About The Game
Street Fighter II defined gaming in the 1990s by revolutionising the fighting genre. Street Fighter™ II: The World Warrior was the first release of the Street Fighter II series, and features the original eight world warriors including Ryu, Chun-Li and Guile.
Each character has his or her own skills, speed, special moves and ending, to make for a truly unique experience. Choose your favourite fighter and become a hero!
When it Street Fighter 2 made its Snes debut it was without doubt the greatest fighting game ever to grace a home console.
For those that never lived through the 16 bit era or perhaps somehow managed to live through it oblivious to the game or it’s many sequels across multiple platforms and arcade machines a quick explanation of the game may still be required.
(Yes I’m aware most know about street fighter but new gamers are born every day you know)
You can choose from any one of 8 starting characters each with their own move sets and special attacks.
The aim of the game is to play through 11 fights (battling the seven opponents you didn’t chose followed by four boss fights)
2 bonus rounds are also included purely for high score status.
The game has 7 difficulty levels and beating it on any difficulty at 3 or above will provide you with the characters ending scenes some of which are far better than others.
All characters use the same 6 buttons for attacking both Kick and Punch have 3 variations weak, Medium and strong.
All controls can be set to the buttons of choice by default the shoulder buttons (L & R) are Strong kick and strong punch I always change these to weak as I prefer my strong attacks to be A & B.
The game also features a 2 player vs mode should you desire some local fighting action with a friend.
Chose your character then set off across the world to do battle.
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Some characters are easier to use than others.
In my personal opinion the easiest character for new players is Chun Li due to her agility, wall kicks and the ease in with which most moves can be executed.
E-Honda will likely prove to be the most difficult to beat the game with despite having a similar ease of execution in the move list department the big sumo is slow bulky and often easily caught by incoming attacks.
My personal character of choice is and forever will be Ryu.
His move set on the whole is fairly straight forward and his attacks are powerful enough to do damage quickly when given the right opportunity.
My least favourite is probably Dhalsim though he’s fairly easy to use and due to his excessively stretchy limbs could prove useful for some newer players looking to play a little more defensively or button bashing but he’s never connected with me in any Street Fighter game and by this point I think it’s reasonable to say he never will.
I should probably give a little mini mention for Blanka as I’m always mocking him for being utterly useless and so easy to beat I wonder why he turns up.
And Guile who more often than not proves to be the hardest battle in the game for me.
With the cpu using the flash kick at a seconds notice (something you can’t do by the way) his double leg swing and fire ball blocking sonic boom often generates my hardest test.
And as I’ve mentioned 6 I may as well go ahead and finish the roster Ken is a Ryu clone for those that either prefer red or just want to play as an American.
Yeah okay he does have a double roll for the leg throw!
And Zangief a Russian wrestler with some truly devastating life bar crushing moves he’ll rarely hit as he almost always has to be within grabbing range to execute them.
If you can master his move set though he really is quite deadly.
I make no secret of it I like to mock Blanka at every opportunity so here is all dizzy and about to get hurt!
The boss fights are probably just about at the right difficulty arch.
Balrog is first up and normally puts up little challenge unless you let him pin you in the corner of the screen.
Vega can be just as easy or annoyingly difficult depending on who you’re using or what mood the cpu is in at the time.
With the ability to climb he fence and do fancy back flips to avoid damage you’ll quickly want to rip his mask off and destroy his “pretty” face.
Sagat the original boss of the original Street Fighter is a master of the tiger fire ball.
And when I say master I mean full on cheat.
With the ability to shoot fireballs high or low and the ability to execute a perfect tiger uppercut at a split seconds notice if you try and attack from above you may see the game over on more than one occasion here.
But don’t worry you have as many continues as you so desire.
M Bison is last up and while he also uses moves again and again I’ve never personally found him to be that frustrating.
Perhaps after the Sagat ordeals (especially with characters like E-Honda Bison is just a blessing to be fighting someone new.
Lastly I’ll point out if you do hit the game over screen you can change characters before you restart the battle and still pick up where you left off.
I like to beat the game using the same character the whole way through but back in he early 90’s I was at school with a kid who used Guile all the way to Bison purposely lost then chose someone else to beat bison and see their ending.
Perhaps not but he did see all the endings before I did.
Every character has their own ending but it's Ryu's I've seen more than any other.
With the exception of Ryu and Ken (being basically the same) the characters have a good range of abilities and styles to choose from.
7 difficulty settings to suit those very new to the game or those more seasoned.
Each of the 8 characters have their own ending to try and see.
A shocking Moment Blanka actually did something right and beat Bison!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
There are 4 Snes Street fighter games on the eShop the other 3 all have a bigger character list for exactly the same price.
The Cpu often hits moves out of nowhere it would be almost impossible for a real player to do in the same time frame.
A couple of the fights may cause huge frustrations.
Sagat without any doubt is the biggest cheat in the game!
Street Fighter 2 World Warrior was the best fighting game on any console when it first released on the snes.
But as with all things they evolve, grow & often improve.
Having said that this is still my personal favourite street fighter game from the 16 bit era.
Yes the other games have a bigger roster but I didn’t like playing as the bosses or the new characters.
But given all the Snes virtual console games are exactly the same price most might want to look at those options first .
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.