As a celebration of the history of Street Fighter, Capcom has announced a 30th anniversary collection for all modern home systems, including the Nintendo Switch. It’s current release date is “May 2018.”
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection features “arcade-perfect” play for all 12 arcade releases of the first four games in the franchise, with online matchmaking for four of these releases: Street Fighter 2 Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike will all have casual and ranked online lobbies.
Here is the announcement trailer for the collection. Below it you can find a breakdown of all 12 titles included, as well as the differences between them.
Street Fighter – The very first entry in the franchise.
Street Fighter 2 – The game that started the sensation. In this game, players 1 and 2 had to pick different characters from a total of only eight different characters.
Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition – This version allowed players to play as the same character, while making the four “boss” characters playable (Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison).
Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting – This revision sped up the gameplay to make combat more frantic.
Super Street Fighter 2 – In this game, four new characters and stages were added to the game (Fei Long, Cammy, T. Hawk, and Dee Jay), as well as a secret super hard boss (Akuma). However, this version plays slower than SF2 Hyper Fighting.
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo – This version restores the speed of Hyper Fighting.
Street Fighter Alpha – This game fits as a sequel to SF1 and as a prequel to SF2. It features younger versions of some of the World Warriors, and has 13 playable characters in total.
Street Fighter Alpha 2 – This sequel to SF Alpha has more characters for a total of 18. If you remember playing a Street Fighter Alpha on the SNES, it was this one.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – With the highest character count at 25, this is possibly the definitive Alpha game. It has a wealth of game systems as well as selectable speeds that make for a deep and complex fighting game. This is ultimately a very different experience from SSF2 Turbo, but one well worth learning.
Street Fighter III – After many years of making SF2 and SF Alpha revisions, this was Capcom’s attempt at establishing a new standard. However, because of it low character count (10 different playable characters) and a lack of familiar faces in its roster, it wasn’t very successful.
Street Fighter III 2nd Impact – The character count increased to 14 and new game systems were added, making this version a great improvement.
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike – This is considered the definitive version of Street Fighter III. With 19 different playable characters and a great depth, this game is still played in tournaments to this day, where pro players continue to shake up the meta.