Street Fighter Week: The evolution of Ken and Ryu

Two of gaming's most iconic fighters are dissected, game by game

Table of Contents
Street Fighter|Street Fighter II|Alpha series|Street Fighter III|EX series|SF: The Movie and Gem Fighter|Marvel vs. Capcom series|SNK vs. Capcom series|Misc. games|Sprite comparison|SSFIITHDR and Street Fighter IV|Comics, films, and more

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - 2008

What a name! SSFIITHDR is a yet-to-be-released XBL remake of Super SF II Turbo with, you guessed it, high definition sprites. The new sprites are being drawn by UDON, creator of many a Street Fighter comic. They are directly referencing the original sprites, but adding a great deal of detail in the process of scaling them up. How long do you think it takes to create all of these HD animations at 60 frames per second? We're guessing a long, long time.


Street Fighter IV - 2008

Street Fighter IV, which takes place after Street Fighter II and before Street Fighter III, is the first true sequel (er, prequel) to the Street Fighter series since SF III in 1998. Ken and Ryu are back.

The sparring buddies take completely new forms in IV, and the fans in our office are divided - do they look good or bad? Those who've played the game say that stills don't do it justice - you've got to see it in motion. It has also been pointed out that the dynamic facial expressions are great - those blows look painful. Peep our collection of screens, as well as a video of the unfinished arcade version, below.




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