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Remembering Street Fighter 4's 5 biggest blunders

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 22, 2021 at 8:01 p.m. PDT • Comments: 66

Street Fighter 4 is largely responsible for bringing the franchise back from the brink as well as casting the fighting game scene into a golden era, but as much as we 09ers love to look back on the title with fond memories, things weren't always as rosy as our glasses make us think.

In this week's EventHubs Podcast segment, I dig into what I feel were the five biggest blunders Capcom made during Street Fighter 4's lifespan. None of these were large enough to turn the masses away, obviously, but they were some pretty gnarly errors that we're still surprised by today.

These missteps took place both within and without the game as some pertain to direct gameplay while others have a good bit more to do with public relations and managing fan expectations; the second issue in the discussion actually deals with both.

For those wondering, yes, Yoshinori Ono's name does come up more than a few times. To be clear, we're very much happy that Ono did all that he did to revitalize the Street Fighter franchise and carry the torch forward in new and interesting ways. That said, he also goofed up quite a bit.

Give the video a watch/listen and then please hit us up in the comments (preferably on YouTube along with a like and sub) letting us know which of these you agreed with and which you'd replace.

There are certainly a handful of other issues that one could argue trump some of the ones I tackle here, but I don't want to give much away so I'll let you hash that all out and we'll see where the conversation goes.

01:06 - Blunder 1
05:08 - Blunder 2
10:30 - Blunder 3
14:48 - Blunder 4
19:28 - Blunder 5

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