Street Fighter is one of the most enduring franchises ever made, and since 1987, Capcom has been developing a series of games which are loved the world over. The games of old have gone down in history, still much-loved today not only for their nostalgic elements but also for their exciting gameplay. There is no doubt that these games will always be remembered for their impact and influence on the industry. However, prior to 2016, players had been starved of new offerings for almost eight years. Street Fighter V was released that year, though, and served to revitalize the franchise and solidify the legacy. The well-received title has also paved the way for the Street Fighter franchise to continue into the future.
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter V is the most recent game in the Street Fighter series, excluding Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, which was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2017. The Switch offering was developed by Capcom, but was in fact an updated version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo which was available for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer originally in 1994.
In the 2016 title from the main Capcom series, there were many similarities to the four previous games. It featured a 2D side-scrolling fighting gameplay system, with 12 returning characters. The aim of the game was also the same, as it featured two different fighters trying to knock each other out using a range of attacks and special abilities. It also introduced some handy new features, such as the V-Gauge. The gauge built as players were attacked and added three new techniques to characters’ move repertories. These were V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers, with each unique to every character. These additional manoeuvres made the fights much more realistic, and increased the variance of possible outcomes, while also providing much more depth to the game.
The title produced by Yoshinori Ono was well received by critics and garnered a score of 8/10 from respected games reviewer IGN and a consolidated score of 77% on Metacritic. In addition to that, around 2.5 million copies of the game were sold. This highlights just how much love there still is for the historic fighting game.
Where it all Began
When Street Fighter was first released thirty years ago, it was one of the most advanced games of its time. In the late ’80s, players could take control of Ryu on the arcade machines and enter a tournament against ten other opponents. Another player could also get involved and control Ken. The game was always one of the busiest at the arcades, as there would often be competitions among players. It was destined to become a major title when early consoles began to crop up at the start of the 1990s. It also inspired numerous other fighting games, such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, released much, much later, in January 2018.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior also began as an arcade game in 1991, but was later made available for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. The game was a major success, ending up being the fourth-highest selling game for the console with more than 6.3 million copies sold. The appeal of the early Street Fighter games was in the fact that at the time, fighting games were a highly original concept which hadn’t been explored much. The huge fan base that quickly emerged meant that there were always players to play against, and this led to many tournaments taking place.
The immense success of these early games led to three more sequels and a number of spinoff games. Streetfighter III: New Generation came out in 1997 on arcade machines as well as the Sega Dreamcast, and Streetfighter IV was released eleven years later in 2008 for arcades, with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows versions hitting shelves the following year. Players have enjoyed seeing the characters evolve over time, and each game seems to carry with it a nostalgic element which attracts older generations. This enduring legacy has made it easy for Capcom to bring games out after long breaks and still reel in large audiences. For that reason, there is every chance that the franchise will carry on for many years to come.
Upcoming Street Fighter Games
In fact, there is already a new Street Fighter game set to be released in 2018. The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will come out in May this year and will include twelve games from the series. These are the original 1987 offering, five versions of Street Fighter II including The World Warrior, Champion Edition, Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super, and Super Turbo, three versions of Street Fighter Alpha which are Alpha, Alpha 2 and Alpha 3, as well as three versions of Street Fighter III – New Generation, 2nd Impact, and 3rd Strike.
Unlike the arcade games of old, players will be able to save their games in each of these original titles when playing story modes, so that they can return to them at any time. There are also going to be online multiplayer options for some of the later instalments in the series. There is no doubt that this release will help remind fans of the awesomeness of the original games, and potentially bring in a new generation of fans as well.
If Street Fighter V hadn’t already served to reboot the Capcom franchise and bring it to a younger set of players, the 30th Anniversary Collection edition will certainly help. Gamers can surely expect more instalments of the popular series on futuristic platforms in years to come.