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Excel combos require one level of the Super Combo Gauge and are similar in concept and function to the Custom Combos seen in the Street Fighter Alpha series. Excel mode is initiated by pressing a punch and a kick button together that are of different strengths (e.g. + . Any combination will work, and they can be initiated in the air as well. When initiated, the background will change, and the user will increase in speed tremendously for a short period of time (roughly 5 to 8 seconds). The player will be able to perform multiple moves in rapid succession with no pause between them (that is to say, every move will cancel into any other move, including Super Combos).
In Street Fighter EX2, the player could not cancel an move into the same move in Excel mode, requiring to do a different move instead. This was changed in Street Fighter EX2 Plus, where any move could be canceled into itself.