Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #18 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. And today we have another game that is the definition of the word “classic”, back in the 90s everyone was all over this game, it was big and left behind a legacy that was massive! Its the legendary fighting game that everyone’s played, Street Fighter II.
While no one who what the deal was with the orignal Street Fighter game, after Street Fighter II came out, everyone knew what the deal was with that game. From the arcades to your home consoles this was a big deal when I was younger and I remember playing this game and talking about it with my friends for ages. Sales of Street Fighter II exceeded $1.5 billion and the video game console ports on the Super NES and Mega Drive sold more than 14 million copies! See those are some badass numbers yo. So what makes this game so fancy? Well read on and find out.
So Street Fighter II is a fighting game developed by Capcom, it was first released in 1991 in arcades and then the later updated versions followed in 1992 and later years. Following the elements that were put in play in the original Street Fighter, You fight one-on-one in a series of best-two-out-of-three matches, where the objective of each round is to deplete the opponent’s vitality before the timer runs out. If both opponents knock each other out at the same time or the timer runs out with both fighters having an equal amount of vitality left, then a then its a draw and additional rounds will be played until sudden death. After every third match in the single player mode, the player will participate in a “Bonus stage” for additional points, and these ranged from breaking down a car to breaking oncoming barrels.
Like in the original, the game’s controls uses a configuration of an eight-directional joystick and six attack buttons. You’d use the joystick/d-pad to jump, crouch and move the character forwards or backwards and guard from enemy attacks. There are three punch buttons and three kick buttons of differing strength and speed (Light, Medium and Heavy). The player can perform a variety of basic moves in any position, including grabbing/throwing attacks, which were not featured in the original Street Fighter. Like the first game you can perform special moves by inputting a combination of directional and button-based commands. SF2 also introduced new characters to play as, Ryu and Ken returned from the first game while we were introduced to six new characters Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Zangief, and E. Honda. There was also four non-playable bosses in the form of Balrog (M. Bison in the Japanese version), Vega (Balrog in the Japanese version), Sagat, (the final boss in the original Street Fighter) and M. Bison (Vega in Japan).
Now I first played Street Fighter II on my Sega Mega Drive which was Champion Edition I think, and it was one of my favourite games! I loved playing as Ken, Blanka and E. Honda , they were my best characters and I would spend ages trying to beat single-player mode, I only ever done it with E. Honda and Blanka. The graphics for the game looked great, it was totally colourful and well-animated and the music in this game was amazing! Ken’s theme is my favourite ever! That song alone sends me into a nostalgic fit. 😀 Everything about this game screams out nostalgia and it was one of the few fighting games I have good memories with (besides Mortal Kombat II). I never played an old Street Fighter game again until I got Super Street Fighter II on Virtual Console on my Wii back in 2010 and it was very different from the old Mega Drive version I had because it moved faster and had more characters, after that I wasn’t so keen on playing it so I left it (I guess that’s because I don’t enjoy fighting games these days as much as I did when I was a kid).
In the end Street Fighter II is one of the biggest games in history for a reason. It was well-received by gamers and critics, sold insanely well for Capcom both in arcades and in home console ports too and it also made fighting games popular and basically set the standard for the genre. It is a mandatory game for any fighting game fans, and would easily recommend it even if you’re not that into fighting games, it is 90s nostalgia at it’s finest, so pick up a version of SF2 and have some fun!
Well there’s another game review done people, remember to come back tomorrow for some more gaming nostalgia! 😀