There aren’t that many video game franchises that can claim to have achieved decades of popularity, especially if you don’t count Nintendo’s games, but Capcom has one and it’s called Street Fighter. The first game in the series made its debut in Japanese arcades back in 1987. Three decades on and Capcom is about to celebrate with a 30th Anniversary Collection.
If, like me, you were a teenager in the 90’s, you couldn’t fail to notice the hype surrounding Street Fighter II. First in the arcades, then on home consoles backed up by an abundance of coverage in gaming magazines. This anthology collects together all that history and more by including 12 games from the long-running series including:
- Street Fighter
- Street Fighter II
- Street Fighter II Champion Edition
- Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting
- Street Fighter II The New Challengers
- Street Fighter II Turbo
- Street Fighter Alpha
- Street Fighter Alpha 2
- Street Fighter Alpha 3
- Street Fighter III
- Street Fighter III: Second Impact
- Street Fighter III: Third Strike
We’ve enjoyed Street Fighter collections before, but Capcom is clearly aiming to make this one a bit special. Four of the included games (Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike) will include online multiplayer, but with the added twist of fighting a CPU opponent while waiting for friends to jump online or as practice in a four-player lobby while you wait for your match.
Away from the gameplay, Capcom is including an interactive timeline showing how the series was created, concept art, and “uncover little known facts” for each included game.There is also character bios and examples of sprites and key animations and how they evolved from game-to-game. Finally, there’s the “most memorable Street Fighter” tracks to listen to.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be released in May 2018 for $39.99 across PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. Development was carried out for Capcom by Digital Eclipse, the same studio who brought us Mega Man Legacy Collection. If you need a new Street Fighter game to keep you occupied until May, there’s always Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Switch.