Super Street Fighter II


REVIEWThe fourth official installment to the SF2 series, Super Street Fighter 2 makes a name for itself with the most updates the series has seen from a sequel to date. Four colorful new characters join the iconic roster, including: Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay, and T. Hawk. Of course, each of the newcomers fights on their own original background, complete with some very catchy BGMs. Other new additions include: New character selection screen art, reworked voice-acting, rebalanced characters and updated sound effects & music. Returning characters have also been given a few new techniques. 

The biggest and best looking cast to date.


Another notable feature unique to SSF2 is that each character had eight selectable colors... (which was pretty much the best "customization" options you could ask for in the early 90's!) Players can choose between a character's original color scheme, their color schemes from Champion Edition and Hyper Fighting, or one of five new color schemes featured in the game. It might not seem like much to some, but color options go a long way when considering how long some people play Street Fighter. SSF2 also introduced a cool in-game "scoring system" which keeps track of combos, first attacks, reversals, and recoveries made by the player... yet another innovative and eye-catching fighting game feature of the time.


All of SSF2's newcomers became instant icons. 


In addition to the standard single and 2-player game modes, Super Street Fighter II also features "Tournament Battle," an 8-player single-elimination tournament mode. In the arcades, this mode was only available when four SSF2 arcade cabinets were connected together and all of them configured to the Tournament mode.


Who knew in 1993 Cammy would become such a postergirl.


Tournament Battle consists of three sets of four simultaneous matches: the initial eliminations, the semifinals and the finals. After the first set is over, the players are re-arranged accordingly based on their position: the winning players sent to either of the first two cabinets, whereas losing players sent to one of the other two. In the finals, the players competing for first place are sent to the first cabinet, the third-place players to the second cabinet, and so on.


Welcome to Jamaica mon! SSF2 had so many iconic stages.


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Page Updated: April 13th, 2020
Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom
Designer(s): Noritaka Funamizu, Haruo Murata  (planners)
Artwork by: Bengus (CRMK), Akiman, Kino Nishimura
Platform(s): Arcade, Super Nintendo, 3DO, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Amiga, PC, PlayStation, PSN, XBLA, Wii Virtual Console, Wii U eShop
Release Date(s): Oct. 1993                          Arcade
June 25th, 1994             SNES / Genesis
1994                                    / SNES / Genesis
Dec. 18th, 2007               Wii VC
Jan. 21st, 2008                 Wii VC
Aug. 22nd, 2013            Wii U eShop
Characters Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim, Blanka, Zangief, E.Honda, Balrog, Vega, Sagat, Bison, Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay, T. Hawk

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Related Games: Street Fighter, Street Fighter 2, SF2 Champion Edition, SF2 Turbo, Super SF2 Turbo, Super SF2 Turbo Revival, Super SF2T HD Remix, Ultra SF2, SF3: New Generation, SF3: 2nd Impact, SF3: 3rd Strike, SF3: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Street Fighter 4, Super SF4, Super SF4: 3D Edition, Super SF4: Arcade Edition, Ultra SF4, Street Fighter 5, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, SFA3 Upper, SFA3 Max, SFA: Anthology, SF: Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter EX, SFEX2, SFEX3, SF: The Movie, Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Super PF2T HD Remix, Pocket Fighter

Gameplay Engine  9.5 / 10
Story / Theme  9.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  10 / 10
Animation  9.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  10 / 10
Innovation  7.5 / 10
Art Direction  10 / 10
Customization  10 / 10
Options / Extras  9.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  9.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  10 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  9.5 / 10
Characters  10 / 10

 9.8 / 10

 Review based on Arcade & SNES versions    


Final Words:

All in all, Super Street Fighter 2 was a very memorable update to the franchise. During its heyday, it certainly was "the" fighting game to be playing competitively at the arcades. The new characters introduced in SSF2 brilliantly rounded out the classic roster (and years later, stood the test of time).

Not only did SSF2 manage to look impressive visually and attract many arcade-goers of the early/mid 90's, but the tried and true control system and improved gameplay / combo system were still as solid and addicting as ever. SSF2 was later succeeded by the final arcade sequel of the SF2 series, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
~TFG Webmaster

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