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The Cuphead fight against Ribby and Croaks has references to eleven of the twelve original Street Fighter 2 characters

Creators reveal even more fighting game references in the Cuphead game

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 4, 2017 at 6:09 p.m. PDT • Comments: 16

In the past, we have been able to spot many references to fighting games found in Cuphead. For example, the two boss frogs, Ribby and Croaks, have intro animations that are very similar to taunts performed by Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series.

Another boss that goes by the name of Sally Stageplay tends to use a few of Dhalsim's moves too. Just how many references exist within this game?

The Cuphead creators recently sat down for an interview with GameSpot to answer this question. Evidently, there are even more references than we realized.

Ribby and Croaks apparently reference more than just Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series. They actually have references to most of the original Street Fighter 2 characters (not including the "New Challengers" and Chun-Li).

Animations performed are intentional references to Dhalsim's Yoga Fire, Zangief's Lariat, E. Honda's hundred hand slap, Guile's Sonic Boom, and Blanka's ball roll. The slot machine part of the fight references the four bosses -- it can roll a Bison (like M. Bison), a bull (Balrog has specials named after a bull, and kind of acts like one, a tiger (Sagat's tiger shots and tiger uppercut), and a snake (Vega has a snake tatoo).

There are even more references beyond that. Sally Stageplay apparently has an intro that is similar to Urien's intro.

Sent in by: BlackMasamune

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