Many gamers will earnestly remember Street Fighter 2 as probably one of the best fighting games in video game history. Releasing on the market in 1991, Capcom is now commemorating the 2D beat ‘em up’s 30th anniversary this February and has been asking fans on Twitter who their favorite character was.
Three decades ago, Street Fighter 2 hit home consoles and arcades and has since become a global success selling around 6.3 million copies since its launch. With such characters as M.Bison, Guile, Chun-Li, Ryu, and Ken, the series has gone down as an intrepid example of old-school gaming, surpassing other fighting game series like Virtua Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
Street Fighter 2 eventually became the model for modern fighting games, and in spite of the series not being what it once was, there are still several gamers who will think back to the more innocent times putting a lot of coins into arcade machines. It’s a critical part of video game history and fans are still discovering new things about Street Fighter that have avoided players for decades.
Back in 1994, there was even a film adaptation of the game starring Raul Julia and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Unfortunately, it was not critically acclaimed which is possibly not too shocking seeing tons of video game adaptations have struggled to catch the attention of moviegoers.
With this said, Street Fighter 2 is probably the best of the franchise, especially given that there were a lot of iterations of it, and the fact that it commemorates three decades is a testament to the impact of the game on the community.