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12 matchups we want to see in Street Fighter X Tekken

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Evil Ryu vs. Devil Jin

Two perennial badasses designed to appeal to angsty teenagers and Sepiroth fans, these two are regular guys turned evil, given in to their urge to win at all costs. A variation of the palette swap, the evil character is a classic shortcut for lazy designers looking to pad out their rosters without having to go to the trouble of actually designing a new character. Slap an exisiting model in a dark outfit, put some flames or wings on them and boom, another character done.

While we can’t be sure, we have a feeling that when these two throw down there'll be a lot of dramatic yelling as they breathe heavily, charging their power before a big energy explosion destroys some nearby trees or something. When evil anime characters fight, it’s always the environment that suffers.

All told, this lazy reuse of existing material is a shameful way to avoid having to do extra work.

Fun Fact: The Satsui no Hado and Devil Gene are excuses for tinkering with exisiting characters in order to save time.

 

Akuma vs. Devil Kazuya

Two perennial badasses designed to appeal to angsty teenagers and Sepiroth fans, these two are regular guys turned evil, given in to their urge to win at all costs. A variation of the palette swap, the evil character is a classic shortcut for lazy designers looking to pad out their rosters without having to go to the trouble of actually designing a new character. Slap an exisiting model in a dark outfit, put some flames or wings on them and boom, another character done.

While we can’t be sure, we have a feeling that when these two throw down there'll be a lot of dramatic yelling as they breathe heavily, charging their power before a big energy explosion destroys some nearby trees or something. When evil anime characters fight, it’s always the environment that suffers.

All told, this lazy reuse of existing material is a shameful way to avoid having to do extra work.

Fun Fact: The Satsui no Hado and Devil Gene are excuses for tinkering with exisiting characters in order to save time.

 

Dan vs. Dr. Boskonovitch

While fledging fighting games are too busy trying to make a balanced roster, veteran franchises become so desperate for new characters that they make the joke fighter, a character intentionally designed to be incompetent, weak, or awkward. Dan, who’s history was immaculately detailed here, was the first, and remains the most beloved despite his flacid fireballs and flailing signature kick. 

After being a story character in the first two Tekken games, Namco decided to make Dr. Boskonovitch playable in Tekken 3. In case you’re not aware, Dr. B is a 91 year old scientist with no special powers or weapons. While Dan’s fighting style revolves primarily around taunting and being a goof, Dr. Boskonovitch’s fighting style is primarily composed of falling down or frantically hurling his body at the opponent. They're a perfect match.

Fun Fact: Dr. B is responsible for creating Roger Alex, P. Jack and a slew of the robotic characters in Tekken.

 

Hauzer vs. Gon

Primal Rage fans rejoice, as hot n' heavy dino on dino action might be back. While Hauzer isn’t a Street Fighter character (he’s from Capcom’s Red Earth), we decided we’d fudge the rules since he appeared alongside some Street Fighters in Capcom Fighting Jam. Technically speaking though, Gon isn’t really a Tekken character either, he’s a little dinosaur from an obscure manga that made a cameo in Tekken 3 for some reason.

Admittedly, it doesn’t seem like much of a fight given that Hauzer is a full sized Tyrannosaurus Rex with crazy horns and Gon is a chibi version with 3 inch long arms, but in this dino fighting game drought, we’ll take what we can get.

Fun Fact: Gon takes only one damage from True Ogre’s otherwise devastating flame attack.  

Thanks to the Street Fighter Wiki and Tekken Wiki for the more obscure info!

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51 comments

  • 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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