12 matchups we want to see in Street Fighter X Tekken

When Street Fighter IV Director Yoshinoro Ono made a surprise appearance during the Tekken Finals at EVO this year, the rumor mill started churning, were Tekken and Street Fighter teaming up? At first it seemed too ridiculous, the fever dreams of over-eager fanboys reading too much into a friendly appearance. But after the shocking announcement at ComicCon that yes, Street Fighter and Tekken were going toe to toe in two separate games, the debate was on. How will Tekken characters work without fireballs? Will Street Fighter characters be able to sidestep? Can Kuma really beat Zangief?

After taking an informal poll of our readers and the office, and by that we mean, “we made all of this up”, here’s some of the more interesting matches we look forward to seeing in Street Fighter X Tekken. We ignored the Ryu vs. Kazuya and Chun-Li vs. Nina entries because technically, they've already happened.


Rufus vs. Bob

We’ll get it out of the way before you ask: Bob came first, as Tekken 6 was released in arcades months before SFIV. How two totally different companies decided they both needed speedy fat asses in their games at exactly the same time is something of a mystery, though to be fair, we feel there’s room for both of them.

Honestly, it’s about time fighting games catered to the morbidly obese fans, giving them a spark of hope with these two; just because you can't do a push-up, or run a 30 minute mile doesn't mean you can’t compete in a global fighting tournament against the world's deadliest martial artists!

Fun Fact: Bob intentionally trained to become obese as he felt his svelte frame didn’t give him enough power behind his attacks.


Zangief vs. Kuma

In what will certainly be the most anticipated and, bizarrely, logical of these match ups, The Red Cyclone will finally be able to prove himself against his eternal arch nemesis, a bear. Zangief is notorious for training in Siberia with grizzly bears, which is why he’s covered in huge scars, and he's clearly not afraid of them.

So Zangief must have the upper hand here, being accustomed to Bear Kwon Do? Not so, as Kuma has been Heihachi’s training partner since birth (much like Roger Jr., this Kuma is the son of the original), making him, if you will, more adept at martial combat than the average bear. Kuma has also beaten the self-proclaimed "toughest fighter in the universe" Paul Phoenix, so don't count Kuma out.

Fun Fact: Zangief makes a quick background appearance in an episode of the Yu Yu Hakusho Anime.


Guile vs. Paul

While Guile is the consummate American hero, Paul is a combination of Guile and Ken potentially making him even more American. But patriotism aside, these two clearly have a passion greater than their dedication to their countries: maintaining and styling their awful hair. While Guile’s iconic do’ is unique, Paul’s is a little less so, leaving him looking like the last Kid n Play fan on earth. If you got that reference, guess what, you’re old.

Paul and Guile may be little more than organic devices designed to carry around ridiculous hair, but what a gelled, feathered battle it would be.

Fun Fact: Despite his constant proclamation that he is “The Strongest Fighter in the Universe” Paul’s ongoing rival in Tekken is Kuma the bear, who defeated him in Tekken 5.


M. Bison vs. Heihachi

The nice thing about crossovers is getting to see the evil characters go at it. After 5 sequels it's boring still seeing the same good guy and the same villain duke it out yet again. But seeing the evil masterminds go toe to toe? Much more compelling. Especially in the case of these two ruthless jerks; Bison killed Chun-Li's father on a Tuesday and forgot about it, and Heihachi has unsucessfully attempted to murder his own sons countless times.

Bison and Heihachi have a lot in common actually, they both run massive, successful evil corporations bent on destruction and world domination by day, and adore cracking skulls and murdering their opposition by night. Or maybe they murder by day too, we’re sure they make their own work hours.

Fun Fact: Heihachi can be customized to resemble Akuma in Tekken 6


Sodom vs. Yoshimitsu

Two of the only jerks rude enough to bring swords to a fist fight, Sodom and Yoshimitsu do a nice job filling the mandatory “Samurai” niche. While Yoshimitsu is a legitimate ninja enhanced with cybernetics and a cursed demon blade, Sodom is a Japanophile white guy who wishes he was Asian. Both bring some pizzazz to the tired old samurai fashion scene; Yoshimitsu with his space cyborg alien freakshow, and Sodom with his “Samurai Casual” armor and blue jeans.

Fun Fact: The kanji on Sodom’s chest is supposed to be the Japanese character for death “shi”, but is not written correctly and therefore meaningless, poking fun at Sodom’s poor understanding of Japanese.




  • Junpeihermes - May 5, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Fei-long vs Law is the fiht i've been antecipating because i main both in their games
  • elpurplemonkey - August 6, 2010 4:19 a.m.

    Great article, this has to be one of the funnier ones.
  • VercettisShirt - August 5, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    It should be M Bison VS Jin Kazama, cuz Jin's sort of the bad guy now right?
  • greenjoker - August 5, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    micheal grimm...your writing never ceases to make me laugh out loud.....A- article sire.....this game is gona poop out gold.
  • ninjastrike34 - August 5, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    king vs el fuerte!
  • likejenga - August 4, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    the evil ryu/akuma thing was VERY clever, starting to really get hyped for this
  • admjwt - August 4, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    why are devil jins and devil kazuyas articles teh same
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 4, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    I'm still not convinced that a billion SF games is the right way to go; isn't that what killed the genre all those years back? Even if each one is a 10/10, there's simply too many, and burn-out will occur much faster.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - August 4, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    I love tekken... It's gone through the entire spectrum, taking itself too seriously, to treating itself as a bit of a joke, to taking the piss out of it's past games. Beautiful :')
  • Valntyne - August 4, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    Where the fark is the Fei Long Vs. Law?! Also, I see what you did thar, with the Evil Ryu/Akuma. Copy/paste FTW!
  • DeathbyFira - August 4, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    I would like to see paul vs Ken masters and king vs Zangif and vega vs brian and omg steve fox and dudley would so be my pick for best fight cuz i freaking love them but i cant wait to be playing this and marvel vs capcom soon
  • gamingfreak - August 4, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    I can't believe it took me almost 5 minutes to clue into that Evil Ryu vs Devil Jin/Akuma vs Devil Kazuya joke.
  • Ell223 - August 4, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    Paul looks like Jedward.
  • rxb - August 4, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    Good article.
  • JayBeat - August 4, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    Roger Jr stupid background story okay
  • Seabread - August 4, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    @ kiwimonster5: you're joking right? did you read the description? i laughed my ass off. well played GR:MG
  • pin316 - August 4, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    I just still can't get over having to laugh everytime someone mentions Sodom...why don't more people find it amusing that there's a character who's name means butt-sex? some people might say grow up, i reply - it doesn't matter how old you are, a fat man falling over is still funny, as are farts and names that mean rude things
  • Clovin64 - August 4, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    I totally forgot about Roger Jr's storyline, but God it amuses me. Kuma and Panda both had (very similar) comedy endings in Tekken 5 if I remember correctly, but the Roger Jr one was priceless. Also Jinpachi is an overpowered dick in Tekken 5, but I think he was a lot easier in Dark Reserection.
  • philipshaw - August 4, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    This was a great article, you pretty much thought of all the match ups that I want to see
  • Tomsta666 - August 4, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    Sakura V Asuka. Japanese Schoolgirl fight GO!!!

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