On August 30, 1987, the very first Street Fighter game was released by Capcom. Making today the series' 25th birthday. My God. How depressing.
Not for Capcom or Street Fighter, of course. For them, it's party time. But for most of us who grew up button-smashing our way through combos, it's a stark reminder that we are getting older by the day, and that before we know it, Street Fighter will be 100 years old, and we'll all be dead.
Whoah. Sorry for that morbid turn. It really and seriously is a time for reflection and, more importantly, celebration, not just because it's one of the most enduring and iconic franchises in video gaming, but because there was a time that Street Fighter, through endless sequels and a pandering to a dying niche, seemed dead in the water.
The successful launch of Street Fighter IV of course changed all that, and the series is now back and as big as ever. Well, maybe not quite as big as it was during Street Fighter II's prime, when it seemed like the biggest thing on Earth, but big enough.
Below you'll find a range of stories paying tribute to the series' long and illustrious past, from its beginnings as a pretty average arcade fighter to its emergence as a cultural powerhouse and everything in between. Like Jackie Chan, GI Joe and Jean Claude Van Damme's sexual past.