You’ve seen Street Fighter: The Later Years, but have you ever wondered about the pre-alpha lives of these world warriors? Wonder no longer, because a creative group have concocted Street Fighter High. Yup, everyone from Ryu to Cammy are depicted as they were in high school.
There are plenty of inside jokes for Street Fighter fans in here, including Dhalsim’s celebration dance and the car-crushing bonus stage. They’ve updated it with new characters from Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV too, including Juri and Crimson Viper. Pretty funny stuff.
There’s so much going on in the world of Street Fighter IV, especially since we’re inching that much closer to the fighting game’s release on home consoles. Let’s round it all up so we can all stay up to date on Street Fighter IV news.
A little while ago, Yoshi Ono said that Street Fighter IV would be ready for home consoles “this winter,” but he didn’t get any more specific than that. It would be wishful thinking to assume that he meant the game would hit the Xbox 360 and PS3 in time for Santa Claus, of course, so should we be expecting an early ’09 release?
Well, more recent information is pointing toward a February release. I can live with that. We’ve waited for years for an official sequel to Street Fighter III, so a couple more months isn’t going to kill us. It’s only going to frustrate us.
New Character Info
We already know that Sheng Long (Gouken) will be in the game and you can see the fireball master facing off against Akuma (Gouki) in the screenshot above.
A whole whack of screenshots have also been released of the new challengers in Street Fighter IV, including Cammy, Gen, Fei Long, Sakura, and our amazingly useless friend Dan Hibiki.
Bruce Lee Fei Long looks particularly impressive.
The other major introduction is a a new boss character named Seth. He’s positively epic with his special moves, including one super move where he inhales his opponent in a vortex, blasting him out to the other end of the arena. The look on Guile’s face as he smushes up against the display is priceless.
More Street Fighter News
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to actually play Street Fighter IV yet, because my local arcade doesn’t import an arcade cabinet. I know. Sucks to be me. At least I’ll know which characters are best when I do get to play the game. A highly unscientific battle array has been drawn up and Sagat is, one again, declared the supreme being of Street Fighter based on his win-loss record against the other fighters.
Since we have to wait until February to get Street Fighter IV, it’s good news that Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is finished and it’s slated for release this month on Xbox Live and PSN. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but I’m pretty sure I’m getting it at almost any price.
Do you remember Street Fighter: The Later Years? Well, the guys behind the project have just signed on to make a television series out of it. Zangief is leading the project and he discusses the new Street Fighter Reunion (that’s what it’s called) TV show in the interview clip embedded below.
When Street Fighter III hit the scene, we were largely treated to a new battalion of characters. As such, people started to suspect that when Street Fighter IV would finally arrive in our homes, we would once again have to learn the backstory of several new fighters. That may still be true, but for this go-around, we’ll also have the option of playing as the eight classic characters that we’ve come to know and love.
Up until now, screenshots have only featured Ken and Ryu. A whole series of other fighters have now been announced through the latest issue of Famitsu, revealing to us that the original eight are here in full swing. And they’ve got character sketches and screenshots to prove it. Joining Ken and Ryu in this fourth Street Fighter generation are E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Chun-Li (with her thunder thighs!), Zangief, and Dhalsim.
And they look great. Check out the page scans at Kotaku. The detail is astounding and I’m really starting to dig the art direction of this highly anticipated fighting game. You can really start to appreciate the 2D gameplay in a pseudo 3D environment when you consider the outstretched arms of Dhalsim and the overgrown muscles of Zangief. Blanka looks a little weird.