Street Fighter Character Evolution from 1 to 5

Since its release, world fighters have changed a lot, both in looks, as well as in their motivations and powers. See a little of this evolution of Street Fighter characters

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One of the most famous fighting games in the world

Street Fighter remains one of the most popular fighting games of all time. Since its first game in 1987 to the present day, with the fifth game still receiving updates and without a Street Fighter 6 forecast, the fighting game has undergone major changes and a huge evolution. Many gamers have followed the Street Fighter series since the oldest games, in a time where scenarios were pixelated and combos were discovered by chance.

Currently we live in a universe of games with divine design very close to reality, but let's remember a little getting into a somewhat retro nostalgia, we will never forget how much fun we have with simpler graphics and arcades. Over time Street Fighter has become a legend that is still remembered for providing so much fun and excitement.

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The Evolution of Street Fighter Characters

The site Much Games created very interesting gifs showing the evolution of some of the main characters in the franchise. The change is shown through the character sprites, from the first game, 1986, to the fifth game, however, when the gifs were created, some characters that were included in SFV will not be present.

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Ryu

The main protagonist of the series, has always kept a very similar look in its various versions, without many changes. He uses a tattered white Gi in most game versions. What changes the most is the color of your hair, in its first version being red and currently black. In addition to the aesthetic changes, Ryu became stronger and focused on dominating the force known as Satsui no Hadou and controlling his newest power, known as "Power of Nothing"

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Chun-Li

Being the first female fighter in the series and launched in Street Fighter IIChun-Li wears a blue Qipao, a type of Chinese dress, but a little changed for a better movement of her legs, in some versions she has a slightly more differentiated outfit as in Street Fighter Alpha. We see that Chun-Li didn't miss any leg training. As an FBI agent, she continues her quest to wipe out Shadaloo and kill the villain Bison (or Vega) and avenge her father, but now she cares for an orphan named Li-Fen.

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Ken

With a red Gi Ken it is very similar to Ryu. The length of your blonde hair is what changes the most in sweating versions, your biggest change was in Street Fighter V, where he wears pants, top, sparring gloves and some other accessories. Ken is a rich boy who went to train with Gouken because his mother, a Japanese, believed he should also know their culture. He grew up alongside Ryu and they became great friends and rivals and, although he enjoys fighting, he is now more of a family man, taking care of his wife Elisa and daughter and returns to the world tournament to find and help his friend Ryu.

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Sakura

A Japanese student who has a strong passion for RyuSakura  had its first appearance in Street fighter alpha 2, she wears school uniform, a white headband, All Star and gloves. Sakura started her journey at the world tournament in hopes of becoming Ryu's apprentice, but ended up as a student of Dan Hibiki for some time. She is currently at university and works at a part-time arcade to pay the bills. Although she still wants to learn from Ryu, she still hopes to start a family (not necessarily with Ryu)

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Sagat

The practitioner of Muay Thai maintained a very similar appearance in its versions. Physically intimidating, bald and with an eye patch, Sagat he wears only shorts and wraps on his hands and feet, leaving his scar from a battle against the chest exposed Ryu. Sagat has certainly gained muscle mass over the years, perhaps it was the fact that he abandoned Shadaloo and focused much more on training, as the same Satsui no Hadou that affects Ryu affects him too. So, Sagat began training to free himself from that power as well.

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M. Bison

Debuting in Street Fighter IIM. Bison he wears a military cap with the Shadaloo insignia and his red military dictator uniform and is physically imposing. Also without many changes throughout their versions. Bison continues with his megalomaniac plans for world domination and, in his last effort, tries to use a satellite to destroy the world, but as he is defeated by the "Power of Nothing" he becomes just a kind of ghost haunting the people who have part of the your Psycho Power. He certainly didn't die.

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Akuma

Launched in Street Fighter II TurboAkuma he is terrifying and heartless, a cold warrior. He also wears a Gi, black or gray depending on the game, red hair and eyes, beads around his neck, wears wraps or gloves, depending on which version he is barefoot or wearing sandals. At some point he had hair similar to Maurício de Souza's character Rolo, but the look was quickly abandoned. Akuma hasn't changed much in his motivations since its release, he continues to seek power and an opponent to match his power.

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The Evolution of Street Fighter Games

Let's now take a quick look at some games in the franchise. Since 1986, not only Street Fighter has gone through a lot of changes, but also the graphical quality of games in general, so the difference between games is remarkable, ranging from graphical improvements, gameplay and sound. See how Capcom games have changed over the years.

Street Fighter

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Producer:Capcom
Platforms:Arcade, TurboGrafx-CD, PC, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga, Virtual Console, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Switch
Initial Release Date:August 30st, 1987

Released to Arcades, the game drew a lot of attention for its wide variety of characters, beautiful graphics for the time and good gameplay. The game also brought some mechanics that in the future would be standard in other titles. Despite being the first game, it was notable that some aspects were very precarious, such as the sound of the voices (did anyone understand what the guy was saying at the end of the round?), gameplay (it was easier for you to make a hadouken than to make Ryu drop one) and the difficulty of hitting a blow (until you hit one the machine has already ended your life).

The game only featured Ryu as playable and Ken, if played by two players, in addition to fighters Retsu and Geki for Japan, Joe and Mike for the US (and no, Mike is not Balrog), Lee and Gen for China, Birdie and Eagle for England, and Adom and Sagat, Deputy Chief and Chief, for Thailand.

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Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

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Producer:Capcom
Platforms:Arcade, SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis, PC Engine, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, PC, 3DO, Sega Master System, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Xbox , Mobile phone, Xbox Live Arcade, Virtual Console
Initial Release Date:February 6, 1991 April 1992 (Champion Edition), December 1992 (Hyper Fighting), October 1993 (Super), April 1994 (Super Turbo)

For many gamers the game is one of the best fighting games, released with the mission to surpass and replace the first game in the franchise, and as it did very well, therefore, it gained an incredible fame among the gamers of the time. And what about this game that was ported to virtually all platforms, won numerous official and unofficial versions and has the most famous “punches in the face” in the history of “punches in the face”.

The game brought revolutionary mechanics to the release time and included the characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Zangief, E. Honda, Balrog (M. Bison in Japanese version), Vega (Balrog in Japanese version ), Sagat, M. Bison and later joined the turner Cammy, t.Hawk, dee Jay, Feilong and Akuma. The game was a success for years and remains today as one of the most influential of the genre and that inspired several competitors, such as King of Fighters and Mortal Kombat.

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Street Fighter Alpha (Alpha/Zero series)

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Producer:Capcom
Platforms:Arcade , Game Boy Color , PlayStation , PlayStation 2 , Sega Saturn , Windows , CPS Changer
Initial Release Date:June 5st, 1995

The biggest difference was the graphics, being more detailed, animations more aged and varied, making the visual more fluid and beautiful. The game therefore brought new characters, moves and the combo system, which made the game much more fun and disputed. This game caught gamers by surprise who, waiting for years a sequel to SFII and received a prequel, showing the youth of Ryu and Ken, and rescuing some characters that emerged in SF1, such as Gen and Birdie. He also kicked off the crossover of Street Fighter and Final Fight, also by Capcom, putting both games in the same universe.

Three games from the Alpha (or Zero) series were released, with various ups and downs in history, and additional versions, released for multiple platforms, added even more fighters, coming from other Capcom franchises or from previous versions of Street Fighter itself. At the end the game features: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sagat, Birdie, Adon, Charlie (known as Nash in Japan), Rose, Guy, Sodom, M. Bison (known as Vega in Japan), Akuma, Dan Hibiki, Rainbow Mika, Karin, Juni and Juli, Cody, Cammy, E. Honda, Blanka, Vega (known as Balrog in Japan), Balrog (known as Mike Bison in Japan), Dee Jay, Feilong, T. Hawk, Guile , Eagle, Maki. Yun of Street fighter iii and Ingrid, of the Capcom Fighting Jam.

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Street Fighter – The Movie: The Game

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Producer:Incredible Technologies, Acclaim and Capcom
Platforms:Arcade, Sega Saturn and Pl,ayStation
Initial Release Date:June 1995

The game was therefore inspired by the film of the franchise, was developed by Incredible Technologies and it didn't have the standard of the previous games, this one used real actors in the fights. In the beginning the game even seemed to be interesting, but it didn't please many fans of the series, because of its style of play completely different and that didn't resemble any of the other games, which in this case were much more fun. It even received home versions for Sega Saturn and PlayStation and continued to dislike it.

The game features the cast of actors from the film, reprising their characters for the fight moves and image capture, except for actor Raul Julia, who died of cancer shortly after the end of filming the film. We have Guile, Ryu, Ken, M. Bison, Vega, Balrog, Dee Jay, E. Honda, Dhalsin, Cammy, T. Hawke, Chun Li, Blanka, Sagat, Zangief and some new characters have been added like Akuma, Captain Sawada and a Shadaloo soldier named Blade who, in the end, is revealed to be Gunloc, the game's brother Guile. Slam Masters.

Street Fighter EX (series EX)

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Producer:Akira, Capcom
Platforms:Arcade, PlayStation 1 and 2
Initial Release Date:November 1966

Finally launched for Arcades and now also for the PlayStation 1 and 2, this is the first three-dimensional game in the series. Even though he was slower he improved some of the elements he already had in the series, such as basic mechanics, combos and special moves. The EX series, in general, received lukewarm receptions from critics and gamers. they were good games, but the tendency of the entire fighting game to have to migrate from 2D to 3D ended up generating some dissatisfaction on the part of players.

The character gallery started out well, but ended up with several fighters who were a lot like others and those who are just a colorful human form to fill sausage. Virtually no characters from the EX series, good or bad, haven't reappeared in subsequent games. The cast of the three games included: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, Guile, Hokuto, D. Dark, Pullum, C. Jack, Skullomania, Akuma, Blair, Allen, Kairi, Darun, Garuda, Bison, Blanka, Vega, Sharon, Hayate, Shadowgeist, Nanase, Cycloid, Ace, Sagat, Vulcano Rosso, Area, Zako A, Zako B and Zako C.

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Street Fighter III (New Generation, 2nd Impact and 3rd Strike)

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Producer:Capcom
Platforms:Arcade , Dreamcast , PlayStation 2 , Xbox
Initial Release Date:February 4rd, 1997

The third version, however, was very successful among fans. The game made a big leap in graphic quality, with two-dimensional scenarios, animations, more detailed characters and with expressions. It was launched for Arcades and with some new characters, but it was criticized for the absence of old fan base favorites like Chun Li and Guile, something that was fixed over time. The game also brought news regarding game mechanics, which displeased older fans. To solve this, in the third version of the game it was possible to choose between the old game modes or the new one.

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In addition to the new game mechanics, SFIII also shifted the focus of the game's prominence, leaving Ryu aside and giving the spotlight to newcomer Alex. The game's cast brought the most new additions to the series so far (not considering the forgettable characters from the EX series) and had the following fighters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Alex, Dudley, Elena, Gill, Ibuki, Necro, Oro, Sean, Yang, Yun, Akuma, Hugo, Urien, Chun Li, Makoto, Q, Remy, Twelve.

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Street Fighter IV

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Producer:Capcom, Dimps
Platforms:Arcade, PlayStation, Xbox, Windows, iPhone, iPod Touch
Initial Release Date:18 July 2008

Anyway, three-dimensional characters, fighting style 2D, the new game arrived without much change in its success formula. THE Capcom  however, it launched its new game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC, the game pleased many fans with its great evolution. The modern age of gaming began to influence the Capcom franchise more strongly. After the Mortal Kombat franchise started to include a story mode in their games, making it more participatory and not just implied through interactions between characters at the beginning of combat or restricted to the instruction manual.

In all its versions, the game has a cast of characters much closer to classic games and its story takes place months after Street Fighter II. In the overall cast we have Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, E. Honda, Blanka, Zangief, Guile, Dhalsim, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, M. Bison, Abel, C. Viper, Rufus, El Fuerte, Seth, Akuma, Gouken , Dan, Fei Long, Sakura, Cammy, Gen, Rose, Abel, Adon, Cody, Dan, Dee Jay, Dudley, Hakan, Ibuki, Juri, Makoto, Oni, Sakura, T. Hawk, Yang, Yun, Decapre, Elena , Position and Rolento.

Street Fighter V

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Producer:Capcom, Dimps and Sony
Platforms:PC, Arcade and PlayStation
Initial Release Date:February 16rd, 2016

Anyway, with new characters, mechanics and an incredible graphic, the latest game in the franchise has been released for PC e PS4. SF 5 is what I like the most, for its animations, effects and characters. This is the last game in the franchise so far and brings a cast of varied characters, an even more complete story mode and a controversy with fans, since in its initial release, it didn't have an Arcade mode. The story involves Bison trying to destroy the world while a strange creature tries to absorb the most powerful fighters.

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The cast of characters was increasing as the game's versions passed and several new ones were added. At the end we have: Abigail, Akuma, Alex, Balrog, Birdie, Blanka, Cammy, Chun-Li, Cody, Dan, Dhalsim, E. Honda, Ed, Eleven, FANG, Falke, G, Gill, Guile, Ibuki, Juri, Kage, Karin, Ken, Kolin, Laura, Lucia, M. Bison, Menat, Nash, Necalli, Poison, R. Mika, Rashid, Ryu, Sagat, Sakura, Seth, Urien, Vega, Zangief and Zeku.

Let's go to meet the strongest

Street Fighter, commonly abbreviated as SF, is a popular fighting game series, developed and published by Capcom, in which players pit fighters from around the world, each with their own special moves, against each other. Street Fighter II is widely credited with setting the standards for all future games and is considered a true classic, (although not the first game to be released). Capcom released the first game in the series in August 1987. In 1989, a beat em 'up called Final Fight was created by the team that would develop Street Fighter II.

In the game, for most of the series, we follow the world's fighters battling the terrorist organization Shadaloo, commanded by the tyrant M. Bison. Each fighter has their own motivations for entering the tournament known as Street Fighter, organized by Shadaloo, who want to recruit the best fighters in the world for their organization.

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