It has now been 25 years since the original Street Fighter arcade game first saw the light of day.
Capcom introduced this one-on-one fighter to arcades on August 30, 1987 in two different cabinet styles. The first featured two pressure sensitive “punch” pads while another marked what would be the first-ever six button layout on a fighting game.
While the original Street Fighter was only a modest success, the impact of the game on video game history cannot be fully stated in a short article. Street Fighter II, first introduced in 1991, became the biggest arcade hit since Pac-Man and spawned an entire generation of fighting games. Today, the Street Fighter franchise is one of the most competitive scenes in all of professional video gaming.
“I actually grew up with Street Fighter on arcade back in the day,” said fighting game fan Teri Otis Redding of Australia. “Loved every Street Fighter made pretty much. I think I’ll always remember the arcade experience I had when I was growing up.”
The continued success of the franchise seems pleasing to the maker of products for fighting games.
“Street Fighter has been almost a benchmark for standards on all upcoming games,” said Doug Johnson of FoeHammer Custom Joysticks. “We love it when they launch a new one because the hype is tremendous.”
Take a look at the video below for a musical tribute to the original 1987 arcade release that changed it all.
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