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Street Fighter 2 and fighting games as we know them turn 30 years old

The legacy now spans multiple decades and generations

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 7, 2021 at 9:07 a.m. PST • Comments: 37

Street Fighter 2 introduced the world to so many new concepts like combos and selectable characters that would instantly define the genre and continues to do so over three decades later now.

Capcom announced The World Warrior officially reached its 30 year anniversary yesterday, February 6, from its first arcade launch in Japan where it would quickly spread and take all corners of the globe by storm.

It's absolutely wild to think that the fighting game community itself and its arcade roots are almost just as old now though we've obviously gone through many evolutions along the way to reach where we are in 2021.

None of it would be here without Street Fighter 2, at least not in the same way, so the game's birthday is also sorta like our own.

Every quarter spent was a battle of pride, bragging rights and high scores that would build the culture and drive to become stronger that's since grown to be more about raising and growing the community.

Many shared their thoughts on Twitter about their early experiences and what Street Fighter 2 means to them including CEO organizer Alex Jebailey and Ken's English voice actor, Reuben Langdon.

Those initial eight world warriors have transcended fighting games with Ryu, Ken, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Blanka, Zangief, Guile and Dhalsim remaining global icons and some of the most recognizable faces in all of video games.

It was also fitting that SF2 would be the best-selling console fighting game for over two decades straight with somewhere around 15 million copies finding their way to Super Nintendos, Sega Genesises and pretty much any system that could run it.

In honor of Street Fighter 2's big anniversary, leave some comments about the first time you came across the cabinet or game in general.

As for me personally, I have vague memories of first seeing a version of SF2 at our mall's arcade in probably the mid-'90s though I didn't really mess around with it seeing as I was only three or four at the time. It wouldn't really be until high school that I became truly interested in Street Fighter, and that helped shape me and lead me to where I am today.

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