Some Japanese Street Fighter fans aren’t happy about Capcom’s upcoming Street Fighter 30th Anniversay Collection

Last week Capcom announced it was bringing together one of the biggest collections of Street Fighter games into one compendium. Known as the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, the package includes 12 classic Street Fighter games and, generally was well recieved by fans.

Except, that’s what we all thought. In Japan, however, people aren’t so pleased, and for fair reason.

Japanese Street Fighter gamers feel like they’ve been given the short end of the stick as Capcom clarified, in small print, that this compendium would be made up of the English releases of Street Fighter titles. That may not seem like a big deal, but as the Street Fighter franchise is a Japanese game, many see it as Capcom being lazy over a project that should be seen as a celebration of the series. Instead it now looks like little more than a cash-grab by the publisher.

Instead of porting the Japanese versions of each title, Capcom is making Japanese players play classic Street Fighter games with English titles, voicing and text. It’s also not changing the name of the Street Fighter Alpha series to Street Figher Zero – as it’s known in Japan.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection comes packed to gills with games and a plethora of extra content that Street Fighter fans will clearly love. For starters, online play is coming to four of the 12 titles in the collection; there’s also a museum to delve into the creation of Street Fighter and an interactive timeline to showcase the history and evolution of the franchise.

Fans will also appreciate the addition of extensive character bios, complete with animations across each title they appear in. There’s a music player for you to listen to chiptune classics and, most importantly, you can save and resume your progress in all 12 title’s single-player modes at any time without worry.

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Now, I’m sure you’re wondering just what 12 games you can expect in this package. Unfortunately you won’t find Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter V or the various incarnations that spawned from them, but Capcom has put together a meaty classic collection.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection contains:

  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter II
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
  • Street Fighter II: Hyper FIghting
  • Super Street Fighter II
  • Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Street Fighter III
  • Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

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If you’re wondering why anyone would ever need that much Street Fighter, especially with a lot of crossover between titles, then this package probably isn’t for you. Interestingly, the incredibly overpriced Ultra Street Fighter II: The final challengers for Switch isn’t included in this package, meaning Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection players on Switch don’t have to worry too much about feeling short changed.

Of the 12 titles, you’ll be able to play Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike online against others. In these games, up to four players can join Ranked or Casual Match lobbies and play against a CPU while waiting for their next match. The idea is to help replicate that “new challenger” feeling that came from classic arcade cabinets.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection lands on Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One from May 2018. There’s currently no listed UK price, but it sells for $39.99 in the US, so expect it to release at just under the standard price of a full release in the UK. I’m betting around the £30 – £35 mark.

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