More Street Fighter references in Cuphead

Dhalsim moves, parries, and more

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 4, 2017 at 4:34 p.m. PDT

Last week, we learned that references to Street Fighter lie in wait for those who play through Cuphead, the new run and gun title on Xbox One and PC. One boss battle, consisting of two giant frogs named Ribby and Croaks, sees the two performing taunts belonging to two classic Shoto characters before starting the fight.

Today we've got a few more interesting bits that I believe are paying homage to the classic fighting franchise.

First up, we have a handful of game mechanics that have terminology we've seen previously. In Cuphead, players are able to "parry" enemies (those that are pink in color) with a properly timed hit of the jump button.

Not only is this something present in Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, but you can actually perform multiple parries in a row, similarly to the way you'd do so in the fighting title.

Players also earn "Super Cards" by dealing damage to enemies, which grants them access to powerful attacks. For one super card, you can use an "EX move" -- a staple in Street Fighter since the Street Fighter 3 days -- and the first one you're given access to resembles a large Hadoken.

Using all five of your super cards will cause Cuphead to fire off into a "Super Art." You can unlock and choose from three different ones, and again, the first one you'll get looks a lot like a Shinku Hadoken (the large beam version).

You can check out each of these three references in the gallery below.

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Playing through the game, I also stumbled upon another boss who had some familiar looking attacks.

Once you get further into the worlds, you'll come across a boss named Sally Stageplay. You fight her in a theater, and Sally fights with an umbrella and throws fans at you.

What's interesting, though, is that this boss also utilizes a drill kick and teleports around the screen. Sound like any of the Street Fighters you know?

That's right, these moves look striking similar to Dhalsim's classic attacks.

Below are GIFs showing Sally Stageplay's moves, as well as Super Art 1.


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Did you find any other Street Fighter references in Cuphead? Let us know in the comments!

Footage and images via GamersPrey, SquareOneGames, PS360HD, theRadBrad, and Xbox On.

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