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Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (World 910214)

Street Fighter II - The World Warrior (c) 02/1991 Capcom.

The legendary, genre-defining fighting game in which one or two players chose from eight selectable World Warriors and must defeat the other seven, before finally taking on four non-selectable 'boss' characters.

Each fighter is as distinctive in feel and fighting style as they are in physical appearance, with each protagonist possessing several fantastical 'special moves' (the first genuine example of such in the fighting genre) to accompany the usual array of kicks, punches and throws. These special moves, while being difficult to execute due to the complexity of the joystick and buttons combinations required, allowed the fighter to inflict huge amounts of damage on their opponent.

A fighting game in the truest sense of the word, with deceptively deep and strategic gameplay ensuring that experienced 'Street Fighter II' players would destroy simple 'button mashers' with relative ease.


Capcom Play System hardware (CPS)

Game ID : CP-S No. 14

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 7.576 Khz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 384 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 4096

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 6

= > [1] LP, [2] MP, [3] HP

= > [4] LK, [5] MK, [6] HK


SF2 is the fighting game that changed the face of video-games forever. So innovative was the game, that many of the game-play elements that fighting fans now take for granted, appeared HERE first. Within just weeks of release, its place in gaming history was assured. Any fighting game that has appeared after SF2 is influenced - to a greater or lesser degree - by the Capcom legend.

During the development of SFII (and before the release of "Final Fight"), the very first free-hand drawing was done in the fall of 1988. At this time, eight prototype characters and an Island design was drawn. Just like the world map of the final version, the island would scroll on-screen to show the next destination, culminating at the top of the island.

* With the rapid success of Street Fighter II, it was rumored that Mattel, the makers of Barbie, sued Capcom for using the name Ken - insisting that people would confuse the Street Fighter character with that of Barbie's boyfriend. To avoid further litigation Capcom gave Ken a surname.

* Fans of Street Fighter are well accustomed to the story of 'Sheng Long'. SFII was already very popular in the arcades when the April issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) came out. The story relates to a supposed secret character in SFII; his name was Sheng Long, the "master" of Ryu and Ken. To reach him, according to EGM, the player had to survive a number of matches against M. Bison WITHOUT actually touching him. Should you achieve this, Sheng Long would apparently appear and kill Bison, and the player would then fight him instead. His style was essentially a mix of Ryu's and Ken's styles, but was much faster and inflicted far greater damage. When the EGM issue came out, thousands of gamers spent hours pouring money into SFII machines, trying to get to this non-existent character. Capcom had neither confirmed nor denied the Sheng Long story - obviously spotting the increase in revenue the mythical character could generate - and it was only much later that EGM themselves admitted that it was just an April Fools' joke.

* There were only ever THREE official Capcom versions of SFII, at least until the switch to the CPS2 system was made. The first was "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior"; more commonly referred to as 'Street Fighter II'. The second was "Street Fighter II' - Champion Edition" (also known in Japan as "Street Fighter II Dash" because the Japanese refer to the apostrophe after the 'II' as a "dash") and many operators from that era will probably to the problems that its release caused. Capcom originally made "Champion Edition" available only in dedicated form - insisting that only a limited number of these dedicated units would be manufactured - and the game would never be produced in kit form. After everyone who could afford the machines had invested in the expensive dedicated units, Capcom, somewhat inevitably, began producing the game in kit form, claiming that they never knew how much demand there would be for the game. After the earnings from "Champion Edition" began to subside, the infamous 'grey market' enhancements began to appear. Many of these went by names like "Turbo", "Hyper", and "Super", including the "Rainbow Edition" and "Accelerator T1". In early 1993, Capcom sued these manufacturers for copyright infringement and thus put an end to the development and distribution of these unauthorized enhancement kits. Capcom then released "Street Fighter II' - Hyper Fighting" (known as "Street Fighter II' Turbo - Hyper Fighting" in Japan), as the 'official' "Champion Edition" upgrade. This, just like the grey market kits, was a simple ROM upgrade to the "Champion Edition" board. Later on, Capcom developed the CPS2 (A/B) system that featured "Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers" and its sequel "Super Street Fighter II Turbo", the final 'Street Fighter II' game until the 2003 release of "Hyper Street Fighter II - The Anniversary Edition".

* Mike the Bison : many have conjectured whether Mike from the original "Street Fighter" is the same as Balrog ('Mike Bison' in Japan) from SFII. While Capcom of Japan confirms this, Capcom of America strenuously denied it (mainly due to the possibility of a Mike Tyson filing a lawsuit). In Japan, as long as the name is changed, it's far easier to basically rip off someone else's character and have it treated as an original creation (in America it would be some form of copyright/identity theft). Ironically, as a result of the name change, Vega is a better fitting name for the Spanish warrior (Balrog has its roots in Nordic mythology, while Vega is a Hispanic name).

* About Chun-Li : Chun-Li is notable for being one of the first successful and popular female video game protagonists. When SFII was released, most female characters in games existed as objectives to be rescued or cast in the roles of other supporting characters, such as townspeople, girlfriends, the occasional opponent, or simply background decoration. Beyond RPGs, there were very few female heroes in action-based video games. After the success of SFII and Chun-Li's popularity, female protagonists became more and more common. Since then, in games with selectable characters, at least, there will generally always be one or two selectable female characters.

* Each stage had background colors that would change in later versions of the game (mainly time of day changes), here are the original color schemes for each stage background :

1) Ryu stage : has red-orange sky and yellow moon.

2) E. Honda stage : the walls are dark blue, the big picture (excluding the sun) is black. The 'Victory' sign is blue. The Hiragana Yu on the left is purple.

3) Blanka stage : the snake is green, and the wooden houses are in brighter colors than in "Street Fighter II' - Champion Edition".

4) Guile stage : Daylight, teal tinted canopy on the jet, The symbol on the ground is blue, and the missile linings are yellow. The people in the background wear green, but that doesn't change until "Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers".

5) Ken stage : boat is red, the 2 guys on top are wearing brown and purple clothes. The guy in the trenchcoat and hat is blue.

6) Chun Li stage : the 2 customers wear blue, the second sign is red, and the ground is a bright beige.

7) Zangief stage : is silver and to the left is red.

8) Dhalsim stage : has red curtains, teal stone floor, and red carpet.

9) M. Bison ('Balrog' outside of Japan) stage : blue floor.

10) Balrog ('Vega' outside of Japan) stage : orange stage and floor, and the Flamenco dancers wear yellow dresses.

11) Sagat stage : Buddhist statue is silver, and the grass is a lighter shade of green than on later versions of the game.

12) Vega ('M. Bison' outside of Japan) stage : the sky is daylight.

* Street Fighter merchandise : during SF's height of popularity (basically during the SF2 years), various pieces of merchandise were released, some relating to SFII and some relating to the SF movie. One example is the SFII Board-game (1994, MB Milton Bradley) in which the player controls one of six world warriors as they try to defeat Bison before time runs out (the player has one mover per World Warrior, but the board only has enough space for six).

Mikhail Gorbachev, former Russian prime minister, appears in Zangief's ending.

Chun-Li means 'Spring Beauty'.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Street Fighter II : G.S.M. Capcom 4 - PCCB-00056) on 21/03/1991.

A Street Fighter II unit appears in the 2002 movie 'Friday After Next'.

A Street Fighter II unit appears in the 1993 movie City Hunter (known in Hong Kong as Cheng Shi Lie Ren). In one scene, Ryo Saeba (Jackie Chan) gets knocked into an arcade machine, then the following characters appear : Ken, E. Honda (Chan; he is called E. Honde in this movie because Chan is a spokesman for Mitsubishi), Guile, Dhalsim, and Chun-Li (also Chan (!!!)).


Here is the list of all versions :


* US release.


* WORLD, US and JAPAN releases.


* US release.


* JAPAN release.


* US release.


* US release.


* WORLD and US releases.


* US release.


* JAPAN release.


US versions have the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

Name changes between JAPAN and US/WORLD version :

* Mike Bison - Balrog

* Balrog - Vega

* Vega - Major Bison

None of the endings are translated 100% accurately from Japanese to English, but most are pretty close :

* Blanka's ending : In the US versions, Blanka's mother says that he was lost when his plane crashed in Brazil when he was a baby.

In the Japanese versions there is no explanation of how, when, or where mother and son were separated.

Since the anklets she gave to Jimmy BEFORE they were separated still fit him, he was probably not supposed to be a baby when he was lost.

* Chun-Li's ending : Chun-Li refers to Vega's organization as 'the organization of evil' in the Japanese versions.

In the US versions, she calls it 'Bison's drug'.

This was probably supposed to be 'drug ring', as the word 'ring' was added in later versions of the game.

There is no mention of drugs in the Japanese versions.

* Dhalsim's ending : Dhalsim says that the photograph is of him a long time ago.

In the US versions, he says it is him 'in his past life'.

Since only three years had passed, he obviously didn't actually mean that he had died and been reincarnated since the photograph had been taken.

* Guile's ending : In the US versions, Guile's wife's name was changed from Julia to Jane.

His daughter was given the name Amy (She was not mentioned by name in the Japanese versions, but her name is Chris).

Guile's dead friend Nash was renamed Charlie.

In the US versions, Guile asks 'Bison' if he remembers : him (Guile), him and 'Charlie' and Cambodia.

'Bison' says he remembers and that Guile was not the runt he was then.

None of this is said in the Japanese versions.

In the US versions, after his wife 'Jane' stops Guile from killing 'Bison', she says that killing him won't bring 'Charlie' back, only make Guile a murderer, just like Bison.

In the Japanese versions, Julia only says that killing Vega won't bring Nash back.

She does not say that it would make him a murderer.


* Characters stats : if you enter the classic Konami code Up(x2), Down(x2), Left, Right, Left, Right, MP, LP on the 2nd player side during the demo fight in attract mode, it makes a bunch of zeros appear.

First line contains 0001 0002 0003 0004

Second line contains 0005 0006 0007 0008 0009 0010 0011 0012

0001 = No idea, probably some sort of 'experience points' for 1P side.

0002 = The no. of coins put in in the left-hand slot.

0003 = Same as 0001, but for 2nd player.

0004 = Same as 0002, but for right-hand slot.

0005 = No. of times Ryu has been used.

0006 = No. of times Honda has been used.

0007 = No. of times Blanka has been used

0008 = No. of times Guile has been used.

0009 = No. of times Ken has been used.

0010 = No. of times Chun Li has been used.

0011 = No. of times Zangief has been used.

0012 = No. of times Dhalsim has been used.

* Special Ending : finish the game on one quarter to see an additional credit sequence.

* To get Ryu vs. Ryu : start a fresh game on the left side (1P). Select any character other than Ryu. Play the game until you reach Ryu. Lose. Join in the game on the other side and hit 2P BEFORE the timer runs out. Select Ryu and enjoy fighting Ryu.

* Guile Freeze Himself (aka 'Pose' and 'Statue') : Get close enough to your opponent to do an upside down kick. Charge back on the joystick. After charging back, press roundhouse to execute the upside down kick, while continuing to charge back. As soon as Guile kicks and starts to flip around to land on the ground, throw a sonic boom with fierce (this is why we have been charging back). Guile will freeze standing up on one leg (which is one of the frames of Guile's landing after the upside down kick).

Un-freeze : you can 'un-freeze' at any time, even after the round ends (that makes it a good pause). To do so, execute a flash kick (charge down for 2 seconds then press up and any kick).

* Guile's Handcuffs (aka 'Freeze the Enemy') : though its not required, its easiest to do this move when the enemy is dizzy. Charge down for two seconds. Then press Up (as if you were doing a flash kick) and hit the strong and forward buttons, while trying to hit strong a split second before hitting forward. I think of it as using your fingers to 'brush down' over strong and forward. Basically what you are doing is throwing your opponent with strong, and while in middle of the throw, you do a flash kick. When this move is done, you see all of the frames of Guile's strong throw, however instead of flying across the screen at the end of the throw, the enemy sticks to you.

Un-handcuff : the 'un-handcuff' is the difficult part because it requires doing Guile's Shadow Throw. Charge back for 3 seconds then hit forward on the joystick along with the Fierce and Roundhouse buttons. Just like in the Handcuffs, you should try to hit the Roundhouse button slightly before the Fierce button. Also, you should hit the buttons slightly after moving the joystick forward. You can practice this by throwing sonic booms and seeing how far forward you can walk and still throw the sonic boom.

* Guile Invisible Throw (aka 'Shadow Throw', 'Magic Throw', 'Phantom Throw') : charge back then hit forward on the joystick along with the Fierce and Roundhouse buttons. Just like in the Handcuffs, you should try to hit the Roundhouse button slightly before the Fierce button. Also, you should hit the buttons slightly after moving the joystick forward. You can practice this by throwing sonic booms and seeing how far forward you can walk and still throw the sonic boom.

* Guile Reset the Machine (aka 'Blackout') : do a throw with strong. Then do a flash kick before the opponent hits the ground. You can also try doing this by doing a flashkick with fierce and roundhouse.

* Dhalsim Invisible glitch : throw a yoga fire (down, down-forward, forward) with both the Fierce and Forward buttons. This only works on versions 3 and 4 of the Street Fighter II: World Warrior boards.

* Blanka Double Roll Bite (Blanka rolls slow, then fast then bites without landing) : do a slow roll (with jab). While rolling, charge for a second roll. Roll with fierce before Blanka lands. While in the second roll, push the joystick forward and hit fierce to bite.

* Ken or Ryu Get Stuck on the car and bounce : start the car bonus round. Break the left (or right) side of the car until it blocks. Face away from the car. Do a jump toward the car. Kick right after you jump but not at the same time as you jump. If you are lucky, you will be facing backwards. This is a tough one, so have patience.

* Ken or Ryu Endless Hurricane Kick : do a normal hurricane kick then tap roundhouse extremely fast (fast enough to do Honda's Hundred Hand Slap) while Ken or Ryu is in the air.

* Zangief Turbo Short : this is another glitch that is fun only to do once. If you hit your opponent with low short, do another low short, then hit jab as fast as possible. If a 3rd low short would have hit the opponent a short will come out even though you are hitting jab. If the short would have missed, jab usually comes out even though short will from time to time.


1. Street Fighter (1987)

2. Street Fighter II - The World Warrior (1991)

3. Street Fighter II' - Champion Edition (1992)

4. Street Fighter II' - Hyper Fighting (1992)

5. Super Street Fighter II - The New Challengers (1993)

6. Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994)

7. Street Fighter Alpha - Warriors' Dreams (1995)

8. Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996)

9. Street Fighter III - New Generation (1997)

10. Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998)

11. Street Fighter III - 2nd Impact : Giant Attack (1998)

12. Street Fighter III - 3rd Strike : Fight For The Future (1999)

13. Hyper Street Fighter II - The Anniversary Edition (2003)


Planners : Akira Nishitani (Nin), Akiman

Character designers : S. Y., Ikusan Z, Sho, Erichan, Pigmon, Katuragi, Mak!!, Manbou, Ballboy, Kurisan, Q Kyoku, Mikiman, Tanuki, Yamachan, S'Taing, Nissui, Buppo, Ziggy, Zummy, Nakamura and Okazaki

Programmers : Shin, Marina, Macchan, Ecchro!!

Sound : Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe (Oyaji-Oyaji)


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom (1992)

Nintendo Famicom (1992, "Master Fighter II") : bootleg by Yoko Soft

Nintendo Famicom (19??, "Mari Turbo Street Fighter III") : bootleg including Super Mario as a new fighting character.

Nintendo Game Boy (1995) : the 4 bosses of this game have never been playable in any port authorized by Capcom, except THIS Gameboy port.

Sony PlayStation (1998, "Capcom Generation 5") : Japanese release only.

Sony PlayStation (1998, "Street Fighter Collection 2")

Sega Saturn (1998, "Capcom Generation 5") : Japanese release only.

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")

Microsoft XBOX (2005, "Capcom Classics Collection")

Sony PSP (2006, "Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded")

* Computers :

Commodore C64 (1992)

Amstrad CPC (1992)

Commodore Amiga (1992)

Atari ST (1992)

Sharp X68000 (1993)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1993)

PC [MS-DOS] (1993)

* Others :

LCD handheld game (19??) released by Tiger Electronics : it's basically a stripped down version of SFII, made to fit on a portable unit. You have two 'game types', basically whether you want to control either the character on the left or the character on the right. The player on the left could choose between Ryu, Ken and Guile, while the right-hand character could be one of Blanka, E. Honda and Zangief. Players could control the characters on a 'simplified layout' (ie. two buttons). Although special moves exist, keep in mind it's an LCD game - there aren't many (in fact Ryu and Ken are the only characters with two moves).


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