Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – Retrospective Series: How Street Fighter and Street Fighter 2 created the foundation for modern fighters

Capcom releases first video in new series detailing the franchise's history

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 3, 2018 at 9:27 a.m. PDT

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is set for release later this month. This jam-packed collection brings fans 12 classic Street Fighter titles, providing the ultimate trip down memory lane with games from each of the main Street Fighter series.

In honor of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection's upcoming release, Capcom has kicked off a video series that takes a look back at each game's rich history. This retrospective series begins at the very beginning -- Street Fighter 1 and Street Fighter 2.

Today's video, which features narration by prominent FGC member and commentator James Chen, walks viewers through Street Fighter's humble beginnings. We're reminded of the initial game's only two playable characters, Ryu and Ken, as well as its simpler arcade controls.

Street Fighter 1 (1987) was not only the first game in the legendary franchise, but it came with a lot of firsts for the genre. It marked the first appearance of popular characters such as Adon, Gen, Birdie, and Sagat, who were not playable at the time, but went on to appear in future titles.

We also saw the introduction of bonus stages, as well as victory quotes at the end of each fight. Four years later, we saw a bigger, badder Street Fighter that really paved the way for modern fighting titles.

Street Fighter 2 bumped the playable characters number up to eight, bringing in some of the most iconic combatants in fighting games such as Chun-Li, Guile, Zangief, and more. The gameplay was also drastically improved, introducing mechanics such as combos, and the Street Fighter 2 series would go on to receive several updates over the years adding more content and adjustments.

If you're a fan of the Street Fighter series or are just looking to learn more about where many of the staples in current fighters came from, you'll definitely want to check out this video.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is due out May 29th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.

Source: Capcom Unity. Sent in by shinwar and Shinkuu_Kikoken.

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