Street Fighter Week: The evolution of Ken and Ryu

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SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium - 1999

Match of the Millennium is a quant Neo Geo Pocket Color game, and the first game to mash up SNK and Capcom characters. Don't let the simple art fool you, this is one of the most feature rich and popular handheld fighting games ever made.

The characters look a bit similar to the Karate Champ inspiration we mentioned in reference to the original Street Fighter.


Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 - 2001

While the sprites in Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 are ripped from Alpha, Capcom redrew Ken and Ryu for Capcom vs. SNK 2, and the resulting appearance is something like a combination of Alpha, SF II, and SF III. They are slightly thinner than their Alpha and SF III counterparts, and have slightly more twisted torsos in their ready stances. There's also a bit more muscle definition, and Ryu's hair is back to brown.

Trivia: Mark of the Millennium 2001 is known as "Millionaire Fighting 2001" in Japan. Why? Hell if we know.

SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom - 2003

SVC Chaos was not received particularly well by the media, but what interests us is that it was developed by SNK instead of Capcom, meaning Ryu and Ken take on a never-before-seen style. The characters are darker, leaner, and haven't ironed their uniforms in some time.


SVC Chaos is also known for its strange dialogue, possibly as the result of poor translation.


  • Ktown - January 23, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    This is very entertaining but most of this info is false. Ken isn't an actor, but his father is the worlds third richest man and Ken is an American martial arts champion. Second Ryu finished sagat with the Hadouken after the shoryuken and not the dark hadou. The shoryuken belongs goukens master not ryu. Third, ken fights ryu at the end because Ken has defeated every opponent he has come across, except ryu.
  • beoftw - March 2, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    lol street fighter 2: the animated movie shold have gotten alot more praise than it did. imo i thought it was alot better than the otheres.
  • Arukami - February 27, 2009 2:07 p.m.

    All beatiful recalls....aboveall th first SF! and SFII with that big pic with Vega with his hands open...i'll Kill you!!!!!! U understand me!!! I'll kill you Vega! XDDD! Great article!
  • Auron00 - February 21, 2009 9:31 a.m.

    Not that anyone will really care too much, but, just to keep this retrospective a bit more clear, Ken Masters was never an actor, he is a world famous martial arts tournament champion in america (multiple times over even) and his father is the third richest man in the world (in the SF world anyway).
  • jackrabbitslims - March 15, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    "and apparently a variety of nuts in his cheek to consume later" LMAO. Great article, I love catching up on the history of street fighter.
  • WiqidBritt - February 24, 2009 3:50 a.m.

    what? no mention of Violent Ken in SVC Chaos?
  • Sonneilon - February 21, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    Reading thru all these, feels like I should get a degree with all this SF knowledge now!
  • Bigpapa360 - February 21, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    Second. Man I love seeing how all these games get their start.
  • Grundler24 - February 16, 2009 4:29 p.m.

    First??? The arcade version of this is amazing, i've gotten the chance to play it at an arcade in china town and my friends grandpa owns it so i got free tokens and played it forever. SF never seems to end its reign of ass kicking.

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