Street Fighter II was one of the most popular games of the 1990s all over the world, and that meant that there were many different versions of the game. On this episode of Complete In Box, we check out three of them that you might not have even known existed.

In particular, we’re looking at Street Fighter II: Champion Edition. The first upgrade to the original Street Fighter II was the first in the series to let you play “mirror matches” where each player controlled the same character, as well as let you play boss characters like M. Bison.

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But Street Fighter II Turbo released very shortly after that, which means that there were only two home games that were based on Champion Edition, and they were released only in Japan for the PC Engine (TurboGrafx) and the Sharp X68000 computer.

Meanwhile, there’s the little-known Sega Master System version of Street Fighter II, released only in Brazil in 1997. We go inside the boxes of these rare finds to learn about what makes a good, or a not-so-good, home version of Street Fighter.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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I was one of the unfortunate suckers who bought the PC/DOS port of classic SF2. It looked great in screenshots, even though there were visible alterations. Somehow they added new animation frames, while turning out awful gameplay that probably capped at about 10 FPS even with a new-ish video card...?!? It was basically like the Master System version in this video, with a higher colour count.

Oh well, I played it anyway.

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