When we think about legendary 2D fighting titles from the arcade era of gaming one of the names that comes to mind is Capcom’s Street Fighter II: World Warrior from 1991. As many people know the original Street Fighter II game is iconic and featured the first eight characters in the series. The World Warrior version of Street Fighter II included playable such as: Ryu, Ken, E. Honda, Blanka, Chun-Li, Zangief, Blanka and Dhalsim. The very first Street Fighter II game also featured unplayable Shadowloo boss characters Balrog, Vega, Sagat and M. Bison; who would eventually go on to be playable characters in later versions of SFII. While Street Fighter II: World Warrior lacked a storyline as it pertained to its arcade mode the game was praised for its gameplay, visuals and gimmicky characters. The bonus mini game levels that involved breaking barrels and vehicular destruction in SFII were also pretty innovative for its time. Street Fighter II: World Warrior May have been the inspiration for creation of popular video games from the fighting genre including Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury and Killer Instinct between ’91-’94. The success that Street Fighter II had within the fighting genre of gaming is almost unparalleled.
Since its initial release back in ’91 Street Fighter II earning over $10 billion in revenue and has been credited with putting the head to head fighting genre of gaming on the map. Street Fighter II May have been Capcom’s greatest creation in the 90’s considering the fact that the game is considered to be a cult classic that still holds up well today. Street Fighter II has appeared on almost every game console you can think of with multiple versions of the game being playable on game systems such as SNES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, etc. Street Fighter II was so popular that many people completely ignored the fact that there was ever a Street Fighter I from 1987. If there was ever an arcade title from the early 90’s that deserved to be placed in the category of one the greatest video games of all-time Street Fighter II is definitely one of them.