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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

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.

Combofiend shares SNES Street Fighter 2 series memories, talks about how combos and cross ups were unintentional glitches

Combofiend shares SNES Street Fighter 2 series memories, talks about how combos and cross ups were unintentional glitches The Capcom Fighters crew released a video today to celebrate the SNES re-releases of the Street Fighter 2 series of games on the Wii U.

Combofiend discusses some of his memories from these titles and the mechanics that were discovered through the years; notably that combos and cross ups were unintentional glitches, but have of course become a staple in many fighting games since.

Also, feel free to jump into the comments and share some of your favorite memories while playing the Street Fighter 2 series of games. Hit the jump to check out the video, and leave a comment with your experiences.

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, Hyper Fighting and New Challengers make their way to the Nintendo Wii U e-shop later this week

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, Hyper Fighting and New Challengers make their way to the Nintendo Wii U e-shop later this week Although Wii U players won't be getting Ultra Street Fighter 4 when it's released early next year, they can still get their Street Fighter fix by checking out the e-shop later this week.

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, Super Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting and SSF2: The New Challengers are now available on the Wii U as digital downloads. All three of these classic Capcom fighters will become available on August 22.

Each download retains a price tag of $7.99 USD. Take your pick of the litter, or purchase all three; Nintendo Wii U users can now take a trip back to the past and run some SF2 sets on their television or Wii U gamepad.

Hit the jump to check out the announcement trailers for each.

Summer Jam 7 tournament results and stream archive, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly and more

Summer Jam 7 tournament results and stream archive, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly and more Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive for Summer Jam 7.

While it may be the the off season for fighting game tournaments in general, that certainly doesn't mean there are no noteworthy events going on. Summer Jam VII is just starting, and brings a bunch of big names like AGE|NYChrisG, EMP|KDZ, BT|MarlinPie, EMP|CD Jr., MH|Flux and more.

Games present at the tournament are plentiful, and include Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena and much, much more.

For the full rundown, check out our official preview, and hit the jump for the live stream, early results and event schedule.

Former Capcom employee who worked on Street Fighter 2 talks about creating WeaponLord, a very complex fighter for the SNES & Genesis

Former Capcom employee who worked on Street Fighter 2 talks about creating WeaponLord, a very complex fighter for the SNES & Genesis James Goddard is a game designer who earned his chops working on the Street Fighter 2 series, specifically Champion Edition, Hyper Fighting and Super Street Fighter 2, where he also created the character Dee Jay.

Back in 1995, Goddard and his team released a fairly obscure fighter for the SNES and Genesis, called WeaponLord.

Running one of the most complex fighting game systems at the time, with things that later became major features in other titles; like off the ground attacks, parries and counters — WeaponLord was considered a title too complicated for its own good.

GameSpot has written up an extensive piece examining the history of the game, which talks about some of the follies the development team experienced while crafting this fighting, which still has a small underground scene who plays it.

The article starts off with how Goddard got his start at Capcom. Hit the jump for more.

James "DJAMES" Goddard never cheated at Street Fighter, though plenty of people accused him of such. "There was no Internet back then," he said, "so if you knew these tricks, such as doing a walking pile drive with Zangief, people thought you were a voodoo priest or something!" Knowledge was power, and Goddard knew all the tricks. In 1991, he was hired by Capcom, creator of Street Fighter II, as a game tester, and quickly rallied that into an apprenticeship at the company's Japanese offices. He then took that knowledge and worked his way up to support designer and advisor on Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, followed by master game balancer on Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting. Goddard was learning from the best, and those lessons would help him immensely when developing WeaponLord.

Rendition of Killer Instinct theme song features joystick button guitar player, full band plays Ken's SF2 stage music

Rendition of Killer Instinct theme song features joystick button guitar player, full band plays Ken's SF2 stage music The band, On Being Human, has recorded a sick rendition of the opening theme song for the original Killer Instinct.

This is a full band setup, and one of the guitar players even has modded joystick buttons into his guitar to produce additional effects.

Killer Instinct's soundtrack is regarded as one of the best around for fighting games, and this band definitely does the opening theme justice.

Hit the jump to check it out, along with another music video/song of Ken's Street Fighter 2 stage theme music being performed by On Being Human.

Summer Jam VII tournament preview, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly, RayRay, Hiro, Rico Suave, Masta CJ, JRosa and more

Summer Jam VII tournament preview, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly, RayRay, Hiro, Rico Suave, Masta CJ, JRosa and more Summer Jam VII will be taking place this weekend, on August 17th-18th in Philadelphia, PA, and will be featuring loads of games, including Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and many more.

As for players attending, names like AGE|NYChrisG, EMP|KDZ, BT|MarlinPie, EMP|CD Jr., MH|Flux, EMP|Sanford Kelly, MH|RayRay, EMP|Hiro, RG|Rico Suave, RG|MastaCJ and more will be present at the event.

Hit the jump for the full preview.

Have you ever wanted an arcade cabinet delivered right to your door? California residents can rent retro cabs for $75 a month

Have you ever wanted an arcade cabinet delivered right to your door? California residents can rent retro cabs for $75 a month If you've always wanted to have your very own, 200+ pound arcade machine to use at your heart's content, look no further. The Peterson brothers over at All You Can Arcade have over 100 retro machines at their disposal, and rent them out for $75 a month to California residents.

Based in San Francisco and looking to expand to the East Coast, this rental service will deliver the cabinet straight to your door. Naturally, any arcade a customer rents will not require quarters to operate.

Among the hundreds of machines they have up for rental, you will find the classic Street Fighter 2 cabinet. California residents can search their zip code on the All You Can Arcade site to see which cabs are in stock and available in their area.

Although $75 a month is a little steep, it is a very interesting idea and great for someone looking to hold a retro tournament or gathering of some kind. Be sure to check out All You Can Arcade and browse their game listings.

Source: Kotaku.

This is your chance to become a world warrior - worldwide map of Street Fighter 2 arcade machine locations

This is your chance to become a world warrior - worldwide map of Street Fighter 2 arcade machine locations Have you ever found yourself traveling abroad, and suddenly felt an urge to play some Street Fighter 2, preferably Super Turbo? This writer definitely has, and in case you haven't, you're going to start feeling that urge from now on.

Fortunately, there's a very simple way to scratch that itch. Thanks to EventHubs user Isimorn, we have a map to share with you all. A world map which shows you every known location you can go to play some sets of Street Fighter 2, in true old school arcade fashion.

You can find the map itself right here. Check it out, and you just might be able to become a world warrior yet.

Isimorn also implored us to ask you guys to PM him if you know of any more locations to play Street Fighter 2, preferably Super Turbo, since only the person who created the map can edit it. Please shoot a PM his way if you happen to know a location that isn't listed.

Watching the map makes this writer think he needs to go to France more often. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to Isimorn himself for the news tip.

LiangHuBBB's funny and cool moments episode 77

LiangHuBBB is still up to his old tricks, delivering content to laugh at, cry at or just be amazed at. It's hard to believe we're up to 77 episodes and still going strong, but here we are. Check out the compilation below for various shenanigans in a variety of different fighting games.

Is LiangHuBBB's stuff still up to snuff? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to cailooooo and an anonymous user for the news tip.

Most popular characters, teams and more for SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, SFxT, Injustice, etc. - EventHubs stats

We've launched our revolutionary new fighting game stats area here on EventHubs. This is an easy way to find out who the most popular characters are in all of the major tournament games in the scene, along with quite a bit more information. There are 23 games total featured here, ranging from Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 all the way down to Super Smash Bros. Melee, and all major stops in between.

As the largest website in the fighting game community, we can offer a fairly insightful look at the current state of our scene and it's players. Here's a brief feature rundown:

• Stats pages for more than 600 characters.
• Listing of most popular fighters and teams played.
• Interactive maps showing where competitors are located.
• All stat pages updated once every 6 hours.
• Much, much more.

Hit the jump for more details.

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more We're very happy to take the veil off on our brand new stats page. In this completely overhauled section, you'll find stats for all of the major tournament fighting games in our scene, plus a few other titles.

These cover the most popular characters, teams, locations of players and much, much more.

This is a beta launch of the new section, so you may stumble across a few bugs (like lack of graphic headers for some titles).

This is a revolutionary and highly innovative site feature, containing information you can't find any where else, and will likely become a staple of many people's routines when searching for telemetry data. Here's a quick features rundown:

• Most popular characters for 23 different fighting games.
• Most common teams and positions for each character for 2v2 and 3v3 titles.
• Location breakdowns showing which regions players hail from.
• System information for all games and characters.
• All information updated every 12 hours.
• Quite a bit more.

Daigo's new manga shows EVO moment #37, Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition tier list

Digging a bit deeper into MCZ|Daigo Umehara's new manga series, we look today at the most popular clip in competitive fighting game history, EVO moment #37.

The creators of the manga decided to replicate this moment in their new creation, and a few shots were posted on a Nico Video live stream.


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Also, after the jump you'll find an old Gamest tier list for Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition, which was replicated in the manga as well, and of course, the original EVO moment #37, so you can relive things once again.

Street Fighter 2 Ken theme acapella version performed by Smooth McGroove

Acapella extraordinaire Smooth McGroove returns with another excellent rendition of a classic Street Fighter 2 theme, this time Ken's. Smooth McGroove performs each of the musical parts with only his voice and has a bit of gameplay in the center of the video.

A few months ago we saw his acapella version of Guile's theme. Be sure to check out McGroove's Ken theme and share your thoughts on it in the comments below.

Tip by karlnichol_36 and an anonymous reader.

Daigo once practiced punishing single move for 5 hours with help of friend in SF2T days, before advent of training mode

Daigo once practiced punishing single move for 5 hours with help of friend in SF2T days, before advent of training mode Talking about some of his old school experiences playing fighting games, MCZ|Daigo Umehara relayed a story where he spent 5 hours learning to punish a single move, with the help of a friend.

On the Super Famicon (SNES) release of Street Fighter 2 Turbo, it was possible to jack up the speed setting to 10 stars (Turbo 10) making the action incredibly fast, but the game was released at a time when training mode wasn't a standard issue.

As such, Umehara enlisted the help of a friend to spam Guile's crouching medium kick so he could learn the timing to punish it with Ryu's crouching hard kick sweep, and apparently do it with super fast reactions, considering the insane game speed setting.

Also, while looking through old issues of the publication Gamest, who's staff later went on to make Arcadia Magazine, Umehara pointed out that Guile vs. Zangief is 9-1 match in Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition and Ryu vs. Guile is a 4-6 set.

These topics were part of Daigo's promotional interview for a new manga that was released in Japan, starring none other than Umehara himself, and Beast Note has a full rundown of details and information about the event.


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