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Street Fighter Week: The evolution of Ken and Ryu

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Namco x Capcom - 2005

In their most Anime'd out, Ken and Ryu appear in Namco X Capcom, a strategic RPG fighter featuring a slew characters from both publishers. While the game was only released in Japan, there has been talk of a fan made translation in the works.


Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - 1990

Jumping all the way back to 1990, we come to possibly the strangest game we've included. Street Fighter 2010 is not actually a Street Fighter game, and this isn't actually Ken. In Japan, the main character was Kevin Striker, but when brought to the US, Capcom decided to rename him Ken in the hope of cashing-in on the Street Fighter franchise.

The story goes:

"Ken had no interest in the Frontier, until his partner Troy was killed. Someone had broken into their lab, stolen their invention, and left Troy as a mere puddle of jelly on the floor. Even though it's been 25 years since Ken was king of the street fighting circuit, it's nothing a few good bionics can't fix."

Actually, know what? That never happened. Shut the hell up, you crappy NES game.

Fighter's History - 1993

This is not a Street Fighter game either. Created by Data East (ironically, the same company responsible for Karate Champ), Fighter's History is generally considered to be a rough clone of Street Fighter. Capcom was not happy, sued, and lost. Judge for yourself, are these characters rip-offs of Ken and Ryu?


Above: "HADOOOUK - wait, I mean, AYAHHHH!"

9 comments

  • 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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