Street Fighter Week: The evolution of Chun-Li and Blanka

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Street Fighter II | Alpha series | Street Fighter III | EX series | Marvel vs. Capcom series | SNK vs. Capcom series | SF: The Movie and Gem Fighter | Sprite comparison | SSFIITHDR and Street Fighter IV | Comics and cosplay | Film, figures, and more 

Street Fighter EX Series - 1996 - 2000

The EX series was Street Fighter's first foray into 3D, developed by Arika. It received mixed feelings from critics, and was not a big success in the arcades, the popularity of which was waning after the initial Street Fighter II excitement. Street Fighter EX is a typical early 3D fighter - polygon vomit.

Above: Chun-Li in EX Plus Alpha

Despite the ugly in-game graphics, the character art isn't hard on the eyes. This depiction of Blanka (right) is, in our opinion, a much better rendition than seen in the Alpha series.

Blanka's in-game look, however, is once again typical of early 3D games. Despite containing updated graphics, EX 2 didn't represent a massive improvement for the characters, as apparent in the screen below.

Above: A bunch of green polygons from EX 2 Plus

Street Fighter EX 3, on the other hand, was part of the "next generation" of 3D games after EX 1 and 2, and was ported to the PlayStation 2. Some critics felt that, regardless of its improvements, it couldn't stand up to other early PS2 fighters, like Tekken Tag Tournament.

This is not a particularly grand step forward in Blanka and Chun-Li's evolution, except that it is the precursor to Street Fighter IV's "3D rendered" style, which is obviously significantly smoother and more detailed.

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  • kangaroocory - March 3, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    Chun-Li's legs could snap the necks of 15 male elephants stacked on top of each other. And the Legend of Chun-Li movie wasn't very good IMO.
  • twishart - December 4, 2008 2:05 a.m.

    Wow Tyler, nice article. Looks like a fuckton of work. I thought the character art in Capcom vs SNK 2 was the best, while I prefer the in game sprites of the alpha series.
  • Elbo444 - July 13, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    the 2 best characters in SF
  • Arukami - February 27, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    The best Chun-li is that presented by Jackye Chan...ahahahahah! See that video guys is awesome! ^^! Jokes are finished, the best version of Chun-Li to my opinion is that of SF III 3Rd Strike, with the awesome pose on her legs retook in the motion against C. Viper in SF IV! A sprite realized awesomely n every particular abovelall in the SenretsuKyaku! Chun-Li is the best gal's fighter in the entire world! Rulez!