Street Fighter II Turns 20

Street Fighter II


That word alone is enough to send veteran gamers plunging into the mists of nostalgia, thinking of callouses earned in arcades and later, on the SNES and Sega Genesis as we attempted to pummel our friends, the AI and even a parked car, into submission while playing Street Fighter II. Back in the day, nothing was as big as Street Fighter II. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the game, so time for a trip down memory lane.

In the arcades, lines would form a dozen people deep. At home, the whole neighborhood would descend on the house of whoever had it and massive tournaments were held. Hell, fights broke out just over what character would be chosen, especially if you managed to score a couple of cheap wins against people. So, we honor Street Fighter II, the most popular and influential fighting game of all time.

And I ask you: what’s your favorite Street Fighter memory? How about your favorite character? Are you man enough to comment? Fight!

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Age: 34 PSN ID: Starkiller81. I've played games since before I can remember, starting with my dad's Atari and I haven't stopped yet. Keep them coming and I will keep playing them.

4 thoughts on “Street Fighter II Turns 20”

  1. My cousin and I were always Ken and Ryu respectively, the same way that he was always Sub Zero and I was Scorpion in MK. Spent a lot of time playing this game with him and my brother on the SNES. Great memories.

    1. Man. I played SO much Street Fighter 2 back in the day. I was a big Ken/Ryu guy as well, although for some reason I really loved Zangief. I think it had something to do with all of his wrestling moves or something.

      My brother and I used to go to our neighbors house, and we would play Turbo Edition for hours on end, having a mini tournament of sorts with all of the neighborhood kids. Such great times.

  2. I didnt play any of these games 🙁 I was a late gamer and missed out on a lot of classics like this. But I do know that it is a classic.

    Btw though, that picture is hilarious and terrifying at the same time.

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