9 Facts About Street Fighter

Street Fighter is almost 35 years old and it is still one of the most cult and popular fighting games in the world. Not surprisingly, it already has several games from different generations and continues to gain innovations today, such as Street Fighter 6, which will be released in 2022.

Its first version was released for the Arcades and during these years of existence the game gathered a lot of fans. This is a fighting game with characters coming from all over the world, with classic moves that take on new features with each generation.

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9 Facts About Street Fighter

To celebrate the success of this franchise, which has even featured movies and cartoons, today we are going to highlight some curious facts about it. Check:

1. Blanca may not be Brazilian, but she is a favorite of the game producer

Blanca’s nationality is still a matter of debate among Street Fighter fans. Although most people know that he is Brazilian, his origins in this regard leave an ear behind. Blanca is known to have been in a plane crash and crashed into the Amazon rainforest, where she mutated from exposure to electric eels.

Many say he was not exactly born in Brazil, he just fell there when he was little, was actually Jimmy, an American boy. Other theories suggest that he was actually born in Brazil.

But regardless of the character’s nationality, he stands out as a favorite of the franchise producer, Yoshinor Ono. He always has a little Blanca doll nearby and this has become public on the internet, even because he himself posts a few photos with the doll on his social networks.

2. Many of the characters were inspired by real people


Like some fighting games, Street Fighter also had a few characters inspired by real people. The most famous are Balrog and Faye Long, who are inspired characters from boxer Mike Tyson and actor Bruce Lee. But they were not the only ones.

Several other real-life fighters were also an inspiration to other characters. Kenny himself, one of the franchise’s most famous characters, was inspired by the great American karate fighter, Joe Lewis. Ryu, on the other hand, was inspired by the manga character, who in turn was inspired by another important karate fighter, Masutatsu Oyama.

Other examples are Zangief, whose look was inspired by fighter Ivan Box, and DJ was inspired by actor and fighter Billy Blanks, who invented the Tae Bo style, a combination of Tae Kwon Do and Boxing.

3. Chun Li was weaker at risk

Chun Lee

Chun Li is one of the excellent places in Street Fighter, which is one of the favorites of many players. She was the first female character to come into the game, introduced in Street Fighter 2 and has already arrived in an important role.

However, he was almost a victim of an idea that could be considered sexist and it was a common cultural thought of the time. When Chun Li was created, Yoshiki Okamoto, the creator of the game, wanted his health to be lower than that of other fighters because, he said, “women are not so strong.” But the game designer, Akira Nishitan, did not like the idea and fortunately, it did not materialize.

4. Other ideas of the character were discarded

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While creating the game, certain ideas were considered for some of the characters and were discarded in the process. One is that in the art of Dhalsim’s original concept he would have 6 arms, 3 on each side of the body. This idea would have been inspired by the Hindu god Ganesha and because of this the warrior would still have an elephant head.

Zangeif also underwent a change, but in this case it was in relation to the character’s name and origin. It was originally intended to be called Gobalsky Vodka and was reportedly banned from the Russian Wrestling Organization after participating in a drunken tournament, thus violating the rules.

Another character who underwent changes was Vega, who in his early outlines was a medieval knight, acquiring armor, swords and even shields. This happened while they were still thinking about bringing in participants from different eras of history. But because this concept was changed by participants from different countries, the idea was discarded. But not at all, because the mask and the persons he uses are remnants of this idea.

5. Final Fight will be a sequel to the first Street Fighter

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Final Fight is a very successful beat’em up game, but not many people know that it was originally created as a live sequel to Street Fighter. His original name was Street Fighter ’89 and he won the title Street Fighter: The Final Fight in a Japanese magazine.

However, they eventually changed their minds before the game was released, which became just Final Fight and turned into another franchise. According to designer Yoshiki Okamoto, this happened because the two games had different styles, one fighting and the other hitting, so it all confused a lot of things.

But that relationship still continued, as Final Fight characters have already appeared in the Street Fighter franchise. Guy and Sodom appear in Street Fighter Alpha, while Rolento appears in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Cody Alpha 3.

6. Two games were released based on the movie Street Fighter – The Final Battle

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Street Fighter won the film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia and Kylie Minogue. Despite the success of the games, the film was not so well received and came down with several problems and became a target of criticism. However, he won 2 games inspired by this feature.

That is, the game-based film won 2 two games that were film-based. confused? Ცოტა. Street Fighter – The arcade version of The Movie is completely independent of the “original” Street Fighter franchise, starting with the visuals. The characters have the appearance and mood of movie actors and their style is much more reminiscent of the franchise’s competitor, Mortal Kombat.

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The idea was really to get away from focusing on Mortal Kombat, but that didn’t help us much because, like the movie, it was not so well received. There was also a version for consoles, but it was made by Capcom itself and already brings a style that looks more like the original Street Fighter series. He came out for PlayStation and Saturn and brought back characters cut from the arcade version like Blanka and Dee Jay, and took Blade. Not so successful.

7. Sheng Long was created with a game translation error

Sheng Long

Sheng Long, the mastermind of Ryu and Ken, only appeared in Street Fighter 4 as one of the series’ fighters, but few if any know that it was not even planned. It all started with a translation error. In Street Fighter 2, after defeating an opponent in Rio, the phrase “You have to defeat Sheng Long to have a chance to win” appears.

In fact, the correct phrase would be “you have to defeat Shoriuken to have a chance to win”, which indicates one of its most cult powers. But the game ended with a mistranslation in the ideogram and in English it was similar to Sheng Long.

Then, in 1991, EGM magazine ended a joke on April 1 stating that Sheng Long could be found in the game and even unlocked in an arcade version. Capcom eventually took advantage of all the facts and eventually created Sheng Long.

8. Combs were also created suddenly, due to an error

Sheng Long

Another detail of the games that suddenly appeared was the cult combat combinations that began to appear in the game mechanics from Super Street Fighter II. It turns out that during the production of the game, producer Noritaka Funamizu finally realized that it was a mistake to destroy the car at the bonus stage. In error the character received another blow.

But because he believed that no one would be able to perform this mechanic because it was too hard and complicated, he eventually left it there without correction. I was wrong because a lot of players managed to do that, found an error, and with it was born one of the most interesting elements of Street Fighter: combinations.

9. The game has several records in the Guinness Book of World Records

The bug that started the game combinations was to be welcomed, both for the success of the mechanics and for the guarantee of one of the Street Guinness World Records records. These include “The First Combat Combat Game”, “The Most Cloned Combat Game of All Time” and “The Best Selling Arcade Combat Game of All Time”.

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