Meeting Yoshinori Ono, the Man Who Brought Street Fighter Back From the Dead

I'm at San Francisco's Moscone West complex, an hour away from witnessing the start of 2015's Capcom Cup, the grand finale of the year-long Capcom Pro Tour circuit. Thirty-two of the best Street Fighter IV players from across the world have gathered to compete for a share of a $250,000 prize pool – the winner will walk away with close to half that amount, a very useful $120,000. Honestly, if you'd told me back when I was a kid, sat on my pal's floor playing endless matches of SNES Street Fighter II, that one day this game would be played with such high stakes, and to such amazing levels of skill, I'd have laughed at you. But here we are, eight years since the release of the series-revitalising Street Fighter IV, with the Ryu-and-company brawler once again the bona-fide king of the fighters.

The story is too old to be commented.
Mikefizzled1933d ago

Street Fighter was never dead. Steet Fighter IV is still wildly popular at EVO and ranked 3rd in a recent poll of "Games youd like to see at EVO 2016".

bouzebbal1933d ago (Edited 1933d ago )

troll article...
Every SF episode is a success and this series never died or has been close to. In fact, it's one of the only IPs from Capcom that is still kicking, thanks to Ono and his team.
I like Ono, he is a charismatic guy and full of energy.

gamer78041933d ago

back from the dead? sfIV was more vibrant than ever, you could play it on almost any platform you wanted even. If anything its slightly more dead now.

DethWish1933d ago

Above, did you guys even read the article? Quoting: "It's Ono we have to thank for Street Fighter IV ever seeing the light of day."

Vanfernal1933d ago

They are not talking about SFIV. It's before that that Street Fighter was pretty much dead. SFIII although critically acclaimed alienated a lot of its fans and because of the parry system, high learning curve, and lack of recognizable characters made a lot of people lose interest in the series. Ono brought the series back to it's roots with SFIV and revamped the system so that it could be simple enough for newbies yet complicated enough for competitive play. He also brought back the roster that everybody knew and loved and the series became as popular again as it was during the SFII years.

LightofDarkness1933d ago

It wasn't dead among players, there was always a core scene of fighting game fanatics keeping the memory alive. But after the dismal sales of various 2D fighting games in the 6th generation of consoles, Capcom had no choice but to assume that the genre had faded into obscurity. It was really the emergence of EVO and the community since 2004 that convinced Ono and then the higher ups that there was a demand.

Show all comments (7)