Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX is a near-faithful port of the arcade version with minimal loading times and all frames and sprites intact. All the additional characters from the GBA version as well as Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution are present. The added characters now feature their own in-game storylines and endings. The Dramatic Battle mode in this version is the only one where both the player and partner characters can be selected individually, allowing for any character pairing. It also includes the Reverse Dramatic Battle mode from the Saturn version and an exclusive tag mode called Variable Battle.