Evil Ryu's debut, chain combos, and 'ISMs' - Here's the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Street Fighter Alpha retrospective

A trip down memory lane

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 24, 2018 at 3:49 p.m. PDT

In honor of the upcoming Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection release, Capcom is bringing forth all of the nostalgic feels with their new Street Fighter retrospective video series. Today, we get an in-depth look at all three Street Fighter Alpha titles.

Narrated by prominent FGC member and commentator James Chen, this look back at the beloved Street Fighter series provides information on each title, how they changed from their predecessors, and more.

The Street Fighter Alpha series first began in 1995, taking place canonically in between the original Street Fighter and Street Fighter 2. The first Alpha game brought back familiar faces such as Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li (albeit with a new looK), and made Street Fighter 1 characters such as Adon and Birdie playable for the first time.

Street Fighter Alpha introduced several new mechanics that weren't present in the Street Fighter 2 series, like chain combos, Alpha Counters, and knockdown recovery.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 added more to what the first game had established, bringing in brand new characters such as secret fighter Evil Ryu. A second Alpha Counter was also implemented, as well as the option to recover at three different distances.

Completing the trifecta, Street Fighter Alpha 3 stepped things up with an all new "ISMs" mechanic that gave players the option to choose between different super meter types. From A-ISM's three-tiered super combos to V-ISM's crazy custom combos, Alpha 3 became known as the Street Fighter franchise's most experimental title to some.

There is way more information about all three Street Fighter Alpha games included here, so be sure to check out the retrospective below.

Be sure to check out the first installment of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection – Retrospective Series featuring Street Fighter 1 and Street Fighter 2.

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