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Alternate costumes are features included in the more recent installations of the Street Fighter series and other 3D fighting games. The costumes are usually included as downloadable content, and have no real effect on gameplay, as they are purely aesthetic additions. While some designs are purely for show, others may allude to themes or people related to the character wearing it.
Street Fighter Alpha series Edit
Alternate costumes were technically introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series with Chun-Li. In her appearances in the series, she wears a set of athletic gear from her younger days. In Street Fighter Alpha 2 (and X-Men vs. Street Fighter), players can choose between this costume and her Street Fighter II clothing. In Alpha 2, the input for her Kikoken will differ depending on the costume (her "normal" costume uses a half circle motion, and her "classic" outfit uses a charge motion). This technically makes Chun-Li the only character with a costume that affects gameplay.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, she wears her costume from the previous Alpha games in A-ISM and V-ISM. In X-ISM, only her Street Fighter II costume is available, due to X-ISM replicating the gameplay from that game/series. Her moveset would also change slightly based on the costume (which is tied to the chosen ISM).
Street Fighter EX seriesEdit
In the original Street Fighter EX, some characters' alternate colors also change their outfit. For example, in his alternate color, Doctrine Dark wears a different uniform, and a different mask that covers his entire face, Cracker Jack wears a formal vest and round sunglasses, Allen has a long sleeved shirt under his gi, and Kairi fights shirtless. However, this does not apply for every character and color.
In addition, Bloody Hokuto had a secret costume that could be selected in Street Fighter EX Plus α. It consisted of a white and red Miko outfit, and choosing it would also replace her fans with paper wands.
Street Fighter IV series Edit
Characters in the Street Fighter IV series games have multiple alternate costumes to choose from. In the original Street Fighter IV, each character had one alternate costume available as DLC. Super Street Fighter IV added second and third sets of costumes for the returning characters, and two sets for the characters introduced in said version and the Arcade Edition.
Retail copies of Ultra Street Fighter IV include every previously released costume. The characters introduced in Ultra had two sets available at launch, one unlocked by having a Street Fighter X Tekken save file, and the other available by pre-ordering the game. The second set was also released as DLC. USFIV also has three new sets of costumes available for every character, each based on a specific theme, the "Summer Vacation", "Wild" and "Horror" sets.
- See also: Swap Costume.
Much like in the Street Fighter IV series, each character has two alternate costumes. One is referred to as "Alternate", and the other is called "Swap". Swap Costumes are based on another character from their opposite series (e.g. Ogre's Gill costume).
Alternate costumes return once again in Street Fighter V. Costumes only cost real money (With the exception of Story Costumes which cost both Fight Money and real money).
Story Costumes are unlocked by completing the respective character's Prologues, these can then be bought for 40.000 Fight Money or 2 dollars each.
The first Battle Costumes were released with the March Update and is priced at 4 dollars each (If you bought the Season Pass, the DLC characters will get them immediately without paying).
With the July Update, Swimsuit Costumes (Chun-Li, Cammy, Karin, R.Mika, Laura and Ibuki) were announced priced at 4 dollars each. In the same month at Evo, Capcom Pro Tour Costumes (Chun-Li, Cammy and in a later month, Necalli) were also announced. These were part of the upcoming CPT tournament in December and are priced at 6 dollars each or part of the limited time 25 dollars CPT bundle.
Prior to the September Update, Swimsuit Costumes, CPT Costumes and future Costumes (And Urien) can have removed features by inputting a button code.
Halloween Costumes (Ryu, Nash, Cammy, Vega, Necalli, Alex and Juri) were part of the October Update to celebrate Halloween. The costumes are priced at 4 dollars and they, aswell as the stage are limited time only.
In collaboration with Red Bull, the November Update will have Red Bull Costumes (Ryu and Chun-Li). Its said to be exclusive to Japan and is free (Its unknown if these will come outside Japan). Genbu Costume for Nash (Evil Nash) will also be exclusive to Japan and unknown if it will come outside Japan.
Nostalgia Costumes was shown at Evo in July, but the release date and price is unknown.