Friday, March 19, 2010
Photos - Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition (Arcade)
Since I'm on this short-lived Street Fighter 2 kick this week, I might as well snap some photos from the arcade version. Here's Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition. Of the original SF2 series, this is my clear favorite. Capcom quickly piled on too many sequels and upgrades, and I just felt burnt out by the whole cynical cycle. I really didn't bother with Street Fighter until many years later with Third Strike on the Dreamcast, and Alpha 3 on MAME. Great games, kids. Great fighting games.
It's a terrific luxury that we can fire up MAME today and play any of the original arcade games on our computers for free. It's a rush to play the arcade Champion Edition whenever I wish. It gives me an appreciation for Capcom's outstanding home versions. They managed to cram a very large game onto tiny cards and cartridges, running on vastly inferior hardware.
Street Fighter 2 really was one of the greatest video games ever made. It belongs on the short list with Pac-Man and Robotron and MULE and Super Mario Bros and Tetris. Even after a thousand sequels over two decades, the 1992 SF2 Champion Edition remains as fun and competitive as ever.