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Some of these bootleg versions of Street Fighter 2 got pretty close to the actual thing, others will just make you cringe...

No shame

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 1, 2020 at 9:02 a.m. PDT • Comments: 5

They look like Street Fighter (sort of), they sound like Street Fighter (sort of), but you'll notice that there's some small piece of the puzzle missing when it comes to these 1990's bootleg Nintendo Entertainment System versions of the title that kicked off the fighting game genre as we know it.

A YouTuber by the name of St1ka grew up experiencing many of the gaming world's most iconic franchises via these imitations, and has put together a very intriguing video wherein he examines a handful of Street Fighter 2 bootlegs that we can compare and contrast to the original we know and love.

It's fairly common knowledge that copy cats came out in droves after the success of Street Fighter 2 in the early 1990's, but it's still quite astonishing seeing just how many shameless discount versions of straight up Street Fighter made it out for public consumption.

We've seen our share of films from The Asylum (Snakes on a Train, Triassic World, Sharknado) but even those have a certain sense of decency buried underneath a number of layers of shameless cash grabbing.

These NES bootlegs appear to have been created with a philosophy along the lines of "Let's get as close as we can by copying as much as we can and spending as little money as possible in the process." It's great.

Jump in with St1ka via the video below so you too can judge these attempts at capitalizing on the worldwide craze that was Street Fighter 2 and the emerging fighting game genre. There are a couple of guest entries in the video as well, but you'll have to watch to find out who and how their copycats imitated them.

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