Street Fighter II' Champion Edition


REVIEWStreet Fighter 2 was still dominating arcades when Capcom decided to surprise the fans by releasing Street Fighter 2' Champion Edition. Along with slightly tweaked damage & character balance and remixed character selection artwork & stages, the main draw of Champion Edition was that the 4 boss characters (Balrog, Vega, Sagat & M.Bison) were now playable characters! The option for player-1 and player-2 to select the same character was also introduced, making this version THE version to play.

As if fans weren't going to insert their coins!

Everything that was great about "vanilla" SF2 was brought back in Champion Edition. The remixed character art and backgrounds kept the arcade smash hit looking as fresh as ever... if you could see the screen, that is (since so many people were probably crowded around it). No doubt Champion Edition was a very smart move by Capcom. They made more money by selling the updated cabinets and pleased fans all at the same time! Worth mentioning, sequels of arcade games were actually far and few between at the time... especially in the amount of time Champion Edition came out after SF2. I remember being at the arcades in 1992, and seeing the crowd over in the "Street Fighter area" just get bigger.... and bigger... and biggger. 

The updated character art was a huge improvement.


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Page Updated: February 8th, 2016
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Designer(s): Akira Nishitani & Akira Yasuda (Akiman)
Artwork by: Bengus (CRMK), Akiman, Kinu Nishimura, Shoei
Platform(s): Arcade, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Playstation, Saturn, Sega Master System, Wii Virtual Console
Release Date(s): April 1992                   (Arcade)
Sept. 27th, 1993
      ( Genesis)
Characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Blanka, Zangief, E.Honda, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, Bison

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Related Games: Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, SF2 Turbo, Super SF2, Super SF2 Turbo, Super SF2 Turbo Revival, Super SF2T HD Remix, Ultra SF2, SF3: New Generation, SF3: 2nd Impact, SF3: 3rd Strike, SF3: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Street Fighter 4, Super SF4, Super SF4: 3D Edition, Super SF4: Arcade Edition, Ultra SF4, Street Fighter 5, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, SFA3 Upper, SFA3 Max, SFA: Anthology, SF: Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter EX, SFEX2, SFEX3, SF: The Movie, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Super PF2T HD Remix, Pocket Fighter, Art of Fighting, World Heroes, Fighter's History, Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Mortal Kombat

Gameplay Engine

 10 / 10

Story / Theme

 9.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 9.5 / 10


 10 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 9.5 / 10


 9.0 / 10

Art Direction

 10 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 8.5 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 10 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 10 / 10


 10 / 10


 9.9 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version


Final Words:

Call it a rehash... call it "the same"... call you whatever you want... it doesn't matter, because SF2: Champion Edition was the hottest thing at the arcades when it debuted. The only legitimate complaint that players of Street Fighter 2 could possibly have is that bosses weren't playable, and Capcom answered with Champion Edition. Done deal... Money in the bank... Happy players.... Time passes...... Ohh, so you want faster gameplay?!? Capcom thought so too, and Street Fighter 2 Turbo soon followed, only adding to the sensation that Street Fighter 2 was quickly and steadily becoming.   ~TFG Webmaster

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