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This Street Fighter bootleg almost looks like a real fighting game in the hands of a perfectly playing TAS bot

Aside from the one-hit KO Shoryuken I guess

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 17, 2020 at 11:05 a.m. PST • Comments: 14

Street Fighter 2 is one of the most bootlegged games in existence even after almost 30 years since its original release, and while some go crazy with the source material like Rainbow Edition, others tried to faithfully recreate the magic to not a lot of success.

Tool-assisted gameplay content creator M. Bizarro recently released a new video showcasing one of the "better" bootlegs with an NES / Famicom version of Street Fighter 3 (really just SF2) that almost looks like a playable fighting game in the hands of a perfect computer.

The first round of footage is a mirrored match between Ryu and Ken with both characters clashing all of their moves which reveals that they do pretty much have all of the moves you'd expect with tossing Hadokens, Tatsumakis and Shoryukens. They even look decently animated for what this game is.

Since the NES only has two face buttons, players would usually determine their level of punch or kick depending on how long they hold down the input, but obviously a programmed recording isn't going to have an issue with that.

What is still a problem, however, is the fact that the bootleg doesn't actually let you perform combos though Bizarro appears to actually break that rule at one point by landing a dragon punch after the cross up.

Round three ends pretty abruptly with Ryu only performing one Shoryuken that instantly drains Ken's entire life bar, and there's not really an explanation to go along with that to explain why that happened. We can probably chalk it up to being a bootleg though.

This 8-bit Street Fighter copy still has seven more characters to choose from, so maybe we'll get a future demonstration of what bootleg Dhalsim and M. Bison can do in these settings.

Image source: Toyark.

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