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

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.

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Street Fighter's Ryu would be 56 years old in the year 2020

Throughout the years, Ryu's appearance in the Street Fighter series has changed somewhat. During the Street Fighter 1 and Street Fighter Alpha era, Ryu was portrayed as looking young as these events took place in the late 1980s in the Street Fighter timeline.

Ryu's birthdate is listed as being July 21, 1964. This would mean that he was 22 or 23 years old when he entered Sagat's World Warrior Tournament in 1987 during the events of Street Fighter 1.

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Here's why throwing your opponent could start a real life fight back in the arcade days of Street Fighter 2

I remember vividly being in Southern California's Super Arcade and standing next to the Super Turbo machine where Mike Watson was running one of his usual open challenges to anyone in the building. Anyone who could beat him would get some very worthwhile prize... a hundred bucks or free entry into the arcade for a few months – I can't recall the specifics but it's not important as no one ever bested the American Street Fighter legend.

At some point between rounds and trash talk, Watson brought up the fact that using throws back in the days of laundromat cabinets was an all but surefire way to get oneself punched in the face. I thought he was speaking in hyperbole or metaphor, but he clarified that he meant exactly what he said.

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Cammy was originally supposed to be censored to wear less revealing clothing in Super Street Fighter 2 outside of Japan

Cammy's default costume with her green leotard and red hat hasn't really changed much since her introduction almost 30 years ago, but many western players apparently almost saw her for the first time sporting a very different look.

Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara recently recounted a tale about Capcom requiring him to alter Cammy's attire in Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers to be less revealing with new sprites, but obviously they didn't make their way into the final game — though we may know what the outfit looked like.

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Street Fighter just got the best looking ugly holiday sweater ever that makes a knock out gift idea

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's that time of year to start preparing for Christmas and the winter holidays with the season of gift giving, and fighting game fans just got a slick new item to add to their most wanted presents list.

Numskull recently released a new Street Fighter ugly holiday sweater that's actually one of the best looking designs ever with knitted yarn versions of Ryu and Ken plus a number of other neat little references to the series.

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10 classic Street Fighter and Mega Man games come packed on this new mini-arcade shaped like the Blue Bomber's helmet

If you're looking for a great gift for your fellow video game fan this holiday season, Capcom might have the perfect thing in mind for you. According to Amazon Japan, Capcom will be releasing the Retro Station mini-arcade system next month, which includes numerous classic Street Fighter and Mega Man titles.

While Capcom hasn't officially announced the unit yet, the listing on Amazon Japan has a slated release date of December 1, 2020. At this point in time, it is unclear whether or not the Retro Station will be available in the U.S., but based on how it looks we sure hope it makes its way overseas.

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Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry and other Capcom series have big adaptations in the works so why isn't Street Fighter receiving the same recognition?

Capcom owns arguably the most iconic roster of characters and series in the video game industry outside of Nintendo, so it's no surprise the company would want to branch out their properties into new adaptations even more right now.

Monster Hunter is receiving its first feature film, Resident Evil has multiple projects in the works and even Dragon's Dogma got an anime, but there's one top-selling franchise that's been left out in the cold for quite a few years now: Street Fighter.

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This tool-assisted Super Street Fighter 2 fight has everything you wish you could do as a grappler in a real match but definitely can't

Despite the Street Fighter 2 series being the godfather of competitive fighting games as we know them today, there were a lot of very intricate and incredibly difficult to perform techniques, tactics, and glitches to be found. With a nearly 30-year legacy under it's belt, fans have spent decades finding as much as they could hidden within the game's mechanics, but there exist things that are just too difficult for a standard human player to perform consistently.

That's where tool assistance comes in, and with it we are treated to an exhibition of scripted events that push the limits of what is possible in a Street Fighter 2 match. This showcase between Zangief and T. Hawk comes from M. Bizarro and brings us a perfect dance between the two big bodies, displaying a plethora of incredible feats that any grappler player wishes they could pull off in a real match, but just simply can't.

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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...

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.

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Sony's Big in Japan Sale on PS4 features great fighting game deals including SF5: Champion Edition's Upgrade Kit and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection

There are so many great fighting games this generation to choose from that it becomes hard to decide which ones to pick up and put time into, but digital sales make it pretty easy to add to our collections and backlogs.

Sony is currently running their Big in Japan Sale for the PlayStation 4 which unsurprisingly includes a lot of good fighting game deals for players looking to pick up newer titles or get back to classics.

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Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition's unreleased prototype features completely broken moves, incomplete animations, and other strange irregularities

Back in July, an early prototype of Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition for the Sega Mega Drive was leaked on the internet. This early version of the game is dated March 25th 1993, six months before the official release of its final version, Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition.

There are a lot of stark differences between the prototype and the final release, and combo video extraordinaire Desk has managed to get his hands on the prototype and perform a deep dive on it. In this new video, we see documented a plethora of things that have never been documented before.

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No matter how bad your day might be going, hearing Desk go ham on a Midi Fighter with nostalgic Street Fighter tunes will make it better

We posted an article just yesterday referencing the connection between musical rhythm keeping and fighting game execution and so you can imagine the excited feeling we had to find today that a member of the fighting game community famous for his expert execution, Desk, has put together a video that surely hails from the same ballpark.

The combo master trades his controller for a Midi Fighter, a DJ tool featuring arcade buttons that produce various sounds when pressed, and builds a familiar tune from back during the Street Fighter 2 New Challenger days. The concept is intriguing enough as is, but as one might expect from an artist like Desk, the content is beautifully captivating.

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New Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo glitches makes this combo exhibition from Bob Sagat all the more amazing

It's been over 26 years since the release of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and people are still finding new things in the classic fighting game.

In a new combo showcase from Bob Sagat, we see a handful of new glitches utilized to create some very interesting sequences. One glitch sees Ken moving at super speed, while the other grants him access to a reversal air Hurricane Kick.

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Functional Street Fighter 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom arcade cabinets recreated in awesome custom Lego set with working sticks and buttons

Since the advent of Legos, people have created real works of art in ways that their original creators never intended though its not too often that the brick building world crosses over into the realm of fighting games.

Lego custom creators Pixeljunkie recently did just that, however, by building and showing off mini arcade cabinets for Street Fighter 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom that even let the characters move and perform some of their iconic attacks.

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Ever seen people who actually know what they're doing play Street Fighter 2: Rainbow Edition? You're still probably not ready for this

Years ago while living in Burbank I found myself at a small arcade with a Street Fighter 2 cabinet in the very back hallway area. I put in my last credit for the day expecting a traditional SF2 experience, but was rapidly surprised when the opposing Blanka suddenly morphed into a Ryu right in the middle of round one and began doing Tatsus that flew across the entire screen.

I later found out that I wasn't playing Street Fighter 2, I was playing Rainbow Edition, a hacked version of the game that actually has a cult following. Rainbow Edition gives characters ridiculous buffs that allow for some insane sequences, (think Street Fighter 4 Omega on steroids) and though you'd be hard pressed to find a ton of competitions centered around this mod, there are some people who have braved the chaos and indeed learned to play this game on a (somewhat) competitive level.

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The Street Fighter franchise reaches 45 million copies sold, Street Fighter 5 likely now over 5 million units

Street Fighter kicked off the fighting game craze of the '90s which has continued to this day, so it's no surprise that the franchise is one of Capcom's best performers in the company's history.

Capcom has released their latest financial report for the first financial quarter ending June 30, 2020 which revealed that the Street Fighter franchise has reached 45 million copies sold worldwide on top of strong games division performance overall.

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For being one of the absolute most powerful and feared attacks in the entire Street Fighter universe, Raging Demon sure has a spotty track record

While it may not be as iconic as the Hadouken fireball or Shoryuken uppercut, the Shun Goku Satsu (better known as the Raging Demon) is widely seen as the most powerful and most badass move in all of Street Fighter.

The technique calls for the user to deliver themselves wholly over to the killing intent and often comes with the toll of consuming their humanity. Things are even worse for the victim as they're hit with countless deadly strikes all in a single moment that hurt not only their physical body but also assault their very soul with an intensity proportionate to the number of sins they've committed in life.

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