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Capcom's Street Fighter Reaches Its Quarter Century

Posted by Damien McFerran

If you played the SNES original, you're officially over the hill

As pointed out by Kotaku, Capcom's seminal Street Fighter series is now 25 years old. The first game - which is also known as Fighting Street and ironically, isn't very good - launched in arcades in 1987.

Of course, it was the sequel Street Fighter II which would make the franchise the blockbuster it is today. The SNES conversion was a defining moment in home video gaming, offering an almost pixel-perfect replication of the coin-op.

These days, the Street Fighter bloodline continues to thrill players, with the likes of Super Street Fighter IV on 3DS and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom on Wii. What's your favourite moment in the Street Fighter lineage? Let us know in the comments section.


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FlaccidSnake said:

So i'm over the hill then, thanks for that.i kinda remember going into one of those newfangled games emporiums to purchase street fighter 2. It's all a bit hazy though as i memory isn't what it used to be.



Bass_X0 said:

I must have spent hundreds on Street Fighter and related merchandise over the past twenty years. Probably near £2000... The games cost about £40 each.



ajcismo said:

Ouch on the tag under the headline. Fighting Street was bad, but Street Fighter 2 was awesome.... pumped many a quarter and won many a tournament back in the day.
(you see kids, waaaaaay back in the late 80s and early 90s, we had these things called "arcades". They featured these large, stand up game machines that cost 25-50 cents for a play. They've since gone the way of the dinosaur, much like us old gamers.)



Shworange said:

@ajcismo I'm with you.
I could have bought the game and all the systems it was on for all the money I put into arcade machines. There was just something about the upright machine that inspired awe. I would love to buy one if I could find a working one at a reasonable price.



hYdeks said:

I'm 26 and I played the original Street Fighter game, too lol (yup, I feel over the hill...)

First Street Fighter was horrible, you could only play as ONE character!!!! Street Fighter 2 changed EVERYTHING...thank god



Kyloctopus said:

It's hard to hate Street Fighter, it was the game that changed fighting games forever. (SFII anyways)



Tasuki said:

I played Street Fighter once in the Arcade back in the day at a local movie theater and I remember it being ok. Like most people I really didnt get into the series till I played Street Fighter II at a 7-11 down the street from my friends house. That would probably be my favorite moment pertaining to Street Fighter.

Our parents usually gave us about five dollars a day for lunch at school (this was back in the 90's) but we would skip lunch and after school we would take that five dollars buy a couple of hot dogs at 7-11 and the rest of the money would go into Street Fighter II. Good times.

Think I will celebrate by watching the Street Fighter II anime movie.



retro_player_22 said:

Besides the SNES and arcade, I never really got into Street Fighter all that much. I think the last Street Fighter bloodline games I played was Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO for GameCube.



Alienfish said:

I didn't play SF2, but I was fully there for the SNES era (after about four years playing around with Atari 2600 and NES) at the age of 6. So if you started as early as I did, you aren't nearly over the hill yet.



Marios-love-child said:

Wow all these games that are reaching milestones lately are really starting to make me feel old.

Spent many a happy hour back in the day playing Street Fighter 2



shonenjump86 said:

I played SF2 on both arcade and SNES. I'm just a year older than Street Fighter. Anyways, Happy B day to one of my favorite series. The Alpha/Zero games will always be my favorite. I still play a lot of Capcom fighting games to this day.



Banker-Style said:

Dead or Alive is far better,but I can't resist a bit of Chun Li,and those beautiful thighs of hers.



sinalefa said:

That is cool. Capcom is actually releasing a collection to celebrate this, but so far it is only for PS360. The Wii U could really benefit from having games like SFIII Third Strike released, so hopefully Capcom ports it eventually.



arrmixer said:

Me and my boys used to skip school just to go play the arcade ....
When the snes version came out I was at my boy's house religiously playing for hours times!!!



FluttershyGuy said:

I guess if having played the SNES original makes you over the hill, then I've got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I played the original non-classic Street Fighter in arcades. (btw, there is a scene in the 1992 film "Juice" where they're playing SF I )

I played SF II (it was Champion Edition) at a convenience store in downtown Tulsa in February of '92. Don't know why I remember, but the Grammys were on that night.

The experience was one of life's magical moments. Everything about it was awe inspiring for me (I hadn't seen or heard of it yet somehow... it was during a gap in my gaming life). I was Ryu and fought Dhalsim. Won that first fight in 3 rounds, but didn't have much luck after, as I did not yet know hadoken, shoryuken, or hardly any other moves.

Winning and losing was immaterial, however. After all, "the fight is everything!" A lifelong Street Fighter was born that February evening!

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