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  • Hello, my name is SNES Man. Today we're going to talk about Street Fighter, one of the most

  • popular series of all time. Now, the original Street Fighter for the arcade wasn't a big

  • success, just a simplistic little fighting game that not many people heard about. It

  • had some cool ideas but it never went anywhere with them. The sequel, however, was a huge

  • deal in the gaming world. It was a hit in the arcades, on the Sega Genesis, and of course

  • on the Super Nintendo. Since I'm SNES Man, that's is the only version I care about. Let's

  • get down to gaming and see if it's still as glorious as everyone remembers.

  • Here's our title screen. Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior. This game is one of the

  • first popular one-on-one fighting games. It's pretty simple: choose a character from your

  • oh-so-enormous list of eight characters, travel around the world, and beat everyone you meet

  • to a bloody pulp. Good old kid friendly Nintendo! It's all hugs and rainbows with them.

  • Hm, who should we pick? Let's choose the main character of the game, Ryu. I get a headache

  • when people argue over how to pronounce his name so please don't start a blood feud in

  • my comments section over if his name is Rai-Yu or Ree-yoo. It's almost as bad as the Smash

  • Bros. Mee-lee vs May-lay arguments. You can never win. But enough of this. Let's fight.

  • Here's a duel between Ryu and Ken, the main characters of the game. Street Fighter 2 was

  • ahead of it's time. Before this, the idea of fighting one enemy at a time and focusing

  • on special moves and combos was completely new. There's a lot of variety to your attacks

  • because you have three different levels of punches and kicks from soft to hard. The downside

  • to using hard attacks is that they're slower and leave you more vulnerable if you miss.

  • Each character has a different way of punching and kicking so it always feels like a fresh

  • experience when you play as them. For instance, Dhalsim's limbs can extend grotesquely far

  • every time he attacks. That's the complete opposite of the Russian wrestler, Zangief

  • with his stubby arms. This variety is one of the reasons I like the Street Fighter series

  • a lot more than Mortal Kombat.

  • The cast of characters in Street Fighter is really solid. True, Ryu and Ken are exactly

  • the same in everything but appearance, but the rest of these guys are pretty diverse.

  • Guile is an American military meat-head, Zangief is a smelly wrestler, E.Honda is a smelly

  • sumo wrestler, Dhalsim is a stretchy Indian dude, Blanka is basically a green Donkey Kong

  • with electricity powers, and Chun-Li is the token woman of the cast. And there you have

  • the famous Street Fighter lineup. Despite the kind of simplistic graphics that definitely

  • look like an early Super Nintendo game, all the characters look pretty nice and it's easy

  • to tell them apart.

  • They all have a couple special moves at their disposal. Easily the most famous is Ryu and

  • Ken's famous fireball attack, the Hadouken. The whole fighting system revolves around

  • moves like this because they're powerful and interesting, kind of like superpowers, and

  • they're just plain fun to use. The controls are pretty tight in the SNES version so pulling

  • off shouryukens and spinning-bird-kicks and hadoukens and what not isn't too difficult.

  • It's a simple enough system that you can learn how to play quickly but it's also deep enough

  • to satisfy expert players who are looking for a complex experience. Capcom used to hold

  • big tournaments with this game and contestants would come up with all kinds of combos and

  • intricate maneuvers that would make our heads hurt nowadays. The multiplayer aspect has

  • always been a big part of the Street Fighter series because it's a lot more fun to fight

  • your friend than a pre-programmed computer.

  • If you're playing solo, then your only option is the arcade mode where you journey around

  • the world, pulverizing your enemies in a fighting tournament. Believe it or not, this was actually

  • a new idea at the time. After this, every 90's fighting game ripped off of this formula

  • and had a world-wide tournament in their main arcade mode. After you beat all the main characters,

  • you have four boss battles. This is where the game actually gets pretty hard. These

  • guys have reflexes of steel! And the A.I. actually isn't half bad for a 16-bit game.

  • Now, is this the perfect fighting game? Well, no. For one, the game speed in the Super Nintendo

  • version is a little sluggish so it's not like you're fighting at a break-neck pace. Also,

  • the sound effects that everyone still loves today are admittedly pretty cheesy and dated.

  • It sounds like they hired one guy to do all the male voices. You should be glad that I

  • don't talk like that stupid announcer in my reviews. My name is SNES Man and I'm reviewing

  • Street Fighter 2. What excellent sound effects! How not primitive sounding!

  • The music is another story, though. They made a song for every character and I have to say

  • that all the themes are excellent. My personal favorite is Ken's Theme because it's the catchiest

  • one. All I have to say is that Ken Masters is one classy dude. The songs all fit the

  • mood perfectly while still keeping the energy level high.

  • THINGS TO MAKE IT BETTER

  • -A faster game speed -Better sound effects. They sound pretty silly

  • in retrospect -A few more special moves per character to

  • make things interesting -Better graphics, especially in the backgrounds

  • where the people look really stiff

  • Those are some of my gripes with the World Warrior but it's still a great fighting game

  • that started an excellent series. On my scale, it scores 8 out of 10.

  • But wait, we're not done! There were two sequels to this game on the Super Nintendo: Street

  • Fighter 2 Turbo, and Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers. Well, calling them

  • sequels isn't very accurate since they're more of re-releases. Kind of like the Call

  • of Duty series does nowadays. But still, they're worth mentioning.

  • The first re-release, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, had two notable improvements. The game speed

  • is faster, and you can play as the four boss characters this time so you have 12 fighters

  • to choose from instead of 8. It's not an enormous change, though. It just makes the bosses less

  • exciting when you have to fight them because at that point you'll say, "Oh, that guy's

  • not scary. I can play as him whenever I want!" The graphics look pretty much the same and

  • the sound effects are just as awkward. So, back in the day, it would have been a kind

  • of dumb idea to buy this one for 60 dollars if you already had the first Street Fighter

  • 2. I would give it a 9/10 because it is an improvement but that's a low, begrudging nine.

  • The next re-release, Super Street Fighter 2 is also a pretty minor improvement. I admit,

  • the graphics are a little better this time around. You do get a fancy intro cut scene

  • where Ryu shoots a Hadouken at you. Don't be scared, though, I'm pretty sure it doesn't

  • come out of the screen and hit you. Anyway, the other change this edition makes is a couple

  • new characters, four of them to be exact. These guys are really forgettable like Fei-Long

  • the Bruce Lee clone and Thunder Hawk the generic, racist interpretation of Native Americans.

  • I didn't really enjoy playing as any of them -- they're not that great of an addition to

  • the series. I would give this edition a 9/10 as well because it preserves the great game

  • that Street Fighter 2 is but it doesn't bring much to the table. If you've never played

  • any of these games, I suggest you buy Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers because

  • it's technically the best but the difference is relatively small. If you already have one

  • of the older versions, just stick with that and keep your money.

  • Well that's Street Fighter 2. This has been a SNES Man Review and I hope you liked it.

  • Before I go, here's a ridiculous version of Ken's Theme.

Hello, my name is SNES Man. Today we're going to talk about Street Fighter, one of the most

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