Street Fighter 2 developer looks back on how adding the mechanic of blocking was a controversial one

"So you basically never die?"

Akira Nishitani is one of the developers who worked on the original Street Fighter 2, which is still used as a blueprint for the series today. It birthed many of the mainstay mechanics, including that of blocking. Believe it or not, Nishitani says the idea of blocking caused quite the controversy back in the day, even if nowadays it seems like an essential inclusion.

"So what I was told by others was, 'So... if you block, you never die.' You know the shooting game R-Type. It has something called 'Force,' which basically makes it invincible to attacks. So people told me, 'Oh, it's like that? So, you basically never die?' And I did think it was dangerous too.

Those who win are those who are good at blocking. Ever since the mechanic was incorporated in 1992... It's profound. Because if you only block, you're just weak. But here and there, with block, you can deal with things without losing health. My impression of fighting games is that if you're good at blocking, you're strong."

HORI releasing Street Fighter-themed "Fighting Stick Mini" and "Real Arcade Pro" arcade sticks for Switch

That sticky feeling

If you're looking for an arcade stick to use on Switch, HORI has two more solutions on the way. The company is releasing Street Fighter-themed versions of their "Fighting Stick Mini" and "Real Arcade Pro" arcade sticks, and both are due out Oct. 15th, 2019. The Fighting Stick Mini packs a lot of punch and features for $60, but the Real Arcade Pro option is about as fancy as it gets, and is priced at $160. You can check out full details on the Mini here and the Pro here.

Watch Mike Tyson play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and learn about Street Fighter's Balrog

Tyson meets his video game doppleganger

ESPN recently had Mike Tyson at their studios to talk about his career in sports, and also have a bit of fun. In the video above, you can see Tyson play a bit of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and also learn about the existence of Balrog in Street Fighter II. It's a pretty surreal video overall, and apparently Tyson might even consider a lawsuit going forward!

Osaka Prefectural Police using Street Fighter imagery to recruit new cyber-crime investigators

Crime Fighter

Capcom is teaming with the Osaka Prefectural Police force to help recruit cyber-crime investigators, and they're doing it with Street Fighter. 3,000 flyers will be distributed, and 1,000 posters will be plastered around Osaka Prefectural Police stations and police boxes, as well as at train stations, starting today. Capcom shared a statement on the unique collab, which you can find below.

"Selected for the brand's powerful image, its popularity among a broad range of age groups, and the affinity that esports has with cyberspace, the characters will be featured in investigator recruiting advertisements with the aim of boosting awareness of and the number of investigators specialising in cyber-crime - a field that has seen a conspicuous rise in the number of incidents in recent years."

Capcom has run numerous campaigns with the Osaka Prefectural Police over the years, featuring characters like Mega Man and more. I guess the collaborations have been a success, which is why we're seeing things continue with Street Fighter.

Capcom says Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate enjoyed 'robust sales,' Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection 'performed well'

Love for Capcom's Switch titles all around

Capcom has released the fiscal results for their most recent year, and included in the press release were some tidbits about various Switch titles. Check out the official blurbs on each game below.

- Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate enjoyed robust sales through its release in markets outside of Japan
- Mega Man 11 performed well
- Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection performed well

Check out the full report here

Pix’n Love restocking Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition

You win

French publisher Pix’n Love has confirmed a restock for the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition. While there won't be many up for grabs, the new round of stock will be available starting May 2, 2019. If you want to get in on the offer this time around, make sure you act quickly!

Classic interview reveals details on the creation of Street Fighter II's roster

Choose your fighter

Ken, Ryu, Chun-Li, and the entire cast of Street Fighter II are absolutely legendary among gamers. While they might not have the expanded reach that characters like Mario or Sonic do, you'll be hard-pressed to find a gamer who doesn't know these fighters. Their creation is thanks to Akira “Akiman” Yasuda and Akira Nishitani, two Capcom employees tasked with filling out Street Fighter II's roster.

In a newly-translated interview that was originally conducted in 2003, Yasuda sheds some light on how the creation of these iconic characters came about. Check out a blurb on the creation of Chun-Li below.

“My first idea resembled the Chinese character Tao from the Genma Taisen (Genma Wars) animated movie, with big wide-legged pants. She would also have that front and back apron. The character wasn’t very sexy though, and my design lacked visual impact and personality. So at the 11th hour, I experimented and made a bunch of frantic changes to the pixel art. First I tried giving her bare legs and a bodycon dress. That made her look like a female pro-wrestler, a sort of “fake” kung-fu fighter. It’s a little bit hard to describe in words, but it had a lot of impact, and I decided to go with it and release her to the world this way. She became far more popular than I had imagined, I was shocked. I guess part of it was that she was the only female character in the game.”

Check out the full interview here

Daisy, Young Link, and Ken amiibo - official promo video

Looking slick

Nintendo has put out a slick promo video to spread the word on the Daisy, Young Link, and Ken amiibo. I know I shouldn't buy these, and I don't have anymore room for them, but I know I'll end up grabbing them randomly one day. Which ones do you plan on picking up?

Daisy, Young Link, and Ken amiibo - another unboxing video

But they'll lose their value!

Three new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo have hit store shelves, including two series newcomers; Ken & Daisy! Get a close look at the three amiibo in our unboxing provided by Daan Koopman!

Daisy, Ken, and Young Link amiibo unboxing

The three Musketeers

Let's get another up-close-and-personal look at the Daisy, Ken, and Young Link amiibo. This time we get to see each amiibo unboxed from its packaging, which I'm sure is sacrilege for some collectors!


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