I was neither a hardcore console gamer nor a good at fighting games but at least I came to indulge in the world building that the Street Fighter and it’s spin-offs have created. Sagat defeats Ryu and helps him regain himself. Making things interesting here is a wide cast of characters from all manner of Capcom games. To combat this, Capcom enlisted the help of Japanese studio Arika – founded by former Capcom employee and Street Fighter II co-creator Akira Nishitani – to create a polygonal Street Fighter spin-off. The two were rivals: the chances of them meeting were as likely as Mario and Sonic appearing in the same game together (i.e. Even better, the PS3 and Vita versions featured five exclusive guest characters: Sony’s Japanese cat mascots Toro and Kuro, Cole McGrath from Infamous, Pac-Man in a giant wooden mech and, best of all, the weird fat yellow-suited version of Mega Man from the original NES game’s box art. Antefatto. Naturally, since it was so popular in Pinball FX, Zen also brought the Super Street Fighter II Turbo table over to Zen Pinball. The original Street Fighter was a minimalist game, unleashed on arcades nearly two decades ago. Naturally, it’s a fighting game where players can choose between four Family Guy characters (Peter, Lois, Chris or Stewie) or four American Dad characters (Stan, Hayley, Roger or Klaus). Focus Attacks let players absorb an attack and perform a counter-attack, while Ultra Combos are more powerful alternatives to Super Combos, swooping the camera around and making use of the polygonal engine. The main addition is tag fighting: as you play through arcade mode you can recruit the opponents you defeat and add them to your roster of up to four fighters. This time there’s an actual endgame in that Bison has a doomsday weapon called the Psycho Drive. Not one, but two Street Fighter events have taken place in Granblue Fantasy so far. Ah, but you see, this one actually has Ryu in it too, as in the actual Street Fighter II version, as a playable character. In true Street Fighter fashion, an enhanced version called American Dad vs Family Guy Kung Fu II Turbo Hyper-Mega Edition was released later on, and added a few new characters (Meg, Brian, Francine and Steve). It was more or less the same sort of thing, except some of the tables were different (it had a Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 table, for example). Capcom Classics Collection is a compilation of all five volumes (16 games in all), along with another six games to bring the total to 22. Capcom had already released two Marvel-themed fighting games by this point, X-Men: Children Of The Atom and Marvel Super Heroes. Because, oddly, one of the game’s boss fights is against Cammy, who turns up for an optional pit-fight at Guy’s dojo. Console owners jealous of these four new characters (and the extra balancing the arcade version got) didn’t miss out forever: the Arcade Edition eventually made it to Xbox 360 and PS3 in June 2011, both as paid DLC and a new physical disc for those who didn’t already own Super. Marvel vs Capcom Origins, then, was actually two games in one: Marvel Super Heroes and the first Marvel vs Capcom. Street Fighter obviously gets the most representation, with Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Dan, Blanka, Nash, Honda and Bison all in the roster. And a bull too. Arcade Edition‘s arcade mode came with a fun little gimmick where you could choose which era you were fighting through. Street Fighter V garnered a bit of controversy when it was revealed that it was going to be the first major game in the Street Fighter series not to be released in arcades. Among these cameos are a bunch of Street Fighter characters, including Guile, Zangief, Dhalsim and Chun-Li. Rather than simply chucking the characters in for no reason though, DeNA at least attempted to explain these happenings as part of the game’s lore. Its new Active Switch mechanic lets you swap your two characters at will, potentially pulling off hefty combos by swapping mid-attack. The New Generation tag wasn’t just meaningless blurb, either: other than Ryu and Ken, every single character in Street Fighter III was completely original and new to the series. Capcom decided to freshen things up by adding a few new characters, including Roll from Mega Man and Frank West from Dead Rising. That means that the more the character shows up in the series (ie. The aim was to defeat all twelve characters, picking up bonuses each time you did, before you ran out of balls. A little over a year after Tatsunoko vs Capcom launched in Japan, the impossible happened: Capcom confirmed it for a western launch. The main reason for this was Capcom’s CP System arcade system board, which was notoriously easily to hack and imitate. Trust me, we’re nearly out of this bit. New to the series are Rolento (who was previously a boss in Final Fight) and Sakura, a Japanese schoolgirl who would go on to become a bit of a fan favourite. Meanwhile, Capcom’s side featured 10 guests, including Arthur from Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Michelle from Legendary Wings and one of the flying soldier heroes from Forgotten Worlds. Of all these, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike all support online multiplayer. Also on her team are Rashid – a close friend of the murdered hacker – and Shadaloo-hating psychopath Juri Han. The gameplay itself was fairly similar to that of the first EX, with the only major addition being ‘excel combos’. Once it launched in arcades in July 2008, however, it quickly won over fans and was promptly accepted as one of the fighting game community’s key tournament games. You adorably naive child. Finally, the full uncut 145 minutes were released as a movie on DVD and Blu-ray. Follow Gavin on Twitter. Impressively, though, every character – including the console exclusive ones – did manage to make it onto the GBA cart. It could be argued that two games barely counts as a “collection”, but given that one of them is Hyper Street Fighter II, let’s allow it. Here’s a hidden gem from Capcom that nobody really talks about these days. As stated above, most Street Fighter fans tend to believe the Animated Movie was better than the live-action Van Damme one, so it was only sod’s law that the latter got the video game tie-in treatment. The download-only Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition was relatively well-received, which no doubt pleased Capcom and developer Iron Galaxy Studios (who’d handled the port). He comes up with a big plan for world domination called Operation CHAINS where a series of giant satellites called Black Moons will cause a giant EMP across the globe. Secondly, it did a Champion Edition by taking the two non-playable boss characters – Bison and Garuda – and making them playable fighters. Opinion: Poison’s journey mimics the way life for trans characters in modern media has shifted. After Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Capcom’s community manager Seth Killian confirmed that there would be no more updates to the fourth game. As for the games, both versions include Street Fighter X Tekken with the character and costume DLC, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition with the costume DLC and download codes for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. As a launch game, Street Fighter EX3 was generally well-received. for free. Remember? Despite using the Street Fighter engine though, the tag rules are those of Tekken Tag Tournament: if one fighter is beaten, both lose (their partner doesn’t keep going). Not only did Street Fighter Alpha 2 see the return of all 13 characters from the first Alpha (this time making Bison, Akuma and Dan instantly playable instead of requiring a cheat code), it also brought back Zangief and Dhalsim from Street Fighter 2, and Gen from the original game. The first was Captain Sawada, an Allied Nations soldier who played a brief role in the movie. The ideas and characters that are the bedrock of the franchise didn’t take root until Street Fighter II, but the original sowed the seeds that would eventually extract quarters from pockets Street Fighter isn’t the head-to-head fest people know and love, but more of a single player affair. Many of the fighters making their debuts are also from countries that had been underrepresented in Street Fighter until that point. You choose a Stone before a fight, and each gives you different abilities and stat boosts. The result was a game that played far more like Super Street Fighter II Turbo, albeit a slower version which still used the digitised Mortal Kombat-style actor sprites. The award for strangest game in this entire article surely has to go to Japan Sumo Cup: Yokozuna vs Street Fighter, a web browser game in which… well. A single-player story mode was added in June 2016, and six new characters have been added to the roster every year, one every couple of months. Although it still wasn’t anywhere near as good as the ‘proper’ Street Fighter games, as one of Capcom’s first 2D fighting offerings on the new PlayStation and Saturn systems (it was a launch game for the PlayStation in the UK), it sold reasonably well anyway. The game’s played with three buttons: a ‘mark’ button (to lock on to enemies), a shoot button (to fire your weapon) and an attack button (for close-up melee attacks). It’s an interesting strategy-based way to play Street Fighter, but regardless it – like so many other mobile games – eventually ran its course, with the servers shutting down exactly two years after launch. To make up for this, Capcom added six new characters to make Xbox 360 and PS3 owners feel special, and to give the coin-op crew a reason to buy it. January 24, 2016 Andy Hug. In 1993, Malibu Comics jumped onto the bandwagon by giving us a three-issue run of Street Fighter II, written by Len Strazewski and Don Hillsman. Confused? There was also a ‘Super Vs Mode’ where you could choose between all three versions of each character: pitting the original SF2 Ryu against SFII Turbo Chun-Li, for example. There’s also a badge battle mode where you collect characters and put together a team of three which you can then pit against an opponent’s team. The latest game in the Monster Hunter series has been an enormous success, to the extent that it’s actually now the best selling game in Capcom’s history (with 7.9 million copies shipped). But for me, it was Tuesday.”. Ever keen to release a compilation, Capcom decided to build on the success of its iOS versions of Street Fighter IV by giving iPhone-owning fans a chance to play the classics too. The law-based nature of the show made it ideal for an Ace Attorney style courtroom video game, and with Ace Attorney developer Capcom in charge of publishing duties it should come as no surprise that this is exactly what we got. Tekken X Street Fighter may be stuck in development hell, but that doesn’t mean players haven’t yet been able to see how Bandai Namco would handle adapting a Street Fighter character to Tekken’s fighting engine. It was a great idea in theory, but the results were a bit of a mess. Until this point, Capcom and SNK’s arcade-based clashes had all been handled by Capcom. After what felt like an endless stream of cameo appearances in other games, Street Fighter finally made its proper comeback and took its next step forward with the next main chapter in the series, six years after Street Fighter IV. As the name suggests, this 93-minute animated movie isn’t focused on Street Fighter II this time, but its prequel Alpha instead. The arcade version introduced two non-playable boss characters: Seth quickly got a reputation for being cheaper than a charity shop liquidation sale, while the mysterious Gouken – the oldest brother of Akuma and the sensei of Ryu and Ken – made his long-awaited first appearance. Ryu was the persistent first character, but if someone wanted to play as Ken, he would automatically be selected as the second character. A collaboration with South Korean company Nexon, Street Fighter IV: Arena is a Korean-only release that’s essentially a tweaked version of Street Fighter IV Volt, the mobile game released back in 2011. There are more than 500 characters cards in the game covering more than 20 franchises in Capcom’s history. Each character used a fighting system from the game they represented, and the sprites were essentially copied and pasted over with animation frames cut out to make everything run at roughly the same speed. Rather than a straight port of the arcade game, Revival mixes things up a bit to make it feel almost like a remixed version. Inevitably, Street Fighter got in on the action. series (also known as Buster Bros in the US). Curiously, it also included Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, potentially marking the first time a SNES game was officially emulated on a PlayStation or Xbox system. It also introduced the concept of different strengths of attack, with players able to choose whether Ryu and Ken’s punches and kicks were light, medium or heavy. And so Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix was born. There was a benefit to getting the standalone version, though: the 12 new characters who had been added at that point were instantly unlocked and available to play as, instead of requiring you to buy them with Fight Money or real cash. In fairness, Champion Edition more or less gets it as good as it can at this point, with a one-off fee of £3.99 to unlock the whole game and a roster of 31 fighters (as well as Dan, if you get the Android version). This amalgamation of all five major versions of Street Fighter II lets you choose any version of any character and have them facing off against each other. That said, you had to earn them. The OVA was eventually re-released in 2012 as part of the 25th Anniversary collector’s set, but we’ll get to that. During a support group for villains, Ralph is joined by (among others) Zangief and M. Bison. This one was packed with references to other Marvel and Capcom properties, partly due to the new assist character feature, which let you summon other non-playable guest characters who’d jump in for a quick attack before leaping away again. Gavin Jasper is a buffalo wing enthusiast who loves the hell out of comic books and professional wrestling. By far the oddest addition though was Norimaro, who was only playable in the Japanese versions of the game. Read the latest Den of Geek Special Edition Magazine Here! All the while, Ryu declines to show up as he’s too busy dealing with his returning dark impulses and feels that he’d be a danger to the team. There was also an in-game currency called Vault Points – don’t worry, this was before loot boxes – which could be spent on artwork and remixed music. It enjoyed a decent run of success, lasting a couple of years until the servers shut down on 30 August 2017. Well, it only went and got a bloody sequel, and this time it came to the west. For that reason, in 1997 Capcom released Street Fighter Collection – the first of numerous compilations to come over the years – on PlayStation and Saturn. It even added a bunch of new features: as well as the obvious inclusion of stereoscopic 3D (which made the fighters look like little toys fighting on a stage inside your 3DS), there was also a new over-the-shoulder viewpoint (which looked cool but didn’t work very well). Then, the following year, the Granblue Fighter V event – designed to tie in with Street Fighter V, which we’ll get to soon – added Karin and new character Rashid. Although all the other characters in Street Fighter were technically ‘bosses’ because you can’t play as any of them, the main boss was Sagat, the lanky veteran known for his trademark eyepatch and the massive scar on his chest. Something of a cult favourite, Asura’s Wrath is a Capcom-produced story-based fighting game with numerous cutscenes designed to make it feel almost like an interactive anime. However, when Capcom announced that the SNES was getting Street Fighter II Turbo, Sega asked Capcom to hold fire and add the speed settings from that to the Mega Drive version too, so that Nintendo fans couldn’t still claim they had the best version. Makoto is a young Japanese girl who specialises in karate, while Remy is a French kickboxer looking to get revenge on his dad for abandoning him and his sister. Though 3D was progressively becoming the norm with the rise of Virtua Fighter and Tekken, Capcom decided to keep the game 2D … To make things interesting, it also adds Cammy as a playable fighter, marking her Alpha debut. Alpha 3 blew the second game’s character roster out of the water, adding another 10 fighters including a bunch of Street Fighter II favourites (Balrog, Vega, Blanka, Honda and Cammy). As well as Street Fighter, there’s representation for Final Fight, Monster Hunter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, Resident Evil and loads more. Street Fighter also crosses over with plenty of other franchises, whether they’re Capcom-owned or not. Characters from the likes of Final Fight, Dino Crisis, Mega Man Legends, Strider, Dig Dug, Klonoa, Soul Edge and Tales Of Destiny featured too. Best of all, you don’t play as a generic ship or soldier like you’d usually expect in a shooter: instead, you get to choose from six Capcom characters. Now the big, bad organization is the Illuminati. They could either buy standalone cabinets, or they could buy the Tournament Battle setup. He’ll give you Ryu’s Hadouken fireball move, which you can perform using the normal Street Fighter quarter-circle motion. Street Fighter IV and its updates may have been keeping many Street Fighter devotees happy, but there was still a proportion of the fanbase that wasn’t impressed by the switch to 3D. One is run by the mysterious Russian woman Helen. First there was the card game. Meanwhile, Shin Akuma – who was never in Turbo – is unlockable as a hidden character (although if you’re good enough to trigger a battle against him in arcade mode, the game freezes). If you answer his series of questions in a certain way, you’ll be shown a secret room where Chun-Li is practising her Lightning Kick attack. Reaction to the game from western critics and gamers was positive, although sales were a fraction of what other Street Fighter titles usually accomplished here. Ryu doesn’t simply defeat Sagat by being a better martial artist. Well I reckon Turbo’s Blanka could destroy the original Ken!”. 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It teamed up with Marvel Comics and started working on a bunch of fighting games using its various superheroes. They held a meeting with a representative from Romstar (who for a while were licensing Capcom’s arcade games to third parties) to show them the version of Street Fighter II they were making. Finally, a mobile game that hasn’t died (well, at least not at the time of writing)! Worth noting is that although Charlie is able to get the drop on Bison, he’s betrayed by one of his own men and gets shot up by a plane before falling off a cliff. Unbeknownst to them, Bison’s soul survives and possesses the body of Rose. Il primo torneo di Street Fighter venne organizzato da Sagat, il più forte lottatore di Muay Thai a livello mondiale, in cerca di nuovi avversari. Playing as Kyle, the younger brother of the first game’s Cody, you have to explore Metro City as you try to find information about Cody’s disappearance. Out went most of the X-Men (except for Wolverine, Cyclops and boss character Apocalypse), and in came a bunch of other Marvel characters including Hulk, Spider-Man and Captain America. His ending, where Guile’s estranged wife and daughter beg him not to kill Bison, makes for a good thematic contrast with Akuma killing Bison without flinching. It’s been almost 20 years since this game’s release and we’re not a step closer to figuring him out. Not only do games take place out of order, but upgraded versions of games (ie. Blood Brothers 2 killed its servers on 15 December 2016. Fun fact (and this is true) – it’s a little over ⅓ of the size of the first Harry Potter book, so read it three times and you could have finished Philosopher’s Stone instead of reading about sumo wrestlers and green monsters kicking the shit out of cars. Finally, the Switch version will also include a bonus tournament feature for Super Street Fighter II which essentially works like the extremely rare Tournament Battle arcade version: it’ll let you put together an eight-player tournament using four Switches. In the original Japanese release the lead character is called Kevin Striker, but when it was localised for the west he was renamed to fit in with the series canon. Then, at the third time of asking, fans finally got a ‘proper’ arcade crossover game where the best fighters from Capcom and SNK clashed. Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits is a combat-based puzzler that’s sort of similar to Puzzle & Dragons, but with different play mechanics that focus more on lining up combos to do loads of damage to your opponent. The third major Marvel vs Capcom game offered the biggest roster in the series to date, with 18 characters on each side along with one DLC character for each (Shuma-Gorath and Jill Valentine). The 14 playable characters from 2nd Impact return for 3rd Strike, along with five new fighters (one of which is Chun-Li, making her SFIII debut). Sure enough, lightning strikes twice here: Taisen Net Gimmick isn’t a fighter, it’s a mahjong game where the opponents just happen to be Capcom and Psikyo characters. He did this back in the Alpha days with women, but I guess he’s seeing if he can do better with dudes this time. In order to appease those card-happy chappies, SNK released a sequel to Card Fighters’ Clash two years later, and dubbed it Card Fighters 2. The game itself was dull and clunky, leaving all but the most hardcore Final Fight fans a tad disappointed. Street Fighter II V was a 29-episode series loosely based on Super Street Fighter II. The Street Fighter EX games may have been developed by Japanese studio Arika, but the studio was never owned by Capcom and as such was free to work with other publishers too. The fact that this required perfect timing and was performed with a command that made blocking impossible made parrying a huge risk/reward system, and pros lapped it up. Brand new characters included Cody from Final Fight, snobby brat Karin, Japanese female wrestler R. Mika and brainwashed German female assassins Juli and Juni. One of the most interesting ones is Street Fighter II’, a port of Street Fighter II’ Champion Edition. Gill holds another World Warrior tournament for the sake of checking out fighters’ potential. Naturally, it’s the Street Fighter cameos we’re interested in here: over the span of the game’s like there were cards for Ryu, Crimson Viper, Rose, Cammy, Ibuki, Ingrid, Sakra and Chun-Li. This time players get the original Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II’ Champion Edition and Street Fighter II Turbo. Released four years after its predecessor, Street Fighter II single-handedly transformed the flatlining fighting game genre and set the rules that would be imitated for decades to come. In reality, it didn’t quite live up to the promise and generally tended to result in hilariously sloppy fights with bizarre character animations. It was basically an amalgamation of the three games that had come before it: every character from X-Men: Children Of The Atom, X-Men vs Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom was added to this game (except for alternate versions, like Orange Hulk and Mech-Zangief). Well, as well as cosmetic changes – each character’s profile picture is taken from that specific game, and their voice samples change accordingly too – each version of a character has different strengths and weaknesses depending on how they performed at that time in the series. Well, one of the boss characters is a chap with the delightful name of Emperor Death Satan, and one of his mechs is called Z-AKUMA. Remember pinball? It also marked the first appearance of Violent Ken, who was basically an excuse for Ken players to get their own Evil Ryu. Players collect cards that represent Street Fighter characters from different eras, and then put them together in teams of three. Street Fighter II Movie – only released in Japan for the PlayStation and Saturn – is essentially an FMV game in which you ‘play’ as one of the cyborgs sent by Bison to track the world warriors. Elsewhere in the movie, Ryu and Ken are seen finishing their shifts, heading out of their Street Fighter II arcade machines and heading to the bar from Tapper for a well-earned rootbeer. He was also playable if you entered a hidden code, but with his mid-air fireballs and teleport move, he was considered too powerful among serious fighters and was banned from tournaments. There was even a brand new character, Oni, who’s the demon form Akuma takes when he becomes one with the Dark Hado. Players with the Dreamcast version could also insert their VMU memory card into the arcade cabinet to play as the customised fighter they used at home. Necro used to be an ordinary boy named Illia, living in a small village in Moscow. Street Fighter wasn’t the only Capcom franchise enjoying its 25th anniversary in 2012: its dinky robotic hero Mega Man was also celebrating a quarter century of gaming goodness. Ryu got a new fake fireball, for example, while Honda was tweaked so he was better against characters with fireballs, but worse against characters without them. The Illuminati is still active and doing stuff, but there’s no climactic endgame on their part. Ryu and Ken), the more endings there are to unlock. In the 80s and 90s, most big action movies ended up getting a video game tie-in. Inside is Mega Man’s creator Dr Light dressed as Ryu. But this is Street Fighter we’re talking about, damn it. Sony’s customisable platformer LittleBigPlanet had more crossovers than a knitting pattern, with new costumes and decorative items released for the game on a monthly basis. At one pound a pop, playing at the Trocadero was a pricey affair, but we were forced to partake due to it being the only place to play Street Fighter 4 during its early days." The first game released (and still the only one out at the time of writing) was Street Fighter X Tekken, which was developed by Capcom and used the Street Fighter IV engine. Rather than using artist-drawn sprites as in the other Street Fighter games, the movie tie-in used digitised sprites of the actors from the movie, ironically making the game look a lot more like rival Mortal Kombat. The results were clear: selling 6.3 million copies worldwide, the SNES version of Street Fighter II is still Capcom’s biggest-selling game on a single platform to this day. 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