As a kid who grew up in the video arcades of the 90s, I feel like that was the golden age of gaming. That’s when the whole fighting game genre took off with Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters. And along with all of those, we had the quarter-munching side-scrolling beat-em-ups like X-Men: The Arcade Game, The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. What if we could combine these two terrific genres into one beautifully retro package.
That’s exactly what Fatal Fury Final is. The freeware title (yes, free!) takes the sprites and 90s styling of the original Fatal Fury game and transplants it into a game that is similar to Final Fight from Capcom. The key difference here is that your Fatal Fury characters — like Duck King and Joe Higashi — can do their special moves too, in addition to the usual button-mashing mechanism of the classic side-scrollers. The net result is an amazing experience.
Download it for free from GameJolt.com. Seriously. You won’t regret it.
To give you a taste of what to expect, here is the title and intro sequence from the game, along with a playthrough of the first stage with Terry Bogard. Power wave! Crack shoot! Burn knuckle! Rising tackle!
Unequivocally, one of my favorite series to watch on the Internet is Excellent Adventures with Gootecks and Mike Ross. Yes, it’s just a couple of guys taking turns playing Street Fighter against some online warriors, but it has to be some of the most entertaining 20 or 30 minutes every Sunday. And then, it inspires fan-made animation videos like this.
Here’s twenty bucks. He’s going to throw a second fierce and you’re going to flash kick it.
OMG OMG OMG. Capcom has typically taken way too long to move to the next numbered iteration of Street Fighter, but we are now getting our first look at Street Fighter V. Finally. Yes, Street Fighter 5!
The teaser trailer was leaked and subsequently pulled several times yesterday from various video streaming sites. Now, I guess Capcom is a-okay with the news, because the teaser trailer is once again up on YouTube for everyone to see. A couple of key takeaways here is that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PS4 and PC with no apparent love for the Xbox One. Here’s the Street Fighter V teaser trailer in case you missed it.
Some people have said the PS4 exclusivity deal could be a timed thing and that SFV will eventually port to Microsoft’s console. Other people are saying this is a sign that Sony is in the process of buying Capcom. Take that for what it’s worth. It’s cool how this teaser trailer pays homage to the FGC, recognizing just how important all of us are to the success of franchises like Street Fighter.
Earlier today, another trailer was released, this time with full “real” gameplay involving Ryu and Chun-Li. The visuals strike me as a highly updated version of Street Fighter EX or maybe with a dash of Street Fighter X Tekken. It’s even more realistic and the trailer shows all sorts of effects. We could already be reading a little too much into this, but it seems like storyline-wise, Street Fighter V will take place some time after SF2/SF4 and before Street Fighter III.
You’ll notice that both Chun and Ryu have gained some of their Street Fighter III moves, for instance, most notably the Denjin Hadouken performed by Ryu, complete with all the electric effects he probably learned from Gouken.
I haven’t had nearly enough time lately to mess around with Decapre in USFIV and the Omega Edition of Street Fighter IV should be available pretty soon. We probably shouldn’t expect Street Fighter V to launch next year, so the hope is that it’ll be ready in time for EVO 2016.
Hype, guys and gals. HYPE!
UPDATE: The Verge is reporting that Street Fighter V will support cross-platform play too. This means that PS4 players can play online against PC players and vice versa! Awesomesauce!