I don’t know exactly what it is, but there are some certain qualities about the very first Street Fighter that I appreciate. It’s a shame that unlike Mega Man, over the long course of the series’ history, they’ve rarely ever revisited the original game.
Even in their collections, such as the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, II and III were accounted for, but there was no sign of the number-one son. They did, however, include it in one of the Capcom Classics Collection anthologies; kind of an out-of-the-way place for it, if you ask me.
In any case, it’s fun to look back, and following the Mario Family Line, it seems that some fans have taken the same idea to Capcom’s best.
megaStryke at Destructoid, for example, has formulated a thorough and exhaustive timeline of releases featuring Mega Man and all of his successors, year by year. It even includes the strange offbeat stuff, like the PC games and Tiger handhelds, as well as the offbeat Chinese PC titles.
It’s also a bit easier to follow than the Mario one, with its sometimes offbeat branches and strange disconnects. But be warned, it’s a pretty big image (just under 3MB, 7668×6000, 156 games), one that will need to be downloaded from megaStryke’s blog.
On the other side of the Cap-coin, Capcom*Unity member “jchensor” has managed to assemble a release timeline that is narrower in scope, but still amazingly exhaustive for a series that hasn’t even gone past the number IV. It even covers spin-off titles, such as Street Fighter 2010, Marvel vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and SVC Chaos.
You can find his chart of Street Fighter games, covering coin-ops and home versions for every Street Fighter title to come out over the past twenty years at insertcoyne. Fortunately, it’s not an enormous image, so loading seems a bit easier.
One thing they’ll probably never do, but I’ll hope for anyway, is a remake of the original Street Fighter. Some more modern controls, make characters who aren’t Ken and Ryu playable, add some story elements, and it would be a neat little title to release in between versions of Street Fighter IV. Maybe on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network or something.