Retrospective: Street Fighter II

Edge: Bursting on to the world arcade scene in 1991 with the force of a Hadouken to redefine the fighting genre and inspire a generation of bragging rights, Street Fighter II has since written its own chapter in the annals of videogame folklore. Almost every gamer, be they casual or hardcore, will have encountered this seminal beat ’em up in one of its countless iterations, and being able to perform Zangief’s 360° piledriver, finish the game with Dhalsim on eight-star difficulty or perform a passable impersonation of Ryu performing his Shoryuken at parties has become a gaming badge of honour. Everything, from the combatants to the special moves to the stages to the soundtrack, has become iconic.

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