Street Fighter is on the cover of Nintendo Power for the first time in 15 years!

Like most of you within this article’s earshot, I read Nintendo Power religiously growing up. Still sorta do, but being in the industry, I no longer have the thrill of receiving a glossy, high-res cover of something mindblowingly amazing that I didn’t expect. Obviously, you geek out over some covers more than others, but nothing sent my brain into a complete and utter tailspin quite like Street Fighter issues. This wasn’t just a game I was going to play… EVERYONE was going to play it, against one another. For hours… Eventually years. So upon receiving this March NP issue, my reaction was the headline above verbatim (give or take an expletive).

Above: Beautiful. And a over a decade and a half in the making!

So what happened? Why exactly has it been so long? Well, obviously Nintendo platforms missed out on Street Fighter IV. However, that game singlehandedly reignited the fighting game craze to early 90’s levels semi-recently, and the 3DS has finally got a kickass SF game to call its own. (Coincidentally, this issue also covers the impending 3DS launch extensively.) So… when exactly was the last time Street Fighter graced the cover of Nintendo Power?

July 1994: T-Hawk quietly ponders his entrance into the exciting career of road pugilism on this cover devoted solely to Super Street Fighter II. Think he’s an odd choice for cover boy? Look Down!

August 1993: In case you’re wondering why Vega’s presented here instead of more popular mainstays like Ryu, Ken or Guile, you gotta remember that these were the variant sequels to SFII, yet people like me couldn’t wait to know everything possible about the FOUR new added fighters. In this case, SFII: Turbo added the four “bosses” from the previous game as playable characters, among other things, but the world may as well have exploded

July 1992: Ah, The first time SF made the front of Nintendo Power, and it was none other than Guile representin’ Capcom’s arcade sensation arrival on consoles. Sadly, there’s no soldier in the background punching himself in the dick, though his greatness was substituted by a Hair-oic pun!

That’s it, just thought that was cool enough to share with you guys. Subscribers should be seeing their’s now.

Feb 13, 2011

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  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - February 14, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    @TDUBBS Of course not! @philipshaw Don't you dare CSB me! I sorta started collecting Street Fighter covers, although without really noticing. I've thrown away tons of magazine covers, although NEVER a Street Fighter one
  • Japanaman - February 14, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    My first Nintendo Power was a gift for my 11th birthday and it had T.Hawk on the cover. Then my best friend gave me the Vega cover issue. I thought I lost or sold them until I found them in the garage a year ago or so. Unfortunately, I still can't remember if I kept them after that. Here's to hoping I did.
  • philipshaw - February 14, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    Cool story bro
  • TDUBBS - February 14, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    Are those your own magazine scans Antista?
  • JPorFavor - February 13, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Oh man, now I really want it.
  • smashpro1 - February 13, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    That SSFIV:3D cover does not have the Sreetest Fighter: Dan Hibiki. Therefore, I shall not buy it.
  • EnigmaSpirit - February 13, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Unfortunately GamesRadar, and the entire internet, has pretty much made all gaming magazines obsolete for me. The only one I ever read is GameInformer, and that's only because it came with my PowerUp Rewards thing for Gamestop.
  • xXxBLACKHALOxXx - February 13, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Thats Cool I Remember Getting The Guile Issue When I Was A Subscriber Many Moons Ago !!!!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 13, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    Already subscribed to them, they're kinda biased (as is expected), but at least they have personality. Or at least whatever's left after Future ate them. :P
  • bobbybroccoli - February 13, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Crap, my subscription just ran out. To the nearest book store!
  • Eliath - February 13, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I still have those old Nintendo Power magazines. I know for a fact I have the Vega and T-Hawk one. Guile might have been before I had a subscription though. Good memories.
  • FOZ - February 13, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Somebody said Super Street Fighter IV. That means I have to say Bring it to ****ing PC, Capcom.
  • CoppertopJohnson - February 13, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    My sister had that issue from '94, I don't know how many times I read it growing up. Will definitely buy this issue.
  • ConfirmGooseBumps - February 13, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Also great article Chris!
  • ConfirmGooseBumps - February 13, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Ill definitely be buying this issue. Launch 3DS issue and some Street Fighter coverage!

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