This week, the Street Fighter franchise celebrated its 30th birthday. While every entry in the long-running fighting game series has found an audience (including the recent SFV), Ars is resurfacing this retrospective of perhaps the most iconic edition: 1991’s Street Fighter II.

This appreciation was originally published on December 27, 2010.

Everyone knows to look out for the uppercut (video link)
Street Fighter II was an arcade monster that has stood the test of time.

Even today, it’s Capcom’s golden goose and it’s not hard to see why.

Even after the unsuccessful clones and the innumerable follow-ups, this game still has it all.
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