xx fireball, a dragon punch can happen when you hit the button while the stick is still on down-forward, instead of forward. Be sure to follow through with your fireball motion, making sure you hit forward, and then delay the button press just slightly so that you are definitely hitting it after the motion.

In fact, it can help to go all the way from down to up-forward, making a 135 degree arc instead of 90. This explicitly makes sure you hit the forward input. This is useful in a lot of cases when the game has trouble distinguishing inputs. For example, it's especially helpful when doing M. Bison's Ultra 1, which has a very bad habit of coming out as a teleport. Instead of charge back, forward, back, forward + kicks, you can do charge back, forward, back, up-forward + kicks, which makes sure that the game sees the forward input instead of down forward.

  • The SF4 engine has shortcuts for some inputs, like down-forward twice triggers a DP and half circle forward, up-forward triggers a 360 motion. I normally use the "delay button press" approach to avoid unwanted DPs, will try using up-forward later.
    – Wilerson
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 22:35

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