August 2019 Retro Article: Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES)
Street Fighter 2 Turbo for the SNES wasn’t the first fighting game I played. It was the first fighting game that I played that got me into fighting games. This game had a great combination of graphics, music, sounds and gameplay. This is the type of game that taught me that practice and timing are important in playing certain games. This game also taught me how bad I was at playing against other people.
As with all fighting games I had my favorites. I was always decent using Ken and Guile. We had SNES Advantage controllers so characters like E. Honda, Chung Li and Blanka who had attacks that required rapid button pressing were easy to play. My favorite character at the time was Balorg since at the time I was into boxing. Overall all the characters in the game were diverse and fun..
My brother and I used to play this game a lot as kids. We used to break the roster into two sides and kinda made our own tournament brackets with the two of us. I would almost always lose these matches. I was always better just playing the arcade mode by myself. I use this game as the main reason that I don’t play games with people in a VS setting. If I do play multiplayer I usually stick to Co-Op games or multiplayer games with huge sides like Planetside 2.
While this franchise has had multiple games since this one, I never really stuck with it. It wasn’t until Street Fighter 4 that I started to play the franchise again and even now with the Street Fighter V I only play it on occasion. I did enjoy the animated movies and I even liked the live action one from the 90’s. This game is important to me not so much because of the franchise it belongs to. It was the game that got me into other fighting games and while I am not that great at these types of games, I still enjoy playing them.