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One unbeatable Street Fighter 2 Zangief expert was the reason the character ended up weak for so long

Zangief has traditionally been known as a "specialist" character throughout the course of Street Fighter's 30-year history. A tough character to play, the Russian wrestler often finds most of his success when piloted by a hardcore, devoted competitor who has put in countless hours to learn every technique and match up.

Back in the Street Fighter 2 series, Zangief was mostly considered low on the tier list for a good portion of his life across the various versions — but it didn't start out this way. In fact, the grappler was actually incredibly strong at first, but one player would be the cause of Gief's heavy nerfs and forever cement him as a specialist-type character.

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Guile's Street Fighter 2 theme in the style of The Witcher proves that it really does go with everything

They say that Guile's Street Fighter 2 theme goes with everything, and you know what? They might be right.

A couple of months ago, musician LjB0 created their own rendition of the classic fighting game song in a medieval style inspired by The Witcher series. Needless to say, the theme and the style fit together perfectly.

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Did you know Akuma never actually hit M. Bison with a sucker Raging Demon? Find out the iconic Street Fighter villain's full back story here

While Ryu is surely the most recognizable Street Fighter character around (Chun-Li and Ken are surely up there as well) one could make the argument that Akuma, with certain regards, is actually more popular.

The dark fighter first showed up in Street Fighter 2 as a secret boss, and has since been an extremely common staple for Street Fighter rosters and has guest-starred in over a dozen other titles. Sure, we know he's all about transcending humanity for the sake of demonic power, but how much do we really know about the history of Akuma? We've rounded up as much backstory as we could find so as to fill you in on this iconic fighting game character.

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I found an extremely rare Street Fighter 2 Blanka cardboard standee from the Super Nintendo days

For those of us who are collectors of anything, you are well aware that there exist those unicorn finds that only come about when the planets align, the weather is just right, and you happen to be in the right place at the right time. As a retro game collector myself — and obviously an avid Street Fighter fan — old advertisement pieces typically fall into the "unicorn" category due to their exclusivity, their rarity, and their propensity for being in terrible shape or completely thrown out.

On my collecting quest, I recently came upon an incredible Street Fighter 2 advertising cardboard standee from back in the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis days. I am happy to report that the unicorn has been secured, and although online information about this large Blanka standee is about as rare as the piece itself, I'd like to share with you everything that I've found so far.

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There's a new Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo speed run champion; watch Fromo and his Blanka beast through the hardest arcade difficulty in record time

As a kid who spent hours trying to overcome the likes of Sagat, M. Bison, and (once I found out he was even in the game) Akuma, I have a really hard time believing it'd be possible to complete a Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo playthrough in just 10 minutes.

Expert Blanka user and EVO 2019 ST finalist, Kris "Fromo" Powell, has actually achieved this feat with a ridiculously impressive 10 minute and 4 second run through the game's hardest difficulty, setting the official record for the fastest time in the world.

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Who is stronger Ryu or Ken? Street Fighter 2 producer puts the age-old debate to rest

Yoshiki Okamoto is a game designer with 38 years of industry experience. Though his body of work extends quite far, we know him best as a producer on classic Capcom titles such as Final Fight and Street Fighter 2.

Okamoto recently released a video in which he puts an age-old debate to rest: who is strong, Ryu or Ken? This video is one of numerous videos he plans to release that shares behind-the-scenes knowledge and secrets to his success.

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Street Fighter's Sagat evolved from a murderous, hate-driven fighter to an enlightened emperor of Muay Thai

Sagat is one of Street Fighter's most beloved and charismatic figures and while most members of the fighting game community can recount a handful of snapshot moments from The King's canonical history, much of it is tragically hidden behind the inconvenience of non-chronological storytelling spread out over 30 years' worth of Street Fighter games and comics.

We've done a bit of a research project so as to share Sagat's tale as he transforms from a petty bully of relatively weak character to an incredibly respectable, badass master of Muay Thai.

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These Street Fighter 2 sequences look impossible to perform but Bob Sagat reveals the secrets behind them in this masterfully made video

A content creator by the moniker Bob Sagat recently posted a video titled "Combos from Hell" wherein he showed off a handful of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo combos and sequences that, for all intents and purposes, appear impossible to perform.

Dee Jay is able to string two projectiles together against Cammy, Ken is able to throw out more than one attack while facing the wrong direction, and Balrog is able to pull off two dash punches and a Super with just a single charge, for example. After giving viewers some time to ponder these strange SF2 happenings, Bob posted a video with all the answers.

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Street Fighter 2's original intro recreated in this awesome art piece

Street Fighter 2's original intro is classic. Two fighters square up to exchange blows as a roaring crowd hollers in excitement, then that big punch lands.

This intro always felt like it captured the essence of Street Fighter — two warriors literally slugging it out on the streets. The quick cinematic is iconic, and an excellent art piece from artist HeavyMetalHanzo that recreates the intro recently popped back up on social media.

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Desk takes on touch of death combo challenge in 7 different fighting games including Street Fighter 2: Rainbow Edition and some very obscure choices

Much of the early fighting game genre wasn't exactly built around high-flying, long combo strings though that hasn't stopped players over the years from breaking their systems down to a point where they can pretty much do whatever they want.

Now, the musical combo master Desk recently challenged themselves to perform touch of death combos in seven different classic fighting games that were not intended to feature them including some very obscure titles from the 90's.

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Even after 26 years, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo players are still discovering new tech, combos and glitches like burying Ken in the ground

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo is perhaps one of the most important fighting games ever to release in the genre aside from the likes of the original SF2, and it continues to have a dedicated playerbase that is still finding new, cool stuff to do in the Capcom fighter.

The genius fighting game system abuser and combo creator Bob Sagat recently released a compilation of the crazy and new tech that's possible in Turbo including what he describes as the "ultimate glitch" for Ken.

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The Art Director for God of War is creating incredibly lifelike images of Street Fighter characters

We featured some work of Raf Grassetti's around this time last year when he turned a handful of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters into incredibly realistic versions of themselves, now we're excited to report he's doing the same thing to Street Fighter 2's roster.

It goes without saying that the Art Director behind 2018's God of War knows a thing or two about creating captivating visuals, but one almost has to wonder if Capcom would do well to go with a more realistic route and hire Grassetti on for Street Fighter 6.

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Hauntingly beautiful piano renditions of Guile and Vega's classic themes by Street Fighter 2 composer, Yoko Shimomura

Street Fighter 2 has some of the most iconic, and the single most versatile, songs in all of gaming history, and we have Japanese composer Yoko Shimomura to thank in very large part for that.

Shimomura recently posted a pair of videos to her YouTube channel in which she plays renditions of Vega (Claw) and Guile's themes on the piano. Be warned, they'll make your hair stand on end.

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Fan recreates the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo intro animation in all its glory

A fan has taken it upon themselves to recreate the intro animation for Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. Prepare to go down a trip down memory road with this video.

Indeed, Jawryu has created two versions of the classic intro animation. The second version is designed to be more retro than the first.

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Street Fighter 5 Director shares Street Fighter 2 and old school Capcom beat 'em up posters plus Japanese information guides

Street Fighter 5 Director Takayuki Nakayama is spending a good chunk of his free time lately sharing his personal collection of video game goods while working from home which happens to include a ton of classic Capcom fighting game and arcade title items.

Nakayama's latest endeavor has been to post the Japanese informational pamphlets for Street Fighter 2's arcade releases and updates along with some licensed gems from Capcom's beat 'em up catalog like Alien vs. Predator and The Punisher.

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Capcom's Takayuki Nakayama shares awesome artwork from nostalgic franchises like Marvel vs. Capcom, the Street Fighter Alpha series, and more

The Director of Street Fighter 5, Takayuki Nakayama, has been sharing nostalgic looks back at some of our favorite fighting game titles from over the last three decades on Twitter.

We've actually highlighted some of Nakayama's postings recently as he shared some images from Capcom's internal Street Fighter 2 visual design guide. There we got to see what iconic characters like Ryu, Vega, and the rest of the World Warriors looked like in some early, unrefined forms.

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Many of us didn't know who Lucia was when she was revealed for Street Fighter 5, could that be because Final Fight 3 wasn't a very good game?

I played a lot of Final Fight and even more Street Fighter in my younger years, but like many, I didn't at all recognize Lucia when she was revealed for Street Fighter 5 alongside E. Honda and Poison last year.

Those of us who weren't in the know quickly found out that she hailed from 1995's Final Fight 3, a title which happens to be the main focus one of Top Hat Gaming Man's recent research projects. His consensus: it wasn't all that great.

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