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'Street Fighter II' Celebrates 30th Anniversary With SNES Cartridges

Street Fighter II has been remade, repackaged, and re-released countless times. You can find some version of the massively popular fighting game on pretty much any platform capable of playing games, and Capcom has shown no signs of leaving the title behind. It's fitting, then, for the company to announce that it's celebrating Street Fighter II's 30th anniversary with a limited edition run of totally playable SNES cartridges.

That's right. While Nintendo was busy recreating the SNES with its SNES Classic mini-console, Capcom decided to partner up with IAm8Bit to make 5,500 copies of a 30-year-old game that can only be played on a truly retro console. (Or third-party devices compatible with SNES cartridges.) between the SNES Classic, this run of Street Fighter II cartridges, and the upcoming Ataribox, "what's old is new again" has never been so apt.

These cartridges will be available in two color schemes: "Opaque Ryu Headband Red" and "Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green." There's no way to choose which color you get when you buy the cartridge; they're selected at random when the orders ship. We do know, however, that 4,500 red and 1,000 green cartridges will be made, so chances are good that you're going to get the red one with your order.

Of course, the cartridge isn't the only thing you'll get. IAm8Bit said the product "embodies retro-inspired luxury" with SNES-inspired boxing, a tri-fold cover, and a recreation of the original instruction booklet with a new cover print and "secret pack-ins." We imagine that will get fighting game enthusiasts and retro game collectors excited enough to pay the $100 cost for this package. They should just be careful, because IAm8Bit warned:

Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby.

There's gotta be a "hadouken!" joke in there somewhere. Anyway, if you're willing to risk life and limb to enjoy some retro fighting action, the 30th anniversary run of Street Fighter II cartridges is available now. Orders are expected to ship in late November 2017, so the package should arrive just in time for the holidays. If you can't get your hands on an SNES Classic—the pre-orders sold out quick—this might be the next best thing.

  • Brian_227
    So an obsolete old version of a game that nobody plays for a system that nobody has anymore? Brilliant decision, Capcom.
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  • bloodroses
    20124906 said:
    So an obsolete old version of a game that nobody plays for a system that nobody has anymore? Brilliant decision, Capcom.

    Do you honestly think anyone is going to buy it for the purpose of playing it when the original loose cartridge can be bought on ebay for $10-15? This is purely a collectors item; and a limited run on top of that.
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  • AgentLozen
    BRIAN_227 said:
    So an obsolete old version of a game that nobody plays for a system that nobody has anymore? Brilliant decision, Capcom.

    What I took away was that Capcom is doing a small production run of a classic game for collectors. I didn't know that they were changing their entire business model to only produce obsolete versions of games for the Super Nintendo. Good call BRIAN_227. That was stupid of them.

    Hey, before I let you go, I wanted to mention that I called several big game development studios today and told them about a potential lead marketing candidate that I met today online. I said that he had a keen sense of today's video game culture and had some constructive criticisms that would revolutionize the way game companies do business. I didn't want to sell you too hard or they would never believe that you were for real. I'll pm you if I get a response from anyone.
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  • silverblue
    Sorry to be an obvious pedant, but it's the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter, not Street Fighter 2. Unless I've been asleep for nearly five years.
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  • bloodroses
    20124993 said:
    Sorry to be an obvious pedant, but it's the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter, not Street Fighter 2. Unless I've been asleep for nearly five years.

    You're right. I didn't even notice that until you said something. Now I don't feel quite so old... LOL
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  • SinxarKnights
    Here is a tidbit of info.
    Bit-tech.net?rel=ugc]https://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/retro/street-fighter-ii-snes-re-release-comes-with-fire-warning/1/"]Bit-tech.net - Street Fighter II SNES re-release comes with fire warning
    WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire.
    Source: https://store.iam8bit.co.uk/products/street-fighter-ii-30th-anniversary-edition
    Seems like a total cheapout to put it on a known dangerous cart for literally no other reason than to save a handful of pennies.
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  • AgentLozen
    SINXARKNIGHTS said:
    Seems like a total cheapout to put it on a known dangerous cart for literally no other reason than to save a handful of pennies.

    I thought that was a joke when I first read it. I've never heard of reproduction cartridges catching fire before. This game is supposed to sell for $100 so you would think they could go the extra mile to make sure it doesn't destroy your Super Nintendo.
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  • bloodroses
    20125092 said:
    SINXARKNIGHTS said:
    Seems like a total cheapout to put it on a known dangerous cart for literally no other reason than to save a handful of pennies.

    I thought that was a joke when I first read it. I've never heard of reproduction cartridges catching fire before. This game is supposed to sell for $100 so you would think they could go the extra mile to make sure it doesn't destroy your Super Nintendo.

    If I had one, I don't think I'd ever pop it into a system to find out anyways. I bet people with those NES World Championships carts are the same way as well.

    But yeah, you'd think they'd make them safe. It could be just a disclaimer to cover their butt though.
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  • crunchylayer4
    It lacks the Official Nintendo Seal of Quality. Probably unsafe...
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  • alextheblue
    If there is seriously any sort of fire hazard, however remote, they cheaped out somewhere. Watermelon Games' titles don't light your system on fire. :P

    Darn that reminds me I still need to pick up the Dreamcast edition of Pier Solar.
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