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The worst title in the Street Fighter franchise? Here's a closer look at Street Fighter: The Movie... which is a game

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Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 17, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. PDT • Comments: 45

It must have been when I was about six years old, I can recall an evening at the local Golf N' Stuff arcade with my dad when, as we were making our way toward the exit, I noticed Jean-Claude Van Damme doing flash kicks on an arcade cabinet marked "Street Fighter;" it was the coolest thing my six-year-old, Street Fighter-loving brain could conceive at the time.

I didn't actually get to play it, and couldn't tell you the other games I played that evening, (though I'm sure they were of the fighting genre) but the image of that Street Fighter: The Movie game has stuck with me for a full 23 years and counting. It also turned out to be arguably the most controversial title in the Street Fighter franchise.

If the goal was to turn heads, this arcade title did its job well. Coming off the surprising success of the 1994 Street Fighter film, this game threw the digitized likeness of Hollywood stars right into the action and under your control.

For casual fans, it may not have gotten any better than being able to electrocute your friends as Raul Julia M. Bison (though it was not actually him featured in the character animations) or smack them in the face with a roundhouse as Kylie Minogue Cammy, but those who were looking for a real Street Fighter experience would most certainly not find it here.

In his latest video Top Hat Gaming Man explores the particulars of this oddball SF entry. Just watching footage of this obviously clunky but not totally unsatisfying gameplay gives you an idea of the lukewarm feeling that tends to come with actually playing it.

Panned by most critics with slightly below average reviews, Street Fighter: The Movie would fail to amount to much more than an attention-grabber. That did not stop it, however, from being "ported" to both the PlayStation 1 and the Sega Saturn. The reason I have that word in quotation marks is that both of these versions wound up being significantly different than what was experienced in arcades.

This was mainly due to the fact that arcade version was developed by Incredible Technologies while Capcom took the helm for the home releases. The latter's product was actually very similar to the traditional SF experience that so many were used to, but that didn't stop critics from ripping it apart just the same.

It seems this title just couldn't catch a break and wound up being almost universally hated. We'll let Top Hat fill in all the details for you in the pleasant watch below:

Be sure to visit THGM's historical reports on both X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Street Fighter 3, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, and Street Fighter EX.

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