|Street Fighter: The Movie|
Street Fighter: The Movie arcade flyer.
|Release date||June 1995|
|Input methods||8-way joystick, 6 buttons|
|Arcade system||Incredible Technologies 32-bit|
|Display||Raster, 384 x 256 pixels (horizontal), 32768 colors|
Street Fighter: The Movie (originally planned to be Street Fighter III during early development) is a 1995 fighting game released as an arcade game. The game is based on the 1994 live-action Street Fighter movie and uses digitized images of the film's cast posing as the characters in the game. While a home video game also titled Street Fighter: The Movie was released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn, it is not a port but a separately produced game based on the same premise. The arcade version was developed by Chicago-based Incredible Technologies and distributed to the arcades by Capcom.
The arcade version of Street Fighter: The Movie differs from the previous Street Fighter II games in several ways. The game gives a greater emphasis towards air combos or "juggling" than previous games: the player can continuously attack their opponent while they're falling in the air with a series of attacks. Additionally, players can cancel any Special Move while performing it into another Special Move. This can even be done with projectile attacks.
Many of the returning Street Fighter characters feature new Special Moves exclusive to the game, such as M. Bison's "Electric Arc" and Guile's "Handcuff", a Special Move based on a glitch in the original Street Fighter II. Characters such as Zangief and Balrog now have the ability to deflect projectile attacks back to their opponent. Many of these new Special Moves require for the player to hold down a specific attack button, input a directional-based command on the lever and then release the button.The method for grappling attacks was reversed for the game: perform the throw command while holding the joystick towards an opponent will throw the opponent to the opposite direction and vice versa. Player has the option of inputting a specific to "escape" a throw with no damage or perform a "counter throw". However, a character can counterattack a "counter throw" by performing a "reverse", while reversing a counter throw can ultimately be countered with a "slam master" technique.
Other techniques exclusive to this game include "interrupt moves", which are perform after blocking an opponent's attacks, and "comeback moves", which are special moves that can only be used when the player's life gauge is on the "danger" level. The Super Combo gauge from Super Street Fighter II Turbo is featured in the game. Most of the characters in the game (with only a few exceptions) have at least two Super Combo moves: one that leaves a trail of blue shadows and another that leaves a trail of red shadows. In addition to Super Combos, the players can also perform a "Regeneration" move when their Super Combo gauge is full to restore a portion of their vitality gauge.
The standard single-player mode consist of a series of 14 matches (including a clone match), ending with a final match against M. Bison. There are also several secret game modes, including a Tag Team Mode. In a Tag Team match, the player gets to choose two characters and fight against other tag teams in single-round matches, switching to the second character only after the first one has been defeated.
The game's cast contains most of the characters from Super Street Fighter II Turbo, with the exception of Fei-Long, Dee Jay, T. Hawk, Blanka and Dhalsim. Akuma was a regular character for the first time in any game. Two new characters were also introduced: Sawada, an original character from the film, and Blade, a member of Bison's shock troops from the film. Arkane, F7, and Khyber, who were all palette swaps of Blade, appear as secret characters. A powered-up version of Bison appears as a final computer-controlled opponent exclusive to the game's Tag-Team Mode.
Street Fighter: The Movie is the only game in the series where the boss characters Balrog, Vega, and Bison, as well as Akuma, were addressed by their western names in Japan. The Japanese instruction card features the original Japanese names of the characters written next to the western names in parentheses to avoid confusion.
All of the characters are billed as being portrayed by the actors who played them in the film (with the exception of Akuma, who was not in the film, and Blade, who has his head and face covered by a full helmet), with some of the actors dressed differently to more closely resemble their video game counterparts. While Raúl Juliá was credited as Bison, his likeness only appears in the game's attract sequence and cut-scenes, which used footage from the film. Juliá's stunt double, Darko Tuscan, was used to digitize the character in the game instead. Sawada was originally supposed to be Fel Long but was changed for unknown reasons. Roshan Seth who played Dhalsim and Gregg Rainwater who played T. Hawk made character sprites but were unable to be in the final cut. Footage of Blanka and Dee Jay was also recorded, but were unable to be included for time constraints (though they are present in the home version, which was in fact a different game). Interestingly enough, Sheng Long was once considered to be in the game as a bonus character, but couldn't make it because Capcom was unsure if his inclusion in the game would be a good idea or not.
|Akuma||Ernie Reyes, Sr.|
|Balrog||Grand L. Bush|
|Blade (Arkane / Khyber / F7)||Alan Noon|
|E. Honda||Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo|
|Guile||Jean-Claude Van Damme|
|M. Bison||Raúl Juliá, Darko Tuscan|
- The graphics of both the arcade version and home version are similar to the early Mortal Kombat games.
- This is the first Street Fighter game where the characters have more than one Super Combo.
- This is also the first game in the series where Akuma is named in-game, as well as the first time he is playable from the start instead of being a hidden character.
- Although the music in this game is original, remixes of the character's "classic" (SFII) themes play during their endings. The exceptions are Sawada (who uses Fei Long's theme), and the Bison Troopers (who use Blanka's theme) as they weren't in previous games.