Powerful publication that it is, Famitsu managed to get some hands-on play time with Street Fighter IV in advance of the game's AOU expo showing this weekend. And not only that, but the site also managed to score a short interview with producer Yoshinori Ono.
The overwhelming impression from the editors was that Street Fighter IV really does feel like Street Fighter II in 3D. One editor joked that it was Street Fighter II-2.
Getting into specifics, one editor commented that the game's combat, while not as fast as some recent 2D fighters, isn't slow either. This editor noted that the characters take a bit of time for their follow through on attacks, so if your opponent misses a blow, you'll have an opportunity to strike.