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The pathetic history of Dan Hibiki

Cool as they were, the first two Capcom vs SNK (or SNK vs Capcom) games were really just a dry run for the awesomeness that was Millionaire Fighting 2001. The roster of fighters this time was huge, even bigger than that of Marvel vs Capcom 2, and the flashy team-based battles were a marked improvement over the comparatively clunky action in Millennium Fight. And of course Dan was there, rocking the same super-serious look he’d sported in 2000, except that this time he’d loosened up a little.

 


Above: No relation…?

His old taunt moves and goofy poses were back, as was his generally silly demeanor. Sadly, though, his Gadoukens were back down to controllable levels.


Above: Oh well

The only real flaw this time around was in Dan’s win quotes, which aside from the usual self-aggrandizing nonsense included gems like this:


Above: If you get this reference, congratulations! You’ve watched infomercials


Above: FINALLY


Dan showed up once again for another Card Fighters Clash, this time released exclusively in Japan and with the Pokémon-style gameplay removed in favor of a more linear, text-adventurey approach. That aside, the card-battle gameplay remained more or less the same. And once again, Dan appeared as a slightly more awesome card than before.




Above: What


Like the aftershock of a massive explosion, SVC Chaos was a smaller, more story-focused and somewhat disappointing follow-up to the majesty of Capcom vs SNK 2. Created mostly by SNK, it was developed for the then-ancient Neo-Geo hardware, and it showed through in the jaggy graphics and flat, polygon-free backgrounds.

Still, it had Zero from Mega Man X as a playable character, which was pretty awesome. More importantly, it featured Dan, whose storyline mostly revolved around him being mistaken for SNK characters.

 

Not that he was above mistaking people’s identities himself, of course.

SVC Chaos was also notable for featuring one of the lamest, ugliest incarnations of the Gadouken, and after what we’ve seen in the last three pages, that’s saying a hell of a lot.

But at least his sense of humor was intact this time around.


Finally, we’ve arrived at Dan’s latest and coolest incarnation. Unlocked on consoles by defeating the single-player game as Sakura (who in turn has to be unlocked by beating the game as Ryu), Dan’s 2009 appearance is his most over-the-top ridiculous yet. No longer comfortable with perennial-loser status, the new Dan is an insanely overconfident goon who’s more fun to play as than ever. He taunts, he grins like the Joker and he goes down more entertainingly than any of his cartoonishly redesigned opponents.

 

And his Gadoukens, while still sucky, now at least look like the kind of fireball you’d bring home to meet your mother.

Some of his classic moves haven’t translated quite as well to 3D, however…


Above: Ew?

Of course, all of the fighters in Street Fighter IV are at their most awesome when they’re busting out their cinematic new Ultra Combos, and Dan is no exception.


Above: Ha ha, he made Sagat look like Popeye


Above: Finish with a smile, just like the pros

Another first are Dan’s anime-style cutscenes, which – while generally lame where other fighters are concerned – are pretty entertaining. They also do their best to explain away why Dan was absent during Street Fighter II: he hadn’t paid his phone bill, and so nobody could tell him there was a tournament going on. Unfazed by missing out, Dan doesn’t hesitate to seize another opportunity to spread the Saikyo style across the globe.

Whatever his reasons, it’s good to see that Capcom’s as dedicated to keeping him a part of Street Fighter as his fans are. Honestly, we hope the joke never ends.


Above: Image from UDON Entertainment's Art of Capcom

Feb 20, 2009


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26 comments

  • XNam360 - March 11, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    Dan = Steven Seagal
  • Nikku7 - October 14, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    Wow, I had forgotten how freakin great these old articles actually were. Totally worth a re-read any day. If you can hear me GR, MORE PICS WITH AWESOME CAPTIONS PLEASE! Also... Harun says, "Let's CARD BATTLE!" retsu ca-do batoru!
  • 2cute2Bcruel - February 9, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    This is one of the funniest articles that GamesRadar had ever done. The captions are great.
  • bidigamesradar - September 6, 2009 3:08 a.m.

    More secret hidden in Dan's sleeves.
  • BizarrePuppet - August 21, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    Ah Dan... The best and the brightest.
  • Mr.Epic64 - March 9, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    DAMN, SON. I laughed so hard at that.
  • deathrebellion - February 27, 2009 11:11 a.m.

    Popeye lolzzz
  • sadowolf - February 24, 2009 6:36 p.m.

    @ Johnny6Gun its dan in the orange gi. sagat killed go hibiki in the same battle where he was blinded, so it wouldnt make sense that hes wearing an eye patch in the picture. not to mention that its sf2 artwork, and the fight happened long before then. besides, go hibiki's gi has always been depicted as green =P
  • fergfighter - February 22, 2009 1:18 p.m.

    @skelt. DO NOT INSULT PINK POLO'S!!!
  • candyman - February 21, 2009 10:33 p.m.

    This is what GR is famous for.
  • Sonneilon - February 21, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    I REALLY enjoyed this article. I had no idea he had such a history. Sure, I just played thru some of the SF2 games, an Alpha here and there, SF vs X-Men... I remember first time I 'met' Dan, I thought he was Ryu/Ken knockoff. His fireball sucked! Reading all this. I'm not sure what GamesRadar is doing here. Great article but it feels like an ad to go buy and play ALL the games that were referenced!
  • Hunter2458 - February 21, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    You should touch on Dan's appearance in the animate Street Fighter movies, pretty funny seeing him try to fight Akuma and stuff. ReCaptcha Konta $140,000
  • Vagrant - February 21, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    Good article. Interesting and wif some funnies. (Sakura's bigger energy ball and the phone bill thing were classic) I'd like to comment more in-depth than that, but I don't know my beat 'em ups well enough.
  • drprofessor - February 21, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    Hey Dan is almost passable in SF4.......almost. His legendary taunt is the stuff of well legends.
  • skelt - February 21, 2009 12:24 a.m.

    what dan wears is the equivalent of wearing a pink polo in real life
  • PCG_Evan - February 20, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    The most comprehensive history of Dan I've ever seen. Do Sagat!
  • Johnny6Gun - February 20, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    The man in the orange gi is Dan's dad, who was killed by Sagat after he took his eye in combat.
  • VaneTrago - May 5, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Ever since his first incarnation, Dan has and always will be my absolute favorite character in the SF universe. Most people laugh at him and brush him off, but I'll give you a reason to respect him. More and more I've been showing this online in SF4, and if you truly doubt Dan's abilities to destroy all comers by all means, add me. And don't shrug off his Gadoken, or you may perish by it. It's dangerous. P.S. While CVS2:MF has a substantially fleshed out roster at 46 characters, MVC2 has 56, making it still the king.
  • Clownsarescary - February 24, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Wait, Dan's the token gay guy of street fighter, isn't he? A bit like Zangief's the token Russian bear wrestler? Capcom: they've got the demographics licked.
  • thochaos - February 23, 2009 6:25 a.m.

    Awesome. Dan is the greatest. Is his quote from Millennium Fight from Pink's song "There You Go" perhaps? The colour fits...

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