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World Warriors through the ages - the visual evolution of the Street Fighter 2 cast from the original game through Turbo into Super Turbo

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • August 22, 2013 at 10:31 a.m. PDT
Most should have fond memories of player Street Fighter 2 in their youth, at the very least some version of it. With the upcoming deal on the Wii U Virtual Console this week, where purchasers can get all three versions for a cheaper price (in America, you get 50% off the other two versions if you buy one of them, while in Europe you get a "buy 2, get 1 free" deal).

Capcom employee Brelston, over at Capcom Unity, decided to put some play time into each title in preparation for tomorrow's launch, and thought it would be fun to give a side-by-side comparison of the visual evolution of each character, which we've decided to compile below for you.

It's interesting to see how much, or how little, many of the cast members changed to become the faces we recognize and identify today. Here are a few of them to get you started.

Make sure you check out Capcom Unity's website to see the rest.

Comments

ssf4evo said on August 22, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.

Honda.. went from nice to evil.

#1
kirbykirbykirby said on August 22, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

If they had onlkne multiplayer id buy one to play on wii u

#2
Chryo said on August 22, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.

Vega KNEW he was drawn ugly as hell before Super

#3
IareBeStayDrunk said on August 22, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

guiles made me laugh

#4
Hexelf said on August 22, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

I always enjoyed the older renditions of SF2 much more than ST - Hyper Fighting and Super in particular. Especially on the 16-bit consoles <3

#5
Eternal said on August 22, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

I prefer SF2 Turbo versions of Guile/Chun/Ken/Gief/Honda

While I prefer the Super SF2 version of Bison/Sagat/Vega/Dhalsim/Ryu/Balrog and most certainly Blanka in Super was the best improvement over WW or Turbo.

I'm not a fan of Super SF2 Honda, he looks like he has too many teeth. Other than him though all of the other Super SF2 versions look really good, I just PREFER some of the SF2 Turbo versions.

#6
SweetJohnnyCage said on August 22, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.

Everyone clearly did a few cycles of HGH between Hyper and Super.

#7
guille_n_roll said on August 22, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Plastic surgery for everyone! (Except for vega)

#8
KwRIOT said on August 22, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Nostalgia pixels <3

#9
SupaFly79 said on August 22, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.

I forgot how bad the old artwork was...lol...and Balrog was TOTALLY meant to be Tyson in the beginning.

#10
yugo said on August 22, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

Guile horrible design in sf2

#11
tsgrimey said on August 22, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

Add the SF4 shots too!

#12
sarif2soon said on August 22, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

what about hdr?

#13
Deyrax said on August 22, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.

Guile looks drunk on 3rd pic, LOL.

#14
hotpinkfighter said on August 22, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

Of course chun li gets more beautiful with every game :-)

#15
sagatee said on August 22, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

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#16
JesseRobles said on August 22, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

Everyone got nose jobs. And Ryu is a plastic surgery freak! He even got cheekbones and chin implants!
Chunners is the only one happy with her looks. Such confidence.

#17
GodPride said on August 22, 2013 at 11:33 a.m.

Guile has Dumbo ears.

#18
xXAngelBoyXx said on August 22, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

hdr needs to be in the list too

#19
FakeVariable said on August 22, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

I never noticed that Balrog looked like Webster back in the day

#20
XeroDgX said on August 22, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

I have always said, the last pic of honda looks like a ninja turtle, https://static1.e621.net/data/d1/32/d...

#21
sarif2soon said on August 22, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.

@17
looks nothing like one.

#22
Xul said on August 22, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

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#23
VladDracul said on August 22, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

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#24
ednd30 said on August 22, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

should have put up the beat up pics as well

#25
MichaelMayheM said on August 22, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

@10 yeah he was suppose to be m. Bison, hence "mike Tyson" only in Japan tho

#26
BumblebeeCody said on August 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

Balrog is black!?

#27
Rome_Himself said on August 22, 2013 at 1:12 p.m.

lol sad face ryu

#28
TwoBears77 said on August 22, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.

@ 8

Yeah, but it looks like Honda used the same surgeon as the Joker. Eeek.

#29
gammabolt17 said on August 22, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

So weird that all the WW pics look better than the Turbo pics. All SSF2 pics are gdlk though.

First Guile pic is like a dead ringer for Bred from Final Fight hahahaha.

#30
theramin said on August 22, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

ST had the best portraits, Alpha had the best looking sprites.

#31
learis1 said on August 22, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.

I miss the old school artwork. Super had such realistic detail. I consider it the pinnacle of character portraits. That type of artwork is either less detailed now, or is gone and replaced with lamer computer renderings. And yes, i know i sound like an old snob (even though i'm freakin 26).

#32
gammabolt17 said on August 22, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

That Hyper Fighting Guile face is just killing me.

#33
Aluppoj said on August 22, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.

Guile looks like an Alcoholic in picture 3. It's really hard to look at lol.

#34
Aluppoj said on August 22, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

They all went from smiling to scowling lol. Especially Dhalsim. From pic1 to pic2 he got really angry.

#35
sergio_reyes_ said on August 22, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

evolution the games street fighter 2

#36
gammabolt17 said on August 22, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

@35

Looks like he might be on the verge of pukin his guts out hahahaha

#37
noob_blasta said on August 22, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.

I was never keen on the super artwork too much, it looked a bit soft. Championship is the one for me out of those. Nice to see these.

#38
madmonk25 said on August 22, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.

I'm pretty sure that Chun Li's original portrait is yellow, and Bison's original portrait is all red. But other than that I'm not complaining lol.

#39
ONG_BAK_SAGAT said on August 22, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

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#40
xAzureVoidx said on August 22, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.

Why do they get more pissed with every version

#41
Aluppoj said on August 22, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

@38

Yeah, and he's not wearing his Top dentures LMFAO!

#42
Zero888 said on August 22, 2013 at 3:24 p.m.

Bison looks more angry with each iteration, while Gief looks more clueless, haha.

#43
cab1020 said on August 22, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.

Ryu looked like a hella pretty boy in WW. Honda also looks like 14 in his WW portrait.

#44
gammabolt17 said on August 22, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

@43

Oh LAWD lol I can't unsee that now

#45
Eventhubsqueer said on August 22, 2013 at 4:22 p.m.

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#46
GOGZero said on August 22, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.

The World Warriors have come a long way in the looks department!

#47
Donald_K_Bahls said on August 22, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

Can't unsee second Chun Li portrait as Xian.

#48
Azureneedle said on August 23, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.

Ryu's eyebrows are a thing of true mystery.

#49
Hotdiddykong said on August 23, 2013 at 1:40 a.m.

Poor Dhalsim got more depressed XD

#50
Kenshiro said on August 23, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.

Guile just looks old...coincidentally he looks older in his debut than he does in Super.

Ah well he beat the hell out of M. Bison and is my all-time main, what can ya do?

#51
OhYouDontSayThat said on August 23, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.

attack me if u dare! I WILL CRUSH U!!!

#52
Super_Honda said on August 23, 2013 at 6:59 a.m.

Look at their faces, especially the World Warrior ones. Ken is the only one that looked pretty much the same (I wouldn't count Vega because he wears a mask) from World Warrior to Hyper Fighting. In Super, they looked so good, in terms of detail.

@23

I know, right? World Warrior Ryu looks like an Arab? Not at all. By the way, are you an Arab?

#53
jelaninoel said on August 24, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

will never forget how sick they made blanka. looks stupid as hell now

#54
4leaf said on November 20, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

The Super SF2 portraits are really slick, especially Blanka's, Guile's, and Sagat's, which are especially badass.

The only exception is E. Honda, whose SF 2 Turbo portrait is better. He looks like he's suffering from lockjaw in SSF2. Perhaps it's a post-DP expression? (^_^)

#55
courte said on November 20, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.

just gets better

#56
b43k said on January 7, 2014 at 4:38 a.m.

Ryu had the most plastic surgery done to him...a complete makeover at that because in Street Fighter 1, he was a scrawny looking redhead,with freckles!! i guess he wanted to be japanese, so he went from a redhead{(sf1) to japanese (sf2-current). lol!

#57
danistheman said on February 11, 2014 at 5:14 p.m.

Hyper Street Fighter 2 is my favorite version because of the simplicity, character portraits, and the announcer. And of course the SPEED!

#58


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