Street Fighter 2 stories

Check out these Street Fighter references from Family Guy, Regular Show, Gravity Falls and quite a few others

Being as involved in the FGC as most of us are, we're pretty used to seeing Ryu and Chun-Li pop up in our everyday lives. As such, it's kind of easy to forget just how iconic Street Fighter is to so much of the general public.

iiAFX has gone around grabbing a good handful of Street Fighter nods from all corners of popular television and film culture.

Some of these are as blatant as the Zangief and M. Bison video game bad guy self help meeting from 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, while others are a little more subtle and may have escaped your notice up until now.

I'm not sure how many times I've seen Shrek in the last 16 years, but I never realized Princess Fiona was using Spinning Bird Kicks and Dragon Punches during her fight scene in the woods.

This is not by any means an exhaustive list of SF Easter Eggs from pop culture, but there are quite a few here that make for a fun watch as well as a reminder of how popular this franchise really is.

I'm personally looking forward to getting footage of the brand new It film as it's set in the late 1980's and features a scene with the original Street Fighter. Link us up in the comments with any references you know of that aren't in the video.

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Brand new 1:3 scale Sagat statues from Pop Culture Shock are breathtaking; start at $1,000

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has hit us with the most talked about not-in-Street-Fighter-5 character around, Sagat.

Collectors with their eye on The King will have a few options to choose from, as PCS has created no less than four separate statues of the Muay Thai master.

The first two of these features Sagat in his traditional appearance, complete with his trademark scar and eye patch and either posed in his "Angry Scar" stance or with his arms crossed in front of him. They'll run buyers $999.99 and $1,149.99 respectively.

The third sees Sagat in his earlier days before Ryu left his mark by nailing him with a cheap shot Metsu Shoryuken. Sagat trades his eye patch for a red Muay Thai headband in this $1,149.99 figure.

The final is actually a two statue bundle that'll get you both statues two and three for $2,099.99. Pre orders for the bundle begin on October 9th, while pre orders for the individual statues begin on October 16th.

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles offers payment plans for all of these, and will even grant some hefty discounts if you're able to pay in full right away. Head over to the PCS homepage for more specs after you check out these awesome figures in the gallery below.

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Thanks to wakasashe for sending this in.

The King of Street Fighter II Who Disappeared - the story of Tomo Ohira

We're used to hearing legendary Street Fighter 2 names like Mike Watson and Alex Valle, but it's a bit of a toss up as to whether or not you hear about Tomo Ohira.

This is in part because Ohira wasn't as much around for the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo days, (despite being exceptional and winning a major ST tournament before his sudden retirement) but instead remembers glory days from Hyper Fighting and Champion Edition.

Ohira was the absolute best in the United States, untouchable even by contenders like Watson and Jeff Schaefer, both of whom help to tell the tale of their unbeatable rival in Great Big Story's "The King of Street Fighter II Who Disappeared" mini documentary.

We've seen dominant players over the years, but even modern names like FOX|SonicFox, TSM|ZeRo and PG|Punk may not have quite the same unquestionable aura that surrounded Ohira's.

Imagine how the fighting game community might we heard that either of the two players mentioned above suddenly stopped going to events altogether, just out of the blue. That was the reality for the community back in the 90's when the man to beat suddenly disappeared from all competition.

Learn about Ohira's ability, legacy and why he decided to leave it all on a dime in Great Big Story's video below.

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Northwest Majors IX.5 results ft. Punk, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Northwest Majors IX.5 is taking place this weekend in Washington.

This is the last offline ranking event for the North American region of the Capcom Pro Tour, so anyone hungry for points is bound to show up.

Besides Street Fighter 5, the event will also be hosting tournaments in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Injustice 2 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

If any of these happen to be your game of choice, rest assured that they will all be getting ample streamtime from pools until the end.

Players attending this event include PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, CYG|Snake Eyez, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, EG|K-Brad, CYG|PR Balrog, Brian_F, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex MYers, Circa|LPN, Commander Jesse, PIE|Kami and many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Khaos, GameClucks and Seattle Tekken.

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SoCal Regionals 2017 results ft. JDCR, Punk, Saint, Haitani, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although many events are going on this weekend, it's hard to argue that any of them are bigger than SoCal Regionals 2017, taking place in Anaheim, California.

This event isn't only a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, but also a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour and the first Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides these main games, the event will also feature tournament play in Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14.

There will also be special exhibitions in the upcoming Final Fantasy: Dissidia NT.

Players you can expect to see at this event are beyond plentiful - FOX|JDCR, PG|Punk, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, YouDeal|Yukadon, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Hayatei, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|NYChrisG, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Theo, SPY|RyanLV, PG|Speedkicks, GFuel|Verloren, ITS|Princess Ling, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, Eanix|Biohazard, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, Circa|JoeyD, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, VS|Pokchop, FP|Suiken, Circa|ForeverKing, NG|Obscure, Noble|iLuusions, CYG|PR Balrog, PND|Madzin, BrianF, XSK Samurai, Circa|LPN, Xcel|SperoGin, ITS|BeautifulDude, WBG|CJ Truth, Flash, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, GAM|Caba, NB|DualKevin, PG|RayRay are all expected to attend, and obviously many more will be there alongside them.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2 and EnnyMura.

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OzHadou Nationals 15 results ft Infiltration, Saint, Nobi, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour is in Sydney, Australia.

Of course, that's not all we're going to see here - it's also a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides those two main games, the event will also feature Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Project M, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

A ton of local players are going to be showing up, but besides them, a bunch of international players have made the trip down under to participate as well.

Players you can expect to see compete include, but are of course not limited to, RZR|Infiltration, FOX|Saint, Yamasa|Nobi, CO|Go1, ZW|OilKing, Mago, ROX|Knee, GRPT|MOV, Gachikun, Yamasa|Take, Kkokkoma, Yamasa|Yuu, Ponos|Moke and DNG|Tachikawa.

Streaming is being done at OzHadou, Melbourne Melee, Sydney Smash, BlankaEXX, Fire Ryda, Gamrah, Gilbagz and MegaDarve.

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This single round of Street Fighter 2 is probably the most intense thing you'll see today

We've gotten used to the flash and pizazz of special animations, extended combos, augmented EX moves and all the other bells and whistles that've been added to Street Fighter over the years.

That's not at all a bad thing, but we're happy to be able to bring you a little blast from the past hype as we check out a quick but very intense round from a recent Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo set.

During a recent DaigoTheBeasTV stream, CYG|Daigo housed a first to ten exhibition between Ogou vs Kurahashi in ST.

These two were neck and neck the entire time, and things only escalated in intensity as the set drove on. The first round of their 17th game was one that took us out of our seats.

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Celtic Throwdown 2017 results ft. Daigo, Phenom, Infiltration, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Ireland's premier fighting game event is back again, taking place in Dublin, and some top tier talent has gathered to battle it out.

This event is a ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour and a Ranking event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series.

Although those three games are the main attraction, there's a bunch of other tournament play to be had as well. You can expect to see matches in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo as well.

Players you can expect to see playing at this event are CYG|Daigo, BX3|Phenom, RZR|Infiltration, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Method|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, Method|Cobelcog, Millénium|Will2Pac, PND|Madzin, Prophecy|Akainu, Infused|Afii, Epsilon|Brick, SaltyKid, UM|Tyrant, Mouz|CCL, Nightcross, ECV|Hiruko, Epsilon|Atrosh, Prophecy|Shivryuken, exceL|Brickterium, Popi and many, many more.

Very few events are left in the European part of the Capcom Pro Tour, so this is an important time for most players in this region.

Streaming is being done at Brian von Doom, Ms Cupcakes, Lythero and Grand Master Challenge.

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Dreamolition Derby 2017 results ft. JDCR, Malekith, Caiper, KaneandTrench

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Germany has some proper fighting game action going on at Dreamolition Derby 2017.

This is mainly a Tekken 7 event, with it being a Master event for the Tekken World Tour. Although there's no CPT status for Street Fighter 5 at this event, the top 2 placers qualify for the Zowie Fighter event later this year.

Although Tekken 7 is the main focus, this event will also have tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Vampire Savior and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Most of Europe's top players are attending, but you can also expect FOX|JDCR to be there, so this is definitely a good event to tune in to.

There are over 100 entrants in Tekken 7, so make sure to tune in all weekend for some great matches.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, Geeky Goon Squad and Arcade Dreams Munich.

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Special 30th anniversary Street Fighter 2 cartridges for the Super Nintendo released - 4500 red ones and 1000 green ones

Today is a very special day for Street Fighter fans. Maybe even fighting game fans in general.

30 years ago, Street Fighter was released to the arcades. The game was very different to what we know about the series today, but it was the roots in which the series came from.

In addition to the release of Menat and costumes for four characters in Street Fighter 5, Capcom has released a special cartridge of Street Fighter 2. This is a very limited collector's item.

The cartridge, which actually can be played on an old Super Nintendo system, is red. With that said, I don't recommend that you do so because it can potentially cause your Super Nintendo to catch on fire -- I'm not kidding about this!

If you happen to get lucky, then it will be the green cartridge that can glow in the dark. There are a total of 4,500 red cartridges and 1,000 green cartridges -- what is inside the package is random.

If you are interested in obtaining this special edition of the game in celebration of the anniversary, they do cost $100. You can order them on iam8bit.

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Source: IGN. Sent in by: WaifuFightersII, iljindaebak, and SummerUndercover.

I would not be who I am today without Street Fighter

Three decades of Hadokens, Dragon Punches, Sonic Booms, and Spinning Bird Kicks; today is Street Fighter's 30th birthday.

The very first Street Fighter title saw an arcade release on August 30th, 1987. From there, the series went on to spawn many of the staples we see in most fighting games today, an army of memorable characters -- some of which are among the most iconic in gaming history -- and a long legacy of amazing, competitive titles.

Street Fighter's impact on fighting games, and gaming in general, is indisputable, and to this day I owe much to its existence. Simply put, I would not be the person I am today without it.

When the original Street Fighter made its debut, I was about negative four-years-old. This, however, did not stop me from eventually stumbling upon the series and it becoming a very important part of my life.

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Street Fighter 2 Turbo for the Sega Mega Drive? This was never actually released and yet there was a beta for it

Those of us that are old school gamers might remember that there was a Street Fighter II: Champion Edition game released for the Sega Mega Drive. Meanwhile, Street Fighter II Turbo was released for the Super Nintendo.

Back in 1996, however, there was a ROM released for the Sega Genesis titled "Street Fighter 2 Turbo Beta." But, Street Fighter 2 Turbo was never released for the Sega Mega Drive.

This oddity has been investigated by the Nostalgia Nerd on YouTube. Why would there be a beta of Street Fighter 2 Turbo on the Mega Drive?

The Nostalgia Nerd goes over the history that Capcom has had with Street Fighter 2 in regards to how it relates to Sega and Nintendo. Comparisons are made with the beta and the games that were released for the two consoles.

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Streetfighterlegacy's Street Fighter 30th year anniversary digital artbook features a lot of unique styles and talent in this fan collaboration

The very first Street Fighter game was released back in August 30, 1987. We are rapidly approaching the 30th year anniversary of the Street Fighter series.

Streetfighterlegacy decided to take this opportunity to celebrate this occasion. It was decided that a digital artbook would be created using the work of the fans.

What is particularly unique about this celebration is that any fan work that was submitted would not be turned down, so long as it adhered to the rules. Artwork had to be family friendly, couldn't just be a reproduction, and had to have been made specifically for this collaboration (or at least wasn't present anywhere else on the internet).

As a result, many different styles and levels of talent are present in this project. This wasn't just a celebration of Street Fighter, but was also one of for its fans.

They were even able to get some work from Christian Howard, who has apparently studied in art. Christian Howard, in case you didn't know, is the man responsible for the Assassin's Fist series.

We were provided with a few samples of artwork for the sake of getting everybody started.

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A wireless NES-themed arcade stick for Nintendo Switch: Check out 8Bitdo's NES30 controller

Just yesterday, we here at EventHubs posted a story about a converter that allows fightsticks from other platforms to work on Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for something more special, though, something that gives you that nostalgic gaming feeling, 8Bitdo has you covered.

The retro-style gaming peripheral company is releasing an arcade stick for the Switch that is inspired by the classic NES controller. The NES30 is a wireless stick that works on Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and Android.

This stick is customizable and mod-able, so players can swap in the arcade parts of their choosing solder-free. The built-in rechargeable battery can run up to 18 hours of game time.

You can already pre-order this arcade stick by heading over to Amazon. It will run you $79.99 USD, and though no official release date has been given the listing notes that it will ship within the next four months.

For more information on the NES30, be sure to head over to 8Bitdo.

To get a closer look at this arcade stick, check out the gallery below.

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People used to think fighting game move interactions were all based on a priority system that never actually existed

Okay so to clarify, it may have a been a little longer than 15 years, but the point remains.

We tend to want to jump to conclusions the very second we have half an idea about something, and while such inclinations do often flesh out, history has shown that they can sometimes be very, very wrong.

I was recently discussing this with the creator of EventHubs, Jon "Catalyst" Grey, and he actually let me on to such a sentiment that spread the breadth of the entire community back in the Street Fighter 2 days.

We in the FGC today discuss hitboxes and frame data daily, understanding them as crucial components of character interaction.

Jon, having had an eye with a journalist's attention to detail on the community for quite some time now, recounts a time wherein people thought they knew a lot more than they did.

"Back in the Street Fighter 2 era, people weren't familiar with the frame data and hitbox systems that power these games, and so they thought moves had some kind of 'priority' value that would make say Guile's crouching medium kick beat Ken's standing heavy punch."

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Summer Jam XI results ft. Punk, SonicFox, NuckleDu, Dragon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got yet another great Big E event in store for us this weekend, with Summer Jam XI taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, as well as a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour and also has points on the line for the Dead or Alive Battle Royale Circuit.

At this event, you can expect to see tournament play in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, ARMS, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Vampire Savior.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, UGS|XCaliburBladez, FOX|Justin Wong, Streamme|Anakin, PG|MarlinPie, HoneyBee, FOX|Theo, ITS|JoeyFury, CYG|PR Balrog, VS|KoDee, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, VS|Pokchop, Fable|NYCFab, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, BrianF, Method|MikeandIke, NG|Obscure, OG|Shine, BxA|StarCharger, Method|SylverRye, NS|Ludovic, F3|Alucard and many more.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, TSB Blaze, Kombat Network and Atari FGC.

With over 100 participants each in Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, you'd best be ready to see some intense matches coming up.

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So many "Not Ryus" and "Not Kens" over the years: A historical look at some of Street Fighter's biggest copycats and how Capcom dealt with them

In 1991, Capcom produced a little fighting game titled "Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior" and changed the fighting game landscape forever.

As is almost always the case with such success stories, copycats quickly came out in droves hoping to snag a piece of the fighting game pie. Some, such as Mortal Kombat, Tekken and Killer Instinct, would be different enough to claim a unique identity.

Many others, however, shamelessly mimicked Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and the other Street Fighters, essentially performing the old CTRL+C, CTRL+V trick before it was cool.

I did some research on this topic, and found that one of three things will happen if you blatantly copy Capcom's most iconic fighter.

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