by Professor Layton
previewed on PS3
Test of Time
Way back in 1987, Capcom decided to release a fighting game in arcades known as Street Fighter. The next year, the game was ported to the TurboGrafx CD under the title Fighting Street and then to some other consoles such as Commodore 64. In the end though, Street Fighter failed to soak up as much attention as its successors.
Then in 1991, the sequel to the original finally hit North American shores. The first iteration in the second wave of Street Fighter games was entitled Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Featuring all the characters from the original, The World Warrior put players head-to-head against seven other characters. If they managed to defeat all of them, four non-selectable boss characters could be faced.
In the first revision of Street Fighter II, the four boss opponents became selectable characters and the option was now there for two players to select the same character. The characters would be distinguished from each other by a color. All in all, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition proved to be a very worthy revision. Little did fans know, that was only the first of a massive wave of revisions.
After the release of Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting was released to fix some problems with the previous revision, most notably the gameplay speed. Shortly after its release, two more revisions were released, Super Street Fighter II and Super Street Fighter II Turbo. In the end, Street Fighter II was credited as launching the fighting genre into the mainstream.
As one would guess, Street Fighter III was released later that decade and it too had revisions. Two in total, both adding new characters and slightly modifying the gameplay. Between this though, Street Fighter Alpha was released, and it managed to spawn two sequels. After that the series slowed down, with revisions being released less often.
Ready for the next one?
Now, over a decade after the last numbered game in the series, Capcom is ready to continue on with the next numbered installment, Street Fighter IV. Set between the events of the second and third installments, Street Fighter IV sticks to the 2D gameplay that made the previous games so enjoyable. Will the Street Fighter series be able to withstand the test of time and prove that 2D gameplay can be just as fun as 3D in today’s society?