In 1987 a game called Street Fighter hit the arcades to a resounding “Meh” (or the ’80s equivalent). But in 1991 Street Fighter II smashed into those dens of coin-drainage and a legend was born. Both of them – and more – feature in this compilation.
That “more” would be 10 other Street Fighter variations from throughout the 1990s. Capcom really knew how to milk a franchise – but didn’t fighter fans love it?!
As those with even basic mathematics abilities will have gleaned, this little collection houses 12 SF games, starting with the original Street Fighter and taking in the variations of SFII, SF Alpha and SFIII. That’s a whole lot of Chun-Li’s majestic thighs.
All the games were originally sized for old school CRT arcade machine monitors, so here they’re letterboxed into the middle of the screen. You can choose border type, and even whether to have the little scanlines that make everything look less blocky or not.
The presentation is truly superb. Beyond little tweaks such as those mentioned above, you just select a game, plop straight into the attract mode and are ready to rock. Four of the games – Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike – even have online support, in either ranked or casual flavours. Neat!
The emulation is fabulous, with no lag and everything as fast as it should be. Those who bravely fought in the arcades of the day will find their SF muscle memory reinvigorated, while those who are new to proceedings will find it as mesmerisingly confusing to begin with as ever. Like most everything good, these things take time. Just ask The Smiths.
Beyond the games, there’s a bunch of brilliant historical information. This ranges from a timeline of SF milestones through to a deep history, various pieces of development art and chunky character bios. Which reminds us, we’re still pretty annoyed that Australia never got an in-game character (well, unless you count wrestle-fest Saturday Night Slam Masters, which we don’t as it was only vaguely in the same universe as SF).
If you’re new to Street Fighter then we’d say stick with the latest in the series, SFV (well, if you have a PS4 or PC), but if you were there in the day, or just appreciate arcade gaming history that’s extremely playable, then you’ll find lots to love in this mega compilation.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is available now for PS4, Xbox One and Switch.