Few video game series, and few fighting games in particular,
have the history and cultural cache that Street Fighter boasts. Even after occasional
missteps, the series commands the attention of the entire fighting game
community, carrying the banner at nearly every major fighting game tournament under
It is with this legacy in mind that Capcom is releasing Street
Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, a bundling together of multiple
versions of older sprite-based Street Fighter games, with a few having been retrofitted
with online play. The collection pays homage to the venerated fighting game
series while trying to bring the virtues of the older games in front of a
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
includes the original 1987 Street Fighter, five incarnations of Street Fighter
II up to Super Turbo, three Street Fighter Alpha games, and three iterations of
Street Fighter III. Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II
Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike have online
play enabled, while the rest do not.
Each game is pulled straight from its arcade version, even
including the name of the hardware on the menu when selecting the game. It does
mean that, if you are a fan of any specific eccentricities of a console
version, you may not see them repeated in the Collection.
All the games featured the same filters if you choose
to use them, labeled TV and Arcade. Both emulate scanlines, while the arcade is a bit
dimmer to represent being recessed into an arcade cabinet. Players can choose
to play with borders which often differ by game, stretch the image, or fill the
screen. The option to just turn off all the filters, borders, and stretching exists, too.
The Switch version also has an exclusive mode using Super
Street Fighter II’s tournament mode, letting players with multiple Switch units
put them into table top mode and play musical chairs by physically moving to
the right unit for the next fight. While this does let the tournament move
fairly quickly by making the fights proceed concurrently, it can also be kind
of a confusing mess figuring out which system and controller you need to be at
for your next match.
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Fans of Street Fighter history will appreciate the museum
mode, which features unreleased art, a timeline of all the releases in the
series, and character profiles. You can even dive deep into individual
characters and see their animations or comparisons of all their sprites across games.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is
releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in May.