Many know Street Fighter 2 as the title that started a gaming revolution but far fewer experienced its humble beginnings. Designed by Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto, the original Street Fighter made its arcade debut in 1987.
It was later released on a variety of devices, including PC and TurboGrafx-CD, under the title Fighting Street. Despite being a crude image of its more successful younger sibling, Street Fighter brought a lot to the beat-’em-up genre. The familiar 6-button layout and special move motions were both first introduced in the original.
In the game, player 1 only had access to Ryu who had 10 non-playable opponents to defeat, including his eternal rival Sagat. By joining in for some head-to-head battles, player 2 assumed the role of Ken. The iconic character selection didn’t come until 4 years later in 1991 when Street Fighter 2 made its arcade debut.
Such names as Blanka, M Bison, Guile and Ching-Li will being back memories for many of our readers who had a SNES in the 90s, and many of these characters endure in the Streetfighter Universe to this day.
The Humble Competitive Beginnings of Streetfighter 2
It didn’t take the release of Street Fighter 2 on Super Nintendo to plant the seed of fighting game 메이저사이트.
Arcades were always breeding grounds for competition. Either by way of flashy public leaderboards or through small tournaments, the dimly lit halls of arcades were a place where gamers could make names for themselves among their peers.