Street Fighter 2, which developed and popularised the fighting game genre, is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The Super Famicom (SNES) version of the game, which started in June 1992, became a megahit that sold 6.3m units worldwide.
Street Fighter 2’s explosive popularity and wonderful mechanics are well-documented, but Capcom’s 2013 film celebrating the game’s 25th anniversary is a great start.
In a post on its Twitter page, Capcom celebrated the game’s 30th birthday with a short gameplay clip. Street Fighter 2 was far more successful than its predecessor, which was a fairly limited game that only featured two playable characters: Ryu and Ken. Both played basically the same.
Of course, the Street Fighter series continued well after the second game’s many versions. Street Fighter 3, Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, and Street Fighter Alpha have all been successful in their own right, but Street Fighter 2 will likely always stand as the series’ biggest game. It even got its own Arcade1Up home arcade cabinet, and an updated version announced last month will feature artwork like the original cabinet.