Street Fighter 2 stories

Did you know? Capcom wanted to do Alpha 3 instead of HD Remix; they scrapped 2,500 animation frames in development

With the recent announcement of Ultra Street Fighter 2, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the factoids that surrounded SSF2T HD Remix's development process.

Capcom actually wanted to remake Street Fighter Alpha 3, instead of SSF2T, according to the game's lead designer, David Sirlin.

"We eventually did start talking about new version of an old Street Fighter and they weren't really sure even which one.

"I specifically pushed for Super Turbo and I told them that. Super Turbo, there's just several reasons why you should choose that one," Sirlin said back in 2008.

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Ono: Violent Ken is easier to use, we recommend beginners starting with him - says Ultra Street Fighter 2 has several modes we haven't seen yet

Ultra Street Fighter 2 has been making waves in the fighting game community ever since its reveal during the Nintendo Switch presentation last week. The updated version of Super Street Fighter 2 adds new characters, online play, and more in celebration of the franchise's 30th anniversary.

Following the announcement, Nintendo held their Treehouse broadcast in which Street Fighter Executive Producer Yoshinori Ono sat in to discuss the upcoming title. Among the standard information about USF2, we learned a bit more about Violent Ken.

"As some of you may have seen, there are two new characters added into the series: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken," Ono said through a translator. "Violent Ken is a little bit easier [to use] for beginners, so if people are stuck on which character to start off with, we definitely suggest Violent Ken."

New characters aren't the only trick USF2 has up its sleeve, though. "There are several modes that people may or may not have seen in the trailer that we haven't announced yet. So, we definitely want people to look forward to future announcements for all the new game modes that are coming," Ono stated.

This might explain the mysterious clip we spotted in the game's initial reveal trailer.

You can check out the full interview and more gameplay of Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers after the jump.

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Ultra Street Fighter 2's promotional artwork looks like a callback to Super Street Fighter 2

The promotional artwork was released for Ultra Street Fighter 2 over Capcom Unity. As expected, it looks pretty fantastic.

Many people are noticing that it looks very reminiscent of the promotional artwork of Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers. It certainly makes sense considering the similarities in the two games' titles.

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The original artist of the promotional artwork for Super Street Fighter 2 was known as Bengus. It is being theorized that Bengus might've also been the one to create the promotional artwork for Ultra Street Fighter 2 as well.

Source: Capcom Unity. Via Cobelcog's Twitter.

Life bar-melting combos, unlikely comebacks and broken Akuma sequences; these Super Turbo plays will take you back to where fighting game hype began

During the recent Nintendo Direct Capcom revealed that Ultra Street Fighter 2 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

As we excitedly await this new look on one of fighting game culture's most important and cherished classics, we figured checking out some exciting plays from classic Street Fighter 2 would only be fitting.

We've got a great video round up of edge of your seat bouts and clutch moments from some top tier Japanese players. Check out this intense sequence between Muteguile and Kurahashi:


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Capcom wanted dads who grew up with Street Fighter 2 to play the new version together with their children - Ayano talks USF2 in Famitsu interview

One of the more shocking aspects of Nintendo Switch's unveiling was that the Street Fighter 2 is getting a new installment in the series... After over 20 years (depending on if you count HD Remix as a sequel or a remake).

Famitsu had a talk with current Street Fighter producer Tomoaki Ayano where he details how Ultra Street Fighter 2 came about, why they made the decisions they made with it and more. I took the time to translate the interview to share this with all of you - catch a snippet of it right below.

Famitsu: Thanks a lot for taking the time to talk with us today. Let's get right to the point - please tell us the whole story of how Ultra Street Fighter 2 for the Nintendo Switch came to be.

Ayano: This year is Street Fighter's 30th anniversary. We've been thinking for a while, "What can we do for our fans who have been supporting us for 30 years?", and right around then, the Nintendo Switch started getting attention.

Looking over the projected development time, it seemed like it would time in perfectly with our 30th anniversary, so that's how it started.

Continue further below for the rest of the interview.

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Violent Ken isn't overcome with Satsui No Hado, he's brainwashed and uses Psycho Power; learn exactly who Evil Ryu and Violent Ken really are

What happens when Street Fighter's good guys take a turn for the worse... fans get super hype.

To those that are newer to the Street Fighter universe, we'd like to formally introduce Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. These two -mostly- non-canonical characters have just been announced for the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter 2 for the Nintendo Switch, meaning they've come back onto our radars in a big way.

If you're wondering how these two came about, where they fit into the SF games and exactly what their powers are, History Behind the Warrior has short but detailed videos explaining the backgrounds for both.

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Evil Ryu and Violent Ken have their moves and a touch of death combo shown off, along with the new throw tech option for Ultra Street Fighter 2

A user on YouTube known as Burnout Fighter has uploaded a few clips showcasing some interesting aspects of the newly announced Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers.

For one, we finally get to see the new tech break in action for Street Fighter 2. Previously, you could only soften the damage you'd take from a throw but this is the first time you've been able to completely defend against it.


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In addition to this, Burnout Fighter also shows off what new moves Evil Ryu and Violent Ken have when compared to their good counterparts.

Notably, he also performs a combo with Evil Ryu that is able to stun by itself. This basically shows that Evil Ryu will be capable of performing a touch of death combo.

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Wait... was that a glimpse of Street Fighter on VR? Mysterious clip in Ultra Street Fighter 2 trailer is piquing interest

In a surprise turn of events, Capcom announced "Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers" for the Nintendo Switch last night. An new installment in the classic SF2 series that adds two new fighters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken.

The official announcement trailer was released just this morning, and what we saw in it was pretty standard: gameplay footage, information about the upcoming title, etc.. However, two seconds of video were particularly peculiar.

If you watch closely around the 2:08 mark in the trailer, you'll spot a quick clip of Ryu throwing a fireball from a first-person angle. This footage looks nothing like Ultra Street Fighter 2 and has fans everywhere wondering what it could be.

You can check out stills of the clip below.

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Official trailer for Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers

The official trailer for Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers has been released on YouTube. In the trailer, we get a brief history of the ulture that Street Fighter has brought us over the years, specifically Street Fighter 2.

After the history review, we get to see some actual game-play footage for the game. It briefly shows a few features such as the abiltiy to play with pixel graphics or HD graphics.

At the end, it shows two shadowy silhouettes... who we obviously know to be Evil Ryu and Violent Ken.

Hit the jump below to check out the trailer.

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Game-play impressions of Ultra Street Fighter 2 by Justin Wong

EFox|Justin Wong has apparently had the opportunity to play some Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers. He has been giving his game-play impressions over Twitter.

Quite a few balance tweaks have been made. Justin Wong notes that you are now able to tech throws which changes the meta dramatically.

Other things he notes is that Akuma is still really strong but he has low life, Ryu no longer has a fake fireball so he works more like Super Turbo Ryu, Chun Li is not able to store the motion for her super, and more.

Justin Wong also mentions that Violent Ken has a command dash that can go through projectiles. He even shows Violent Ken's super (Tweet #13 if you want to see that).


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First game-play footage of Ultra Street Fighter 2 to be shown off by Yoshinori Ono on the Nintendo Treehouse stream

Yoshinori Ono, the executive producer behind the Street Fighter series, will be showing off Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers on the Nintendo Treehouse stream himself.

This will be the first actual game-play footage we'll get of Ultra Street Fighter 2 since it was announced yesterday.

Remember that new characters Evil Ryu and Violent Ken were added to the game. We'll keep an eye out for any more "final challengers" that the game will add.

The stream will start at 6:30 A.M. PT and 9:30 A.M. ET. Hit the jump below to see the stream.

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Game-play footage for Evil Ryu and Violent Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers

A video uploaded to YouTube demonstrates Evil Ryu and Violent Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers.

This is the first game-play footage of these characters. Up until now, we've only seen still images of these characters.

The video is in Japanese so you won't really be able to understand what is being said.

Evil Ryu appears to have his teleport and his hop kick from the Street Fighter 4 series. We probably shouldn't expect too many moveset changes from Evil Ryu's Street Fighter 4 iteration.


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Could Oni be making an appearance in Ultra Street Fighter 2? Is that a hint sitting right in front of our faces?

Update: Apparently "ONI" was also the name of the default high score in Hyper Street Fighter 2: The Anniversary Edition, so maybe there is actually nothing to this after all.

Then again... Street Fighter 2 HD Remix did not have a score overlay at all. They must've specifically added that back in for some reason.

Earlier: So with the announcement of Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers, it's pretty apparent that this isn't just a port of the Street Fighter 2 series as it comes with new content. Evil Ryu and Violent Ken are among these "final challengers" as playable characters.

I couldn't help but notice that the high score of 50,000 points belongs to the name "ONI." Are the developers trying to tell us something?

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Could Oni also be one of the new characters that is playable in Ultra Street Fighter 2? Perhaps he is a hidden boss character like Akuma is.

It's also possible that this is just a reference to the character or a red herring.

What do you guys make of this? Let us know in the comments section.

Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers shown off for the Nintendo Switch; New characters Evil Ryu and Violent Ken playable

There was a quick clip of Street Fighter 2 being shown over Nintendo Switch live stream. This was apparently leaked as "Super Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers" by someone over 4chan, but it is actually called Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers.

This clip shows that this game is more than just a port of Street Fighter 2. It showed a quick clip of Ryu and Ken fighting together against M. Bison. Characters Evil Ryu and Violent Ken have been shown off to be playable in an image.

This brings purpose to the still unconfirmed HORI stick leak we heard about.

This is very interesting considering the last time anything was done with the second iteration of Street Fighter was Street Fighter 2: HD Remix back in November 25, 2008. Supposedly this isn't just a port, but a game with additional content.

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Yoshihara sketches Akuma from Street Fighter 5, also draws amazing figures from Darkstalkers, King of Fighters and Third Strike

The art of Yoshihara continues to wow us each and every time we look at it.

We're happy to see the artist is still hard at work with his trademark style as he's now added the most recent iteration of Akuma to his portfolio.

We've put together a gallery featuring the demonic fighter along with characters like Lilith from Darkstalkers, Leona from King of Fighters and a handful of Third Strike favorites.

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CarlosG captures Christmas miracles with his camera, check out these Holiday costume cuties along with some other familiar faces

If you thought Juri, Laura and Karin looked good in game with their new, festive outfits, just wait until you see Lexirobot, Natasha Leigh and Ireland Reid in them.

Photographer CarlosG has snapped some incredible shots of these holiday hotties and we've rounded them up for you give a look over today.

CarlosG also has a few shots of characters from other fighting game franchises, as well as a picture of himself as Sagat.

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Rose in a swimsuit we get, but what's Sagat doing on a bus with Meowth? From casual to obscure, Jaimito's fighting game drawings are beautiful

Jaime "Jaimito" Herrera is an exceptionally talented artist who spends a good portion of his artistic efforts on fighting game related work.

We've gone through Jaimito's fairly extensive portfolio to share some of our favorites with you today. As you'll see, his drawings feature recognizable fighting game faces in various situations.

While some are just posed against a colored backdrop, others, like that Sagat, urge us to think a bit more. Let us know what you think after looking through Jaimito's gallery.

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